Proposals in the learn category
CS Proficiency: Closing the Achievement Gap in Los Angeles
Coding builds computational thinking and problem solving skills that are critical in STEM learning across subject areas yet there is no common standard for measuring K-6 coding proficiency. 9 Dots seeks a $100,000 grant to support our Get Coding program and close the achievement gap with significant CS learning outcomes for underserved students, while developing and applying more meaningful definitions and measurements for proficiency, including mastery of core coding concepts, difficulty levels, and underlying problem solving processes.
Transforming School Libraries in Low Income Neighborhoods
We transform dilapidated school libraries in L.A. Since 1999, Access Books has donated well over 1.7 million books to over 300 school and community libraries. We serve schools with a high population of children receiving Title I funds in underserved communities such as Watts, South Central, Compton, parts of the Valley, downtown and East Los Angeles. We donate thousands of books and paint literacy themed murals for each school as well as donate reading furniture and rugs.
After-School All-Stars Los Angeles
After-School All-Stars Los Angeles CampUS
CampUS is an innovative summer program to prepare incoming 9th graders for success and an experience in college life. Students spend a week with a hands-on true college experience on a local college campus. They move into the dorms, eat in the cafeterias and take classes in college lecture halls. Through this immersive program, students are offered exciting courses on how to succeed in high school, and what to expect when start their college career.
LA Aims 4 the Heart
With the world changing as quickly and drastically as it currently is, Aim4theHeart is making the HeArt curriculum available to all Angelenos through a series of Zoom conferences, neighborhood workshops, on-campus assemblies, and community performances. The program, first targets youth at home through a digital series, then accompanies them back to the classroom through on campus workshops, and ends with youth in the world with program graduates performing and teaching the techniques in their communities.
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools Foundation
Social and Emotional Learning at Alliance
The Alliance Foundation seeks funding to expand Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies and practices across a network of 28 public charter schools operated by Alliance College-Ready Public Schools (Alliance) in Los Angeles. Through this project, Alliance’s newly-formed Scholar, Family, & Community Services team will support teachers and school leaders to implement instructional best practices that contribute to healthy school climates and nurture social and emotional competencies among the network’s 13,000 students enrolled in grades 6-12.
America Scores Los Angeles
Literacy in Action
The Literacy in Action program addresses the prevalence of low literacy and rising obesity rates that disproportionately affect youth in low-income communities. A unique combination of soccer, poetry, and service-learning, students receive more than 100 hours of structured physical activity and English Language Arts (ELA) support with an emphasis on player participation, team engagement, and developing healthy lifestyle choices. We want to instill a genuine passion for playing soccer and establish a lifelong dedication to physical activity.
Believe In Music
Believe in Music seeks support to conduct a full school year of music education for up to 250 students. Students will learn the elements of music, music technology, and collaborative composition. Students will become familiar with music software, writing and producing songs that reflect their unique artistic voices. This is a narrative-building project centering the complex lived experiences of those participating. Ultimately, students will use music technology as the vehicle to tell their own stories, create original songs, and have fun!
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
The Academy of Puppetry and Allied Arts
With funding from LA 2050 we intend to establish the Academy of Puppetry and Allied Arts which will provide lifelong learning through the many entry points that puppetry offers, with a specific focus on school age K-12 groups. Included in this program are musical & literary resources directly from our archives, programs and classes that explore puppetry through the intersection of art and technology, as well as professional mentors available to advise students in our theater’s storefront, a hub dedicated to direct engagement with the community.
Book Club for Kids podcast, a project of Community Partners
LA is the Best Place for Bookworms! Creating Lifelong Readers With Digital Media
We want to engage the next generation of LA readers. We’ll take the free podcast to 3-5 public schools or libraries every month. At least half of the tapings will be in front of a live audience, which will be invited to participate on the show by talking about their favorite book. We will focus on local authors who are available for book signings, and we’ll invite local public officials and influencers to be celebrity readers. Curriculum will be developed for episodes, also available for free. Episodes will be branded LA2050 episodes.
