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Los Angeles County Free Summer Lunch and Snack Program has begun!

free lunch

Come join the fun at any of these 47 locations for the free lunch program! Children and youth ages 18 and under receive a free, nutritious lunch and snack that include vegetables, fruits, seeds and healthy dairy products like milk, string cheese and yogurt.

June 13 – August 5 
Monday to Friday
Lunch is served from 12 to 1 p.m.
Snack is served from 3 to 4 p.m.

Meals are available for dine-in only at the enclosed designated areas. Lunch and snack are for youth participants only.

*Please note that there will be no lunch and snack on June 20 and July 4.




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¡Únase a la diversión en cualquiera de estos 47 lugares para el programa de almuerzo gratis! Los niños y jóvenes de 18 años y menores reciben un almuerzo y una merienda gratis y nutritivos que incluyen vegetales, frutas, semillas y productos lácteos saludables como leche, queso en tiras y yogur.

13 de junio – 5 de agosto
Lunes a viernes
El almuerzo se sirve de 12 a 1 p.m.
La merienda se sirve de  3 a 4 p.m.

Las comidas están disponibles para cenar solo en las áreas designadas adjuntas. Solo son para participantes jóvenes.

*Tenga en cuenta que no habrá almuerzo ni merienda el 20 de junio y el 4 de julio.


Announcements from Real World Learning Director (6.9.2022)

summer internship opportunities

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

Fika Tech Career Academy is accepting applications for a hands-on, 120 hour career development course for 100 students from Los Angeles. Students will receive a stipend for their participation. Must be between the ages of 16-24 to apply. Click here for more information.

BandsInTown is Hiring a remote Marketing Summer Intern. If you are a music lover and passionate about marketing campaigns, consider applying here.

If you live in the City of Los Angeles, you may be eligible for a Paid Summer Employment Program. You must be at least 14 – 24 years old. Opportunities are offered both in person and remotely. Apply here.

La La Land Cafe in Santa Monica is offering a paid internship opportunity for foster youth over the summer. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. To learn more, please click here.

As a reminder: Fresh Films is offering a free virtual storytelling and film program. From camera to sound, while building your resume and connections for college and careers in film. No previous filmmaking experience needed. The program runs from June 27 – July 22. More information can be found here.

If you have any questions related to internships or volunteer opportunities, please contact Ms. Rodriguez at

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (6.2.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

A reminder that students who are interested in receiving 5 academic credits for summer internships/volunteer opportunities, must fill out the Unpaid Internship Agreement and submit a timesheet that demonstrates a completion of 60 hours of service. The Agreement must be turned in before the start of the internship/volunteer opportunity. The timesheet is due August 6, 2022. Please email all documents to Ms. Rodriguez at

Building Beats is offering a Free Music Coding In-Person and Remote Masterclass for ages 13+. Students will learn how to code beats, melodies, and song structure using Javascript block-coding! By the end of this course, you’ll create your own beat and increase your computer science skills. To sign up, you must use the form that’s at the bottom of this website.

Girls Making Games is offering a free virtual game development workshop for the next generation of girl and non-binary game developers! Sign up here.

Workshop details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 4th
  • Time: 3pm-5pm ET / 12pm-3pm PT
  • Location: Virtual, hosted on Zoom
  • Tuition: Free
  • Open to girls and non-binary individuals ages 8-18

It’s not too late to sign up for an internship with The Oppti Internship Placement Program! They offer students the opportunity to intern at different companies virtually all-year-round. Students are matched with companies based on their interests which can include Social Media Marketing, Public Relations, UI-UX, and more! You can be matched to work in sports, beauty, fitness, real estate, among other fields. Apply today – Limited Space is Available.

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (5.25.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

Students who are interested in receiving 5 academic credits for summer internships/volunteer opportunities, must fill out the Unpaid Internship Agreement and submit a timesheet that demonstrates the completion of 60 hours of service. The Agreement must be turned in before the start of the internship/volunteer opportunity. The timesheet is due August 6, 2022. Please email all documents to Ms. Rodriguez at

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the medical field? Learn more about the Da Vinci Schools + Stepful Certified Medical Assistant program. The program begins on July 25th. To learn more, contact Val Green ( or see this flyer.

> Be job ready in 5 months
> Program includes coursework, an internship, and coaching support
> Tuition-free
> Earn a CMA certificate

Loyola Marymount University is offering a free Financial Literacy program from June 20th to August 5th. This program is ideal for students who want to learn how to make healthy financial decisions. To register, please click here.

Soccer Field Project Moving Forward, Construction Expected to Begin This Summer

Da Vinci Schools is thrilled to announce the long-awaited soccer field project at 201 N. Douglas Street is moving forward this summer. On March 8, 2022, the Da Vinci Schools Board of Trustees approved $1.5 million in reserve funds designated to complete the soccer field.

