PASADENA, Calif. (October 20, 2020) – Day One has announced the establishment of their DO Study Zone, an outdoor learning pod that will be available to local students at no cost to families.

Located outside of their offices at 175 N. Euclid Avenue, the DO Study Zone will allow students to reserve a workspace at a designated time, access the internet, school supplies, instructional assistance, and additional support services.

“With the challenges of distance learning, our youth need comprehensive support more than ever,” said Day One Executive Director Christy Zamani, adding that the organization has been developing the concept for the project since the school year resumed in mid-August.

“We anticipated that there would be a need and thankfully, we have been able to bring together the partners and funds necessary to offer this important resource to the community,” she said.

The organization’s determination to meet this community need got the attention of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Association and the Verizon Foundation, which resulted in $15,000 of combined support.

“Verizon has been an incredible community partner of ours and a champion of STEM programs for local youth,” said Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Dr. Bob Miller. “We are proud to match their generosity and help make Day One’s vision for so many deserving students a reality.”

Community champions joined representatives from the Tournament of Roses and Day One to celebrate the launch of the DO Study Zone, which is the first of its kind in the Pasadena area.

“We applaud Day One for being an innovative and solutions-oriented community-based organization,” said Verizon’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Jesús Román. “They recognized a need, developed a pioneering plan and it is our pleasure to invest in it with our friends at the Tournament of Roses.”

Day One anticipates that the DO Study Zone will serve up to 200 students per week. Additionally, after launching the pilot site today, the organization hopes to attract additional partners and funding sources to expand DO Study Zones to other locations within the Pasadena Unified School District service area.


About Day One

Day One is a community-based nonprofit organization with a 30-year history of providing effective, high quality and culturally-sensitive public health education, intervention, policy development and environmental prevention efforts. At Day One our mission is to build vibrant, healthy cities by advancing public health, empowering youth and igniting change.

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For media inquiries: Christy Zamani, Executive Director, (626) 529-4470