USC Program Helps Low-Income Students Prepare for College

She stands just 5 foot 2, with a slight frame and soft voice, but to her family, Alfa Lopez is a giant. The Los Angeles teen lives in a low-income area where teenagers are tempted by drugs and the high school drop-out rate is 50 percent. As she matter-of-factly puts it, "It's not the best neighborhood." Alfa, though, has big plans and big dreams. This 16-year-old has her sights set on becoming the first member of her family to go to college. "I try to get straight A's to make my family...Full Story
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