“Both Da Vinci Schools and Wiseburn Unified share a mutually beneficial goal and desire to complete the soccer field project for our students, families and community. It’s been four and a half years since the campus opened. As a long-term user of the facility, Da Vinci decided to assume financial responsibility for the completion of the soccer field,” said Dr. Don Brann, Da Vinci’s Board President.

A formal Facilities Use Agreement (FUA) between the Wiseburn Unified School District and Da Vinci Schools calls for the construction of playing fields at the high schools campus for the benefit of Da Vinci students, the Wiseburn District, and the Wiseburn community. With enough reserve funding on hand, the Da Vinci Schools Board of Trustees voted to fund and complete the project with the District’s cooperation.

The soccer field project is projected to begin in Summer 2022. The project scope includes removal of a large amount of existing dirt (estimated at 3,600 yards), grading, installation of new synthetic turf, bleachers and a scoreboard, among other work. The soccer field project is anticipated to be completed in time for use during the 2022-23 soccer season.

You’re Invited! DVX Info Night

All Da Vinci Seniors and their families are cordially invited to learn more about how only Da Vinci Seniors can receive FREE COLLEGE and support in their first year of college and beyond.

Da Vinci Extension (DVX) partners with El Camino College, UCLA Extension and Southern New Hampshire University to bring a supportive and unique college experience that includes Career Building and Exploration as well Life Development Skills including Financial Literacy along with earning their College Credits and College Degrees.

If you are planning to attend El Camino College in the Fall or are undecided about your college future, you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

Please join us on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 7:30pm on the DVX Campus located at 550 Continental Blvd El Segundo CA, 90245 or you can join us via our live stream on Zoom.  Please see the link below.

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 986 0974 8426

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely the DVX Team


Noches de Información sobre DVX para Estudiantes y Familiares

Todos los Seniors de Da Vinci y sus familiares están invitados cordialmente a hallar de cómo los Seniors de Da Vinci podrían recibir crédito universitario SIN COSTO y apoyo con su primer año de colegio y más.

Da Vinci Extension (DVX) se asocia con El Camino College, UCLA Extension y Southern New Hampshire University para provocar una experiencia única y con apoyo que incluye la exploración y el desarrollo de carrera y además el desarrollo de habilidades de vida, incluso las habilidades financieras mientras obtienen sus créditos universitarios y/o diplomado o título.

Si piensan en asistir a El Camino College en el otoño o estás indeciso/a acerca de su futuro académico, ¡no deben perder esta oportunidad!

Por favor, acompáñennos este miércoles, 11 de mayo a las 7:30 de la noche en el campus de DVX ubicado a 550 Continental Blvd. El Segundo, CA 90245 o pueden participar en línea por nuestra transmición en vivo en Zoom. Por favor vean el link abajo.

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 986 0974 8426

¡Esperamos que los veamos!


El Equipo de DVX

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (5.10.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

There are NEW opportunities that have been added to the Summer Opportunities Blog in the fields of activism, film, and education.

The Youth Over Violence Leadership Institute is offering an in-person internship in Downtown LA for youth ages 14-19 who are committed to building and making powerful social change through awareness, advocacy and violence prevention strategies. You will be learning about healthy relationships, promoting awareness of teen dating violence, and enhancing community organizing skills. Apply here. 

Queer 26’s Filmmaker Club is a free 6-month program for queer, trans, black, indigenous, and other people of color (QTBIPOC ages 18-24.. This program teaches the basics of filmmaking and photography. Filmmaker Club participants will attend workshops, work on personal projects, and get hands-on experience working with shots. Apply Here.

Rooted Friends Project is a startup nonprofit in the Hawthorne area whose mission is to support young kids with sports and fitness, nutrition, childcare services, visual and performing arts programs, and more. Interns will be supporting different programs and coordinating an event with Angel City sports and USA Paralympic Athletes. If interested, please send a paragraph to stating why you are interested in this opportunity and what you hope to learn.

Pass It Forward is an organization dedicated to serving youth through the art of sports in Inglewood. La Tijera Avery, the organization’s founder, is a Paralympics Coach who is committed to also serving young athletes with disabilities. Interns would be supporting the sports (basketball, track and field), health, wellness, nutrition, and community projects and shadowing the organization’s directors. Interns would be working at Darby Park in Inglewood as well as other local Inglewood schools. There are 8 positions available. If interested, please send a paragraph to stating why you are interested in this opportunity and what you hope to learn.

Venice Art’s Center for Creative Workforce Equity (CCWE) is offering video editing and production training for low-income youth, residing in LA county, ages 18-24. To learn more, apply here.

