Diverse Coalition Demands Collaboration From the School Board


The Youth Policy Institute and other groups ranging from Teach for America to the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, rallied outside the school district’s downtown headquarters today to call for an end to the politics that are obstructing both Supt. Deasy and policies of educational justice that students deserve.

Deasy’s reported resignation has galvanized the largest and most diverse education coalition in recent memory in Los Angeles.

President and CEO of Families in Schools, Oscar E. Cruz, addresses the media at the rally.

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Grand Opening of Pico-Union Community Center


Michelle Cheang and Dixon Slingerland receiving a Certificate of Recognition from Congressman Xavier Becerra.

On October 18, Executive Director Dixon Slingerland and Michelle Cheang, Director of YouthSource and Education, announced the grand opening of the Youth Policy Institute's Pico-Union Community Center. Guest speakers included Congressman Xavier Becerra and Guillermo Cespedes, Director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development for the City of Los Angeles.

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Assets for Independence Grant to Help Families Save More for College

The US Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded the Youth Policy Institute an Assets for Independence grant to expand and enhance the Families Save: College Bound Savings program serving the communities of Hollywood and Pacoima in the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood

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iPads for Students and Families


This week, the San Fernando Institute for Applied Media embarked on their third deployment of iPads to sixth grade students. Once complete, all 407 students on the campus will be equipped with an iPad which they will use as an educational tool in the classroom and also at home.

As part of the process, all parents attend six hours of iPad Parent Trainings. The trainings equip parents with skills and information necessary to support their student's education. The devices are designed to be used by parents as well as students, particularly for the purpose of monitoring student's safety online and ensuring adherence to the school's acceptable use policies.

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Shuttered Community Center Reopens in Pacoima


The San Fernando Gardens community center has reopened after being closed due to a city-wide funding crunch. The center, which is located in Pacoima’s San Fernando Gardens housing project, reopened its doors to the public on Saturday, September 28. To celebrate the event, the Youth Policy Institute held a resource fair where 13 new computer stations debuted and attendees were introduced to the computer classes, ESL courses and tutoring services that will now be offered at the center.

“We started our services here in July with a summer camp and this event was basically to introduce ourselves and the programs ,” said Center Coordinator Karla Perez . “We also got feedback from the residents and learned about what they would like to be offered center.”

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The Education Success Project

On Saturday, October 5, 2013, Youth Policy Institute, in collaboration with Loyola Marymount University and the Education Success Project, hosted its first Education Colloquium with its Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood schools from Pacoima and Hollywood. Over 50 educators participated in the event, including renowned visitors from Queen’s University in Belfast Northern Ireland, to discuss education reform, collaboration and creating strategies to share and implement best practices.

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Youth Policy Institute Receives $1 M to Improve Safety in Hollywood and Pacoima

The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) – a non-profit organization that provides education, training and technology services to end generational poverty at 125 program sites in Los Angeles – was one of 14 agencies in the nation to be awarded the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Grant by the U.S. Department of Justice. The award will be used to identify the drivers of crime in Pacoima and Hollywood and develop multi-faceted strategies to reduce it.

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Dramatic API Gains for YPI and Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood Schools

YPI Schools

YPI's Bert Corona Charter School achieved a 43-point API increase in 2013, the fourth largest gains of any middle school in Los Angeles. The average API increase for YPI Schools was 25.5 points. This increase is significantly higher than the average 0.1 point decrease for all district and charter middle schools in Los Angeles.

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YPI in the News

San Fernando Valley, Hollywood families to get technology, job-training programs to break cycle of poverty During the month of September at least 3 different news sources — including the Huffington Post — have reported on YPI's work with the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood. Here is a complete list of sources: Da...

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Youth Policy Institute Announces Launch of Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood

Since we announced the launch of the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on June 21st, at least 2 different news sources — including 89.3 KPCC and LA School Reports - have reported on the kick off.

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