USC McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative

USC McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative

What is the Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative?

NAI is a rigorous, seven-year pre-college enrichment program designed to prepare students from South and East Los Angeles for admission to a college or university.

Students participate in a seven-year program of after-school tutoring and Saturday morning classes.  Parents attend a biweekly Family Development Institute program to create a 360 degree, hands-on approach to reinforce student academic goals and study habits and maximize a healthy home environment.

Where are we now?

Despite school closures and social distancing, the Neighborhood Academic Initiative's work with our scholars continues. The NAI team has risen to the challenge and developed program-wide remote learning and advisement, working directly with our scholars via Zoom meetings, telephone calls, and e-mail. Additionally, through a very generous gift from Bill and Leslie McMorrow, our senior scholars will soon receive computers to help them finish their last year of high school as strong as possible.

NAI is also committed to supporting our scholars, families and our partner schools during this very difficult period. Our team is volunteering with LAUSD and neighborhood food distribution efforts. And, through a generous donation, we were able to provide 50 families struggling with food insecurity with groceries and gift cards for additional food purchases. We will continue to find ways to help our NAI family through this health and economic crisis.

As our students face even more obstacles on their journey to college, your support of NAI is more crucial than ever before. We recognize that all families are facing challenges but, if you can, please consider making a donation to NAI during this unprecedented time. All donations will go directly to scholarships and providing food and resources to NAI families.

The University's COVID-19 Response

USC has established four funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help support all areas of the Trojan community. If you are able to do more, I invite you to support one of the emergency funds established to support USC students, health care workers, employees, and community members affected by COVID-19.