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Global Media Alliance ” How To Get Paid In Full”

By Kevin Clark

The students at  Compton Unified School District (CUSD), don’t just shine at sports-music  – they excel at academics as well.  Dakar Foundation believes activist programming such as Dakar 4 Hollywood Education can help to change the perception and  instill renewed pride  in the name Compton.

CUSD students walk a tightrope without a net,” and for that reason Dakar has recruited a group of concerned profession who’ve created an initiative entitled Global Music Alliance (GMA).  The initiative provides CUSD students with a platform to meet trained Dakar mentors who seek to invest in their development for career paths in the digital media industry.

GMA has created an advisory board to take-on the challenge and start the strategy of evaluating student submissions, attending showcases, and conducting workshops on the best practices of group mentoring.


Dakar has chosen the month of January, National Mentorship Month to launch (GMA).  The focus initially is on music, and will seek  to introduce the most capable and prepared students to be introduced at Digital Hollywood Spring Conference, April, 2015.  There will be a virtual screening and submission for qualification process called Jackin’ 4 Posts.

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GMA’s is powered through volunteerism and is designed to engage students in sharing their learning in exchange forums that will provide youth generated tips and trends for all students who seek sustainable placement in all channels of the music, film and television industry.


DDMA provides CUSD students access to Integrated learning environments. Business and industry expertise through: pitch-presentations, demonstrations and seminars, field trips, job shadowing, and Internships.  

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Students completing the program will be equipped with communication technology and digital media skills needed to succeed in college and their careers. Students will also learn in a collaborative manner while enhancing and enriching common core curriculum through integrated projects and a rich technology environment.


The real-world involvement with organization such as Digital Hollywood will catalyze students with exposure to policies and trends for leaders in content distribution.  The students who are selected for this experience will set themselves apart from other job or college applicants.

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How to Ask an Employer for an Unpaid Internship

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Tips  from College Student for High School Students to Prepare for College

  • Be prepared to do a lot of reading in college.
  • Learn time management: use a calendar and plan how to use your time. Learn to manage your time while still in high school, keep a calendar of all exams and paper due dates.
  • One of the biggest transitions between high school and college is development of time management skills – students must learn to balance school and social life.
  • Be prepared to discipline yourself, as the temptation to slack could be great. If you miss 4-5 classes in a semester, you may not make it through the semester successfully.
  • Being sick affects your ability to be a student – and remember that community living contributes to the cold/flu season.
  • Learn to read – summarize and outline reading.
  • Learn to take notes in class.
  • Learn to study.
  • Start the college and scholarship search as early as possible.
  • Take as many science, math, English, and foreign language courses as you can; they build a foundation for college.
  • Participate in volunteer and community service programs. It helps with scholarships!
  • Take advantage of the advanced classes offered in high school.
  • Think about what characteristics in a university are of most importance to you (climate, environment, degrees offered, size, location, etc.) before making a final decision about attending college. Visit them if possible.
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  • “I think the most important thing to let high school students know is not to overlook anything. When I was in high school I often asked myself, “Why do I need to know this?” then if I didn’t think it was pertinent, I wouldn’t bother to study it. But in college, all those seemingly unneeded tools come together in the real life (e.g.: finding an intersection of those two lines in algebra is later important in cost/revenue calculations). In the way of classes, learning to read and write well is very important. The focus should be on the format and clarifying ideas in writing, and being able to pick out the important parts of writing (the testable facts). Volunteering and joining clubs are important to get into the college of your choice.”
  • “I’d advise the students to take as much math as they can in high school and to take as many classes as they can in the field that they’re interested in. For example, if you are interested in Biology, take as many science classes as you can. In addition, they should get involved in as many clubs and activities as they can. This will make both your high school and college years fun and exciting. One thing I never learned was prioritizing and discipline. That is to get your homework done as soon as you get the opportunity. This is something you will be forced to learn in college, and it should make life so much more free in high school. The hardest transition to college is the amount of work. You are pretty much overloaded and you cannot get behind. If you do, it is nearly impossible to catch back up.”
  • “I think one of the hardest transitions into college is all the reading you have to do. One thing I would have done before I came here was simply read for fun. I think the more you read, the faster you begin to read and comprehend. High school students should take more time reading magazines and books during their free time. Another hard adjustment was being away from the family and friends you are used to being around. I would advise students to bring many pictures of family and friends, just for when they need a smile and extra encouragement.”
  • “I have several suggestions for potential college-goers in high school. The first is to get on the college search early, such as the junior year. Secondly, apply to a wide variety of schools, since during the application progress your interests may change in what you want. Another point is not to overly stress over the selection of a school, because regardless of where you go, you will meet interesting people and experience living on your own – valuable lessons that are just as important as the education you receive. Finally, find a listing of local scholarships that you qualify for, and apply. There is no better way to make money than putting time into scholarships. Oh yeah, and one last thing, work hard in high school, since your grades will leave you with more options when choosing a college.”
  • “Tell them [high school students] not to slack off in their schedule senior year, and just take easy classes. If they take the challenging courses, the transition to college academic life will be a breeze. And tell them to take four years of a foreign language in high school if they can, it’s much easier to get it out of the way in high school.”
  • “I feel that the best way to prepare for college is to take challenging classes in high school. I think that students should treat high school seriously and try to get as much out of it as they can because it’s free unless you go to private school. The main classes that I would focus on taking are those that will be able to help you really think critically and practice your reading and writing skills. In college, you need to be able to manage your time.”
  • “They [high school students] should read over the summer, which I did not do. This could help in their transition. Also, I consider myself an “okay” writer, but they should not take high school writing lightly. Use this time to practice and prepare for college writing courses.”
  • “Take each of the following classes all through high school (i.e. each year): science, math, foreign language, and a mix of electives. Do not just join all the clubs and pick either one or two that really interest you and then try to gain a title in that club, such as President, Vice President, etc. Hone your study habits now. It is much harder to study when you get to college and there is no one to tell you to do your homework except yourself. Learn to love to read. It is key to getting a good education and in turn good grades . . . that keeps the folks happy.”

