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Announcements From Real World Learning Director (6.6.2023)

Da Vinci Summer Career Training Programs still accepting applicants:

L.A. Urban League’s Biz Camp Summer Program
Learn how to turn ideas into successful businesses through planning, analysis, and real-world application. All entrepreneurs are encouraged to sign up. Stipends are available for participating students. To register, click here and apply for ‘Biz Camp Summer Program Session 2: Monday, July 10 – Thursday, July 27.

Da Vinci Connect Summer Gaming Opportunity
During this program, students will have the opportunity to engage in gameplay, project design, and collaboration. Students will have the opportunity to interact with AI-based mini-games, allowing them to explore their visions of the future through their creative work. They will have four hours a day over the course of 2 weeks (July 18-July 27), to build transformative experiences using emerging technology. To learn more, click here.

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Crissel Rodriguez, Director of Real World Learning, at

Announcements From Real World Learning Director (6.2.2023)

Da Vinci students and families,

We have added some exciting internships and programs to our running list of summer opportunities. You can access them by using this link.

We also wanted to share this amazing program with you all. The Arte Youth Program is a non-profit organization that helps students learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math. They are offering a virtual course where students ages 11-17 will engage with analog astronauts and participate in activities and presentations. There will be prizes, gifts, and scholarships for selected participants. Students must have a computer to participate.

The Virtual Dates are:
June 16-18
July 28-30

The time sessions will be from 10am-4pm PST with a 30 min lunch break in the middle of the session.

You may register by clicking here. To learn more about analog missions, please see this website.

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Crissel Rodriguez, Director of Real World Learning, at

Announcements From Real World Learning Director (this post includes two opportunities for youth)

Southern California’s Annual Youth Leadership Summit for High School Students with Disabilities

The Youth Leadership Summit is a five-day leadership program from July 16-21 for students with disabilities, held at Cal Poly Pomona University.

Attendees will learn advocacy and leadership skills from alumni and professionals with disabilities and create a “Personal Futures Plan” to help reach their future education, independent living, and career goals.

Attendees will interact with leaders with disabilities, which may include celebrities, politicians, entertainers, and other adult role models with disabilities. Participants also make lifelong friendships with other Southern California attendees and have mentorship opportunities with alumni.

There is no COST for the students to attend. They must fill out an application to be considered.

Click here to view flyer for details.

Women’s Fire Camp

The Women’s Fire Alliance is collaborating with El Camino Fire Academy to put on a Women’s Fire Camp June 3-4. The camp is for students ages 16+ and will run for two days from 8am-5pm each day.

This is a rigorous camp. Be prepared to participate hands on with firefighter equipment, professional firefighters, and perform a Biddle Physical Ability Test. RSVP here!

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Crissel Rodriguez, Director of Real World Learning, at

2023 Summer Career Training Programs – Apply by May 22!

Da Vinci Families,

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a number of Summer Career Training Programs around the trades, entrepreneurship, aviation, and space system designs. All programs will take place at our 201 N. Douglas campus, and will be free and open to all current Da Vinci high school students, including graduating seniors. Space is limited! DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MONDAY, MAY 22.

Please see the flyer for more information about each program:

  • L.A. Urban League’s Biz Camp Summer Program
  • Summer Trades Program
  • Summer Aviation Program
  • Stellar Camp

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Crissel Rodriguez, Director of Real-World Learning, at

Interested in Careers in the Aviation Industry? Check Out These Opportunities!

Calling all Da Vinci students who are interested in learning more about careers in the aviation industry!

We have 3 exciting opportunities coming up for Da Vinci students to learn more about the field of aviation:

  1. Summer Aviation Careers Experience: Da Vinci is hosting a brand-new Summer Aviation Program from June 26-June 30 sponsored by Giving Kids Wings Flight Academy. This program will introduce high school students to aviation careers and teach them the basics of flying an airplane. Spaces are limited; to reserve your spot, click here.
  2. Field trip opportunity: Kollab Youth is hosting an Air Industry Event on Monday, May 22nd. High school students are invited for a field trip with Alaska Airlines to Compton Airport where they will learn from Alaska Airlines pilots about careers in aviation, hear from the CEO of Fly Compton Aero Club, experience flight simulators, and more. Please email Steve Wallis at by Wednesday, May 17 if you are interested in participating in this field trip.
  3. Private Pilot License Scholarship: Through a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, Sling Pilot Academy is offering a full scholarship (a $16,000 value) to up to 4 Da Vinci Students to complete their private pilot’s license. To qualify, students must be at least 17 years old, be able to start flying soon and finish their training before March 1, 2024. To learn more about this opportunity, please email Steve Wallis at by Wednesday, May 10.

