At GRASSROOTS, we are dedicated to supporting MESA graduating high school seniors, incoming freshmen, and transfer students from the LA Metro area MESA Programs (CSULA, CSULB, UCLA, and USC) and local community colleges. Our mission is to help students overcome obstacles to success, ensuring that all students, regardless of background, thrive in their STEM education journey.

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The K-12 STEM Center develops strategies and builds initiatives to meet the needs of a diverse population, specifically in efforts to increase the representation of female students and African American/Black, Hispanic/LatinX/Latine, Native/Indigenous students in its STEM programs, such as GRASSROOTS. Some of those efforts include outreach, mentorship, and scholarships. However, all STEM Center programs are open to all students in compliance with Federal and State law, as well as University policy.

Programs Offered

GRASSROOTS recognizes the disparity in STEM degree persistence rates, particularly among African American/Black and Hispanic/LatinX/Latine students. Open to USC and non-USC students, we tackle identified barriers, including financial issues, college navigation, family concerns, academic readiness, and a sense of belonging. Through comprehensive support and mentorship, GRASSROOTS is dedicated to leveling the playing field for STEM success.


Facilitator Support

A dedicated facilitator will assist LA Metro MESA College Prep seniors at universities and community colleges in the greater Los Angeles area. They will provide personalized guidance, helping students navigate challenges and access essential resources.



Our mentorship program pairs students with paid mentors. These mentors will serve as guides, assisting students in locating and utilizing resources within their institutions and communities.

Thriving Together

If you are a graduating senior, incoming freshman, or transfer student passionate about STEM education, join us on this journey. Together, we'll overcome obstacles and build a supportive community committed to academic success and professional growth.

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Published on February 15th, 2024

Last updated on February 15th, 2024