Instuctor Phillip May, The STEM TriTab

By Kevin Clark

The Dakar Foundation was proud to participate in the Hour Of Code, collaborating with instructors Larry Hood, and Phillip May.   The 60 minutes program provide an interactive workshop featuring student demonstrations from coding apps to sensors for drones.

Instructor Larry Hood provide an overview of “Why” coding and computer science is  important to their career paths.

Instructor Phillip May is an incredible mentor, yet he describes his experience with his students in Compton as a surrogate parent to many.

Dakar has been searching for an instructor who can teach students how to “make” things, extending theory to real world products that can be monetized in todays digital world.

Students were engaged, and showcased their introduction to engineering prowess that showcased robotics, green technology, and digital media broadcasting production

This experience will provide certificates of completion for the students to put in their resumes, as well as to be leveraged for advanced placement in Dakar Media projects such as “Compton Creek” and the Fallen 66.



By Kevin Clark

Dakar Foundation has confirmed a power-packed Hour Of Code, featuring a session with Dakar Mentor, Dane Matheson, who will support our ongoing coding programs to prep for the Dakar Media Academy launch,fall of 2015.  The event will be livesteamed, 9a -10a PST on this Thursday 12/11.

Compton Unified School District instructor, Larry Hood will co-produce the Hour Of Code with Dakar board member Terrence Coles.  The one hour event will be steamed, live, and memorialized for CUSD to use instructionally.

Compton High School Instructor, Juan Reynoso’s class will be streaming and recording the Hour Of Code for instruction, and to use the capture to promote the Dakar Media Academy’s capability to recruit mentees for mentorship pipeline.

Dakar is in beta mode, preparing to marshall all of our resources for operations to commence summer of 2015.  We’ll be utilizing relationships built with CUSD students to create our charter membership program.  This selected group will also provide youth mentors 10th through 12th graders to work incoming freshman.

Stay tuned for details for our next evens in January 2015 ( National Mentorship Month).  Click on image below.