Careers in Entertainment
The Careers in Entertainment Mobile Classroom
Careers in Entertainment (CIE) would like support for the launch & creation of a mobile classroom. Housed in a customized vehicle underrepresented young people and their families will learn, and gain skills in the short & long term to become working professionals in the field of entertainment. CIE will directly bring industry experts to teach specific skills and discuss what a career in entertainment can look like to those often overlooked. The initial target audience will be focused on homeless and foster youth living in LA county.
Center for Powerful Public Schools
Center For Powerful Public Schools
The Center’s work focuses on strengthening the capacity of teachers and school leaders, so they can better prepare students to reach their full potential in school, in postsecondary education, and in 21st-century careers, while closing the equity gaps existing for our most underserved students. By working directly with teachers and administrators, the Center empowers schools and school districts in Los Angeles County to improve education for public school students of color and those living in poverty, creating impactful system change.
Central American Resource Center-CARECEN-of California
CARECEN's Parent and Youth Center
CARECEN's Parent and Youth Center (PYC) provides leadership and civic engagement skills for immigrant parents and their children. Youth focus on academic enrichment, college admissions & financial aid process assistance to prepare in their transition to college. Parents learn about the intricacies of the Common Core standards and how to navigate the school systems to be effective advocates for their children. CARECEN believes that effective change comes from informed communities who have the tools necessary to advocate for quality education.
CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts
CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts Takes the Show on the Road
CHAMPS will purchase a portable stage solution that will allow us to set up an outdoor theatre and allow us to expand our performances to a wide range of venues in our neighborhood of Van Nuys and the surrounding city. Currently, CHAMPS does not have its own stage and pays costly outside venues for our numerous and varied student performances. A portable stage is an innovative solution that will benefit both our students, by enhancing their performance opportunities, and the community, by providing access to free, high-quality performances.
Crimson Square Writer's Lab
Our Emerging Writer's Lab will provide guidance and development for new and diverse playwrights who do not have access to expensive university writer's programs. The grant money would go towards instructors fees, room rentals and theatre rentals for staged readings of student's original works.
Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Youth in LA County
Foster youth face unique obstacles that can disrupt their learning and impact their long-term educational success. As such, students in foster care need extra educational supports, yet school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education are not held accountable for providing the targeted help they need to learn and succeed. Children Now will work to increase transparency and accountability in Los Angeles County to ensure foster youth receive the dedicated supports and services they need to improve their educational outcomes.
Circle of Friends - The Path to Inclusion
Circle of Friends for LA Students
Circle of Friends (CoF) provides support and strategies for K-12 educators who work with students experiencing social isolation due to disability or other challenges. Starting with weekly lunches and meaningful activities, students of all abilities and backgrounds develop awareness and acceptance of differences through genuine friendships. CoF participants model leadership as they become allies and advocates for marginalized students, increasing school safety and reducing bullying.
City Year Los Angeles
City Year Inglewood USD Expansion
This school year, City Year Los Angeles partnered for the first time with the Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD). Inglewood is prioritizing City Year as part of their turnaround strategy to help further the district’s mission to nurture, educate and graduate students who are self-responsible and self-disciplined. This grant would support City Year’s continued presence in its two IUSD pilot schools - Crozier Middle School and Woodworth-Monroe Academy - with a long-term plan to expand onto more Inglewood campuses.
College Access Plan
PUSD to College Graduation
CAP offers easy-to-access college readiness support through dynamic drop-in advisement that meets individual needs; prioritizes student-driven relationships; and is open to all regardless of grades, ability to attend, or immigration status. This grant will support CAP’s existing programs at six traditional and alternative high schools in PUSD with the goal of increasing the college-going rate from 72% to 90% in the next decade through increased student and family access to application support, test prep, financial aid guidance, and more.
College Moms Project
We have spent almost four years investigating the reasons why only 1.5% of teen mothers graduate from college. We've built partnerships with L.A.-based maternity homes, social service agencies, public schools, charter schools, colleges, universities, childcare agencies and women's mentorship teams within leading companies -- all without seeking outside funding. Our objective for the coming year is to fully implement the programs we've developed and expand our capacity to reach hundreds of teen moms.
