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Mission Statement

From preschool to afterschool, charter schools, college preparation, tutoring, and adult literacy, YPI offers education services to help low-income families succeed.

Preparing Los Angeles residents for high wage jobs in growing fields, such as medical office careers. Offering job placement with area employers, as well as day laborer centers.

Family by family, student by student, YPI provides access to computer technology and the skills needed to excel in school and the workplace.


The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) provides education, training and technology services for low income families. Since 2001, YPI has accomplished this by serving families in Los Angeles at 51 sites throughout the city. YPI has an annual budget of $13 million and offers families education and training resources in the areas of afterschool, job training, early childhood education, physical education, adult literacy and ESL, computer literacy, charter schools, and college preparation. YPI also supports efforts to boost the capacity and effectiveness of small grassroots nonprofits that provide essential services. Each year, YPI helps more than 15,000 youth and adults through these programs.

The Youth Policy Institute developed from the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Fund and incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency in 1983. Originally headquartered in Washington, D.C., YPI begin operating in California in 1996. In addition to serving the Los Angeles community, YPI has implemented technology, education, and workforce grants in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Albuquerque, and the Washington, D.C. area.

Winner of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's Excellence in Education Award, YPI was one of only five agencies selected by the National Institute for Out of School Time to create a school-community partnership toolkit. The America Connects Consortium website profiled YPI as a Feature Story in recognition of our accomplishments as a U.S. Department of Education Community Technology Center grantee. YPI has also been honored by Cisco as one of only four non-profits nationwide to receive a Growing With Technology award in 2004.


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