We are excited to offer the African American Scholar’s Project at Livermore High School. The program is in its third year at LHS and has proven to be successful for the students who participated in it past two years. Our Kick Off for the program will be on September 20, at 6:30 pm in the LHS Student Union -- everyone is invited!!
This year we have expanded the program, in partnership, with Dublin and San Ramon in order to build community within the tri-valley area.
As part of this program, students have the opportunity to participate in group sessions to discuss topics relevant to them. This year’s theme is “Building Community and Leadership”. Topics that may be discussed include identity, goals/future plans, facing challenges, conflict resolution, social support, leadership styles, healthy relationships and making positive decisions. It is our belief that students can and have benefitted from these sessions in ways that help them today and well into the future. In addition, AASP mentors will be available on the alternating Wednesday to provide additional support and guidance through office hours.
Founder of AASP and former graduate of Livermore Unified School District, Dr. Maisha Beasley, began the program three years ago group with the intent of continuing to build community, self-esteem, and academic success with our students. Dr. Beasley holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco in International and Multicultural Education. The focus of her doctorate research was on the adjustment of African American women in a college setting and how high school preparation impacted their ability to be successful in the first year of college. Committed to her community, she returned to Livermore to facilitate this group.
This year, Ashley Patterson Carter, program director, will serve as LHS’ liaison. Inspired by a family of educators, Ashley Carter graduated from the University of the Pacific (Pacific) with a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Education Administration and Leadership. Beginning her higher education career over twelve years ago, Ashley has always been an advocate for social justice and equity. She has used this lens to support her work in recruiting, advising multicultural clubs and organizations, and developing retention strategies and interventions for a number of small private institutions and community colleges. Her accomplishments include reopening the Women’s Resource Center at Pacific, establishing a learning community for African American students at Pacific, teaching within the Ignatian Leadership Institute at Loyola Marymount University and working with the African American Scholars Project. When not championing student success, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and visiting different restaurants featured on Yelp.
AASP groups will be offered on Wednesdays, starting at 8 am, during CAP, in the Career Center for the girls’ groups and room 101 for the boys’ groups on the following confirmed dates: 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, and 11/14 and will end after period one. Students will understand that since sessions will be held through their period one class, they are responsible for making up any missed coursework. If student progress declines as a result of missing your class, please let know before the student’s grade is in jeopardy.
Confirmed office hours will be held during the CAP, and will be on an individual basis and based on referrals made by staff, on alternate Wednesdays, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, and 12/5. Additional and any change of dates will be communicated to the students. When referring students for additional office hours, please send me an email, include the students’ counselor, and let me know the nature of your concern. I will follow up with AASP mentors.
I have attached a list of students who will participate in the program, a flyer, and program vision and goals.
Thanks for all you do.