The Promise Neighborhoods Initiative is President Obama’s signature education and poverty program to transform schools and communities into vibrant centers of opportunity and excellence. The 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.
The Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood will transform the communities of Pacoima and Hollywood with a continuum of integrated cradle-to-college-and-career services. The Promise Neighborhood will be a zone of choice for families, with a wide range of high-quality 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, County and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that blends diverse funding streams around a core set of outcomes and objectives. The Promise Neighborhood is transforming 19 neighborhood schools into full-service community schools while opening six Promise Neighborhood Centers and dozens of satellite centers. More than 60 partners have signed on to the collaboration and all partners will be sharing data through the groundbreaking Efforts-to-Outcome data system.
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 such as case management, financial literacy, referrals to health and housing services and legal support. Every Promise Neighborhood Center will be a one-stop shop for families, modeled on YPI’s Hollywood FamilySource Center.
Taking the YPI model to scale.
The Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood builds upon YPI’s successful place-based initiatives over the past decade. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education validated these efforts by awarding YPI a Promise Neighborhoods planning grants. The resulting 18-month needs assessment laid the framework for the $30 million implementation award, one of only even in the nation. YPI and partners will serve over 18,000 youth in the Promise Neighborhood annually.
YPI is creating a new LAPN website that will include more program details. Please refer back to this page for the link.