Together, we are USC Good Neighbors!
USC Good Neighbors has been a cornerstone of USC’s community engagement for nearly three decades. We’re proud of our partnerships – and our partners – who continue to help so many persevere at this unprecedented time.
USC Good Neighbors: The Heart of Every Trojan
Now, more than ever, USC’s local nonprofit partners, local K-12 schools, and the Trojan Family are combining forces with our neighbors to make a positive impact. Together, we are addressing the most pressing challenges our communities face: the impact of racial inequity, an economic recession, the digital divide, and housing and food insecurity.
Sustainability partnerships reach community members of all ages, bridging immediate food access for vulnerable neighbors, teaching gardening skills, sharing the harvest, and creating green spaces through tree planting and park rehabilitation. Additional partnerships address wholesome, affordable food options, exercise, and other healthy practices to improve health outcomes in our communities.
Parents and children attend weekly sessions to learn proper exercise techniques and cooking classes.
Workforce development and training are key to providing pathways to a more prosperous future. Innovative college and career pathways support high school students to excel with experiential learning opportunities and jobs that lead to careers in dental, medical, and eldercare fields.
Dental assistant graduates are placed in jobs in local dental offices, often leading to employment advancement while sparking an interest in pursuing graduate degrees.
An equitable education is a foundation for youth success. Virtual college access initiatives have a 100 percent high school graduation rate in the neighborhoods surrounding USC’s Health Sciences and University Park campuses, and over 95 percent college attendance, including becoming future Trojans!
“USC Med-COR provided experiences that strengthened my academic foundation, and made me an even stronger college applicant. Med-COR is a family. Even after you graduate, the staff is always there for you.” Deshawn Harris, M.D.
Programs address the digital divide by providing youth and families with laptops, hotspots, and access to Wi-Fi. The past year has reinforced the disparities in technology access and the need for reliable devices to acquire information to support educational attainment, work, and health resources.
The 21st century will require individuals prepared in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Diverse populations of young people engage in programs that build critical thinking skills, confidence and foster their curiosity about robotics coding, the application of science to understand the world, solve real-life problems and expose them to science-based careers.
Elementary students explore the effects of climate change through hands-on science experiments, while teachers receive professional development support to enhance instructional resources.