Providing Equitable SAT Prep in Los Angeles
CollegeSpring will provide free school-day SAT preparation to Los Angeles high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. CollegeSpring accomplishes this mission by 1) training high school teachers to provide SAT instruction during the school day and 2) managing the logistical work that prevents schools from offering test prep in-house. By bringing test prep directly into the classroom, where all students are, CollegeSpring encourages all students to consider college as a viable option for their futures.
CostsBeyondTuition.org will use the LA2050 grant for two purposes: a) Matching Grant (50%) - In order to drive micro philanthropists and incentivize them to submit donations to our college students, we will use 50% of the grant as a matching donation, courtesy of LA2050. This part of the grant is restricted to Program Services. b) Operating Expenses (50%) - As we scale the organization, we will enhance the website, fulfillment model, and our marketing efforts. Half of the grant will be allocated as unrestricted funds to scale the organization.
Crayon Collection's Arts in Education Expansion
Our Arts in Education program provides free, artist inspired lesson plans formatted by volunteer educators to teach common core standards. Art in education has been shown to help with comprehension of STEM and literacy concepts and offers students an outlet to process trauma and develop self-discipline, self-management, and interpersonal relationship skills. For kids in underfunded communities with limited resources, we use art to facilitate student growth, increasing the chances of participants graduating and pursuing further education.
Dance Arts Foundation
Dance Arts Foundation Workshop Series
Dance Arts Foundation is requesting support for a one-week, dance-based Workshop Series geared toward the young, professional-track dancers of Los Angeles and offered at no cost to participating dancers. The Series will offer specialized Master Classes and related educational experiences that will not only provide exceptional dance coaching, but also aid in bridging the gap between training at a local dance Studio and reaching higher-level education at a pre-professional dance Conservatory/University or professional dance Company.
Creating Positive Multigenerational Change through LA’s High Schoolers
Our proven model is transforming the high school experience. We have developed project-learning where students engage with real-world scenarios and roles, discovering their skills, passions, and career opportunities. This culminates in our seniors creating year-long explorations to answer the question, “how will you use your college degree and career to make a Positive Multigenerational Change?” and presenting their plans in powerful community exhibitions. This purpose-exploration is preparing our students for success in college and in life.
Education Through Music-Los Angeles
In-School Music Education Program for Low-Income Schools
ETM-LA's In-School Music Education Program for Low-Income Schools provides high-quality, comprehensive music education to students in low-income, high-risk elementary and secondary schools across LA County. The program reaches all children regardless of race, class, or ability and is set apart by being part of the school day. Our core belief is that all children deserve a well-rounded education, one inclusive of the arts, to ensure their holistic development.
Emile Cohl Art Academy
Tuition-Free Digital Arts Education
The LA2050 Challenge funds will go directly toward the tuition costs of our inaugural cohort of 40 students. They will receive a tuition-free, 3-year education in digital arts using our proven curriculum from working professionals in the entertainment industry. In addition, they will receive wraparound services to promote retention among low-income or underserved students to ensure they complete the program, including counseling, soft-skills training, transportation, and other assistance.
EnCorps STEM Teachers
EnCorps STEM Teachers in Los Angeles
EnCorps has been working earnestly since 2007 to recruit the best and brightest science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals to teach in California, providing meaningful opportunities to impact disadvantaged students. We believe all students deserve access to a great STEM teacher, a great STEM education and all the opportunities that those can provide. EnCorps educators are connecting students to real-world math and science career and economic opportunities and transforming public education statewide.
Everydae: digital tutoring for everyone
We are on a mission to increase college matriculation rates by increasing the number of students who a) take the SAT; b) improve their score; and c) go to college. We will accomplish this by working with our nonprofit partners and LA high schools to provide 1000+ low-income students free access to Everydae, a smart digital tutor, adapted to student needs and goals. By also working with teachers and providing them actionable data, we will help them create targeted interventions to increase STEM proficiency and graduation rates.
