Eastside Spirit and Pride (ESSP) is an organization that has been involved in East Los Angeles College for over twenty years, making notable contributions to the school such as lobbying for the return of football, the founding of the school’s marching band and bring pride to a college that had been missing.
The mission of the club now is to assist students to give back to their community through service while helping them realize their potential in successfully transferring to four year universities. Students help to beautify and maintain the cleanliness of the campus, contribute time and supplies to the food pantry, support sporting events and the marching band, participate in fundraising activities to give book stipends and student scholarships. The ESSP Club hopes to establish an irrevocable sense of pride and delight in the school and in the surrounding, greater community.
Meeting Times and Dates
The club holds regular meetings on Thursdays at 12:15 in E3-321, and this year features two outstanding faculty members as sponsors, Obed Silva (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Nancy Ramirez (email@example.com).
ESSP regularly features:
--Service opportunities to participate in the cleanliness of the campus and food pantry.
--Fundraising activities for book stipends and student scholarships.
--Opportunities to attend and cheer sporting events and the marching band.
--Motivational speakers, generally former students of East Los Angeles College who have now graduated from four year universities, faculty members of ELAC, and sometimes local celebrities associated with ELAC or the surrounding community.
--Interactive and informative discussions concerning procedures and important things-to-know relating to transferring to four-year universities.
--Hosts tours to various neighboring universities, where students have the opportunity to frequent campus grounds and explore possible options for their higher education.
In 2010, East Side Spirit and Pride partnered up with Father Greg Boyle and Homeboy Industries in an attempt to reach out to the surrounding community. Members and ESSP founder Dennis Sanchez taught a class called Bridge to College at Homeboy Industries on a routine basis in addition to having ESSP members tutor members of Homeboy Industry. In addition he takes members from Homeboy Industries on tours to East Los Angeles College and other colleges in the Los Angeles area. As a result, many students from Homeboy Industry have enrolled at East Los Angeles College and other community colleges in the greater Los Angeles area.