LA Unified Getting an Attendance Counselor with National Grant
LA Unified is getting another Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor, thanks to a $250,000 grant from Partners in Progress, a new collaboration between Citi Foundation and the Low Income Investment Fund. The money comes to the district from the Youth Policy Institute, one of 13 organizations around the country that won a Partners in Progress...
By LA School Report | December 3, 2013
Service Workers Union Looking to Expand LA Unified Role
For years, the SEIU Local 99 has been “the other union” in LAUSD. Representing custodians, cooks, bus drivers and other “classified” workers, the union is just as politically influential, if not more so, than the teachers union, UTLA. And yet its voice is rarely heard in policy debates. That might be about to change. In...
By Hillel Aron | October 4, 2013
Youth Policy Institute Leads Way On LA Promise Neighborhood
Educational efforts in Los Angeles are in the process of expanding beyond the classroom and touching community members of all ages with a wide variety of services not usually offered at typical Los Angeles school sites. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit group Youth Policy Institute (YPI) received a $30 million dollar grant from the federal government...
By Chase Niesner | September 12, 2013
“Promise Neighborhoods” Finally Launch in LA
A new initiative called Los Angeles Promise Neighborhoods, six years in the making, finally launched this month. Headed by the Youth Policy Institute (or YPI), it aims to serve 18,000 kids in two neighborhoods — Hollywood and Pacoima — and hopes to expand even further in the future. The idea behind LA’s Promise Neighborhoods is...
By Hillel Aron | July 11, 2013
LA Wins $30M Federal Grant
Promise Neighborhoods — “a national initiative to end the cycle of intergenerational poverty” — are coming to Los Angeles, thanks to federal funding and a high-scoring application from a consortium of LA education nonprofits led by Youth Policy Institute. The Promise Neighborhoods idea was popularized by Geoffrey Canada’s New York City effort (called the Harlem Children’s...
By LA School Report | May 17, 2013
Morning Read: LAUSD Students Get a Say in Lunch
Los Angeles Gives Students More Control Over School Lunch Many school districts nationwide have stepped up efforts to increase the nutritional value of the food they serve and reduce the consumption of foods that drive a growing childhood obesity epidemic. Los Angeles Unified School District has been at the forefront of this movement. Education News...
By Samantha Oltman | December 21, 2012