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CollegeTrek Afterschool Program
Summer Fun Camp
CollegeTrack College Readiness Program

Programs and Facilities

The Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center offers four programs for students from grades 3-12. Programs are held at our youth center on Western Avenue in South Los Angeles and at area middle schools and high schools.

The Wooten Center is housed in five adjacent storefront buildings at the corner of 91st Street. Facilities include a library, computer lab, teen room, parent room, homework and tutorial building, basketball court and other areas. The center is open Monday-Friday, 2-6pm, from September-June, and Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm in July and August.

The following are our three programs:

CollegeTrek Afterschool Program

  • Schedule: Fall, Winter, Spring
  • Location: Wooten Center
  • Grades: 3-12
  • Cost: Free; optional transportation is available for $30/month per household

College preparation should not wait for high school. CollegeTrek starts at grade 3 in preparing students to adopt the skills needed to complete their journey to higher education. Our reading, writing, math and science labs and our poetry, world languages, field trips, sports and other activities are based on the A-G requirements needed at many institutions for high school graduation and college enrollment.

Instruction is also based on California state content standards for grade level achievement. Students are encouraged to perform above grade level and to explore advanced studies in science and other disciplines.

Academic instruction comprises the majority of our activities, with a minimum three hours of homework and tutoring available daily from 2-5pm, followed by sports and recreation from 5-6pm. Our Mission Possible tutorial labs are guided by our STEP model: Self-directed, Team-oriented, Experiential and Project-based. Students receive assignments based on their grade levels, projects to demonstrate their assignments, and drills based on their individual needs. The project-based learning approach teaches the arts of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creative expression.

In addition, all students in grades 3-12 complete a College Plan outlining their plans for higher education. College Days are held on the first Friday to introduce our kids to college life and career choices. Plans are underway to expand our CollegeTrack program to be held at the center for students starting at grade 9.

All afterschool teachers are either college graduates or students. Interns from schools including USC, Pepperdine and Los Angeles Community College also volunteer to provide additional support and mentors for our students.

Other services include transportation, which is available from several public school campuses in South Los Angeles and Inglewood. Students engage in financial literacy through the Wooten Bank, which teaches how to save and write checks using their Wooten Dollars earned for participation in class.


After School Program

Summer Fun Camp

  • Schedule: June 15 to August 31, 2015
    Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm
  • Location: Wooten Center
  • Grades: 3-9
  • Cost: $60/week per child; $55/each for households with 3 or more children enrolled (fee includes t-shirt & weekly tuition & field trips)

The afterschool program at the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage isn't our only program with a college readiness focus. Our Summer Fun Camp also focuses on college and career preparation for students from grades 3-9. Summer camp students prepare college plans and explore careers such as journalism, engineering, computer science, dance, art and more. Weekly field trips and tutoring to address challenges and prepare for the next grade are also available. Fun and educational!

2015 Summer Fun Camp

To register or for more information, contact our front office at (323) 756-7206, x25.
Click here to download the application.

CollegeTrack College
Readiness Program

  • Schedule: September-June
  • Location: Wooten Center and local high schools
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Cost: Free
  • Click here to pre-register

CollegeTrack provides free PSAT/SAT-prep classes and one-on-one advisement for completing college, financial aid and scholarship applications and high school graduation requirements. Visits to college campuses and financial aid workshops for students and parents are also provided at no cost. SAT classes and college advisement are provided at area high schools in day classes and afterschool. PSAT-rep for grades 9-10 and college advisement for seniors are available at the Wooten Center. CollegeTrack instructors are college graduates who have achieved high scores on the SAT and who are sensitive to the needs of our students, many of whom represent the first generation in their family to attend college.

College Track