See A Man, Be A Man (SAMBAM) Program
The See A Man Be A Man program is a place on Locke College Preparatory Academy’s campus where young men come together to realize and develop their leadership abilities. We surround students with powerful mentors and role models to learn from, and our 9-point program guides students to grow holistically. As we expand our program to include young women, we are improving the curriculum to cover college goals, career, health, culture, spirituality, and more.
Algorithm & Flow
Algorithm & Flow, a Faithworks Compton program, aims to diversify the tech industry by training the next generation of urban computer scientists. We teach game development, web development and the Java programming language to Black and Latino youth in South Los Angeles. We intentionally provide relatable instructors and teaching models that reflect the culture and ethnicity of our students. We created a model that offers a pathway to high paying careers that can shift the life trajectory of a student, his/her family and the community at large.
Fostering Dreams Project
Fostering Dreams Project would like support to expand our dance education programs to continue reaching more foster and homeless youth in Antelope Valley. Our goal is to partner with elementary, middle and high schools in Palmdale and Lancaster and create a pathway for success to college, by enhancing students' skills, academic performance, community engagement, and general wellbeing.
Freedom and Fashion
Freedom and Fashion Program
In partnership with two Los Angeles County transitional homes, we respectfully request support for our program which provides vital job skills, training, and professional and personal coaching to survivors of various injustices. Our participants transform their experiences that society would otherwise deem tragic into something beautiful. Our innovative approach helps them heal from the trauma of past abuse (sex trafficking, domestic violence,, homelessness, etc.).
Friends of Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA)
GALA: Girls in STEM
Since opening in 2016, GALA has expanded from an enrollment of 165 to 588 students; with this growth, we struggle with accessibility of resources to all students –basic supplies so each student has sufficient hands-on time (e.g., microscopes). Many of our students are low-income; therefore, we need to provide equipment (e.g., Chromebooks, calculators) to level the playing field amongst all our students. In addition, we need to invest in more advanced equipment to broaden students’ understanding of real-life engineering and science applications.
Big City Lab
With the support of LA 2050 Big City Forum proposes to expand Big City Lab: a social practice and design education initiative founded by artist and educator Leonardo Bravo. The focus for Big City Lab is the urban environment as a site for meaning making and building critical thinking skills and social responsibility for students. We will partner with four schools within the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy campuses in the greater MacArthur Park area to impact their middle and high school students enrolled in the Ethnic Studies 4 All program.
Destination College +
Destination College+ (DC+) is an inspiring, information-packed day-long college conference designed to inspire and empower low-income students to enroll in post-secondary institutions and complete a college degree. Featuring grade-specific workshops and a College Fair for high school students and their parents, as well as a Career Fair and career readiness workshops for post-secondary students, DC+ brings together the full continuum of the pathway to college, post-secondary academic achievement, and career readiness.
Get Lit - Words Ignite
Get Lit – Words Ignite Online Curriculum
This grant will support the launch of Get Lit’s Online In-School Curriculum for all students and teachers in L.A. County. Our award-winning and impactful poetry, literacy, and youth empowerment curriculum is the only program in the nation that combines learning classic literature with the creation of poems by youth. It is approved as a Univ of CA ‘A-G’ college prep elective, and has been proven to significantly raise youth literacy, reduce drop-out rates and improve graduation rates, and deeply affect students’ socio-emotional wellbeing.
An Inclusive, Next-Gen Digital Career Navigation Hub for LA’s Green Jobs (Presented by Gladeo and LACI)
Our project is to partner with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) to build out a “Green Careers in Los Angeles” section for Gladeo’s existing free, online, youth-friendly career exploration platform, which is already being used by thousands of learners in LA. This new microsite will serve as both a “Virtual Career Day” as well as a digital information hub for “green career” pathway information, educational and training program finder, and job recruiting portal for opportunities in one of the fastest-growing industries in Los Angeles.
Global Arts Corporation
Global Arts Professional Development Series: The Use of Teacher Development to Increase Student Success
We believe teachers who are constantly inspired to learn make the best educators, however, there is a severe lack of access to high-quality professional development for all educators. We are requesting $100,000 in funding for our Professional Development (PD) Program, which will provide free workshops for all. This program will consist of a series of workshops, held every other Friday afternoon throughout the academic year, as well as one 5-day, Summer Seminario that will bring back our most effective presenters from the year’s workshop series.
Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)
Heart of Los Angeles’s (HOLA) Visual Arts Department
Each year, HOLA’s Visual Arts Department provides intensive visual arts programming to 250+ youth with limited or no access to art at school. HOLA offers over 100 classes in 22 different art forms (ceramics, photography, painting, sculpture, illustration, printmaking and more). Students express themselves artistically, gain confidence, and build transferable skills. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the department has implemented remote programming with individual phone calls, weekly instructional videos and take-home art kits.
Inner-City Arts: Virtual Arts Education Project
Through a major expansion of our in-school program, Inner-City Arts will help close the equity and access gap on arts education for LAUSD students. With the expansive of digital platforms and tools now available (and recent integration of virtual learning on a wide-scale due to COVID-19), we will combine 30 years of hands-on experience with new virtual tools, to bring the highest caliber of sequential, curriculum-based arts education to the broadest segment of LAUSD’s least resourced classrooms, educators, and communities.
Junior High, Incorporated
Junior High will create “Money Makers” — a 10-month program featuring 10 workshops built to prepare artists ages 15—25 for life in creative careers. With career artists, tax professionals, and legal experts working with trained educators to develop instruction, Junior High will curate accessible programming for young people to develop skills in financial literacy. Topics will include budgeting, invoicing, and paying taxes. Lessons and branding will prioritize females, people of color, queer artists, and those experiencing financial burdens.
Establishing a legal right to a high quality public education
Creating a legal right to a high quality public education either by passing an LAUSD policy to establish a legal right to a high quality public education for the children of Los Angeles in 2021; or by establishing a constitutional right to a high quality public education for the children of California via a 2022 ballot initiative. An LA2050 grant would support legal drafting, public opinion testing, coalition building, and community organizing.
L.O.V.E. Living Our Vision Everyday Foundation
Sanctuary of Love Resource and Referral Center
Our Sanctuary of Love (SOL) Resource and Referral Center in the heart of Hollywood. SOL has gained legitimacy in the eyes of community partners, volunteers and city leaders, earning recognition and awards for its community work. SOL enables us to: *Plan services, support, and training for clients *Collaboratively organize outreach, events, workshops, and self-empowerment training to support our youth *Strategize ongoing and sustainable growth with LF team members *Host dedicated events such as our annual Thanksgiving in our shared space
Larchmont Charter School
REAL SCHOOL for LA Kids
REAL (Relate, Engage, and Learn) SCHOOL for LA Kids will codify and amplify a consistent, Whole Child approach for teachers of all grade levels TK-12. By codifying the constructivist approach and building a teacher leadership training program, we can reach more students and help unite public charter schools and LAUSD. This plan builds on LA 2050’s vision of a brighter future, with every one of our youngest Angelenos seen, heard, nurtured, understood, and challenged to become a creative, analytical thinker and a socially responsible innovator.
LASA - The Los Angeles Service Academy
Towards a Student-Led Future for Los Angeles
LASA has a proven history and seeks support to continue this work to expand its foundational skills training of student activists; create additional partnerships - specifically with foster care students and new schools; ease transportation concerns; and introduce new modules on fire, the county-wide opportunities and infrastructural work involved in the 2028 Olympics, and responses to COVID-19.
Little Kids Rock
Modern Band Los Angeles County
LKR will democratize music education across LA County through the expansion of our modern band program. Modern band trains and equips music teachers to connect learning to the music that kids already know and love—including rock, pop, Latin, and hip-hop, and others—performed with guitars, keyboards, drums, vocals, and technology. The program has resulted in increased participation in music, as well as improved social, emotional, and academic outcomes especially for students who do not feel represented by traditional music education offerings.
Los Angeles Audubon Society
Los Angeles Audubon - Urban Nature Network
Urban Nature Network will grow the next generation of environmental stewards by providing a pathway for higher learning opportunities, internships, and career development. A single student has access to a support structure that could serve them from third grade on through their first few years as a recent college graduate, providing them with opportunities to gain valuable experience in E-STEAM fields and hands-on experience in environmental research, habitat restoration, conservation and community action.
