LOS ANGELES PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD is a cradle-to-college-and-career approach to closing the educational opportunity gap. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $30 million five-year grant to Youth Policy Institute (YPI) starting January 2017, one of six in the nation. In collaboration with the City and County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District, YPI and 63 partners will build a pipeline of much-needed wraparound services for students, including early childhood development, social-emotional support, academic support, and college and career coaching to ensure pathways out of poverty for youth and their families.
Our first PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD was in Hollywood and Pacoima, and was awarded in 2012. This is the second federal PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD, located in Pico Union and surrounding communities, and was awarded to YPI and is located in the Los Angeles Promise Zone. Based on lessons learned and successes from the original initiative, now in its fourth year, YPI will work closely with schools and partners to intentionally align services to address student, school, and family needs, all while transforming schools through a focus on capacity-building and professional development.
The Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood is transforming the communities of Pacoima and Hollywood by implementing a continuum of integrated cradle-to-college-and-career services. The Promise Neighborhood includes a range of school options including traditional, charter, pilot, and partnership schools. They integrate academics, youth development, family support, health and social services, and community development.
Our youngest learners are provided with comprehensive early education from birth to age three. Additional services include providing and linking families with health, mental health, nutrition, and social services. Early Head Start has a strong parent involvement component and services, all at no cost to the family. Children in foster care, families at risk and/or in crisis, homeless families, and children with disabilities receive priority for enrollment.
Youth Policy Institute manages FamilySource, YouthSource, and WorkSource Centers, providing essential services to low-income Angelenos. Centers align services with those provided in schools, enabling customized support for each family member. Support to Promise Neighborhood Centers includes comprehensive case management and an integrated range of services including classes for English-language learners, housing and food supports, workforce preparation, and legal and tax assistance.
In-school programming helps students and families improve fitness and general nutrition through physical activities and health workshops. Many Promise Neighborhood residents are at risk for a range of obesity-related health issues, and we work to equip family members with access and resources for better nutrition and health. Through a Community-Supported Agriculture program, some of the lowest-income families can have access to farm-fresh fruits and vegetables.