Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood

Signature Education and Poverty Program

The Promise Neighborhood Initiative is President Obama’s signature education and anti-poverty program strategically developed to transform schools and communities into vibrant centers of opportunity and excellence. Youth Policy Institute (YPI) is the lead agency for the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood and was awarded a $30 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education in December 2012.


 

 


 

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The Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood is transforming the communities of Pacoima and Hollywood by implementing a continuum of integrated cradle-to-college-and-career services. The Promise Neighborhood includes a range of school options including traditional, charter, pilot, and partnership schools.

New model for collaboration in Los Angeles

The centerpiece of the Promise Neighborhood is an innovative public-private partnership with the City and County of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that incorporates diverse funding streams around a core set of outcomes and objectives. The Promise Neighborhood is currently transforming 19 neighborhood schools into full-service community schools. Many of YPI’s partners are involved in the collaboration and have the option to share data through the groundbreaking Efforts-to-Outcome data system.

 

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Continuum of Services

The Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood and YPI focus on integrating wrap-around services that include: prenatal and early childhood development, extended learning time, linked learning, technology initiatives, summer and bridge programs, college preparation, career development, dropout and gang prevention, and reconnections for out-of-school youth. YPI also provides family support services that include: case management, referrals to health and housing services, and legal support. In addition, YPI offers adult education, including ESL (English as a Second Language), GED (General Educational Development) and computer literacy classes, as well as a comprehensive asset building program that includes financial literacy education, matched savings accounts, individual development accounts, financial coaching, and free tax preparation.

 

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Every Promise Neighborhood Center has become a one-stop shop for families, modeled on YPI’s Hollywood FamilySource Center.

LA #’s

  • Of the population 25 years and older that lives in poverty:
    • 44% of did not graduate from high school
    • 22% graduated from high school
    • 20% have some college experience or possess an associate’s degree
    • 14% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
    source: 2009-2013 American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates
  • YPI currently serves over 25,000 students and approximately 9,020 families through educational programming and supportive services.
    source: YPI Research Department, 2015

 

As YPI continues to grow and expand wraparound services for youth and families, inter-generational poverty will end for thousands in Los Angeles.

 

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