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City of Youth Foundation was founded in 2004 in direct response to the outstanding number of disadvantaged urban youth that were facing profound difficulty in the foster care system. City of Youth redeveloped its mission to account for the rising number of youth that do not have the supportive resources. The urge to care for this forgotten population of young people evolved into specialized youth intervention and empowerment programming. The organization provides an array of developmental activities that began with team sports, but now includes high school diploma education, vocational capacity building, college preparedness and leadership development.
To invoke the original approach and integrate it into all aspects of programming, City of Youth incorporates a strategy called the Game Plan. The goal is to provide youth and families with a range of service-centered social and educational programs for building a strong mind, body and spirit. Our key partner, John Muir Charter School, provides our young people with an experiential social justice themed high school diploma component which is integral to our youth in benefiting from this goal.
Our programs focus on cooperative and participatory teamwork that promotes success for individuals and families with intent to redirect them away from dependent mind-sets and destructive influences. In addition to personal and familial development, City of Youth is dedicated to improving life in the local community, and in turn having the local community become active entities of social change by helping other communities outside of their immediate surroundings.
Our Game Plan program is dedicated to assisting disadvantaged youth who show strong academic promise to succeed academically and in life.
With a mission to provide structure and resources for disadvantaged Los Angeles Students, ages 15-24, to realize their full potential through a college education, Game Plan program is assisting these students to become tomorrow’s leaders. Many of our students come from single-parent, low-income, immigrant and refugee families. All are first generation college entrants and many are first generation high school graduates. We match each of our students with a volunteer adult mentor who provides them with a powerful example of the opportunities, both professional and social, available to the college-educated. The relationship with the same mentor is a significant factor in the success of our students.
What We Do
The Game Plan program is based on a youth development model where students served receive interventions and personal attention designed to develop their competencies, characters and relationships to their community. Our enrichment activities include a variety of educational workshops, cultural activities and community service events:
- Career Development with W.I.A program partner
- Job Skills Training with SEA
- Financial Aid Workshops
- Leadership and Character Development
- Library Research
- Life Skills Seminars
- Parent Workshops
- Drug and Alcohol Intervention
- Time Management & Study Skills Workshop
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