Dana Maria Henry
UCLA Community Based Learning Program
Dana Henry has worked within the field of youth development for over eight years. As a student at UCLA, Ms. Henry worked as a part-time work experience coach in two housing projects in south Los Angeles. Simultaneously, Ms. Henry worked as the co-chair of UCLA?s African Education Project Saturday School Program where she organized volunteers to conduct educational Saturday School workshops in the New Wilmington Arms Housing Development.
After graduating from UCLA with a degree in American Literature and Culture Studies, Ms. Henry was asked to return to the UCLA Community Based Learning Program as a full-time Program Coordinator. Working within many different community centers, libraries, and local schools, Ms. Henry was able to build her skills and understanding of youth development and community needs assessment. In 2005, Ms. Henry was selected to sit on the City of Los Angeles? Children?s Planning Council?s Youth Engagement Task Force headed by Yolie Flores, current Member, Board of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District. The Youth Engagement Task Force, comprised of key youth services workers, met over several months to review and evaluate youth-serving organizations in Los Angeles.
Currently, Ms. Henry is the Program Coordinator for the UCLA Pathways to Success Program at Hamilton High School. The UCLA Pathways to Success Program offers after-school academic and social programs at Hamilton High School. Ms. Henry supervises four UCLA students who act as tutors/mentors for the Hamilton High School students. In addition, Ms. Henry has trained 15 Hamilton High School students who assist their peers with homework and contextual basic skills after school. These students serve as positive role models promoting academic success, leadership and campus diversity. Ms. Henry also has a case load of 40 Communities In Schools Los Angeles West (CISLAW) students with whom she is working individually to address the at-risk factors preventing them from successful graduation.