The Youth Policy Institute has just been awarded $1.1 million by the U.S. Department of Labor for the YPI YouthBuild in L.A. program, a collaboration between YPI and partners that include Mission View Charter School, L.A. Mission College, the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Aszkenazy Development, and the Los Angeles Probation Department.
This was one of only two awards in the Los Angeles region – and a second YouthBuild grant for YPI.
This latest funding represents the 32nd federal grant to be awarded since 2013 in support of our place-based approach to fighting poverty, totaling $131 million from 11 different federal agencies. YPI is proud to share that half of these grants have been awarded to Los Angeles Promise Zone partners, like the recent $2.9 million apprenticeship grant to Managed Career Solutions in Hollywood.
The YouthBuild project will be based in the NE San Fernando Valley and provide education and training in the construction industry for 80 participants ages 16-24. The educational component of YPI YouthBuild will be offered at the Mission View Charter School as well as through GED and alternative education programs. The goal is to help YouthBuild clients earn their high school diploma in a flexible and nurturing environment.
Supportive services include customized curriculum and individualized support, and on-going counseling. The YPI YouthBuild program will also utilize the Home Builder’s Institute Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) curriculum and industry-recognized certification.
YouthBuild will leverage other YPI services including the L.A. Promise Neighborhood, FamilySource Center, YouthSource Center, and WorkSource Center.