Mission Brain, FASE, and Higher Ground Entertainment along with members of our community celebrate the legacy of legendary Garfield High School teacher Jaime Escalante.

Join us along with our featured speakers and a panel of inspirational guests who champion STEM education.

Contributions support Mission Brain project activity and FASE’s STEM Education Programs.


Hollenbeck Middle School Assembly
Celebrating the Legacy of Jaime Escalante

April 21st, 2023
1:00 – 2:30 pm.
Hollenbeck Middle School
Hollenbeck Middle School
2510 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Hollenbeck Middle School hosts the Jaime Escalante Summer Program every year and is hosting a large assembly in the Hollenbeck Middle School Auditorium this year.

Hollywood Reception Celebrating
The Legacy of Jaime Escalante

August 10th, 2023
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phantom Theatre
Cathedral High School

1253 Bishops Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Host Committee Co-Chairs:

Edward James OlmosActivist, Academy Nominated Actor

Demián BichirActivist, Academy Nominated Actor

Host Committee Members:

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones, Neurosurgeon and Co-Founder Mission Brain

Dolores Huerta, President and Founder Dolores Huerta Foundation

Martin Cabrera, CEO and Co-Founder Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC

Elsa Bolado, Principal Hollenbeck Middle School and Escalante Alumni

Sergio Valdez, Engineer NASA/JPL and Escalante Alumni (Featured in STEM Career Sneak Peek)

Aaron Yazzie, Engineer NASA/JPL (Featured in STEM career Sneak Peek)

Featured Film Clip Screenings

Mission Possible:

Two doctors on a mission, a hero’s journey, to bring first-world neurosurgery to low-income countries around the world.  To enlist young neurosurgery students into the effort to decolonize global public health systems, creating more equitable distribution for all. This concept gave birth to Mission:Brain. A non-profit founded by Dr. Michael Lawton and Dr. Alfredo Quinones, known fondly as Dr Q.

Dr. Q connects the world of healthcare to STEM education and the vital role of mentoring to foster greater participation in these careers in all parts of our community. This dynamic docuseries will tell the story of Mission:Brain from its origins to its growing commitment to the equitable distribution of healthcare delivery systems all over the world.

Mars Helicopter – Ingenuity:

How do you build a helicopter that will survive in temperatures below -140° F? And fly through the extra thin Martian atmosphere, all while powering itself? Solving problems like these is all in a days’ work for mechanical engineer Sergio Valdez.

To the Stars:

NASA’s Aaron Yazzie takes us into space and throughout history as he discusses the importance of diversity in science and why you should always reach for the stars.

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