Los Angeles Trade-Technical College South LA Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z)

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Los Angeles Trade-Technical College South LA Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z)

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Los Angeles Trade-Technical College

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Public institution of higher learning

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


LATTC’s SLATE-Z is a partnership among community organizations, education institutions & government that centers on transit, education, enterprise, & redevelopment. The vision is to connect SLA through transportation, education & economic mobility.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


LATTC’s SLATE-Z is a complex strategy that intersects jobs, workforce, education, safety, affordable housing, healthy communities, & business development to tackle an urban center with one of the nation’s highest rates of poverty. Within this broad context, the focus of this proposal is to “CONNECT” South LA residents to increased mobility through (a) free or reduced-cost transit ridership (b) educational technology innovations and (c) educational advocacy/civic engagement.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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Improve educational outcomes for students in 12 SLATE-Z affiliated high schools in South LA.

How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics? (check all that apply)

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located near transit)

Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.


The three strategies highlighted in this project to "CONNECT” South LA residents to increased mobility through (a) free or reduced-cost transit ridership for co-enrolled high school students ad college students (b) educational technology innovations through the SLATE-Z Virtual Learning Academy, and (c) educational advocacy/civic engagement of parents and residents.

A frequent barrier to high school students and recent graduates taking advantage of higher education opportunities is related to the cost of transportation. Although students ride at a discounted rate, this is still perceived as a barrier for some. Provide low cost of free transit passes or vouchers will increase the ability to connect high school with the college. In addition, the LATTC SLATE-Z Virtual Learning Academy will be created with these funds, which will CONNECT the region's high school and college and high schools virtually through the development of an online learning community where open and proprietary educational resources will be shared, including adaptive learning solutions for basic skills. These programs are "smart systems" which adapt the online learning to the specific needs of the users. Communication between and within the 11 LAUSD SLATE -Z high schools will CONNECT these schools, teachers, students and parents and foster a culture of learning that will enhance educational outcomes in South LA. Parents will be engaged and CONNECTED through virtual and in-person community events around educational policy and SLATE-Z will employ civic engagement strategies that will increase their knowledge of and participation in educational plans and policies. Engaging the community around issues such as the Common Core and LCAP planning and strategies. As a result of this connection and the involvement of governmental agencies in SLATE-Z, the government will be more responsive to the needs of South LA.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Two entities at USC have been engaged in this work and will assist in the development and measurement of outcomes to evaluate SLATE-Z community-based programs and initiatives. The Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC conducts research and facilitates discussions on issues of regional inclusion and social movement building and will be engaged in the development of evaluation tools for SLATE Z initiatives.
Housed at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, the Center for Urban Education (CUE) is committed to using data, process and bench-marking tools, to help two- and four-year colleges measure equity gaps and outcomes. CUE has been engaged with SLATE and will continue to assist in developing metrics and analyzing key process and outcome data related to educational outcomes.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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If I had $100k, I would do more to help students with scholarships attending community colleges or matriculating from senior high school to universities.

by lattccalworks
5 months ago

If I had $100,000.00 I would donate it to our local school, especially high schools for there are so many programs needed to help our children expand their knowledge and ability to succeed in our feature. To become good leaders for our country. I would help those who are less fortunate and struggling to achieve their educational goals in changing their lifes for the better. I would contribute to the homeless and the needy in housing, education, safe living and help them or give them the oppertunity to change their lives.

by JoannaGalo
5 months ago

I would start a nonprofit organization called DON't SUFFER IN SILENCE FOUNDATION

by Aurorakarmam
5 months ago

If I had that kind of money, I know that I would build houses so people don't have to live out on the streets. I would pay for the busses to run longer so people don't have to worry about busses stop running at a certain time, I would fix the cracks in the streets and walk.provide transport I on for people late out night so they don't have to worry about walking home late from the mall, the market and etc. It said on the news a couple of days ago that a women was Alost attack by a man while she was waiting for the bus and I feel that it wilouldnt have happened if we had things like this.

by Auroraamor123
6 months ago

I would use 100,000 dollars to repair all the sidewalks that have cracks in them them to prevent

disabled individuals including myself from walking of balanced and falling, and to issue free bus passes to

everyone who needed one for transportation for doctors visits, attending school, grocery shopping, or

just going to the movies or park.

by diva2715
6 months ago

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