Advancement Project

Advancement Project
Program Name: 
Safe Passage & Prevention Tool Kit
Grant Year: 
2010
Grant Type: 
General Community
Grant Amount: 
$50,000
Interest Area: 
Gang Prevention & Intervention
Grant Purpose: 

To create safe routes for students walking to and from Gratts Elementary School, Berendo Middle School and John Leichty Middle School in the Belmont/Rampart area. ($20,000)

To develop, publish and distribute The Prevention/Intervention Toolkit and provide group training sessions to a minimum of 30 stakeholders.  ($30,000)

Description: 

The Advancement Project (AP) was founded in 1999 by civil rights lawyers to reform public systems and achieve equity for underserved communities.  Its four focus areas include: Urban Peace to reduce violence and promote community safety; Educational Equity to ensure adequate school facilities and resources; Healthy City, an online database/mapping program to promote data-driven decision making about resource allocation; and Equity in Public Funds to promote the equitable distribution of public resources.

The Safe Passage Program partners with law enforcement, LAUSD safety personnel, local school leaders and local business leaders to create safe routes for students walking to and from Gratts Elementary School, Berendo Middle School and John Leichty Middle School. 

The Safe Passage & Prevention Toolkit allows the Advancement Project to leverage its expertise and respond comprehensively to numerous requests for information and assistance.  Foundation funding supports content development, publication and distribution of this educational resource, and group training sessions for a minimum of 30 stakeholders within the Greater L.A. area.

Grant Quote: 

"It's a critical problem that must be addressed when children in our neighborhoods cannot even walk safely to and from school.  We applaud the Jewish Community Foundation for recognizing the pressing need to create safe havens for these youngsters.  In addition, the grant for the toolkit and training will allow us to leverage our expertise and respond to the many requests we receive from communities around the area for information and assistance.  It is our hope to train influential adults to reach children with gang intervention and prevention techniques before it is too late." - Connie Rice, Co-Founder & Co-Director, Advancement Project