The Garden Grove Unified School District is one the most ethnically diverse public school school systems in Orange County, and African Americans are among the smallest of groups, representing less than 1 percent of the students in the GGUSD.
To offer services to those pupils, the district board of trustees will consider on Tuesday night a memorandum of understanding with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Orange County Branch No. 1052 to collaborate with the district.
Mentoring services will be provided to support third and fourth grade African American students at two GGUSD schools. They will include African American adult professionals aimed at helping pupils to focus on achievements and use “learned strength strategies,” as well as “gain tools to overcome difficult life-phases as they grow and develop.”
The mentors will undergo a background check and parental permission is required. If approved, the program would run from Sept. 26 2022 through June 30, 2023.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at 10331 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove. The GGUSD is a K-12 system serving most of Garden Grove as well as parts of Anaheim, Cypress, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.