The Environmental Charter High School began formally working with Jefferson High School as well as 9 other high schools across California at the beginning of the 2009-10 to develop the "Green Ambassadors" program as well as collaborate on all sorts of techniques and technologies associated with living in a sustainable manner. The school provides professional development training through UCLA Extension courses and the Green Ambassadors curriculum was recently approved by the U.C. system as an official 'A-G' elective.
RootDown LA has been working with Jefferson High School students after school to improve demand for fresh, healthy food by teaching kids how to prepare delicious, veggie-infused recipes. RootDown LA is a non-profit organization associated with Community Partners. They have recently begun collaborating with the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) to provide more regular programming at the Ralph Bunche House down the street from Jefferson. This new development has resulted in youth leadership training and has the potential to add many more paid opportunities for local youth. We need more 'Green Jobs' now!
The Urban Science Corps creates causal pathways for undergraduates and high school age urban youth toward advanced study opportunities and entry into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Thankfully, the Urban Science Corps creates and coordinates science and science education apprenticeships, internships, and entry level jobs--for science-savvy urban youth.
TreePeople have created a model landscape and have literally 'written the book' (http://www.treepeople.org/sites/default/files/images/learn/Second%20Nature%20.pdf)
for living sustainably in Los Angeles. The Elmer Street Project is precisely the model we would like to replicate in South LA.