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UCLA Health Sports Performance/EXOS SPEED CLINIC- July 22

UCLA Health Sports Performance/EXOS SPEED CLINIC

Join the UCLA Sports Performance/EXOS for our first FREE speed clinic on July 22, 2023 from 9-12pm at the Campus El Segundo Athletic Field. This event is for student athletes ages 8 and above. You will work with EXOS and the top performance specialist and dial in your mechanics for acceleration and max velocity.

The goal with this speed clinic is to expose student athletes to the elite training that professional athletes are exposed to, while educating and having fun in a great environment. Register here today!

Event timeline:

8:30am- Participants will check in and fill out a waiver
9am- Introduction and warm up
9:30am- Begin movement skill (acceleration & absolute speed)
11:30am- Closing and turf talk with the pros

What to Bring:
Sweat towel

For more information, contact Julius Charles, Exos Performance Specialist, at

Announcements From Real World Learning Director (7.12.2023)

Google’s High School Computer Science Education Program 

Google’s Code Next is a free, computer science education program works with high schoolers to cultivate the next generation of Black, Latinx, and Native tech leaders. These courses are taught by Google employees. Clubs happen for approximately three months each—during the fall, winter, and spring—and are open to 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. However, they target mostly 9th and 10th graders. If you are accepted, you get access to one full year in the program, where you will take part in three different clubs during the fall, winter, and spring semesters. Following that, you will have access to all of Code Next’s online resources, and be named an official Code Next alumnus. Code Next Connect is 100% online and is free for all participants. Check out the FAQ page here.

To access the application, click here. The deadline to apply is August 4th.

If you need assistance with the application, please contact Ms. Nordia Simmonds, the new Real World Learning Coordinator, at

High School Summer Docent Program at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro

July 17 to August 11, 2023
Entering Grades 10, 11 and 12 in the Fall of 2023
Training week (attendance is required): Monday 7/17 through Friday 7/21, 9am-12:30pm

All materials must be received by 4:00 PM Friday, April 28, 2023.

Please contact CMA Volunteer Coordinator, Floyd Anderson, if you have any questions.

2023 Application Instructions: Click Here
2023 Summer Docent Application: Click Here
2023 Teacher Reference: Click Here (Please contact Ms. Crissel Rodriguez, Director of Real World Learning, at if you need a teacher reference)

FutureShock Summer Program: July 18-27

FutureShock is hosting an exciting summer workshop at Connect High School from 10am-2pm during July 18-27. Students will play a series of AI-based mini games that will help to develop their own unique project. This summer program is free for all Da Vinci high school students and lunch will be provided. Click here to see more information and a daily schedule breakdown.

Da Vinci Connect High School
550 Continental Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245

For more information, contact Evelyn Hernandez, Career Connected Learning Coordinator, at

FBI Teen Academy – Application Deadline July 10, 2023

We just learned about an exciting opportunity for students interested in a career in the FBI, cyber crime, forensics, counterintelligence, behavioral analysis, and more.

The next Teen Academy at the FBI Los Angeles Field Office will be on Saturday, August 26, 2023, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The deadline to apply is tomorrow (July 10). Application forms are available here.

Students will spend a full day with the FBI learning about its role domestically and overseas; the diverse set of criminal violations investigated by the FBI; and career opportunities with the Bureau. Additionally, students will receive technical briefings on cyber security and the importance of making good choices when using online communication platforms. Participants enjoy numerous hands-on experiences with the FBI’s Evidence Response Team and Active Shooter Preparedness. Students will graduate from the academy more aware of the challenges facing their communities and better prepared to mentor their peers.

Requirements/How to Apply

High school students in grades 9-12, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and residing in the LAFO AOR are welcome to apply. Space is limited to 50 students.
Eligible students can email their completed application (attached) directly to The instructions on how to apply are also here.

Don’t miss this awesome opportunity! LA Teen Academy Application

Environmental Justice Community Forum- June 29th!

Join us for a night of discussion and education on environmental justice in L.A.’s Black communities. The Environmental Justice Community Forum is open to all members of the community who are passionate about creating a more sustainable and equitable future. We will have guest speakers, interactive activities and opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn and make a difference!

Date: Thursday, June 29, 2023

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Pacific Daylight Time)

Location: 201 North Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 (Da Vinci Schools Black Box Theatre)

We look forward to seeing you there!

GPS for Success at ABC7 Studios – June 24th! RSVP ASAP, space is limited!

Kollab Youth is excited to partner with ABC7 and author, speaker, CEO, and retired MMA fighter Daniel Puder for GPS for Success on Saturday, June 24th 9am-4pm.

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: ABC 7 Studio B
500 Circle 7 Dr, Glendale, CA 91201

GPS for Success is a day-long workshop for local Los Angeles teens ages 14–19. Youth come together to identify their strengths, plan for their futures, and create positive mindsets.

The event is FREE and breakfast/lunch will be provided. RSVP here today!

Announcements From Real World Learning Director (6.20.2023)

Hello Da Vinci students and families,

We hope you’re enjoying the start the summer! We will continue advertising opportunities for our youth. Please see the exciting events, classes, and internships below:

The Automobile Driving Museum is offering shop classes for high school youth. Please note that there is a participant fee for each class. For more information, click here.

It’s not too late to apply for a summer internship! We have some exciting experiences offered by the Hawthorne Police Department, the Pass It Forward Foundation, and the Rooted Friends Project. To view all opportunities, please click here.

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

Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center Event at Hyperion

Kollab Youth Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center Event

Tuesday, July 18, 2023
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Located at Hyperion
12000 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

Teens (ages 14 to 19 years old) are invited to learn about a new career path that helps Mother Earth! It will be a day filled with Eco Career exploration, Environmental education, and community service (beach clean-up).

Gain insight from guest speakers, learn about career opportunities, and experience environmental education. Guests can expect a facility tour and beach clean-up community service project.

Click here to RSVP!


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

Get a FREE Membership at the Y this Summer!

Get a FREE Membership at the Y this Summer!
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June 15 – August 15 | Ages 12-18* years old

The LA Y “Get Summer” teen initiative is designed to keep teens active, engaged, and safe while school’s out for summer. Ys across Los Angeles County are offering free memberships to all teens, ages 12-18 years old. Individual branches will provide youth with academic support, college and employment readiness, volunteer opportunities, social gatherings, and exclusive programming with local partners.

*Anyone 18 years of age must be a graduating high school student to qualify for a free membership through the Get Summer program. Programs and activities vary by branch. For branch offerings, please contact your local teen director.

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

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

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