Going the Distance: Team YPI at the Los Angeles Marathon

Last Sunday, 29 runners proudly ran the Los Angeles Marathon to raise awareness—and funds—for Youth Policy Institute’s Promise Scholars program. Take a look at Team YPI’s journey.


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With multi-year grant, Ballmer Group invests in YPI’s place-based fight against Los Angeles Poverty

Youth Policy Institute has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the Ballmer Group, as part of the first Los Angeles philanthropic investments by Connie and Steve Ballmer. The award will strengthen YPI’s place-based approach to fighting poverty, including the Los Angeles Promise Zone and the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhoods.



“The Ballmer Group is honored to support Youth Policy Institute’s work toward improving the lives of low-income children and families in some of Los Angeles’s highest-need communities,” said Nina Revoyr, Executive Director-Los Angeles, The Ballmer Group. “By leading initiatives such as the L.A. Promise Neighborhood and L.A.’s first Promise Zone, YPI is demonstrating how public-private partnerships and systems change efforts can have a far-reaching effect on children’s futures.”

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Welcome YPI’s new board chair and four new members

We’re happy to congratulate YPI’s new Board Chair, Ari Lanin, and welcome four new Board members: Richard Foos, Yasmine Delawari Johnson, Shari Leinwand, and Amit Verma.


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STATEMENT: Important information regarding ICE raids and immigrant rights

The current political climate is causing distress to an already taxed community, and unfortunately, our kids are the ones who are most impacted.



Vice President, Youth Policy Institute


Over the last few days, we have seen an increase in concern and panic from the families that we serve at our various school sites and centers. The current political climate is causing distress to an already taxed community, and unfortunately, our kids are the ones who are most impacted. 

We are working very closely with the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District to make sure YPI receives the latest information and available resources. We’re also checking in with our local nonprofit partners and working on arranging a staff training that will better equip us with the tools necessary to support our families during this time. On the national level, we are working with National Council of La Raza and supporting in a myriad of advocacy efforts to fight against these unjust practices.

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LMU School of Education and Queen’s University Belfast Partner in Teacher Exchange


  —  What can educators at Catholic and Protestant schools in Northern Ireland learn from their counterparts 5,000 miles away at traditional public schools and public charter schools around Los Angeles—and vice versa?

Those answers will be gleaned from a collaboration between Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education and Queen’s University Belfast—an international exchange funded with a $55,000 grant from the U.S. Embassy in London. The initiative paved the way for 17 local educators and policymakers from LAUSD, Youth Policy Institute (YPI), WISH Charter, and Loyola Marymount University to visit classrooms in Northern Ireland in January, and it will fund a trip in April for Northern Ireland educators to visit Los Angeles and LMU.

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Eliza Finley & Will Watts of Public Counsel


Eliza & Will of Public Counsel


Public Counsel is the nation’s largest nonprofit law firm specializing in delivering pro bono legal services. Since 2014, YPI has worked with Public Counsel attorneys to assist individuals and families in the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood and Promise Zone.

One benefit of this 3-year long relationship we’ve had with YPI is the relationship that we’ve been able to build with service providers through the Promise Neighborhood initiative and at the FamilySource Center. Because they are the ones out that are out there interfacing with the community all day long every single day. And so what that means is that so many people are getting legal services that they wouldn’t have gotten if they hadn’t come through YPI.
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Counting on Volunteers

More than 7,700 took part in county’s yearly census of local homeless population


Last week, YPI staff took part in Los Angeles Housing Service Authority’s annual Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. They committed to help coordinate efforts at the deployment site located at Hollywood City Hall, just down the street from YPI’s headquarters. Over the course of three nights, more than 7,700 volunteers across L.A. County joined in to document the rising number of individuals experiencing homelessness. This includes those living in transitional housing or shelters, and the “unsheltered” homeless—transients living on sidewalks and in encampments, cars, and campers.

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Mayor Garcetti Announces Free Tax Prep Los Angeles to Support Low-Income Working Families

Campaign will provide families with free tax preparation services and help them claim State and Federal tax credits up to $9,000.


  —  Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched a campaign to provide low-to-moderate income households with free tax preparation services, and help taxpayers claim State and Federal tax credits.

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Youth Policy Institute Awarded Nearly $1 Million to Address High Obesity Rates in the Los Angeles Promise Zone


  —  Youth Policy Institute (YPI) was awarded $880,000 from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health with funding from the California Department of Public Health and the United States Department of Agriculture. The grant will support implementation of the Champions for Change – Healthy Communities Initiative, which aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity among low-income Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) eligible populations by providing nutrition education, physical activity promotion, and working to create healthier environments for low-income individuals and families where they live, learn, work, play, and shop.

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A New Journey - A New Promise

Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood

L.A. Promise Neighborhood celebrates $30 million

Video by Al Seib.
© 2017 Los Angeles Times


On Wednesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer, and School Board Member Mónica García joined YPI President & CEO Dixon Slingerland in announcing a new $30 million Promise Neighborhood grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. In the courtyard of Berendo Middle School and Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School’s shared campus, students, parents, and partners gathered to celebrate one of only six awards in the nation.

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The eight Promise Neighborhood schools are located in Pico-Union and Hollywood in the federally-designated Los Angeles Promise Zone, which has generated 55 new grants from 15 federal agencies since 2013. These investments have brought $277 million to L.A.’s place-based approach to fighting poverty, providing essential services to youth and families who need them most. This is the second Promise Neighborhood awarded to YPI and Los Angeles.

Read yesterday’s los angeles times article.



$30-million U.S. grant for L.A. students hailed

By Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times

As President Trump signed executive orders to strengthen immigration enforcement and deny funding to “sanctuary cities,” L.A.’s mayor and school officials gathered to celebrate a $30-million federal grant to help students in eight schools with large Latino populations and reaffirmed their commitment to protecting immigrant students and their families.



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