Founded in 1968, the Los Angeles City College (LACC) Foundation works to fill the unmet need of students striving to improve their lives through higher education. It develops philanthropic support to assist LACC in providing accessible educational programs and enriching the cultural, economic, and civic life of Los Angeles. LACC educates over 18,000 students each semester. The student population is among the most diverse in the nation, and the population is composed predominantly of students from working poor backgrounds, 57% of whom rely on financial aid to attend college.
The Guardian Scholars Program provides hundreds of current and former foster youth each year with the resources, training, and counseling to overcome the challenges they face enrolling in, persisting in, and graduating from Los Angeles City College.
Founded in 1983, Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) Foundation provides grants and scholarships to assist students in need at LATTC, which serves 21,000 students, 80% of whom qualify for reduced tuition due to low family income. A significant number of students enrolled at LATTC are former foster youth, military veterans, and disabled students, and the local student population has some of the highest educational needs in the United States. The LATTC Foundation’s three main program activities are disbursing student scholarships, providing trade-specific toolkits to students, and funding technical skills competitions for students.
The Guardian Scholars Program helps hundreds of foster youth and former foster youth between the ages of 19 and 34 pursue academic degrees and vocational certification at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
Founded in 1985, Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) provides shelter and supportive services to runaway, homeless and foster youth through its group home, transitional living program, and emergency and transitional shelters, which house up to 52 youth at any one time. In 2008, LAYN began taking referrals from the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and since then, has provided shelter and supportive services to more than 2,500 foster youth. The organization’s LAYN High School runs in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District, addressing the educational challenges common to youth who have experienced multiple placements.
The Education and Enrichment Program helps hundreds of runaway, homeless, foster and former foster youth enroll in and persist in institutions of higher education.
Founded in 1977, Mar Vista Family Center (MVFC) provides low-income families with quality early childhood education, youth enrichment, and educational tools to create positive change in their lives and their community. It serves more than 1,100 children, youth and adults through three main program areas: Early Childhood Education, Youth, and Community. MVFC aims to improve family functioning, decrease domestic violence, improve student academic success and increase the number of students in the community who graduate from high school and attend college.
The Baby and Me program supports low-income children ages zero to three and their parents/caregivers in attending weekly classes focused on understanding the social, emotional, motor and cognitive growth of young children and the important role that positive, secure relationships play in a child’s healthy development.
Founded in 1971, Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND) is the largest poverty agency serving tens of thousands of the neediest children and families of the San Fernando Valley per month. Primarily volunteer-driven, it provides emergency food, clothing, health care, job skills training and placement and other services.
The Medical Prescriptions program provides free prescription medication for uninsured, low-income families living in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.
Founded in 1992, New Directions offers comprehensive services for homeless male and female veterans who have served in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Services include substance abuse treatment, job training nad placement, parenting and money management classes, legal and financial assistance, counseling, remedial education and other resources.
Operation Welcome Home offers case management, legal assistance, job training and referrals, family reunification, individual and group therapy and assistance with housing to address the specific needs of approximately Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans who suffer from severe depression, PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma combined with substance abuse.
Founded in 1976, New Directions for Youth (NDY) provides comprehensive programs for at-risk and troubled youth to become productive, self-sufficient, healthy young adults. Its programs aim to reduce juvenile delinquency, crime, gang affiliation, poverty, family dysfunction, unemployment, and child abuse. NDY collaborates with public agencies and provides direct services and programs to more than 9,000 at-risk and troubled youth each year.
The Gang Prevention & Intervention program provides gang-related and at-risk youth, ages 14-25, from the San Fernando Valley with wrap-around, comprehensive services, including individualized support, literacy training, and structured after school programs.
Founded in 1985, New Economics for Women (NEW) works to reduce poverty by creating and building wealth opportunities for families and neighborhoods. Its mission is to create economic and educational opportunities for single parents, families, and disinvested communities. This is achieved by: 1) building quality affordable housing with on-site services; 2) helping single parents develop strategies for success; and 3) helping communities develop strategies and gain resources to eliminate poverty.
The Smart Consumer program teaches financial education to women to increase their economic security and build assets over the long term.
Founded in 2003, Operation Gratitude (OG) seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines deployed in harm's way, to their children left behind, and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in Transition Units. OG care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation. Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns and Donations of funds for shipping expenses, OG provides civilians anywhere in America with a way to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Military in an active, hands-on manner.
The Wounded Warrior Care Package Program assembles volunteers to send care packages to wounded warriors annually in all Military branches.
Founded in 1980, Para Los Niños (PLN) aims to help children succeed in school and in life. Dedicated to the academic success and social well-being of children, PLN serves approximately 7,500 children, youth and their families each year through six early education centers, three charter schools, mental health services, family programs, community engagement and youth workforce services. The range of services provided support optimal environments for young children
to develop, learn and achieve. Its three strategic priorities are to demonstrate impact of its educational model, strengthen its infrastructure and diversify and expand its funding base.
The Nurturing Parenting Program provides courses focused on empathy, nurturing, and attachment at Para Los Nino's early education centers for parents of children ages six weeks to three years.
