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Skillz Summer School

SKILLZ Summer School is a free summer learning experience for teens most at risk of dropping out of school or failing to graduate. It takes place during the month of July, a time

a time when there are few scheduled programs for older youth. SKILLZ focuses on students entering 9th and 10th grades who have multiple F grades and provides them with a supportive environment, high expectations and the opportunity to earn both elective and academic credits. By completing a mix of life skills workshops and academic classes, the students can earn up to ten school credits each. In addition to improving school success, SKILLZ helps increase the students’ confidence, motivation and social skills. 


Life-Skills + English + Algebra + Art

Claudia Hathcock




A series of fun and free activities, events, and opportunities to make Pasadena a little nicer, one block at a time, Block9 was inspired by a Youth Advocate-led observational survey of Northwest Pasadena in spring 2013. 


The concept was then brought to life in August 2013 thanks to a generous grant by SPARC (Student Philanthropists Advancing Real Change), the planning efforts of the Youth Advocates and Day One Summer Rose youth workers, and the support of a host of local partners, including Side Street Projects, Armory Center for the Arts, Light Bringer Project, Pasadena Habitat for Humanity, Peace Over Violence, Neighborhood Connections, Conscientious Projector, Art Center, YWCA, BikeSGV, SPARC, Boys and Girls Club Pasadena, the City of Pasadena, and Flintridge Center. 


Block 9 returns in 2015 with another exciting schedule of FREE + FUN + COMMUNITY BUILDING activities and events for the whole family. 

Claudia Hathcock


Year round

Nutrition Education/Fitness #FeelGood

The Healthy Communities program started in February 2014, when several students actively participated with Day One to work on securing installation of new hydration stations on campus as part of a youth engagement project funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Champions for Change program. Through the administration of peer surveys and a Photovoice project students were able to document their assessment of the quality of water on campus and identify that there was a strong need for new water fountains on campus. In the Fall of  2015, the first school refillable water station was installed at Muir High School.

Steven Mendoza

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During School Year

Youth Master Plan

This youth Master Plan provides a blueprint for Pasadena as it seeks to create a community where youth are seen as assets and thus are able to thrive and reach their full potential. The Plan aspires to maximize taxpayer and private investment
and to improve outcomes for all youth regardless of where they live and what schools they attend. The Plan envisions a Pasadena with youth-serving culture that is more than the sum of its parts—a city where each program and initiative
collaborates to boost outcomes for individual children and families, while creating a culture of safety, of social and civic engagement, and of academic and vocational aspiration.

Christy Zamani


March & October

Art Night

Enjoy a free evening of art, music and play at Day One. We host Art Night twice a year and make sure to expose you to interactive and local art! The night is yours to explore!

Christy Zamani

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Cherishing Children

Day One hosted its10th annual Cherishing Children Toy Drive and Holiday Celebration! Youth Advocates work around the clock to collect and wrap gifts for families in need. Students collect and wrap over 1500 toys! Due to support from amazing community partners we exceed our goal last year and were able to serve all families in attendance. The kids loved it!!

Christy Zamani