L.I.F.T. Knowledge: Practical Advice from Graduate L.I.F.T. Scholars on Success in Finding a Job and Acceptance to Graduate School

2018 Graduate L.I.F.T. Scholar David Molina and 2019 GraduateL.I.F.T.Scholar Mariana Marquez passed their knowledge and success forward at a special L.I.F.T. Virtual Meeting in December 20th. The goal was to bring junior and senior L.I.F.T. Scholars together for practical knowledge on building your resume during college for the job search or graduate school goals beyond. What did they do in college that led to their successes now? What have they learned since graduating? The realities of the stress each L.I.F.T. Scholar feels in making decisions and the unknown outcomes....

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Computers for Students: Stepping Up During the Pandemic

The Robert and Susan Kozlowski L.I.F.T. Foundation continues to act during times of need! 2020 brought a Pandemic that turned in-class learning upside down with students needing to work remotely.  The educational disparities in access to a quality education are more evident than ever before. Students needed internet access to learn. Students needed laptop computers or they had no way to “be in class” on this new now familiar tool of “Zoom” and “Adobe Connect”. We reached out to see how we could help by providing a limited number of computers for students who ...

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“Empower YOU Through L.I.F.T.” A Virtual College Readiness Program

The Robert and Susan Kozlowski L.I.F.T. Foundation has always had a mission to provide students with equitable opportunities. During these unprecedented times of a global pandemic, with schools closed, students in underserved communities have struggled for access more than ever before.  What could WE do to assist?  Students still would be graduating from high school, with hopes of going to the colleges and universities of their dreams. Students no longer had easy access to College Center resources, nor resources of a Writing Center for help on college applicat...

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JUNE SUMMER L.I.F.T. BRIDGE

What Makes You Remarkable? Why this moment in America is important to everyone? There is always a belief within the L.I.F.T. family to be there for each other, to celebrate each individual, to pass it forward in schools, the community and amongst each other, and a passionate commitment that equitable opportunities for all should be a right not a privilege.  First Lady Michelle Obama asked some young people “What makes you remarkable?” during the Netflix documentary Becoming.  Taking liberty to ask the same question to our L.I.F.T. Scholars their ...

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The L.I.F.T. Foundation Sponsors Just Mercy Novel and Movie Event

With a mission of providing educational opportunities to underserved communities, The Robert and Susan Kozlowski L.I.F.T. Foundation was proud to grant Venice High School teacher Ms. Ruth Greene a L.I.F.T. Teacher Grant to purchase 170 copies of the adapted for young adult bestseller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.  The books are part of the curriculum for her sophomore and junior classes in the Media, Arts and Technology Academy at Venice High School.  The books were also read and curriculum adapted for Ms. Traci Thrashe...

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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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