The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) – a non-profit organization that provides education, training and technology services to end generational poverty at 125 program sites in Los Angeles – was one of 14 agencies in the nation to be awarded the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Grant by the U.S. Department of Justice. The award will be used to identify the drivers of crime in Pacoima and Hollywood and develop multi-faceted strategies to reduce it.
Today’s awards were announced at a regional meeting of 2012 BCJI award recipients taking place at Drexel University. BCJI awards are made to applicants in cross-sector partnerships comprised of units of local government, criminal and juvenile justice agencies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribal governments.
“BCJI targets persistently distressed local and tribal communities, working with them to develop place-based, community-oriented strategies with coordinated federal support,” said BJA Director Denise E. O’Donnell. “These awards will help build and enhance the capacity of communities and criminal justice partners to employ data- and research driven strategies to create comprehensive strategies to address priority crime problems.”
The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) is a non-profit organization developed from the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Fund in 1983 to provide education, training and technology services that lift families out of poverty. Since 2001, YPI has served families in the City of Los Angeles through 125 program sites that offer place-based education and training services via afterschool programs, charter and pilot schools, job training, summer jobs for youth, physical education, adult education, computer literacy, case management, parenting, tutoring, and college preparation. Each year, YPI programs serve more than 70,000 youth and adults in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit http://ypiusa.nationbuilder.com/
BCJI is part of the Obama Administration’s Promise Zones Initiative, a part of President Obama’s Ladders of Opportunity agenda. Under the Promise Zones initiative, the federal government, including the Departments of Justice, Education, Housing and Community Development, Health and Human Services and Agriculture will invest and partner with high-poverty urban, rural, and tribal communities to create jobs, increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, and reduce violent crime.
More information on the BCJI Program is available at: www.bja.gov
Information on the Promise Zones Initiative is available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/urban-and-economic-mobility/communityrevitalization
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