LAUSD / USC Media Arts & Engineering Magnet

Engineered for success: Join USC’s Jr. MESA program

Jr. MESA is a program of the University of Southern California that serves middle school students who are interested in math and engineering. MESA provides academic services from elementary through university level to increase the number of students who will graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The USC MESA program serves its students with innovative academic, college and career counseling, and hands-on science programs, which are great opportunities to compete, show off and meet new friends.

Students from LAUSD / USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet spent the year finding organizations around their neighborhoods that offered opportunities for teens to gain experiences outside of the classroom. After researching these organizations, students produced, shot and edited documentaries to showcase the amazing work being done by area students. Our ultimate goal is to help raise awareness for all teens about these opportunities to improve the health, education, career readiness, and safety of themselves, their peers, their families, and their neighborhoods.


Produced and created by Samantha Vasquez and Reyes Ceballos.

The equipment used to make this documentary was acquired in help from a generous grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.