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UCLA 2015 Summer Sessions for High School Students

UCLA offers summer sessions covering a variety of topics for high school students from Southern California and even across the country. Students from California are eligible to receive full or partial scholarships for the programs, making them more accessible to students with financial need. UCLA offers academic courses as well as summer institutes which cover a variety of specialized topics.

Registration for the summer academic courses begins March 1st, and registration for the summer institutes begins February 1st. For official information about the summer 2015 available courses and institutes, click here. For official information about receiving scholarships for summer sessions click here.

Lesson Plans from USC Shoah Foundation Institute

Steven Spielberg founded the USC Shoah Foundation Institute in 1994 to record and preserve interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. Today, the Shoah Foundation is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action. As a part of it’s mission the Shoah Foundation has a number of educator resources including downloadable lesson plans sorted by grade-level appropriateness.

Most of the lesson plans involve watching short interview clips from the Shoah Foundation’s library followed by relevant readings and discussions. The length of the lessons range from 45 minutes to several hours, but can easily be divided over multiple class periods. Subjects and skills covered include United States and world history, government and civics, ethics, geography, language arts, and expository reading and writing.

Find a list of the lesson plans with descriptions and all the necessary documents here.  These lessons are used around the world so be sure to filter the list by English language when searching.

Sponsored Organization of the Month, December: USC Penny Harvest

ECCLA acts as a fiscal sponsor for over 20 organizations here in South Los Angeles. Being a fiscal sponsor means we handle these organizations’ finances so they can do what they do best, serve the youth members of our community! We think our sponsored organizations are so awesome that we’ve decided to highlight one each month on our website. Our goal is to show the variety of ways our sponsored organizations enrich our community.


USC Penny Harvest  

Penny Harvest is a national organization started in 1991 that introduces school-aged children to philanthropy. Children raise money by collecting pennies, and then donate it to community organizations. Students from five local elementary schools involved with USC Penny Harvest collected $5200 last year and made donations to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries, the Pasadena Humane Society, and many more! 

USC Penny Harvest Webpage 

Penny Harvest National Webpage


USC Penny Harvest

Image courtesy of USC Penny Harvest

Announcing the 2014 Fall Essay Contest

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Monday November 3rd, 2014

ECCLA, with the support of USC Government & Civic Engagement, invites students to submit essays on the theme, “What I want most that money can’t buy.” Students from 6th-8th and 9th- 12th grade are eligible to enter the contest. Cash awards for each category will be given as follows:

  • 1st Place – $100
  • 2nd Place – $50
  • 3rd Place – $25

Essays must be from 1-3 pages in length, typed on a computer, and include a completed cover sheet with the student’s name, grade, teacher and school. This information must also appear at the top of each page of the essay. Entries must be submitted by Monday, November 3rd by email to or delivered/mailed to:

ECCLA, 2801 S. Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Please see the official flyer and classroom cover page below.

Fall 2014 Essay Contest Flyer

Essay Contest Classroom Cover Sheet

2014 ECCLA Teacher Resource Fair Gallery

On Tuesday, September 30th, ECCLA hosted its annual Teacher Resource Fair. The event was generously hosted at the California Science Center Annenberg Building.