Supporting schools in high-poverty communities to become vibrant centers of opportunity and excellence



Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood is a cradle-to-college-and-career approach to closing the educational opportunity gap. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $30 million five-year grant to Youth Policy Institute (YPI) starting January 2017, one of six in the nation. In collaboration with the City and County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District, YPI and 63 partners will build a pipeline of much-needed wraparound services for students, including early childhood development, social-emotional support, academic support, and college and career coaching to ensure pathways out of poverty for youth and their families.

This is the second federal promise neighborhood awarded to YPI and is located in the Los Angeles Promise Zone. Based on lessons learned and successes from the original initiative, now in its fourth year, YPI will work closely with schools and partners to intentionally align services to address student, school, and family needs, all while transforming schools through a focus on capacity-building and professional development.



  • Hollywood Primary Center
  • Politi Elementary School
  • Berendo Middle School
  • Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter
  • Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
    (four schools)
    • Business and Tourism
    • Global Studies
    • Social Justice
    • Academic Leadership Community



Our Vision

Improve academic outcomes aross 8 schools serving 3,900 students



increase in percent of students who are proficient in Math and English Language Arts


increase in the rate of seniors graduating from high school



The Challenge


63% of elementary students are not proficient in English Language Arts

74% of 6th through 8th graders are not proficient in Math

47% of high school graduates are not eligible for admission to the University of California or California State University systems




  • Early Head Start and preschool
  • Transitional Kindergarten
  • Promise Kinder Academy,
  • a school readiness program
  • Literary promotion
  • Parenting education


12th Grade

  • Case management
  • Academic tutoring
  • High-quality after-school and summer programs
  • College and career coaching
  • Postsecondary planning
  • Professional development for teachers and administrators


Family & Community Support

  • Case  management and supportive services
  • Parent engagement, advocacy, and leadership
  • Parent-child literacy programs
  • Financial empowerment
  • Matched college savings accounts




Take a look into the new
Promise Neighborhood.

Read the infographic

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