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29 Oct How IEA Helped Me Grow: A Reflection by Kaitlyn Chen

By Kaitlyn Chen, IEA Summer Programs Intern  We asked IEA's Summer Programs Intern Kaitlyn Chen to write a reflection on her journey with IEA. Check out her post below on how IEA influenced important decisions about her future career opportunities!   My name is Kaitlyn, and I’m currently...

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03 Sep 2019 Summer Programs Round-Up

By Nicole Endacott, IEA Program Coordinator Summer 2019 is a wrap! As always, this summer was fulfilling and busy. Returning students reconnected with one another and a large group of bright new students entered the IEA community for the first time. Read on to hear...

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29 Aug Reflecting on my Internship at IEA – Kaitlyn Chen

By Kaitlyn Chen, IEA Summer Programs Intern This summer, I had the chance to intern at the Institute for Educational Advancement. The eight-week internship went beyond my expectations. I learned so much more than I could have asked for, whether that was figuring out how to...

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things we're excited about in 2019

22 Jan Things We’re Excited About in 2019

by Hillary Jade, Program Manager It’s hard to believe, but we’re already well into the new year: 2019. Despite heavy rains – much-needed and welcomed throughout Los Angeles County – in IEA’s home city of Pasadena, CA, the future looks bright! With the rainfall comes the...

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reflections on explore

31 Jul Reflections on EXPLORE

by Mark Blekherman, EXPLORE Extern When I stepped into IEA’s Barder House on June 18, I did not know what to expect. While I had researched the mission and programs of IEA, I was not sure what exactly the term “non-profit management” encompassed, nor was I familiar...

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explore this summer

27 Mar Five Reasons Why You Should EXPLORE This Summer

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Are you a high school student looking for a dynamic, challenging summer experience? Look no further than the EXPLORE program! Here are five reasons why you should join us this summer. Hands-On Experience “I learned what a career in research...

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23 Jan What My Mentor Taught Me, Part 2

by Matthew Burke, EXPLORE Alumnus In ninth grade, while studying for midterms and slogging through term papers, I started daydreaming about how I wanted to spend my summer.  Ideally, I wanted to do scientific research, but given my age, I wasn’t sure what types of opportunities...

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gifted student mentor

16 Jan What My Mentor Taught Me, Part 1

by Jocelyn Shen, EXPLORE Alumna As an intern at the UCLA Department of Biomathematics for the past two summers, I have developed as a researcher, as well as a person, under the mentorship of Dr. Van Savage. Two years ago, when I first started the EXPLORE...

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EXPLORE

02 Jan IEA 2017 Highlights

by Niña Abonal, Senior Program Coordinator To celebrate the beginning of a new year, we wanted to take a look back at some noteworthy moments from 2017! IEA has expanded and bought a house! Through the generosity of our donors, IEA was able to purchase a beautiful craftsman...

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29 Aug Snapshots of Summer

Curated by Niña Abonal, Senior Program Coordinator From staff members traveling to conduct CDB Scholarship interviews, Yunasa camps teeming with energetic campers, Academy classes bustling with curious learners, and EXPLORE students externing at sites all over Los Angeles, summertime at IEA is nothing short of eventful. Not...

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11 Jul Ready, Set, EXPLORE!

by Niña Abonal, EXPLORE Program Coordinator IEA’s EXPLORE program is in full swing! This year, the selection and placement process was especially competitive as students vied for a chance to work with distinguished mentors and sites willing to host only a selected number of students. In addition...

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09 May Thank You, Teachers!

by Alexis Hopper, Program Coordinator In celebration of National Teacher Day, we would like to extend a thank you to all the educators who shape the lives of students across the country. Thank You, Mattie Whyte Woodridge Pioneer of Teacher Appreciation Day Teacher Appreciation Day was not always marked...

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national mentoring month

10 Jan Pay it Forward: National Mentoring Month

by Niña Abonal, EXPLORE Program Coordinator January not only kickstarts the New Year, but also the beginning of the National Mentoring Month campaign. Since 2002, former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama have endorsed the movement to increase public awareness about the importance of...

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reflections and resolutions

03 Jan Reflections and Resolutions

by Kelly Gray, Administrative Assistant The end of one year and the beginning of a new one always bring about the opportunity to reflect, as well as make resolutions for the future. At the end of 2016, IEA staff took some time to look back our...

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EXPLORE Program

26 Jul EXPLORE 2016 Recap

by Niña Abonal, Program Coordinator “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin’s quote embodies the sort of impact a mentor can have in a young person’s life. Mentors are truly extraordinary individuals who are willing to share and...

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Summer Spotlight

12 Jul IEA Shines the Spotlight on Summer Students

by Ellen Gruber, Development Coordinator Walking behind the Barder House on Thursday evening, anyone familiar with IEA’s home might have been surprised to see an expansive white tent where a parking lot would normally be, decorated with strings of fluttering red bunting and filled with smiling...

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2016 IEA Programs

14 Jun Summer is Here!

We have officially kicked off our summer programming at IEA! We are looking forward to meeting new gifted kids and welcoming back familiar faces. Check out a summary of what is happening in each of our programs below. Academy Summer Academy will feature 16 new classes, including...

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19 Apr Mentoring Matters

By Niña Abonal As we progress through life, we continue to expand our networks and relationships with people in various academic, professional and personal circles. If we are lucky enough, we stumble upon a handful of individuals who nurture our skills and talents, challenge us to...

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mentoring gifted students

09 Feb Mentoring Gifted Students

Being a gifted child can be difficult. Gifted children often feel misunderstood by their peers and possibly don’t even fully comprehend themselves and their abilities. This can lead to low self-esteem or self-doubt, hindering a child from thriving in school and reaching their full potential. This...

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Upcoming Events
  1. Gifted Support Group: Giftedness Identification & Programming

    January 14, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  2. Gifted Support Group: Developmental Potential and Emotional Giftedness

    January 30, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  3. Yunasa West

    June 6, 2020 - June 13, 2020
  4. Yunasa Michigan

    July 25, 2020 - August 1, 2020