GIRLS REACHING & CREATING EXCELLENCE

G.R.A.C.E SUMMER PROGRAM 2022

Who We Are

WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF OUR APPROACH TO BE TRANSFORMATIVE.

The G.R.A.C.E Summer Program has been at the forefront of educational innovation since our founding in 2019. Our progressive pedagogy is rooted in the student-centered philosophy of John Dewey, who advocated active, experiential learning within a curriculum designed to accommodate the interests of individual students. In his eyes—and ours—education is not simply the acquisition of content and proficiency. It’s also a way for students to develop and refine the skills required to become informed, engaged, and effective participants in a democratic society.  We believe that the world needs such citizens—individuals who not only have technical competence and skill, but who are also awake to their unique talents and who have developed ways to bring their distinctive skills and perspectives to what the world will ask of them. 

Our program develops students’ abilities to explore and engage with curiosity, courage, self-awareness, discipline, open-mindedness, and a sense of personal responsibility. Purposeful classroom experiences and assessments allow students to develop and practice independent thinking, critical analysis, imaginative problem-solving, productive collaboration, and constructive risk-taking. Our curriculum uses primary resources and multiple perspectives, and emphasizes our commitment to human rights and social justice. We value creative process and challenge our students to push beyond perceived limitations and to make their work personally meaningful.

2022 SUMMER PROGRAM Program Overview

JUNE 20, 2022- JULY 29, 2022
MONDAY – FRIDAY 9AM-3:30PM
LOS ANGELES, CA

OUR TEAM

Board of Directors 

Qwamella Manning- President

Vice President 

Treasurer

April- Jacques Secretary of the Board

Member

Member

STAFF

NEW JERSEY

Michelle Townsend- Program Director

Judy E.- Program Coordinator 

Instructors (4)

CALIFORNIA

Development Manager

Development Coordinator 

Development Admin

Program Director

Program Coordinator 

Instructors (4)

Our Approach

GRACE Quick Facts

  • 30 students in grades 9-12
  • Students come from 10 states, and 11 countries outside of the United States. 
  • Average class size is 12 to 14.
  • Student to Teacher ratio is 7 to 1.
  • 37% of our faculty and 26% of our students are people of color. 
  • We offer more than 250 courses through our innovative Module System.
  • 80 percent of our faculty hold advanced degrees. They are published authors, accomplished artists and musicians, and respected scholars in their field of study.

— Our Mission

The GRACE Summer Program mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.

— Our Vision

GRACE’s core values guide the way we interact with each other, and with the community at large. They have been designed through a highly collaborative and iterative process, and are deliberately aspirational in nature. 

OUR VALUES

GRACE’s core values guide the way we interact with each other, and with the community at large. They have been designed through a highly collaborative and iterative process, and are deliberately aspirational in nature. 

As a community, we value:

Student-centered teaching and learning

We recognize the potential of every human being, and are committed to helping each student cultivate their unique interests and passions.  

Progressive education

We believe that students learn best through active engagement and a process-oriented approach that emphasizes multiple perspectives, wrestling with complexity, and creative problem-solving.  

Diversity

We know that the extraordinary education we offer is possible only because of the varied ethnicities, races, socioeconomic classes, religions, family structures, sexual orientations, physical abilities, gender identities, learning styles and other identities that make up our community. 

 

 

Equity

We purposefully engage in equitable practices, working to provide opportunity for individual and shared success. 

Inclusion

We value each voice in our community—listening, understanding, challenging, and engaging each other as we work together to shape every aspect of the GRACE experience.  

Empathy

We are invested in each other’s well-being and social and academic growth. 

 

Global engagement

We believe in the power of the GRACE community to help create a more just and sustainable world.

VOLUNTEERS

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instructors

Meet our 2022 Program Instructors:

  • Curr’esha B.- Yoga
  • Qwamella M.- Business Start Up

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GUEST SPEAKERS

  • Briana E. 
  • 2nd District of Los Angeles Sup. Holli Mitchell

CLASS OF 2022 GRACE Program Graduates 

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