Youth Policy Institute has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the Ballmer Group, as part of the first Los Angeles philanthropic investments by Connie and Steve Ballmer. The award will strengthen YPI’s place-based approach to fighting poverty, including the Los Angeles Promise Zone and the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhoods.
LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2017 — “The Ballmer Group is honored to support Youth Policy Institute’s work toward improving the lives of low-income children and families in some of Los Angeles’s highest-need communities,” said Nina Revoyr, Executive Director-Los Angeles, The Ballmer Group. “By leading initiatives such as the L.A. Promise Neighborhood and L.A.’s first Promise Zone, YPI is demonstrating how public-private partnerships and systems change efforts can have a far-reaching effect on children’s futures.”
The Ballmer Group supports projects and organizations dedicated to improving outcomes for children and families in need and focuses on reducing intergenerational poverty in the United States.
“The new war on poverty has a great ally in the Ballmer Group,” said Dixon Slingerland, President & CEO of Youth Policy Institute. “Connie and Steve truly get it. This grant helps us build a city where kids and their families, from Pacoima to Hollywood to Pico-Union, know that their strength is greater than any obstacle.”
The three years of unrestricted operating support will give YPI the much-needed flexibility to implement its new strategic plan and enhance integrated service delivery throughout the cradle-to-college-and-career pipeline. With the support of the Ballmer Group, YPI expects to increase student proficiency in Math and English Language Arts, college acceptances, and graduation rates.
Additionally, the grant will support YPI’s innovative data-tracking systems, developed in a series of groundbreaking agreements with its partner schools and, notably, the Los Angeles Unified School District.
About Youth Policy Institute
Youth Policy Institute has been providing education and support services to low-income families in Los Angeles since 1996 and is the only agency in the country to have been awarded all four federal Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives: Promise Zones, Promise Neighborhoods, Choice Neighborhoods, and the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. Together, these initiatives form a place-based approach to fighting poverty, reducing crime, improving educational opportunities and creating access to jobs that builds on YPI’s decades of history helping youth and families. For more information, visit ypiusa.org.
Josh Joy Kamensky