Who We Are
Hood Scholars is a Los Angeles-based grassroots organization dedicated to creating and offering Scholars from the “Hood” scholarships, networking opportunities, and incentivized self-investment tools to help build capacity for creating their own identities. Our efforts exist with the support from the community who have generously donated to each scholarship campaign.
My goal with creating this organization is to demystify an over-sensationalized inner-city culture by giving the community who lays claim to the “Hood” a newfound understanding of themselves and the world around them. The mission of Hood Scholars is to strengthen the existing skills among the youth in the hood and inspire them to see they are more than what has been put on them. Our goal is to inspire confidence in their abilities despite the obstacles they are faced with. We are founded on the understanding of intersectionality (Race, Class and Gender) and offer abolitionist teaching that advocates for more than survival.
In honor of the way members from the Hood identify, we will not be using "inner-city."
What We Do
Our services include scholarship fundraising, mentorship, and networking opportunities and is not limited to a specific age group. We offer resources to any non-traditional students (pursuing higher education any time after high school and is not limited to age) or those supporting them as well. The Hood is not at risk of themselves but to the world who refuses to see the positivity they can contribute to the world.
We partnered with local restaurant owner, "Taco Mell" (Taco spot in Los Angeles Area) and offered a "Hood Scholar Pass" for a FREE WEEK WORTH OF of their food to any student who provided us with a #GoodGrade. In an attempt to not only focus on the results and reward those who may need support to get their good grade, we also offered tutoring, homework assistance and or requested support. 3 students were awarded a "Hood Scholar Pass."