Before Hathaway-Sycamores‘ Learning Lab Center existed, its founder and life-changing tutor Simon Gee, ran the Center as a computer lab for youth in Highland Park, Los Angeles to help them graduate from high school. Finding that most of the students who came to him were failing in school, Gee suggested to Hathaway-Sycamores that the lab be turned into a tutoring center. Today, more than a decade later, Simon Gee and the Hathaway-Sycamores’ Learning Lab have sent dozens of foster youth to the nation’s top colleges, like MIT and Stanford, on full scholarships. In this video, his former student, Alejandra Negrete shares how Gee’s Learning Center motivated her to attend the University of California, Irvine and become a lawyer.
The Learning Lab currently serves 250 at-risk youth, ages 5 to 19, in Los Angeles by providing free after-school enrichment activities such as intensive tutoring, computer lab, college field trips, SAT preparation courses, financial aid support and more. The only free resource of its kind in the Highland Park community, the Learning Lab servers about 30 students daily.