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The Youth Policy Institute transforms Los Angeles neighborhoods using a holistic approach to reduce poverty by ensuring families have access to high quality schools, wrap-around education and technology services, enabling a successful transition from cradle to college and career. The Financial Opportunity Center’s (FOC) goal, is to educate our clients on the fundamentals of Asset Building and Financial Management that will enable them to reach their financial goals and thrive in hard economic times.
Today, YPI is the only non-profit in the country to receive all three signature White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative grants under President Obama: Promise Neighborhood, Choice Neighborhood, and Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation. In 2014, we became the lead implementation partner for the Los Angeles Promise Zone initiative (one of the first five in the nation) targeting high-poverty neighborhoods in East Hollywood, Pico-Union, and Koreatown. YPI is also the only agency in Los Angeles operating city-funded YouthSource, FamilySource, and WorkSource Centers.
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.