Depression in South LA Schools

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A survey of 6,000 kids at 7 of LA’s inner city high schools reveal symptoms of what professionals call “clinical depression” largely due to a fear of violence. It shows that the schools don’t provide a sense of belonging and that kids don’t think they’re getting the preparation they’re entitled to. A group called South Central Youth Empowered Thru Action deployed students to talk with each other.



  • Cheryl Grills - Chair of Psychology Department, Loyola Marymount
  • Jasmine Robottom - Student at Manual Arts High School, member of SCYEA
  • Mark Gonzales - Social Studies Teacher at Jordan High School
  • Joshua Kaufman - Psychiatric Social Worker with LAUSD school mental health services unit


Warren Olney