Anthony Romano, left ,and Dylan Manzano, sixth graders at Foshay Learning Center, demonstrate robots to Alice Montoya, 5, in the Civic Engagement Tent at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC April 18, 2015. Photo by David Sprague

Anthony Romano, left ,and Dylan Manzano, sixth graders at Foshay Learning Center, demonstrate robots to Alice Montoya, 5, in the Civic Engagement Tent at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC April 18, 2015. Photo by David Sprague

Good neighbors campaign funded robotics team uses ingenuity to find its way to the national championship.

For the Foshay Learning Center’s Team 597 Wolverines, it was a suspenseful moment. Which high school team would win the prized Chairman’s Award at the FIRST Robotics International Competition in St. Louis?

Bob Tuttle, FIRST’s co-chair of the board of directors, addressed the audience and talked about the accomplishments of the Wolverines. (FIRST refers to For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.)

“You all did a great job, but there is one team that is particularly special in this program,” he said. “They are the role models and change agents reaching out and transforming whole communities to show through their actions the lessons of team work, gracious professionalism and all the good life lessons FIRST is all about.

Jason Mares, a junior at Foshay, was confident that the school’s team would win the competition. After all, their presentation blew away the panel of judges. But then he looked around and felt uncertain. There were 59 other robotics teams from around the world in the competition. He decided it ultimately didn’t matter. If his team lost, it would simply come back next year, better and stronger, to win it.

Seconds later, Mares and 12 of his teammates heard their team name called, and they all ran up on stage to claim their trophy.

“That moment was just complete shock,” Mares said. Read more  here

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Since 1994, USC faculty, staff and friends have donated more than $20 million dollars to support local community programs. Congratulations to the Good Neighbors Campaign (GNC) grant awardees for the 2017-2018 academic year. Funded programs’ diverse scope of projects enables USC’s partnerships to impact various educational and scientific pathways. A couple of this year’s funded organizations include Jumpstart and the Robotics and Coding Academy. More here.

January 4, 2018

USC’s Kinder 2 College makes literacy and learning fun for kids


Launched in 2011 with just 30 students, the popular program will enroll more than 200 children this spring. It recently started providing afterschool tutoring support in four South Los Angeles elementary schools near USC. Its growth is in large part thanks to support from USC’s Good Neighbors Campaign, which is funded by donations from USC employees, and a critical $1 million gift from philanthropist Pamela Buffett. Read full story here.

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January 3, 2018

2018 Call for Proposals

Call for USC Good Neighbors Grant Applications!

The USC Good Neighbors 2018 grant application cycle is underway! Proposed programs must incorporate established university-community partnerships and support USC’s university-community initiatives. Programs that serve the local communities surrounding the university’s University Park or Health Sciences campuses are eligible. New in 2018 – expanded eligibility! Previous service areas have been expanded to include the neighborhoods adjacent to USC’s two campuses.

Grant application is due by 10 p.m. (PST) on Friday, February 9, 2018. Please visit our website this week to access the online grant application.

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