Student Engagement

We define student engagement as the process by which students become empowered agents & advocates in their schools and communities. It is an equal partnership with adults by which students organically vision, plan, and execute their goals for change or movement.

History of the L.A. Trust

The Trust was formed through a 1991 resolution of the LAUSD Board of Education to address the myriad and significant health challenges many LAUSD students faced. From 1994-2002, the Trust provided substantial financial support to the direct operation of the six original LAUSD school-based health clinics. At the same time, the Trust facilitated the opening of new school-based clinics (currently 34 clinics) with business plans that could be self-sufficient and sustainable without ongoing direct funding. Since then, the Trust has served as support for school-based health clinics and health partnerships through a broad range of school-linked programs, providing in excess of 200,000 healthcare visits annually to the elementary, middle and high school students of LAUSD.

Through thoughtful planning, each full-service community clinic will open onto the campus to allow full student access, and also maintain a separate street-side entrance for members of the local community.

The Wellness Center Network integrates and coordinates care for students and their families with a focus on prevention, education, early intervention and screening by:

  • Connecting students and families to preventive and primary care resources
  • Leveraging a variety of LAUSD and community assets within a school complex.

Our 2009-2013 strategic plan is specifically dedicated to the Wellness Centers and the development of the surrounding network to provide preventative and early intervention services, linkage to community-based resources, access to all children and families and linkage for children and families to health insurance.

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