Voices of YPI

  • Voices of YPI: Darlene
    June 19, 2019
    Darlene is a 21-year-old LA native and YPI participant who has faced many challenges and obstacles throughout her life, but that hasn't stopped her from pursuing an education. With her drive, determination and a little help from our YouthSource Center, she is well on her way to completing high school and hopes to continue on this path to higher education to become a child psychologist.
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  • Voices of YPI: Victoria
    May 30, 2019
    Victoria is a mother, entrepreneur and YPI participant who has benefited from Ventanilla the Financiera program funded by Citi Community Development. This is the story of how these services changed her and her family's life.
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  • Voices of YPI: College Signing Day
    May 6, 2019
    Graduating seniors from across Los Angeles were feeling the buzz of excitement for College Signing Day last week! More than a dozen YPI students joined Former First Lady Michelle Obama and their LAUSD peers at UCLA on May 1 for the official College Signing Day event in Los Angeles—one of 2,500 event held nationwide to celebrate college-bound high school seniors as part of the Reach Higher Initiative.
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  • Voices of YPI: Vivian
    April 9, 2019
    Vivian is the College & Career Manager for our AmeriCorps program. Born in Cairo, Egypt (German is actually her first language!), Vivian grew up all over Southern California. She shares a bit about her experience at YPI over the last yer and a half. This is her interview.
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  • Voices of YPI: Ana
    April 5, 2019
    Ana is a senior at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex who ran the full LA Marathon for #TeamYPI! She shares a bit about herself, growing up in El Salvador, life in Los Angeles as a high school student, and pursuing higher education after graduation. This is her inspiring story.
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  • Voices of YPI: Briana Erhard
    March 18, 2019
    Briana Erhard is the Food & Nutrition Coordinator for YPI’s Health + Wellness Department. This year she is running the full LA Marathon for #TeamYPI and our Promise Scholars.
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  • Voices of YPI: Vanessa Montano
    January 30, 2019
    Vanessa Montano, Assistant Director of EXL, has been with YPI for 13 years and she continues to be inspired to develop enrichment programs for youth that are fun, educational and memorable.
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  • Voices of YPI: Jonathan
    December 17, 2018
    My name is Jonathan and I’m a kid who has grown up on the outskirts of the San Fernando Valley.  My parents are from developing countries and migrated to the United States undocumented.
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  • Voices of YPI: Jackie Garcia & YES (Young Eisner Scholars)
    August 8, 2018
    My name is Jackie Garcia and I’m 18 years old. I come from a pretty big family—my Mom, my Dad and three sisters. We speak Spanish and English at home. My parents are both immigrants and they’ve been here for a very long time.
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  • Voices of YPI: Aissa Zapata
    February 13, 2018
    “My favorite part of the program is watching families engaged in their child’s education. A lot of our families come from limited education and limited resources. Just the fact that they know the importance of education and that they know they are their child’s first teacher is wonderful to me. And we are helping them to be the best first teacher they can be.”
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  • Voices of YPI: Ilene Garcia
    April 21, 2017
    Ilene Garcia, a teenage student at the STEM Academy in Hollywood, drew loud cheers when she spoke of her experience growing up poor in Los Angeles. Born to a single mother who has worked as a janitor in the city for two decades, Garcia said her family has been forced to move at least five times in recent years while struggling to cover rent.
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  • Eliza Finley & Will Watts of Public Counsel
    February 10, 2017
    One benefit of this 3-year long relationship we’ve had with YPI is the relationship that we’ve been able to build with service providers through the Promise Neighborhood initiative and at the FamilySource Center. Because they are the ones out that are out there interfacing with the community all day long every single day. And so what that means is that so many people are getting legal services that they wouldn’t have gotten if they hadn’t come through YPI.
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  • Gratitude: Emily, Girls & Gangs
    December 15, 2016
    “They helped me want something better for my future. They helped me see that I could do bigger and better things.”
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  • Paola’s UCLA dream come true
    December 7, 2016
    “I’m an 18-year-old Guatemalan who grew up in Hollywood. Not in the famous Hollywood Hills, but in the slums of Hollywood. Below where all the stars live. I grew up with a single mother and a younger 15-year-old brother. I grew up poor, scared and afraid. But most importantly, I grew up as a fighter.”
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  • Mayor Eric Garcetti on What a Better World Looks Like
    September 14, 2016
    "To me, a better world is that place where everybody can live out their dreams. It’s the place they think of when they close their eyes, where every barrier that holds them back have dissolved away. Here, life’s challenges that confront us are the same obstacles we’ve collectively overcome. In this world, there’s no racism, no sexism, no poverty—nothing to hold us back. And at the end of the day, we can determine our own fates—our own destinies—and we can build something new that no one has ever seen before."
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