1,000 first-generation students will soon have access to college. On August 12, 2016, YPI was honored to receive a five-year, $1.2 million Educational Opportunity Centers grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Of the 35 first-time recipients of the EOC grant, YPI is one of two located in California. YPI was also one of few nonprofit agencies to receive the award nationwide.
In the Los Angeles Promise Zone Educational Opportunity Centers, YPI will provide education and counseling services to improve the financial and economic capability of students. Services will be provided at YPI’s YouthSource Center and at LA Promise Zone and Promise Neighborhood high schools.
1,000 students will receive individualized personal, career, and academic counseling. Program services are designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups who are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students who are in foster care, and Opportunity Youth (who are neither working nor in school).
Services include tutoring, counseling and assistance with college preparation. YPI staff will help students with academic advice and assistance in course selection; college admission and financial aid applications; and preparations for college entrance exams. For youth who have dropped out of school, YPI will first provide guidance on secondary school re-entry or entry to a GED program.