Recent Grants and Awards


YPI is the proud recipient of the following grants: 



Many thanks to LISC for supporting our AmeriCorps volunteers, who assist YPI’s education services as tutors and College and Career Ambassadors.


Educational Achievement and Financial Stability

United Way has awarded two grants to YPI in the amounts of $30,000 and $25,000 to support YPI’s programming designed to increase academic achievement and family income.



The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) awarded YPI with a third renewal of the Escalera, Taking Steps program, in the amount of $25,000. YPI has been implementing Escalera for two years at Los Angeles high schools and providing wraparound services to students such as tutoring, after-school enrichment, health and wellness programs, and college and career advising.


Families Save

Citi Community Development awarded YPI $200,000 for the continuation of the Families Save program. As part of YPI’s Financial Capability and Asset Building Program, Families Save provides financial education workshops, access to matched college savings and Individual Development Accounts (IDA), free tax preparation services through our VITA site, financial coaching, and collaborative partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Immigration Affairs and financial coaching.


Financial Opportunity Center

JP Morgan Chase awarded $50,000 and LISC awarded $90,000 toward YPI’s asset building programs, including the Financial Opportunity Center, to be part of YPI’s city-funded WorkSource Center. The Financial Opportunity Center integrates financial counseling and coaching with employment services and income supports to more effectively help low-to-moderate income families.


Health and Wellness

YPI’s Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program began in 2014 with support from the United States Department of Agriculture, and we’re honored to receive a second USDA grant from The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which allows us to sustain and expand access to subsidized fruits and vegetables. YPI’s new Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program provides “market match” for families purchasing fruits and vegetables with CalFresh benefits (food stamps) by matching each CalFresh dollar at least 1:1 with grant funds, thereby doubling the amount of produce families purchase each month. YPI is proud to partner with Vons and Pavilions grocery stores, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, and Old Grove Farm Share in this effort to ensure Promise Zone families have the resources to to eat healthy. YPI is also providing nutrition education and cooking demonstrations as part of the program.


In-Home Tutoring Services for Foster Youth

LA County Office of Education (LACOE) has contracted YPI to implement In-Home Tutoring Services for Foster Youth. This allows YPI to provide in-home tutoring services to foster youth who reside in children institutions or group homes, family agency homes, foster family homes, or court-specified homes.


Support to LA Promise Corps

The Union Bank Foundation has awarded $10,000 to support the LA Promise Corps. The Corps is comprised of dedicated and fully trained AmeriCorps members who serve the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood (LAPN) communities with tutoring and academic support.


Latino Millennials in College and Careers

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) awarded $16,000 to assist Latino Millennials in workforce training, with a range of tools, resources and information needed for success in college and careers.


Local Foods - Healthy Eating 

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded YPI $15,000 to implement Local Foods - Healthy Eating. These funds help connect individuals and families that need nutritious food and access to benefits to lead a healthier lifestyle.


Local Roots LA

The Aetna Foundation has awarded $50,000 to implement Local Roots LA, which offers nutrition education and cooking classes focused on the health benefits of fresh produce, sourced from our Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. This project will create greater access to fresh produce and teach low-income residents healthy ways of cooking to promote a lifetime of healthy shopping, cooking and eating.

The Adams Legacy Foundation has awarded $10,000 to support the CSA program. These funds will be used to establish farm field trips, train employees, and expand YPI’s CSA box distribution and farm fresh nutrition workshops.


Los Angeles Reconnections Academy (LARCA) extended

The City of Los Angeles funds a multi-year career development collaborative that combines the efforts of public agencies, business leaders, the education community and the nonprofit sector into an integrated system serving targeted communities, with support to get young people back in school and on sustainable career paths.


Padres Comprometidos Red Nose Day Project

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) has awarded YPI with $75,000 to implement the Padres Comprometidos (PC) Red Nose Day Project, which will allow YPI to further expand upon the success of the Padres Comprometidos program. The program helps low-income Latino children break out of the poverty cycle by developing the capacity of their parents to be effective partners in their education.


School Fitness Centers

In partnership with YPI, partner Sound Body Sound Mind provided fitness centers and equipment at Berendo and Le Conte Middle Schools, both in the Los Angeles Promise Zone.


Strengthening Health Career Pathway Systems

The California Endowment has awarded $500,000 to implement Strengthening Health Career Pathway Systems. This program is designed to improve youth health and economic outcomes in Los Angeles by increasing the number of underrepresented minority students in health career pathway programs and entering into health careers.


US Department of Labor Awards “Pathways to Justice Careers” Grant to YPI

YPI received one of just seven U.S. Department of Labor grants dedicated to serving youth through Pathways to Justice Careers (PJC). YPI has been awarded $1,000,000 over two years to implement PJC in the Los Angeles Promise Zone. YPI will serve 250 youth (11th and 12th graders) who are either court-involved or at high risk, providing case management, career exploration, mentoring, and paid work experience in justice, public safety and emergency sector careers. Case Managers will assess and create a service plan for each participant, which will include ongoing case management, school-based mentoring services, life skills and soft skills workshops, career exploration workshops, academic tutoring, financial capability and matched savings accounts, postsecondary education workshops, paid summer employment, supportive services, the development of career pathway handbooks for public safety and emergency sector careers in Los Angeles, and follow-up services.



The Obama administration’s TechHire grants expand communities’ tech economies. Led by the Youth Policy Institute (YPI), the LA Promise Zone TechHire Project has received $4 million over four years to train 400 clients and place graduates in technology positions as Web Developers. The project partners with two education and training providers, Sabio and The Firehose Project, to offer online and in-person training in 3- to 6-month “technology boot camps” supported by services such as assessment, case management and soft skills training to prepare clients for placement. 50% of clients served are disabled, have limited English proficiency, or have a criminal record; the rest will be veterans, and other unemployed and underemployed residents of the Los Angeles Promise Zone and LA Promise Neighborhood.


VITA Programming and Outreach

YPI has received three recent gifts to assist with tax preparation for low-income families. Many thanks to Bank of the West for their renewed support of $3,500, and to the Internal Revenue Service for a grant of $10,000. Additionally, CalEITC4Me and Golden State Opportunity have awarded YPI with $45,000 to promote free tax preparation services, as well as California’s first-ever Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC).


YouthBuild in LA

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $1.1 million to implement YouthBuild in LA, a community-based alternative education program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are high school dropouts, adjudicated youth, in foster care, disabled, homeless, or come from other disadvantaged populations.


Youth Opportunity Program (District 1) renewal

Los Angeles County (District 1) has renewed the Youth Opportunity Program with an additional $19,000 for youth in District 1 ages 15-25, to assist them in achieving their educational and vocational goals.


YPI Strategic Planning

The Dwight Stuart Youth Fund has provided $25,000 toward the creation of YPI’s strategic plan, scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2016.



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