L.A. Wins First Promise Zone Funds; $36 Million To Help 10K LAUSD Students

McArthur_Park.jpgMayor Eric Garcetti today announced that Los Angeles has received 7 federal grants worth $36 million resulting from the city's successful bid to win Promise Zone designation for Los Angeles. The funding will provide 10,000 LAUSD students with academic assistance, after school and summer support services, teen pregnancy prevention programming and more access to healthier food in schools.

The Promise Zone is President Obama’s signature anti-poverty initiative, first announced at his 2013 State of the Union address. In late 2013, Mayor Garcetti led a coalition of non-profit and public-sector organizations on an aggressive bid to win Promise Zone designation for Los Angeles. In January 2014, Mayor Garcetti joined President Obama at the White House as it was announced that Los Angeles was chosen as one of the first five Promise Zone locations in the nation, giving our city’s applicant partners preference points and technical assistance to earn federal grants. Los Angeles’ Promise Zone serves a larger population than the other federal Promise Zones cities combined.

"We're being aggressive about pursuing increasingly scarce federal dollars and our work is delivering results in ways that can transform these young people's lives and our neighborhoods," Mayor Garcetti said. "My back to basics agenda starts with creating economic opportunity and combined with our plan to raise L.A.'s minimum wage, we are serving hundreds of thousands of Angelenos through these initiatives."

Mayor Garcetti has worked closely with the Obama Administration on important initiatives. Yesterday, Mayor Garcetti and Vice President Biden met with L.A. business owners to discuss Mayor Garcetti's minimum wage proposal and the economy. Last week, Mayor Garcetti joined Transportation Secretary Foxx to break ground on the latest major L.A. rail project, the Downtown Connector. L.A. is pursuing and winning billions in federal funding to execute the nation's largest rail construction program. Mayor Garcetti is a member of the President's Climate Change Task Force and joined First Lady Michelle Obama to announce that he will end veteran homelessness in L.A. In addition, Mayor Garcetti is partnering with the Administration to get federal approval for his $1 billion plan to restore the L.A. River.

The Youth Policy Institute was awarded a GEAR UP grant of $16,212,000 over seven years by the US Department of Education to serve five middle schools and five high schools in the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood. Starting in 6th and 7th grades, YPI will follow a cohort of 2,895 students through to their first year of college, providing extensive academic, social, and college readiness support to prepare students for post-secondary education.

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and partners including the Youth Policy Institute, UCLA, Occidental College, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, and the College Board were awarded a GEAR UP grant of $13,378,400 over seven years by the US Department of Education to serve a cohort of 2,389 students at three middle schools, three span schools, and five high schools in the Promise Zone.

The Youth Policy Institute received a School Climate Transformation grant of $3,750,000 over five years from the US Department of Education to provide mental health services for 1,815 students and support the implementation of school-wide positive behavior frameworks at seven schools in the Promise Zone.

The Youth Policy Institute was awarded a Full-Service Community Schools grant of $2,500,000 over five years by the US Department of Education to serve four schools and over 2,800 students in the L.A. Promise Zone. Each school will be transformed into a community hub -- open early, open late, on weekends, and in the summer, with staff deployed at the school sites to coordinate wrap-around services for students and families

The Youth Policy Institute received a two-year Local Food Promotion Program grant from the US Department of Agriculture of $100,000 to develop and implement a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in the L.A. Promise Zone. Partnering with local farmers, YPI will open six CSA pick-up sites that will increase access to fresh, healthy foods for low-income families.