Classroom Impact

  • 60 percent decrease in office referrals
  • Increased levels of classroom engagement and time on task
  • Decreased rates of absenteeism and tardiness
  • Greater reading proficiency reported by teachers


  • Combined weight loss of more than 100 pounds
  • Improved mobility and stamina
  • Increased social interaction
  • 50 percent have increased their number of exercise days by a minimum of one day
  • 75 percent have increased their daily activity level by 20-40 percent
  • 60 percent have increased their intake of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • 20 percent report feeling happier and more satisfied as a result of their participation in the program

Get Involved

Interested in volunteering to help the Generation Xchange program?

  • Studies have shown that mentored youth are 52% more likely to stay in school and also complete more homework assignments than youth without mentors
  • Nearly 25% of chronically underperforming schools are located in South Los Angeles – our programs target area
  • On average 40% of youth attending schools in our target area are in foster care or kinship care and need positive adult role models.
  • 1 in 6 children who are not reading proficiently by 3rd grade fail to graduate from high school on time.
  • Private prison systems use 3rd grade testing score results to determine how many new beds they will need.

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Linda Ricks reading with a young student
When I started the program I had a hard time going up and down the stairs without stopping once or twice along the way. Now I can go up and down the stairs without stopping and being short of breath. I walk more and eat healthier foods. I’ve lost over 30 pounds since I began with the program.
Linda Ricks, Generation Xchange volunteer, retired office manager, and longtime community advocate