Lennox is a deeply impoverished area of Los Angeles that suffers from one of the ten highest rates of domestic violence in the country. English is a second language in nearly 100% of homes, and 70% of elementary and middle school students are classified as English Language Learners. Only 3% of the residents in Lennox have a college degree. Coaltion for Engaged Education (previously New Visions Foundation) designed a six-week Summer Pilot Program in 2013 to curb the high drop out rate between 8th and 9th grade for 20 students identified as highly likely to drop out and who had not registered for high school. Coalition For Engaged Education to developed into a year-round program that supportsed the educational, emotional, and physical needs of these students. These students were enrolled in high school and three were placed in a private school on full scholarship. Each student was promised a scholarship to be awarded upon post-high school matriculation at a college or university. Coalition for Engaged Education provided intensive case management until high school graduation in 2017.
Eighteen students graduated high school and to date, seven have received scholarships.