Alumni Community Service Grant

Thank you to all of our young alumni who submitted applications for the Alumni Community Service Grant. The application window closed as of the extended deadline of Monday, March 1.  
 
The Alumni Council is reviewing applications. The Award winner will be announced in late April, and the grant will be awarded by late May.

Community Service Grant Enabled At-Risk Students to Attend Summer Camp

The Council was proud to underwrite its second annual Alumni Community Service Grant in spring 2019. Each year, high school alumni are invited to submit an application that describes a community service project or non-profit organization they wish to benefit. The winner receives a $500 grant to support their service effort.

The winner of the 2019 grant was Ben Jacoby (Curtis '16, Harvard-Westlake '22). Ben volunteers for Harlem Lacrosse Los Angeles, a sports-based development program that helps at-risk students reach their full personal potential by being "immersed in an activity they take pride in, led by a caring mentor, tutor and coach who can help them build confidence and skill sets on the field and in the classroom" (www.harlemlacrosse.org). The grant enabled 25 kids to attend the organization's summer camp.

Update From First Alumni Community Service Grant Award Winner

Whitney Elson (’13), Grant Recipient 
 
"Upward Bound House is a non-profit in Los Angeles that aims to eliminate family homelessness by providing temporary housing, counseling and mentorship to people who are struggling to get back on their feet. I discovered Upward Bound House in 2012 through my volunteer work with National Charity League. Amongst other annual projects, we regularly host festive holiday parties and events at the UBH apartment complex. After working directly with the children living in Upward Bound House, I knew I wanted to do something more to bring joy into their lives.  
  
In 2015, along with the help of my family and friends, I founded an annual summer camp for the kids of Upward Bound House. Every summer, this opportunity brings together kids of all ages from UBH for a week of beach days, field day activities and arts and crafts. The generous grant I received from the Curtis Alumni Council enabled me to provide our campers with new toys, games and gadgets for use at the camp. Their eyes lit up as they opened up cans of new, vibrant-colored play doh and flipped through fresh coloring books, able to choose any image they desired to color. 
  
The summer camp has become an annual, much anticipated tradition. The luckiest kids are only in Upward Bound House for a few months, while their parents receive the counseling they need to find a new job and permanent housing. However, some kids return to the camp year after year as they continue to grow up in this apartment complex. This camp is what unites them and creates a community in what the children previously saw as just a building. On the first day, name tags are pinned to all campers, as they don’t even recognize their own neighbors. By the last day, the kids walk out holding hands, asking their moms if they can go over to their new friend’s apartment to play. Nothing makes me happier than witnessing the sheer joy these few days bring to campers, but knowing that the bonds formed here last beyond camp makes it all the more worthwhile."

Class Ambassador Program

Curtis is laying the foundation for a Curtis Alumni Ambassador program. The goal is to help you and your fellow Curtis alumni stay connected with the school and each other in new, inspiring, and supportive ways.

The Class Ambassador role has a few responsibilities that require a moderate, remote commitment over the course of a given school year—but these are vital to Curtis and the alumni program.
 
A strong alumni network is a reflection of all that Curtis has become in its 94 years and an important part of its future as we head into the school’s centennial anniversary in 2024-2025. Your involvement in Curtis, your memories, and your insights, as former students and as accomplished alumni, are essential fuel for the school today and in the future.

If you are interested in becoming a class ambassador or learning more about the program, please submit the form below and Alexis Shuster, Alumni Affairs Manager (ashuster@curtisschool.org), will be in touch with you soon.