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UCLA Riordan Business Program

I. Overview: Riordan Programs, Saturday Business Academy


The Riordan Programs was established in 1987 by the honorable Richard Riordan, former Secretary of Education for the state of California and former mayor of Los Angeles, and Dr. William Ouchi, Professor of Management and Organizational Design at UCLA Anderson School of Management.  The mission of the Programs is to foster diversity in the business community by encouraging and preparing individuals primarily from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue higher education and management careers. The organization manages two programs: the Riordan Scholars Program and the Riordan Fellows Program.


With the support of the Riordan Programs, alumni of the Riordan Fellows Program founded SBA in early 2005 at College-Ready Academy High School (CRAHS) in South Los Angeles, part of the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools (the Alliance).  The Riordan Fellows Alumni Association (RFAA) created SBA to meet the needs of the ESAT 11th grade students from low socioeconomic backgrounds who possess the potential to go to college but lack the traditional resources critical for college admittance.  Through individual mentorship, college preparatory workshops and a curriculum that instills a basic competence in financial literacy, SBA was created to help the Alliance attain its goal of a 100% success rate of students who will graduate ready to enter college. For the 2011-2012 academic school year, SBA takes place at the Environmental Science & Technology High School (ESAT).


II.  Requirements:

ESAT students are expected to participate in 1-2x monthly Saturday meetings from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Participants are expected to be on time, prepared and ready to engage.

The students are expected to attend SBA on the following fall 2015 dates:


Session1 : September 26th, 9-1

Session 2: October 10th, 9-1

Session 3: October 31st, 9-1

Session 4: November 14th, 9-1

Session 5: November 21st, 9-1

Session 6: December 59-1


III. Saturday Business Academy: Project Description

SBA participants and their mentors meet at the ESAT with the objective of making participants into competitive college applicants. The strategy to meet this objective is based on mentorship and the completion of SBA curriculum activities. SBA curriculum activities include:


  • Academic and Personal Development Workshops: Participants attend monthly workshops that are facilitated by UCLA officials, mentors, and industry professionals. The workshops focus on habits and skills that successful students practice academically and professionally. The topics of discussion include Resume Writing, Study Skills, College Admissions Essay Writing, Public Speaking, Financial Aid for College, and Summer Extracurricular Activities.


  • College Action Plan: The College Action Plan is developed with a mentor and tailored to the individual needs of the student. Specific milestones are established and monitored to ensure academic improvement and personal development.


  • College Portfolio: The College Portfolio includes the College Action Plan and products from the academic workshops.


  • Mentorship: Each participant is matched with a mentor who has graduated with an

undergraduate and/or graduate degree. The colleges/universities represented by the mentors include Georgetown, Occidental College, Princeton University, and UCLA. Mentors attend periodic training sessions that offer guidance on effective mentoring habits, recent data on high school reform, and current college admissions processes.