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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 10th and 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. The SBA program has since increased to 100 student participants during FY 2011 at both campuses.

Session Dates for 2013-2014

2013-2014 Ouchi SBA Dates:

SENIORS

Date Session
September 14 Session 1
September 28 Session 2
October 12 Session 3
October 26 Session 4
November 16 Session 5
December 7 Session 6 & Graduation

JUNIORS

Date Session
January 25 Session 1
February 22 Session 2
March 15 Session 3
March 29 Session 4
College Visit: April 26 Session 5
May 17 Session 6

2013-2014 ESAT SBA Dates:

SENIORS

Date Session
September 14 Session 1
September 28 Session 2
October 12 Session 3
October 26 Session 4
November 16 Session 5
December 7 Session 6 & Graduation

JUNIORS

Date Session
January 25 Session 1
February 22 Session 2
March 15 Session 3
March 29 Session 4
College Visit: April 26 Session 5
May 17 Session 6

2013-2014 Gertz SBA Dates:

SENIORS

Date Session
September 14 Session 1
September 28 Session 2
October 19 Session 3
November 2 Session 4
November 23 Session 5
December 7 Session 6 & Graduation

JUNIORS

Date Session
January 25 Session 1
February 22 Session 2
March 15 Session 3
March 29 Session 4
College Visit: April 26 Session 5
May 17 Session 6

Program Staff

Director: Carlos Avelar and Stephanie Castellanos

Program Managers: Cheyne Bloch, Chris Beasley, Corey Wong, Fran Guzman, Humberto Zuniga, Jose Arche III, Leland Carter, Lissette Rodriguez, Manuel Giron, Ronald Johnson, Ryan Chou, Shota Nakayama, Stephanie Yang

Mentors: Albert Aguilar, Nelson Better, Robynn Cannon, Andrew Dayal, Josefina Gallardo, Juan Pablo Herrera, Andrew Kim, Jannet Kim, Doreen Liou, Justin Lundy, Brianna Ray, Maria Real, Ari Reisian, Chris Saito, Leslie Solis, Clement Tsai, Isabella Zhang, Lindsay Barbee, Aileen Calderon, Vincent Cheng, Kathy Chou, Cathleen Cueto, Jacquline Delgado, Josue Dominguez, Kimberly Fuleihan, Cynthia Gutierrez, Jamison Heor, Van Ly, Daniel Mercado, Erika Nuno, Gabby Saavedra, Susan Tashiro, Arnaud Tawuo, Justin Wedell, Adriana Winfield, Alexander Yi, Stephen Yoshida, Humberto Arredondo, Alexander Calvo, Karen Campa, Anthony Campbell, Jesse Cheng, Natalie Duarte, Cristal Garcia, Alvaro Giron, Manuel Giron, Tina King, Anabel Luna, Michelle Ng, Tranee Peevy, Aaron Pyon, Ahmar Reza, Alana Thorbourne, Tim Tinakorn, Xinhua Zhang

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