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Episode 8: Doing the Work that Dr King and Malcolm X Left Behind for us to do!

From Bankruptcy to Reinvention –

The City of Stockton


Episode 8:
Doing the Work that Dr King and Malcolm X Left Behind for us to do!

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Anthony Rodriguez - Summer Success Leadership Academy

In this episode we feature the voice of Anthony Rodriguez who is an 8th grade English and Math educator at Marshall Elementary, and works with the Summer Success Leadership Academy in leading the mentor training program.

Anthony Rodriguez


Anthony Rodriguez is an 8th Grade teacher in Stockton California. He was born and raised in Tulare CA and moved to Stockton in 2009 to attend the University of the Pacific. While at Pacific he met Tylicia Hooker and Michael Tubbs by getting involved with their Summer Program: Summer Success and Leadership Academy or SSLA. Eventually earning his Master’s in Education, Anthony took his knowledge that he gained from SSLA and entered into the Stockton Unified School District; carrying the vision that he and his friends continue to have for the youth of Stockton. Empowerment through information and motivating our youth to reach their full potential that is within them. Anthony is the SSLA former Mentor Leadership Development Coordinator.

Summer Success Leadership Academy

The Student Success and Leadership Academy (SSLA) trains and equips our community’s most undeserved youth with the skills that they need in order to be change agents in their community. The Academy is committed to equipping and empowering local high school students to university life and encourages them to develop their voice both academically and through leadership. The Academy kicks off with week-long residential experience coupled with a year-round robust mentor-ship experience. Students live on the University of Pacific’s campus and are paired with a college mentor and a cohort with whom they work to research, design, and implement “Community Action Plans.”

Additionally, SSLA participants are involved in lectures from college professors, guest speakers, exclusive meetings with Pacific admissions officers, individualized college planning, and engage in a robust leadership and critical thinking curriculum. Students selected for the program are those who ordinarily would not have been given the chance to experience life on a university campus. Some students who have participated in this program are in continuation schools, have less than 3.0 GPAs, are frequently truant, and have disciplinary problems.

The full engagement approach was chosen so that the program could have the maximum impact, so students could learn from one another and observe mutual growth and development, and to illustrate the potential in all students to “be the change they seek in the world.” The Academy was founded by Ty-Licia Hooker and Mayor Michael Tubbs. According to Michael Tubbs "SSLA was born out of the belief that, if given the right resources and opportunities, "at-risk" youth can actively be the change we all seek in our community."

Find out more about The Student Success and Leadership Academy by visiting their web site


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Your support of The Student Success and Leadership Academy will help them continue to provide training and equip Stockton’s most underserved youth with the skills that they need in order to be change agents in our community. Donations our processed through The Student Success and Leadership Academy’s fiscal host Boost! West Oakland. Please click on the link below and in the comment section write in Student Success and Leadership Academy. You will receive a receipt for your taxes.

The students see how young we are, witness the actions we are taking to target and eliminate the problems in our community, and they appreciate that. It gives them hope that they, too, can make a difference
— Ty-Licia Hooker

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