Become a Youth Board Representative for Del Aire Neighborhood – Apply Today!

High school students from Del Aire Neighborhood,

The Del Aire Neighborhood Association (DNA) is looking for 1-2 high school student leaders who want to serve as YOUTH BOARD REPRESENTATIVES who can help the organization grow, plan community events, and advocate for neighborhood improvements like the Greenway!

This is a great opportunity for youth in Del Aire can learn about local government and help shape their community. Click HERE to apply.

Applicants must:

  • Be Del Aire residents
  • Be able to commit to serving for 2 years- ideally, incoming  freshmen,  sophomores and juniors should apply

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Crissel Rodriguez at

Important Updates from Real World Learning Director (5.3.2023)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

We are happy to announce that we will be hosting a number of Career Training Programs this summer around the trades, entrepreneurship, aviation, and space system designs at our 201 N. Douglas campus. To see our flyer with more information, please click here. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 22.

We also invite you to also take a look at the Google document with all of the ongoing volunteer and internship experiences students can apply for. This week we have new experiences listed under Arts, Media and Entertainment, Engineering and Architecture, Health Sciences, and Information, Gaming, & Communication Technologies. The document can be accessed here.

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Crissel Rodriguez at

TIME SENSITIVE: Snap Lens Lab @ Otis College – Summer Scholarship

For a second year, Otis College of Art and Design and Snap are partnering on Snap Lens Lab @ Otis College, a groundbreaking two-week, fully funded, Augmented Reality (AR) workshop. Otis and Snap are teaming up to bring high school students in LA County from underserved communities an exciting hands-on learning lab, giving them the chance to combine the power of AR, 2D and 3D industry-standard design tools, and their own creativity to develop dynamic interactive experiences. Students will also connect with industry professionals to learn about potential careers in art and design that focus on these new technologies.

FIND OUT MORE TONIGHT! A Virtual Info Session on Zoom is being held on Tuesday, April 25th from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. PDT. Interested students, their families, art educators, and counselors are invited to join our team, including a representative from Snap, Otis College faculty, and me, to learn program details and ask questions. RSVP here.

Quick Facts 

  • This Snap x Otis program is geared toward high school students in LA County from underserved communities, and 15 full scholarships are available.
  • Snap Lens Lab @ Otis College runs Monday through Friday, July 17th-28th, 2023 from 9am-4pm.
  • This simple application is due on May 15, so don’t delay! No portfolio required, but be sure to think thoughtfully about the questions, so we get a true sense of the student. Students can submit their application to be considered here.
  • No prior experience or skills are required to participate in this program!

More information about the program can be found at:

Have questions? Please contact Crissel Rodriguez, Director of Real World Learning, at

Click here to see other Real World Learning opportunities.

LADWP Women’s Career & Wellness Expo – Saturday, May 6, 2023

LADWP Women’s Career & Wellness Expo

When: Saturday, May 6, 2023
10am to 2pm

Where: LADWP Truesdale Training Center
11760 Truesdale Street,
Sun Valley, CA 91352

At LADWP, we embrace diversity, support wellness,
and offer you the chance to live out your values in the
workplace. Come and learn about where a career with
LADWP can take you, and much more.

At the Expo, you’ll have access to:

  • Information about skilled craft and professional
    careers in construction, electrical, engineering,
    fleet, IT, facilities, security, and water
  • Demos and hands-on activities
  • Exercise workouts, meal prep demos
    and healthcare info
  • Free food and beverages
  • Free giveaways

Da Vinci Extension Information Session – Thursday, April 20 at 6:30PM

Dear Da Vinci 12th Grade Families,

We wish to invite you to an information session next week to learn more about changes to our Da Vinci Extension (DVX) program and an exciting new partnership with Rivet School.

As many of you know, DVX has evolved considerably since it was established in 2015. Each year, we’ve iterated programming based on a variety of factors, but always with students at the center of our decision making. Over the last few months, we have been actively exploring what the next evolution of our DVX program should be. After much discussion and engagement at all levels, from teachers and staff to counselors and leadership, we have decided to focus our efforts on a more streamlined, single program offering with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and our new partners at Rivet School. Click here for more info.
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