Saturday, May 21st is Super CPR Saturday! Super CPR Saturday offers free CPR classes to the community. Participants receive a Red Cross CPR 2-year certification. The class is free to all attendees, designed for all age ranges, and includes lectures, videos, and hands-on CPR. Classes are offered at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. All participants must register before May 21st. Sign up here!

Now Accepting Applications for the Da Vinci Schools Board of Trustees

Apply Now: Board of Trustees

Da Vinci Schools is seeking a talented professional to fill an open Board of Trustees seat that is soon to be vacant. Only applicants who reside within the boundaries of the Wiseburn Unified School District are eligible to apply. >> See District Boundaries

Candidates should have the time, commitment, strategic leadership capabilities, and business acumen to contribute to the work of the Board and Da Vinci Schools.

The Da Vinci Schools Board of Trustees is comprised of seven distinguished leaders who share the governance and fiduciary responsibility for Da Vinci Schools. Board Trustees serve on a volunteer basis and are required to:

* Complete the entire 3-year term.
* Commit to at least one Board meeting per month, three joint Board meetings per year, and one Retreat per year.
* Participate in Board subcommittee work as needed.
* Read reports and other memorandum outside of these meetings in order to serve the Vision and Mission.

Da Vinci Board Members and Wiseburn Board Members will screen all applications. The Panel’s recommendation of the best match will be forwarded to both full Boards for ratification.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, we welcome you to apply at:

The application is open through May 22, 2022 at 11:59PM.

Thank you for your interest in serving on the Da Vinci Schools Board of Trustees.

Announcements from Real World Learning Director

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

✨ There are NEW opportunities that have been added to the Summer Opportunities Blog in the fields of animation, social media, marketing, real estate, STEM, and more. Check them out today!

🦹🏻‍♂️ Aspiring Creators & Marvel Fans: Marvel Series Creator, Yassir Lester, will be sharing his career journey… From comic book artist to comedian to the now creator and showrunner of the new Disney+ Marvel series – Armor Wars! REGISTER HERE.
When: Wednesday, May 4th @ 4pm
Where: via Zoom

💸 GripTape is offering young people (ages 14-19) this summer $500 to pursue something that is of interest to them (for example art, coding, starting a business, etc.) for 10 weeks through their “Learning Challenge!” Applications are open now – the earlier you apply, the better! For more information, click here.

💰 Interested in finding a job? Here is a list of businesses in the South Bay that are hiring youth 16 years and older. Contact your school’s office manager for work permit requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact Crissel Rodriguez at

Join Us this Summer at Da Vinci Summer Camp 2022!

Summer camp

Calling all thinkers, tinkers, creative problem solvers and leaders!

Kick off your summer fun with three exciting in-person camps at Da Vinci Schools in beautiful El Segundo.

This summer, we are proudly offering Robotics, Graphic Design and L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Determination) Camps at our campus, located at 201 N. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245. Choose from two separate weeks with AM & PM sessions available. >> Register here: Da Vinci Summer Camp 2022

Week 1:   June 21-24, 2022   (4 days)
Week 2:  June 28-July 1, 2022   (4 days)

Schedule for both 4-day weeks:
Robotics Camp | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (entering grades 4-9)
Graphic Design Camp | 9:00AM to 12:00PM (entering grades 6-9)
L.E.A.D. Camp (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Determination)| 12:30-3:30PM (entering grades 6-9)

COST: $200 per 4-day week/per AM or PM session

ROBOTICS CAMP: Campers will learn basic engineering concepts using LEGO Mindstorms, while designing, building, and programming their robots to complete a challenge based on the 2021-22 FIRST Robotics Challenge. Mentored by students on the World Champion Da Vinci Robotics Team, campers will complete a wide-range of robot objectives based on each student’s skill level and interest!

GRAPHIC DESIGN CAMP: Campers will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop and develop professional graphic design skills! Each day, students will learn how to use a new Photoshop tool or technique in response to a fun or interesting design challenge. At the end of the camp, students will create a final piece that shows off all their skills.

L.E.A.D. CAMP (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Determination): Campers will develop valuable life skills – leadership, communication, teamwork, goal setting, problem-solving and time management to become great students and people through various team-building activities, games, workshops, and more!

Da Vinci Summer Camp 2022 is open to the general public. Morning campers may be dropped off as early as 8:30AM. All campers must be picked up within 15 minutes of camp ending. Lunch supervision is provided for campers participating in both the AM and PM sessions. **Please complete a separate registration for each child.**

COVID Protocols: Please note that Da Vinci Schools actively follows all federal, state and county guidelines related to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, masks will be strongly recommended.

> Learn more and register here: Da Vinci Summer Camp 2022

Questions? Email us at

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