BOYLE HEIGHTS — Great Outcomes East Los Angeles (GO East L.A.) kicked off its third year Sept. 13 with a high-energy celebration featuring dignitaries, students, parents and community-based organizations at Roosevelt High School.
Designed to promote college readiness among students attending schools in East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, GO East L.A. includes a number of initiatives, including priority admission to East Los Angeles College and Cal State Los Angeles.
Forged in 2014 by Los Angeles school board member Monica García, Cal State L.A. President William Covino and East L.A. College President Marvin Martinez, GO East L.A. was piloted at Garfield High School, four middle schools and 15 elementary schools.
This year, the program is expanding to 25 additional schools including seven new high schools in the East L.A. and Boyle Heights areas.
The kickoff included inspirational messages from student leaders and dignitaries representing the partnering organizations, as well as musical performances from students at participating high schools.
The event culminated with a ceremonial signing of an agreement by García, Martinez, Covino and Local District East Superintendent José P. Huerta outlining the program’s commitment to increasing college awareness both in access and preparation; expanding opportunities for students to earn course credits while in high school; and providing for East L.A. College and Cal State L.A. to provide qualifying graduates from East L.A. and Boyle Heights high schools with priority enrollment.
“We have a space reserved for each one of you at Cal State L.A.,” Covino said to students. “Not only for you but for your brothers and sisters as well. We want you to be looking toward the kind of future that a university degree will bring.”