Long Beach BLAST’s (Better Learning for All Students Today) mission is to improve academic and personal success for youth through collaboration and innovative approaches to mentoring and learning.
BLAST focuses on youth who are the most “at-risk” for dropping out of school because they face homelessness, pressure from gangs, lack of parental involvement and violence. BLAST provides youth with access to credit recovery classes, workforce development training, leadership development, college preparedness workshops and career guest speakers.
“BLAST is a class I’ve benefitted from both personally and educationally. Although, unfortunately I don’t have this class all day, I’ve learned a lot about how to handle confrontations and any general relationship. The BLAST staff explained how to introduce yourself and dress for a job interview and how to create resumes. I genuinely believe BLAST helps me and will help other people in the future.”
“Long Beach BLAST has provided quality mentoring support services for youth at risk within Long Beach for over 20 years. The Ready to Rise Initiative allows Long Beach BLAST to formalize and create one of the most initiative programs for all continuation students within Long Beach.”