Founded in 1984 by a collaborative of local churches, synagogues, businesses and concerned individuals, People Assisting the Homeless’s (PATH's) mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families and communities. With the opening of PATH’s LA Center in 2002, the organization was able to bring 98 interim housing beds together with the PATH Mall program, a multi-service center where homeless individuals can easily access over a dozen supportive services in one location. Since its founding, PATH has grown into a consortium of five agencies that focus on rapid rehousing, street outreach, permanent supportive housing, and wraparound services to end homelessness for the most vulnerable populations.
The Outreach Navigator and Move-in Assistance program places chronically homeless individuals in permanent housing by collaborating with local homeless coalitions, social service organizations, local landlords, political leaders, faith groups, and community members.
Pico Youth & Family Center (PYFC) opened its storefront youth center in February 2002 in response to an increase in youth violence in Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood. It provides 240 youth, ages 16-24, many of whom are in foster care, with leadership development and community empowerment programs that promote peace, unity and social justice. Services include counseling, case management, leadership development, job preparation, training in computer skills and music production, and community engagement and event organization.
The Gang Prevention & Intervention Program provides individualized, intensive case management services for gang-inclined or involved youth in Santa Monica and Venice.
Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission was founded in 1986 to reduce gang violence in Boyle Heights. Programs provide training, education and social services to low-income, primarily Latino, uninsured immigrants. It provides an emergency shelter, after school academic enrichment for K-12, early education centers, a thrift store, and a community organizing and civic engagement program.
The Guadalupe Homeless Project (GHP), provides women and families with rental assistance, motel vouchers, clothing vouchers, and bus tokens.
Founded in 1984, Single Room Occupancy Housing Corporation (SRO Housing) is a non-profit community-based organization, dedicated to building a vibrant community for homeless and very low-income individuals in Skid Row. SRO Housing pursues its mission of community revitalization by providing clean, safe, and affordable housing; managing public spaces; and administering needed supportive services. SRO Housing provides affordable single-room occupancy housing with over 2,300 private, single units of housing throughout 30 properties.
The Supportive Housing Move-in Assistance program will identifies veterans experiencing homelessness, designates appropriate units of permanent supportive housing, and provides move-in assistance and move-in stipends.
Founded in 2009, the South Los Angeles Child Welfare Initiative (SLACWI) was created to break intergenerational cycles of poor developmental outcomes for children zero to five years in South LA and to reduce their risk of involvement with the foster care system. The Initiative works to build the individual, organizational and collective capacity of participants from 7 agencies and to provide a comprehensive “Early Childhood System of Care” for young children with an emphasis on children in kinship care and children born to teen mothers. It uses a holistic and cross-disciplinary approach to early childhood systems that combines health, early childhood education and social services to improve outcomes for children. SLACWI addresses change in both practice and policy to ensure that lessons learned improve the performance and impact of the organizations involved while ultimately informing better solutions for the entire field of child welfare.
The Early Childhood System of Care support families with children ages zero to five (75% of whom are zero to three) who live in South LA in receiving comprehensive support services through seven South Los Angeles Child Welfare Initiative (SLACWI) partner agencies, using St. John’s pediatric patient-centered home as the main entry portal.
The Southern California College Access Network (SoCalCAN) is an alliance of 20 nonprofit organizations founded in 2005 to increase college access and success rates for low-income, disadvantaged youth. As a forum for joint learning and collaboration, SoCalCAN provides member organizations the opportunity to strengthen capacity, enhance results, and broaden impact by sharing best practices, developing common tools, and building strategic partnerships.
The Youth Ambassadors of College Knowledge program trains and empowers tenth and eleventh grade low-income, medium- to high-achieving students at five high schools to prepare for and pay for college and to serve as 'Peer Ambassadors' who promote college-going among their peers.
Los Angeles City College FoundationGuardian Scholars ProgramFoster Youth: College Access & Career Readiness
Los Angeles Trade Technical College FoundationGuardian Scholars ProgramFoster Youth: College Access & Career Readiness
Los Angeles Youth NetworkEducation and Enrichment ProgramFoster Youth: College Access & Career Readiness
Mar Vista Family CenterBaby & MeEarly Childhood
Meet Each Need With DignityMedical PrescriptionsEmergency Assistance for Basic Needs
New DirectionsOperation Welcome HomeFinancial Literacy and Veterans
New Directions for YouthGang Prevention & InterventionGang Prevention & Intervention
New Economics for WomenSmart ConsumerFinancial Literacy and Veterans
Operation GratitudeWounded Warrior Care Package ProgramFinancial Literacy and Veterans
Para Los NinosNurturing Parenting ProgramEarly Childhood
People Assisting the Homeless (PATH)Outreach Navigator and Move-in AssistanceAddressing Homelessness in Los Angeles
Pico Youth & Family CenterGang Prevention & Intervention ProgramGang Prevention & Intervention
Proyecto PastoralGuadalupe Homeless ProjectEmergency Assistance for Basic Needs
Single Room Occupancy Housing CorporationSupportive Housing Move-in AssistanceAddressing Homelessness in Los Angeles
South Los Angeles Child Welfare InitiativeEarly Childhood System of CareEarly Childhood
Southern California College Access NetworkYouth Ambassadors of College KnowledgeCollaborative Grants