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Corporation for National & Community Service Awards $4.4M to City of Los Angeles and YPI

Monday, July 6, 2015

The federal Corporation for National & Community Service (an SCG member) has awarded three significant AmeriCorps grants to the City of Los Angeles and YPI, recruiting a new generation of volunteers and activists as part of our place-based approach fighting poverty.

  • 119 new full-time AmeriCorps members serving the youth and families of LA's Promise Zone, Promise Neighborhood, and centers from Watts to Pacoima, including a ground-breaking exchange with Philadelphia
  • Three major federal grants totaling $4.4 million.
  • Thousands of kids and their families, getting the help they need to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

As Youth Policy Institute's Dixon Slingerland put it, "Los Angeles is at the forefront of a new War on Poverty, and this is the sound of the cavalry coming."

For Promise Zones Americorps, lead agency YPI and Mayor Eric Garcetti have partnered with the City of Philadelphia in this first-ever joint grant between two federal Promise Zones. 50 AmeriCorps members will be placed in schools in the LA and Philadelphia Promise Zones to serve as College & Career Ambassadors.

The LA Promise Corps will integrate 54 AmeriCorps members into the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood, placing full-time tutors in elementary, middle, and high schools in Pacoima and East Hollywood.

And the 15 members of Operation AmeriCorps will connect the mayor's office with youth and family centers across the city, including YPI's Hollywood FamilySource Center, Pico Union Youth Center, and San Fernando Valley YouthSource Center. In this inaugural round of Operation AmeriCorps grants, the Corporation for National & Community Service selected a small group of cities with strategies that were place-based, coordinated with existing community organizations, and led to transformational outcomes.

A new wave of national service will deliver on the promise of cradle-to-college-and-career like never before.

(Excerpt from Youth Policy Institute newsletter).

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