In just one year, YPI's Hollywood FamilySource Center (HFSC) has become a quintessential part of the community it serves.
Located in the small shopping center on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Western Avenue, the site is usually teeming with regular and new clients in need of educational and social services.
"The Hollywood FamilySource Center has become a one-stop shop for all the resources and training that its neighborhood families need to better their lives—this is the place where kids and families come to solve problems," said Steven Zimmer, LAUSD Board Member who has a satellite office on the premises.
Since the center opened in 2012, it has served more than 2,600 clients. According to Kristen Gates, director of YPI's HFSC, most adults come in for English Second Language and computer literacy classes, as well as transportation assistance. Young people visit the center for afterschool tutoring services.
One of the unique features of the center is that all partners including nonprofits, LAUSD and the City of Los Angeles are conveniently based in the facility, and are in constant communication to provide clients with holistic solutions.
With YPI's recent Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood grant, clients can expect to see expanded services in the HFSC's second year.
"Our two main goals are to increase academic achievement and family income," said Gates. "We plan to do whatever it takes to meet those objectives for the betterment of the Hollywood community."