Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (Los Angeles, CA)

Name

  • Name:Ms. Lorraine Grey
  • Title:Director, Saturday Science Academy

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Address:1731 E. 120th st.
    Los Angeles, CA 90059
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:3235635901

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General

  • Mission:
  • The Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, which administers the Saturday Science Academy, was founded in 1966 to provide educational opportunities to improve health in the Watts-Willowbrook community of South Los Angeles. The University’s mission is to conduct education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement to train health professionals who promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion, and transform the health of underserved communities.

    The Saturday Science Academy has served this mission for twenty years by providing hands-on science education experiences to youngsters who have committed themselves to seriously consider careers in health, science and technology. The goal of the SSA is to strengthen the academic science skills of youngsters from one of the most economically depressed areas in California, while providing the inspiration and experiences that will form a foundation for them to succeed as accomplished health professionals. The Academy dispels the myth that the fields of science are too boring, too hard, or inaccessible to African-American and Latino youth.

    As a small mission based university providing services in an already economically disadvantaged community, Charles Drew University has been hit disproportionately hard by the economic recession. Its ability to support even core degree-granting programs has been compromised, placing important non degree-granting programs like SSA at even greater peril. Support from the Lawrence Foundation and others allows us to continue to provide this unique science education program.

    A foundation of the philosophy of academic medicine at Charles Drew University is a commitment to contribute to the shaping and preparation of young people in the community so that they will have a greater chance of gaining access to health and science professions. To this end, Saturday Science Academy focuses on five critical aspects of education and development:

    1) Academic Enhancement. This component strengthens students' academic skills in the areas of math, science, technology, communications, study and test-taking strategies and prepares them to study and succeed in the areas of medicine and health sciences.

    2) Motivation. This component introduces students to a variety of health care professionals to encourage those students who might otherwise never consider medical and health care careers.

    3) Mentorship. This component pairs students with medical personnel, allied health students, high school students, physicians or other clinical health care professionals providing them with an opportunity to feel connected to the medical and health care fields at a personal level. The relationships are encouraged to last longer than a single academic term, as both parties commit to becoming acquainted with each others' activities and interest.

    4) Research Apprenticeship. This component places students in laboratories to help them understand the world of health science research and to strengthen their vast research skills. Research Apprenticeships focus on research as opposed to clinical activity.

    5) Academic Partnership. More of a structure than a component, this aspect of the program facilitates academic partnerships to help increase numbers of minority students in medicine. Medical schools and public school districts commit to work together to develop and strengthen curricula. This provides a seamless infrastructure designed to enhance the students' abilities to pursue and achieve success in medicine and the health sciences.

  • History:
  • The Saturday Science Academy (SSA) is the heart of the health careers pipeline program at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). For more than twenty years, SSA has provided unique science education and health career preparation to youngsters 4-17 years old who commit themselves to seriously consider careers in health, science and technology as a result of being part of the program. The goal of the SSA is to strengthen the academic science skills of youngsters from one of the most economically depressed areas in California while providing the inspiration and experiences that will form a foundation for them to succeed in the health professions. More than 90% of SSA graduates surveyed attend college, and many of these are pursuing health sciences majors. The program is identified by the Institute of Medicine as a model program for increasing diversity in the health professions.

    The Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) was chartered in 1966 after the California governor’s McCone Commission cited poor health status and diminished access to healthcare as among the major factors fomenting the 1965 Watts civil unrest. The University’s mission—to conduct education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement to train health professionals who promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion, and transform the health of underserved communities—embraces the needs and problems of society’s most disadvantaged and neglected communities. The institution serves this mission through a unique blend of research, outreach, education, and service that addresses the multidimensional needs of medically underserved populations.

    Charles Drew University is the only designated minority-serving health-sciences university in a county of more than 10 million people, 70 percent of whom are from minority communities. Defined as a Minority Serving Institution by the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, CDU is recognized by the Department of Education as a Historically Black Graduate Institution. The University is also a charter member of the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of Hispanic people through research initiatives, training opportunities, and academic development. CDU is the only higher education institution so dually designated in the United States.

    In more than 40 years of enrolling students, the University has made significant contributions to the nation’s health care by graduating more than 550 physicians, 2,100 physician assistants, 2,500 physician specialists, and numerous other health professionals, almost all from diverse communities. The great majority of these individuals continue to work with underserved communities many years after graduation.

    The academic agenda for the Saturday Science Academy evolves from the University mission statement. Fundamental to the philosophy of transforming community health at Charles Drew University is a commitment to the shaping and preparation of young people in the community so that they will have a greater chance of gaining access to health and science professions. The University supports a wide variety of outreach, training, and health careers pipeline programs in the community.

  • Year established:1966
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:13
  • Advisory board size:7
  • Staff size:201

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:95-6151774

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:956151774
  • Organization Name:CHARLES DREW UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE & SCIENCE
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  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1731 E 120TH ST
  • Organization City:LOS ANGELES
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:90059-3051
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:April, 1967
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:11
  • Foundation Code Desc.:School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
  • Activity Code(s):046, 030
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Private school, School, college, trade school, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:B54Z
  • Asset Amount:$158,578,919
  • Asset Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • Income Amount:$52,284,609
  • Income Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$49,199,616
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 7:32:50 pm

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