About Us

We transform Los Angeles neighborhoods using a holistic approach to reduce poverty by ensuring youth and families have access to high-quality educational and economic opportunities, enabling a successful transition from cradle to college and career.

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Our Model

For more than 30 years, YPI has provided a holistic approach to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty by ensuring access to high-quality education, workforce training and opportunities, and essential services for youth and families.

From cradle to college and career, we transform Los Angeles neighborhoods into centers of opportunity and promise.

Our Work


Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles
YPI is the glue that brings families and communities together. It's the connection between people of different backgrounds, neighborhoods, ages, and philosophies. It's a bridge that's able to take young people from despair to hope, from disconnection to connection, and, ultimately, to take the pressing problem of poverty and find a pathway to finally find opportunity for everybody.
Joe Sanberg, Founder, Golden State Opportunity Foundation
YPI is an audacious and inspiring organization engaged in the process of actually fixing things – broken systems and conditions that need more than a band-aid. They understand that we are all connected and fully human. which is a call to action that we need more YPIs.
Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education
YPI's results prove that a place-based, high-touch approach really works. Young people can do anything if we give them opportunities.
Youth Policy Institute
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