Mission Advancement Update

Well, we’re coming to the end of another successful school year at Verb, as this is the eleventh year in a row 100% of our graduates gaining acceptances into college; 95% accepted into four-year colleges; full employment for our students in our Corporate Work Study Program; and, a successful recruitment effort for the incoming class of 2020 with 100 new freshmen. So, thank you for all you are doing to contribute and support that success.

One area of needed growth is our Adopt-A-Student Program. The Adopt-A-Student Program is a program that connects our students with our donors who help support their education through scholarship and words of advice. We have 300 students and only 120 were “adopted.” So, if you’re interested in joining this vital group, please contact Ms. Courtney Risch at crisch@verbumdei.us or call her at 323-564-6651 ext. 5130.

In the coming year, starting July 2018, we are planning big things—we will have a new president in Fr. Stephen Privett, we have a new and exciting counseling initiative for our students, a new special event in Orange County, and a new stronger push for the Adopt-A-Student Program to make sure all of our students are “adopted.” We look forward to working with you deliver on the mission of Verb to our students.

Spring Gala Celebrating our Graduating Seniors Class of 2018

My Team

I asked, junior, Osvaldo Estrada (class of 2019), to tell me a bit about his experience at Verb and in CWSP. Here’s what he shared with me –

“Verbum Dei High School holds a special place in the hearts of many, especially the students who attend. Let me tell you a little bit about “the Verb”, as we affectionately call it. Verb is a small, all-male Jesuit school situated in the heart of Watts. It is also a member of the Cristo Rey Network of schools.

The primary goal of the teachers and staff is to provide a well-rounded education for students like me: students who are smart, capable and willing. The primary goal of students like myself is take advantage of the abundance of opportunities made available to me. As such, my education includes service trips, athletic competitions, brotherhood networking, rigorous academic classes, clubs and activities, and a work study program, among an array of other experiences.

The Corporate Work Study Program is one of the students’ favorites, and as I complete my junior year, I cannot help but give thanks to Verbum Dei High School and the many Corporate Partners that offer internships to me and other students.

Our Corporate Partners are located all over Los Angeles County, but mine is in Century City. I work at Fox Rothschild LLP and some of my classmates work at other Century City firms like Katten Muchen Rosenman; Daniels, Fine, Israel, Schonbuch & Lebovits, LLP; Polsinelli LLP; Alliance Bernstein; BNY Mellon; and, Bird Marella.

I have worked at Fox Rothschild LLP for three years. Not only have I learned leadership, but I also enhanced my communication skills when interacting with the professionals there. What I appreciate the most about my time at Fox Rothschild is that I am a member of the team. I am a confident member of the team. When I communicate with my team, they take my ideas seriously.  My team includes my supervisors, DeLano and Trish, who have taught me to speak up for what I need and pace myself so that I can be more effective in my work. It also includes my co-worker, Eric, who guides me, and my administrator, Anne, who listens and gives me advice on how to do better.

Thank you to Fox Rothschild LLP and the many other firms for giving us the chance to learn about your company culture. You have all helped with the cost of our education and growth as a young professional by partnering with the Verb.

Verb is a special place. Verb cares about me, and so does Fox Rothschild LLP. “