Youth Policy Institute selected by Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Fund Grant Program to Accelerate Economic Opportunity


Los Angeles-based YPI Joins Leading Nonprofit Organizations Across the United States to Address Urban Challenges Ranging from Affordable Housing to Environmental Sustainability and Infrastructure




LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2016 — The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) announced today that it has been selected as a recipient of the Community Progress Makers Fund, a $20 million grant initiative to support 40 visionary nonprofit organizations in their efforts to establish new approaches to long-standing urban economic challenges in the United States – including economic development, environment sustainability, urban infrastructure, and affordable housing.

As part of the program, YPI will receive a core operating support grant of $500,000 over the course of two years to continue its work in the community to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by providing access to education, workforce training, and essential services for youth and families.

This new injection of funds will help bolster existing initiatives like the LA Promise Zone while opening up the door to new programs such as Promise Scholars, a program that prepares high school sophomores and juniors with a GPA of 2.0-3.0 for college success.In addition to the grant, YPI will also have access to technical assistance from leading national researchers and experts, and will be provided opportunities to connect with other grantees to share and learn best practices.

“The Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Grant is going to make life a little brighter and a little fairer for a whole lot of kids and families in low-income Los Angeles,” said Dixon Slingerland, Executive Director, Youth Policy Institute. “YPI will be able to strengthen service delivery to our youth and families, and continue our mission to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in LA. YPI is proud to partner with Citi Foundation.”

“The Citi Foundation feels privileged to support organizations that have demonstrated such strong commitments to their local communities and a willingness to share their experiences with others for the betterment of their neighborhoods,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation. “These organizations have a track record of implementing solutions that work for their communities because they know the people there, understand what resources to tap and, most importantly, feel deeply invested in the places where they live and work. We believe that’s the key to leading urban transformation efforts in Los Angeles and elsewhere across the country.”

The Community Progress Makers Fund builds upon the Citi Foundation’s commitment to identify and support innovative solutions and organizations that are helping build stronger, more resilient cities that are engines of economic opportunity for all. The flexibility of core operating support will allow organizations and their visionary leaders to deploy solutions that address a range of issues.



About the Youth Policy Institute

For over 30 years, YPI has been breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. YPI reaches more than 115,000 youth and adults annually at 137 program sites in Los Angeles. YPI is the only agency in the country to have been awarded all three signature White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives: Promise Neighborhoods, Choice Neighborhoods, and Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation; and is the lead implementation partner for the Los Angeles Promise Zone. Together, these initiatives form a place-based approach to fighting poverty, reducing crime, improving educational opportunities and creating access to jobs. For more information, visit Twitter | Facebook | Instagram @ypiusa 

About the Citi Foundation

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation's "More than Philanthropy" approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit  


Leah Lau, Director of Communications, Youth Policy Institute, 818.923.0873

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