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The Global Forum 2012 was a success!  The event took place at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday, May 19th.

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Collaborating with California Council on Economic Education

Posted May 31, 2012

The seniors, for the past month, have been working with the California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) by creating a short 3-5 minute video that teaches others the importance of economics in our everyday lives. These videos were entered into a statewide contest against other videos across the state of California for a $500 cash prize for each member of the winning team. In groups of 4, these video groups taught econ lessons that ranged from human capital, the power of compound interest, scarcity, cost-benefit analysis, marginal analysis, and saving, amongst other topics. Though none of our groups was a first-place winner, we did win consolation prizes for our efforts.

First place winner:
“Going to Grandma’s House,Budget and opportunity cost” is a documentary style video with one of the student’s grandmother explaining ways to save money.
By Armando Bovoso, David Rodriguez, Javier Mendez and Albert Solis.

Second place winner:
“Paying for College” video is about a student and his parents discussing the various options available to pay for a college education.
By Daniela Alvarado, Michael Ortiz, Vanessa Flores and Jorge Joya

 Third place winner:
“Cost benefit analysis” students explain several options for choosing and financing one student’s college education.
By Reid Pearson, Gabriel Martinez, Brenda Estrada and Edwin Villa.

DREAM Act Night

By: Naomi Sugimoto

On Thursday, November 28th, the seniors at Global Studies exhibited the fruits of their labor in an informational assembly for the community. With the help of CARECEN, the Central American Resource Center, that Thursday evening became not only a presentation of digital imaThe seniors, for the past month, have been working with the California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) by creating a short 3-5 minute video that teaches others the importance of economics in our everyday lives. These videos were entered into a statewide contest against other videos across the state of California for a $500 cash prize for each member of the winning team. In groups of 4, these video groups taught econ lessons that ranged from human capital, the power of compound interest, scarcity, cost-benefit analysis, marginal analysis, and saving, amongst other topics. Though none of our groups was a first-place winner, we did win consolation prizes for our efforts.ges, documentaries, and murals, but it doubled as an informational session for the community on issues like the California DREAM Act, and organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar Fund, IDEAS @ UCLA (Improving Dreams, Equity, Access & Success), and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Los Angeles (CHIRLA). LASGS seniors’ digital images (seen here) were and still are available for sale in both small and large sizes.  The price list is in Ms. Sugimoto’s room, where you can still make a purchase. All proceeds go to a scholarship for a college-bound, undocumented LASGS senior.

“Hipolito Munoz is a professional filmmaker who has engaged students in critically assessing media at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. He is a guest professional instructor at LA School of Global Studies.”

I struggled more than usual in writing this piece. My ego got the best of me and I started considering what type of story would be inspirational, and then I noticed that I was just trying to write a short biography of how I so far have become a great example to follow. When I read that I had a chuckle and erased the piece, then I thought, well they need to know the reality of life, and after dinner with a couple of “enlightened” friends, I realized we don’t have a clue either. However, as I walked into the studio to tape the TV show I produce, I felt empowered, and I took a mental note of that, as I was sending some emails and notes to my collaborators for the online magazine I have been managing for years, I had that same comfortable feeling, I also took note. I felt a sense of excitement when I was rushing to get to the class I have been asked to teach. This time, I understood that feeling clearly, I am sure of my skills. My job is to make sure I lead the teams I collaborate with, to get the best out of them that will help all of us. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a tremendous amount to learn about my chosen field, so I always look for mentors. I know that my personal growth and my career depends on other people that have more experience than I do. All of them have already gone through the issues I am facing or have not yet faced. I am clear that more experience does not necessarily mean older than I, I have been taught some great lessons by 5th graders and high school teen agers.(Keep Reading Here)
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Beyond Face to Partner with LASGS

by Meryl Poates

Beyond Face is an organization that believes that the future of our nation is only as bright as the future of our next generation. The job of an educator is to create an environment for the self-actualization of each student; to ensure a happy and prosperous life for each student, and a bright future for our nation. The Los Angeles School of Global Studies and Beyond Face founder Morrie Golcheh have agreed to be partners to provide the following:

·    Empower and liberate students to be present and open to the many doors of opportunities in class and in each moment.

·    Show students how capable they are. That they are whole and perfect; and therefore they have the ability to achieve their dreams.

·   Beyond Face is a program designed to assist each student to discover their interests, talents, abilities, passions, and dreams to pursue their calling in life.

·    Create links between students and businesses, for real-world experiences. This will help the students be inspired and excited. They will learn about businesses and selecting a career path. This will be their road map before embarking on their life journey.  Students will define their own road in life instead of traveling down someone else’s.

·   Students will realize the practical aspects of their choices.  Using various criteria, including: housing, utilities, food, transportation, and more; an annual salary can be determined in order to achieve a certain lifestyle.

·   Students will be directed to mentors to explore their intended careers.

Our facilitators look forward to interacting with the students both in the classroom as well as on field trips to help them to explore the many resources available to them in defining their futures.

The Global Forum 2012 was a success!  The event took place at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday, May 19th.