Good neighbors campaign funded robotics team uses ingenuity to find its way to the national championship.
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This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the USC Good Neighbors Campaign. Since 1994, USC faculty, staff, and friends have been coming together every October to help USC be a good neighbor. In all, they have donated more than $17.7 million dollars in support of university-community partnerships. 100% of contributions are distributed via USC Good Neighbors grants (formerly USC Neighborhood Outreach or UNO). Supported partnerships strive to enhance educational opportunities, promote health and fitness, enhance public safety, and support economic development. Nearly 550 grants have been given to community organizations to enhance educational opportunities, promote good health and fitness, support economic development, and improve safety.
Help us reach our goal of $1.6 million!
September 29, 2015
USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Niki C. Nikias hosted the President’s Leadership Circle at an annual gala honoring USC staff and faculty who contribute at least 1 percent of their salaries to the Good Neighbors Campaign.
The Nikiases thanked Trojans for their contributions to the campaign, which raised nearly $1.6 million in 2014. Since 1994, the campaign has raised $19.3 million to support hundreds of community partnerships. Leadership Circle members accounted for 60 percent of this year’s funds raised, totaling $655,000.
“These vital programs enhance the educational experience of local children, providing lessons in music, arts, sports and literacy as well as helping ensure their safety and health,” said Nikias, who recently was awarded the Carnegie Corp.’s Academic Leadership Award. “Every single day, you make a difference in people’s lives.” Read more here.
June 16, 2015
For the South Los Angeles robotics team, it’s been quite the ride.
Foshay Learning Center’s Wolverines earn the prestigious Chairman’s Award at the 2015 2015 World Championship in St.Louis, MO and were inducted in the first Robotics Hall of Fame.
Math teacher Darryl Newhouse, the team’s mentor and coach, co-founded the program at Foshay in 2001. In 2003, the school held its first robotics class and in 2007, the class was expanded to the middle school
What Newhouse lacked in robotics experience, he compensated with ingenuity.
“It’s just like anything else; if you don’t know, you just go to the World Wide Web,” Newhouse said. “You get a manual and you get enthusiastic kids. It was a fun journey.” Read more here.