Long Beach City College and USC partner for program getting 'gang-associated' kids to college

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LOS ANGELES (KNX) – Long Beach City College and USC are partnering for the first time for a program that helps gang-associated young adults in the Long Beach area get to college.

Long Beach City College’s program, LBCC Phoenix Scholars, will work with Adrian Huerta of USC’s Pullias Center for Higher Education, to establish “social systems” to get the kids who want to go to college, according to the Press-Telegram.

“This is a holistic, asset-based approach to gang-involved youth,” Huerta said. “LBCC Phoenix Scholars aims to contribute to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, provide a pathway for jobs and a college education, and support for families of the youth impacted by gangs.”

“Together, LBCC and USC will change the narrative for gang-affiliated youth who otherwise hadn’t considered a college education as part of their future,” Uduak-Joe Ntuk, Board of Trustees president for the Long Beach Community College District, said.

“Studies indicate bleak numbers for gang youth to attend college — often due to high school experiences that foster a school-to-prison-pipeline. This new program is going to expand the high school-to-college mentality across Long Beach.”

The schools will receive almost a million dollars for the program, the newspaper reported.

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