DeAndre Jordan surprises Romero Charter students

DSC_0547-1024x682.jpgDeAndre Jordan teamed up with Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation to surprise more than 200 Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter Middle School students with two new basketball hoops. 

The Clippers star also answered some questions, led the "dress and dribble" competition and judged a dunk contest as part of Dick's national #HolidayHoops program.

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Local Food Promotion Program


Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included.

Establishing the promise of lifelong health and fitness for students and families has long been a priority for the Youth Policy Institute. We’re excited to be extending our existing efforts with the introduction of a two-year Local Food Promotion Program in the Los Angeles Promise Zone. We’re partnering with Old Grove Farm Share, a community driven farm share, to open six pick-up sites to increase access to fresh, healthy foods for low-income families.

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Text to Donate to the Youth Policy Institute


very dollar raised by text between now and October 14 will be matched by a generous donor.

How it works:

1. Text 41444 
2. Enter your message: 

YPI space Your Amount space Your Name 
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YPI Annual Staff Development Conference

DSC_0190-1024x682.jpgClose to 200 full-time staff at the Youth Policy Institute attended the annual Staff Development Conference on August 4 - August 6. Ranging from classes about leadership style to workshops on conflict management, the week was a huge success and staff was able to take back new knowledge to their sites across Los Angeles County. 

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Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood, Year 1



Josh Kamensky,

Adriana Zyskowski,

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4th Annual Dance Drill Cheer Competition

DSC00620-300x199.jpgIn our 4th annual Dance Drill Cheer Competition at Panorama High School on May 17, 35 schools showed up ready to compete and showcase their routines . A total of 600 students performed in front of friends, family and administrators, a crowd of 1200.

Performances were amazing, even heart racing at times during the cheer category. Students were given standing ovations and tears were shed when it was time to announce the winners. A big congratulations to all our participating after-school sites!

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High School Graduation Rates: Submit your ideas to the YPI Challenge!


Cross-posted from Partners in Progress

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new challenge competition on the What Works Challenge Hub, an online platform where community members, advocates, community development practitioners, and others can share and “crowdsource” ideas for improving their communities. 

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When Reform Addresses Poverty, Not Just Schools

Cross-posted from Gatsby in L.A.

By Ellie Herman

So I’ve been running around town for the last six years yelling “the problem isn’t bad teachers, the problem is poverty” and finally somebody did something about it. Okay, it wasn’t just because I was yelling. In the factionalized world of education, most people outside of the Ed Reform camp hold the same view: that the fundamental reason students of color in low-income communities fare less well than more affluent students is the trauma caused by poverty, which often leads to overcrowded living situations, parents in crisis, transient families, violence in the community, lack of access to medical care and sometimes lack of food, and until we improve those conditions, the achievement gap will not change (as indeed it has not despite over a decade of Education Reform and several decades of other various education crazes.)

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The Hollywood We All Need to Know


Cross-posted from The U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement

“This is remarkable leadership in action,” Secretary Arne Duncan told the press at the Hollywood FamilySource Center, following a roundtable with community stakeholders of the East Hollywood Promise Neighborhoods project (OfficialDepartment of Education photo)

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YPI in the News

Our Executive Director Dixon Slingerland recently discussed the Los Angeles Promise Zone on KCRW'S "Which Way, L.A.?" with host Warren Olney.

Which Way, L.A.? on KCRW 89.9FM | 4.08.14

Are LA's Poorest Left Out of the President's 'Promise Zone?'

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