Media Advisory: USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative Kickoff in East Los Angeles on 8/21

August 19, 2013

Contact: Eddie North-Hager at (213) 740-2215 or

WHAT: For the first time in its history, the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative will expand beyond South Los Angeles to include more than 100 sixth-graders near the university’s Health Sciences Campus in East Los Angeles.

These sixth-graders and their parents pledge to attend full-day classes on most Saturdays at USC until high school graduation, take intensive math and English classes before school and complete after school tutoring in high school to prepare themselves for college.

At the first event for the new cohort of NAI students and their parents, students will hear from NAI graduates, get an overview of the program’s expectations and get help completing their applications.

WHEN: Wed., Aug. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Murchison Street Elementary School, 1501 Murchison St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

MORE: The USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) is a seven-year enrichment program operated by USC Civic Engagement that prepares low-income, minority students living in the neighborhoods surrounding USC campuses for success at a college or university.

To date, 745 South Los Angeles students have graduated from the NAI program and gone to college.

Students who are accepted to USC are rewarded with a 4.5-year full tuition scholarship.

The NAI also includes the Family Development Institute that assists parents in supporting their college-bound student with workshops and training on financial literacy and college retention, among other topics.

For more on the USC Neighborhood Academic Iniative, go to