Youth Policy Institute only agency in Los Angeles selected by the Kresge Foundation for Innovative Approach to Human Services

Youth Policy Institute only agency in Los Angeles selected by the Kresge Foundation for Innovative Approach to Human Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  November 13, 2017


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Organization receives $500,000 grant, will participate in two-year leadership program

(Los Angeles) – The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) was selected by The Kresge Foundation as one of 13 path-breaking organizations nationally for the inaugural NextGen Human Services cohort. The initiative is part of Kresge’s Human Services Program focused on the advancement of human services to accelerate social and economic mobility for people with low incomes in America’s cities.

The organizations will be supported for the next two years by Harvard Kennedy School’s Leadership for a Networked World as the cohort continues to develop innovative approaches.

YPI has been awarded a $500,000 grant to support their work. YPI leaders Dixon Slingerland, President & CEO, Iris Zuñiga, Executive Vice President, and Ana Aguirre, YouthSource & Education Director, will join a learning and collaboration network in order to share lessons from their work with the wider human services field.

“This is a dynamic group of organizations who are setting the pace of evolution for human services with a focus on advancing and accelerating mobility,” said Raquel Hatter, deputy director of The Kresge Foundation’s Human Services Program. “Families and communities across the country continue to struggle with the daily realities of living in poverty and the challenges of moving forward. YPI is reimagining our support systems by co-creating solutions with people to best help them achieve their goals and dreams. We are thrilled to have this group join a movement that is transforming the human services sector to have an unrelenting commitment to successful outcomes.”

The NextGen initiative supports The Kresge Foundation’s Human Services Program’s efforts to foster the next generation of human services organizations. Kresge defines next generation human services organi­zations as organizations or local networks that are setting the pace of evolution in the social services sector by delivering supports that are responsive to client needs, adopting a data-driven approach and embracing a stance of risk taking.

“Place-based interventions are having incredible success leaping over the barriers that slowed down previous attempts to reach families in poverty and level the playing field,” said Dixon Slingerland. “We’re proud to be named by Kresge among our peers who are setting a new standard for changing lives in disadvantaged communities, and we’re especially honored to be able to learn from and share with our fellow grantees as part of this cohort.“

The award will support YPI in its place-based collective impact efforts to fight poverty through initiatives like the Los Angeles Promise Zone and Promise Neighborhoods. YPI and its partners have had unprecedented success in attracting federal resources to LA. The GEAR UP grant announced last week with Mayor Garcetti is the 63rd federal grant since 2013 for these efforts, and the seventh in 2017 despite sharp turns in federal policy, for a total of $311 million. This total represents as much federal investment as the nation’s other 21 Promise Zones combined.

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About The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit. In 2016, the Board of Trustees approved 474 grants totaling $141.5 million, and made 14 social investment commitments totaling $50.8 million. For more information, visit

About the Youth Policy Institute

Youth Policy Institute has been providing education and support services to low-income families in Los Angeles since 1996 and is the only agency in the country to have been awarded all four federal Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives: Promise Zones, Promise Neighborhoods (twice), Choice Neighborhoods, and Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (twice). Together, these initiatives form a place-based approach to fighting poverty, reducing crime, improving educational opportunities and creating access to jobs that builds on YPI’s decades of history helping youth and families. For more information, visit

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