Since the 1990’s, YPI has successfully blended multiple funding streams and partnerships to saturate Los Angeles communities with critically needed services. YPI adopted Pacoima as its first hub in Los Angeles and began implementing this place based model in a neighborhood corridor that focused efforts on Pacoima Elementary School (later Pacoima Charter School) and the San Fernando Gardens (the only public housing project in the San Fernando Valley).
Services included early childhood education (Even Start and preschool services), parenting services, college preparation, and computer technology (the Family Technology Project, a Neighborhood Network Center, and dozens of Public Computer Centers). Other resources included a Full Service Community School program that unified multiple community services at each school, as well as physical education and nutrition services. YPI worked with families to provide financial literacy, case management and support with basic needs, as well as job training in high demand fields such as Health Careers. YPI provided summer youth employment and a YouthSource Center dedicated to high school graduation, postsecondary enrollment, and career preparation. YPI partnered with multiple Los Angeles Unified School District and charter schools to operate afterschool and supplemental educational tutoring services using innovative models such as AmeriCorps tutors.
In 2003 and 2005, YPI expanded these transformative efforts by opening two charter middle schools, first in Pacoima with Bert Corona Charter School, and then in Pico Union with Monsenor Oscar Romero Charter School. More recently, YPI began duplicating this place-based effort in other high need communities. Pico Union saw not only the opening of the charter middle school, but the implementation of a second Full Service Community Schools program. In Hollywood, additional efforts included the opening of the City of Los Angeles funded FamilySource Center in 2010.