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We are proud to partner with the following schools and community organizations in Northeast Los Angeles.

avanceAcademiaAvance combines rigorous academic preparation with the development of real-world skills. This is combined with the application of learned concepts via projects, internships, and multi-cultural experiences. As a small public charter school, Academia Avance offers an excellent tuition-free education in a safe nurturing environment, and is operated and governed with community input.

legacylogoFounded in 2007, Legacy LA is a community based non-profit organization focused on youth development.  Its mission is to make positive interventions in the lives of young people by offering alternatives to gangs and violence.  Legacy has partnered with RuckusRoots to offer TRASHformation programs to East LA youth.

2012-10-11_13-29-30_559Nightingale Middle School is located in Cypress Park in East Los Angeles. It is home to the D3 Lab, where RuckusRoots has implemented TRASHformation programs for its student body of 6-8th graders. Due to budget cuts, Nightingale MS is unable to offer many visual arts classes to its students, so RuckusRoots TRASHforamtion helps fill this void.


The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation’s New Learning Institute and Nightingale Middle School. It is a space and learning model that inspires students to Dream It, Design It, and Do It. RuckusRoots is running a TRASHformation program through D3 Lab with students at Nightingale Middle School, which entails everything from devising a system for collecting trash and recycling items, to hosting a student-run waste audit and designing and building a functional, sustainable art piece out of campus-generated waste items. Learn more.