Newest Partnership: U.C.L.A. Graduate School of Education and Informational Sciences & The Robert and Susan Kozlowski L.I.F.T. Foundation

Fall 2017, the L.I.F.T. Foundation began a partnership with U.C.L.A. Graduate School of Education and Informational Sciences to provide L.I.F.T. Teacher Grants to graduating first year teachers pursuing teaching opportunities in Los Angeles urban schools. The applications must meet all the criteria set forth for any teacher grant. To date, we are proud to have awarded two teacher grants at Horace Mann U.C.L.A. Community, one for math teacher and Robotics club advisor Sunandon Kushon to purchase materials and computers for a Robotics Club and a second to Shriya ...

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L.I.F.T. Scholars Bridge Brings Together The L.I.F.T. Family

Every opportunity to come together and share with the L.I.F.T. family is a chance to grow, learn, celebrate each accomplishment and give back to the community. Winter 2018 L.I.F.T. Scholars volunteered at the Special Needs Santa Gift Exchange in Los Angeles. We served food, played games with families, and handed out gifts to children. Then it was time to come together over a meal and catch up with each other.  Emily Valdez has been accepted into the 4-year Urban Teacher Program at John Hopkins University and will be working in Washington D.C. Majde Al ...

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L.I.F.T. Movie Events: Movies, Novels, Activism, and Education

The L.I.F.T. Foundation is the proud to sponsor movie events for students with showings of Black Panther and The Hate U Give, along with an esteemed panel of guests invited to discuss current issues spotlighted in these two powerful movies.  After watching Black Panther students from Horace Mann Community School had a question and answer with Christian Green, an activist, completing his Masters in African American Studies, Tunette Powers, a PhD Candidate in Community Schools and Social Policy focusing on educating Black parents to provide equitable ...

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L.I.F.T. Bridges … Peer Mentorship, Guest Speakers, Giving Back

L.I.F.T. Bridges are held twice every summer and during winter and spring break.   The result has been a cornerstone for knowledge, enrichment, bonding, celebrating and giving back. Each summer the June L.I.F.T. Bridge is a time for new freshman L.I.F.T. Scholars to meet everyone and start establishing bonds. Scholars find out who will be attending their university so they can be peer mentors to the new scholars from the moment they arrive on campus.   This academic year Emily Valdez is a junior at U.C. Berkeley working the summer U.C. Berkeley Bridge and is a ...

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Formula For Success

MENTORSHIP + SCHOLARSHIPS = GRADUATION AND JOBS L.I.F.T. Scholars defy the statistics, graduating in four years with careers in their fields of study. First generation students find dismal statistics on graduation rates, yet since 2012 when the first L.I.F.T. Scholars graduated in four years or less graduation became a time of pride and celebration at universities in Indiana and California. Over $1,000,000.00 has been committed thus far to 4-year scholarships and 4-years of dedicated mentorship. Through hard work and discovering what inspires them first in their family ...

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The Journey Continues New L.I.F.T. Scholars

After an extensive and competitive application process six high school seniors were awarded The Robert and Susan Kozlowski L.I.F.T. Scholarship for 2017.  These seniors attended Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles and Granada Hills Charter High School in Granada Hills.  Over 50 students met Mrs. Kozlowski, the co-founder and trustee of the L.I.F.T. Foundation, at their respective schools in February to learn about the L.I.F.T. Foundation and the opportunity to earn a scholarship and mentorship all 4 years of their college career.  Candidates had two separate essays ...

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Celebrating the Graduation of L.I.F.T. Scholars

Spring 2017 was a time of celebration, joy and hope with the graduation of six L.I.F.T. Scholars in Indiana and California! Our last two L.I.F.T. Scholars in Indiana graduated in May. Taylor McCart graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana after making a name for herself in the field of Speech, Language and Hearing.  She received her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences, minoring in psychology and simultaneously received a 100 hours of training as a Certified Speech and Language Pathology Assistant.  The Monday after graduation she started working ...

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L.I.F.T. Bridges … Peer Mentorship and Guest Speakers Inspire

L.I.F.T. Bridges are held twice every summer and during winter and spring break. The result has been a cornerstone for knowledge, enrichment, bonding, celebrating and giving back. Each summer the June L.I.F.T. Bridge is a time for new freshman L.I.F.T. Scholars to meet everyone and start establishing bonds. Scholars find out who will be attending their university so they can be peer mentors to the new scholars from the moment they arrive on campus. This academic year Emily Valdez is a junior at U.C. Berkeley working the summer U.C. Berkeley Bridge and is a wonderful ...

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Do what you love and love what you do! Success will be at your doorstep!

Continuing the path for success, the second "Summer L.I.F.T. Bridge" took place Saturday, August 16th with all the California L.I.F.T. Scholars in attendance. The L.I.F.T. Scholars were presented personalized toolboxes donated by Fran Lehner, a strong support of L.I.F.T and an adult mentor.  The toolboxes are both functional and representative of metaphors our L.I.F.T. Scholars possess. "The screw driver represents your drive to succeed.  The hammer represents your tenacity to keep hammering away to grasp concepts and complete tasks. The level represents your ability ...

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L.I.F.T. Scholar Graduates from Ball State

Janetta Sykes, graduated from Ball State. She received her Bachelors of Science in Health Science. She is the first in her family to receive a college degree. At home, there are 6 younger siblings all looking to her achievement as a role model for what is possible! The day was filled with celebration, joy, and pride as her Mom, Dad, aunt and uncle and two oldest sisters, as well as Mrs. Kozlowski were in attendance as she crossed the stage to receive her diploma. She will be interning this summer with the American Diabetes Association of Indianapolis, with the potential ...

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