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About the Program

In early 2005, with support from the Riordan Programs, the RPAA founded the Saturday Business Academy (SBA) as a pilot program at College-Ready Academy High School in south Los Angeles with 30 students participating in the inaugural program year. The SBA program addresses the needs of High School students who are primarily from low socioeconomic households with the potential and desire to go to college, but lack traditional resources critical for college admittance. Through individual mentorship, college preparatory programming and a curriculum that instills a basic competence in financial literacy, SBA’s goal is to have 100% of its participants academically, intellectually, socially, and professionally competitive for college admittance upon completion of the program.

Where is the Program?

Since 2006, the SBA Program has taken place at Gertz-Ressler High School, located in Los Angeles’ Pico-Union community, and offers two distinct courses for the students at the host school. In 2008, the SBA Program was expanded to a second campus, William and Carol Ouchi High School located in the Hyde Park community of South Los Angeles.

Who is the Program Intended For?

The SBA Seniors Program is intended for 12th grade students and the focus is placed on assisting students through the college application process with emphasis on essay writing, resume and interview skills, and financial aid planning. The SBA Juniors Program is intended for 11th grade students, and the focus is on general personal financial literacy and both college and career exposure. The goals of each of the SBA Programs are made possible through SBA mentors, who are young professionals that are paired with the SBA students for the entire program year.

Session Dates for 2015-2016

2015-2016 Ouchi SBA Dates:

SENIORS

Date Session
February 20, 2016 Session 1
March 19, 2016 Session 2
April 2, 2016 Session 3
College Visit: April 16, 2016 Session 4
May 7, 2016 Session 5
May 21, 2016 Session 6 & Graduation

JUNIORS

Date Session
February 20, 2016 Session 1
March 19, 2016 Session 2
April 2, 2016 Session 3
College Visit: April 16, 2016 Session 4
May 7, 2016 Session 5
May 21, 2016 Session 6

2015-2016 ESAT SBA Dates:

SENIORS

Date Session
September 26 Session 1
October 10 Session 2
October 31 Session 3
November 14 Session 4
November 21 Session 5
December 5 Session 6 & Graduation

JUNIORS

Date Session
January 30 Session 1
February 20 Session 2
March 12 Session 3
April 2 Session 4
College Visit: April 16 Session 5
May 21 Session 6

2015-2016 Gertz SBA Dates:

SENIORS

Date Session
September 26 Session 1
October 10 Session 2
October 31 Session 3
November 14 Session 4
November 21 Session 5
December 5 Session 6 & Graduation

JUNIORS

Date Session
January 30 Session 1
February 20 Session 2
March 12 Session 3
April 2 Session 4
College Visit: April 16 Session 5
May 21 Session 6

Program Staff

Directors: Chrystal Gaither and Bella Zhang

Program Managers: Andrew Kim, Lauren Saylor, Darius Terry, Cathy Flanagan, Steve Mendoza, Alicia Arnold, Angela Lieu, Humberto Zuniga, Kendra Sitney, Nanor Asadorian

Mentors: Benson Chan, Jay Ng, Fernando Rodriguez, Andy Dayal, Daniel Delgado, Christopher Sinclair, Layla Torres, Pam Patip, Shanon Belle, Angela Hsing, Tobi Ogundipe, Cathleen Cueto, Cyndy Gutierrez,Van Ly, Leonard Kuang, Ramie Milo, Magali Ramirez, Robyn B, Maggie Vasquez, Candance Parker, Andrew Thai, Camille Hopp, Kevin Glomb,Aislyn Namanga, Pascal Su, Anaheed Heydari, Luis Mejia, Jameelah Stuckey, Cheldy Moran, Kalia Waits-Smith, Syrron Crutch

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