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Have you ever wondered what happens at The Ranch after the bell rings? Well, PREPare to have your mind blown. You can find the PREP program in the library every Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

The program’s primary goal is to support students’ well-being through diverse programming. Students can improve their grades through tutoring, make new friends in the teen center, and benefit from the program’s offerings.

 

The Prep program is El Rancho’s new after-school, non-profit program, dedicated to providing a wide range of support for students beyond academics. With the help of a grant, this innovative program offers free opportunities for students to explore their interests, develop new skills, and receive mentorship.

 

PREP boasts an impressive array of activities, including a teen center, tutoring opportunities, a weight room, college workshops, and field trips. PREP also offers special interest clubs such as art, barista, gardening, SAB (student advisory board), and E-Sports. 

 

The Barista Club recently hosted a successful book cafe event on March 13th and 14th. This two-day event brought book lovers and coffee enthusiasts together in a cozy setting. Attendees browsed a curated selection of books while enjoying specialty coffee drinks crafted by the club’s skilled baristas.

Azai Mendez (PREP vice president), a junior, has greatly benefited from the PREP after-school program. He has found enjoyment in tutoring and has seen a significant improvement in his grades thanks to the guidance of Ms. Paola Ruiz, a Stanford graduate. Azai’s experience with PREP extends beyond academic support., “Prep is a lot more than an after-school program. Being a part of PREP is more like a family”, says Mendez.

Senior, Diego Soto (PREP president) once found it challenging to interact with new people. However, since joining PREP, the welcoming atmosphere and supportive mentors have helped Diego build his confidence. He attributes this transformation to PREP, saying, “I had trouble talking to new people, and with PREP, it has boosted my confidence when talking to new people.”

 

At PREP, students can grab a snack and then choose to attend tutoring for academic support, hang out with friends in the teen center, or participate in club meetings. PREP is a drop-in program, allowing students to stay for as long or as little as they like, fostering flexibility and comfort.

The program also offers exciting field trips during Spring Break, including a tour of Cal State Long Beach, a tour of Rio Hondo College, and a Bolsa Chica Beach clean-up and bonfire. Additionally, a trip to Griffith Observatory is planned for Saturday, April 13. These outings allow students to explore new environments, learn from experiences, and bond with their peers.

PREP is led by Site Coordinator Adonay Cortez, alongside Youth Leaders Jasmine Arrioja Bernal, Lauren Flores, Ivy Guerra, Alan Luong, and Paola Ruiz. This dedicated team brings together diverse interests, backgrounds, and educational experiences, united in their enthusiasm to serve the El Rancho community. For more information, contact Cortez at [email protected] or stop by his office at any time.

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Alexander Saavedra
Alexander Saavedra, Staff Writer
I'm Alexander Saavedra. I'm a senior at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, California. I've lived in Pico my whole life with my mom and brother. I went to Birney Tech Academy and STEAM Academy at Burke and now I'm here at El Rancho. Some things that I love to do are listen to music, watch sports, and hang out with friends. Normal teenager things to love.  My favorite artist at the moment is a music group called "Wave to Earth''. They play a very laid back/mellow type of music. But my favorite artist is always changing. And last but not least my favorite sport has to be soccer. With my favorite team being an LA team known as the LA Galaxy. They have their ups and downs but in the end, they'll always be my favorite!
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