Research has proven that this type of support for our students is needed. According to the 2015 UCLA Center, Mental Health in Schools Program and Policy Analysis, "Transitions: Turning Risks into Opportunities for Student Support" (2015) found that, “Transition stressers can be barriers to school adjustment and thus learning and teaching; they also can exacerbate other factors that interfere with learning at school. Such stressers can lead students and their families, especially those who are particularly vulnerable, to behave in counterproductive ways and can have life-shaping consequences.”  

Derek Richardson

3651 S. La Brea Avenue, Suite 767

Los Angeles, California 90016

Telephone: 213-944-2028

Fax: 323-296-0467

The Why Can't We Make a Difference Morning Program eases the stress of transitions for elementary school students.  Currently 21% of the school community is currently enrolled in the Morning Program. 


The goal of the Morning Mentoring Program is our way of encouraging our elementary school students' attendance by stimulating their emotional interest in school through academic and social enrichment programs.


The program is designed to start student’s school day off with a positive attitude.  Students arrive between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. to a program that instills Harambee, a Swahili word which means "all pull together".  We lead our students in positive affirmations and teach through team building activities, athletic completion, incentives, and guest speakers.  In addition we provide homework assistance to students who need extra support.  


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​​​Our goal:​Through academic and social enrichment programs for elementary school students, our programs' goal is to increase students' academic and emotional interest in school.