MOSTe MOTIVATING OUR STUDENTS THROUGH EXPERIENCE
Exploring Careers to Drive Girls' College Success
This grant will support career exposure programs that are integral to MOSTe’s overall college readiness and success work. Specifically, a grant will fully fund our annual career fair and three outings to workplaces in LA, where students will learn from inspiring women leaders and businesses in the community. These career readiness and exposure programs help motivate students to set college-going goals and give them high aspirations to work toward, improving college graduation outcomes and giving students a pathway to success.
Music Forward Foundation
Music Forward: Helping Engage our Youth through Careers in the Music Industry
Music Forward empowers young people to follow their dreams into the music industry and enrich it with their diverse voices and perspectives. In 2020, Music Forward will launch a refreshed and expanded youth development program serving twice the number of musically talented 14 to 24-year-old residents of Greater Los Angeles, and more effectively reach those who are living in low-income, underserved communities. New partnerships with the LA City Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWWD) and ReLAY Institute will help us reach these goals.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Los Angeles (NFTE LA)
Entrepreneurship in Every School: Los Angeles
NFTE currently serves over 2,108 LAUSD students per year. NFTE has the opportunity to deepen our current partnership with the LAUSD by integrating NFTE’s entrepreneurship curriculum with all high school economic classes across all regions, with the potential to reach 30,000+ students and work with over 200 teachers over the next 3 years. Grant would support phase 1 to expand into 12 economics high school teachers across the LAUSD regions. Through the phase 1 expansion, NFTE LA will reach 2,000+ additional LAUSD students within the first year.
New Directions for Youth
After School Program
New Directions for Youth is asking for 100,000 from LA2050 in support of its robust after school programming. NDY offers after school programming for at risk low income youth at no cost. At New Directions, youth are able to participate in a multitude of various programs designed specifically for their needs. NDY offers tutoring, homework help, GED preperation, STEM programming classes, computer classes, art, music, dance, yoga, fitness, meditation, and music programming instruction.
High School Diploma Program and Reentry Services for Justice System Impacted Youth
As the leading LA County youth reentry organization, New Earth supports system-impacted youth to earn their high school diploma while accessing reentry services. New Earth provides a fully accredited charter high school diploma program, integrating trauma-informed wrap-around services with high school education to serve the complex needs of our students. Through transformative education, arts programming, wrap-around services, and social enterprise job training, New Earth invests in the limitless potential of LA’s underserved youth!
New Village Girls Academy
New Village will welcome 100 high-need girls of color from underserved neighborhoods in LA County, help them pursue a better future through interest-driven education and internships, and support their social-emotional needs with intensive, personalized services. In a caring community, each student will be able to realize her potential through a realistic plan for graduation, college and/or career. Senior class graduation rate will be 85%, 90% of graduates will qualify for four-year colleges, and 80% of graduates will enroll in college.
Novus Think Tank
The Why Project
The Why Project empowers underprivileged students in the [NEIGHBORHOOD] of Los Angeles. Inspired by neuroscience research demonstrating that we can only think deeply about things we care deeply about, we start with the why, working with students to hone in on their passions and develop creative projects around them. Those projects expose students to new ideas, challenges, and opportunities, promote their self-agency and project management skills, and above all, reinforce upon them that their passions are worth being passionate about.
Operation Jump Start
College Success provides enhanced support to high school upperclassmen and college students. This program, beginning in the 11th grade and following students until they graduate college, ensures academic success as students navigate college admission and attendance, stewarding them through to degree attainment.
Pediatric Therapy Network
Best We Can Be Early Education Program
PTN’s Best We Can Be Early Education Programs promote school readiness and enhance functional abilities among children with and at-risk for developmental delays and disabilities. This grant will help to expand and enhance evidence-based educational and therapeutic interventions designed to help young children overcome individual delays in preparation for preschool and community-based programs, and provide parents with the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to help their children reach their fullest potential.
ProjectArt LA: A Solution for Budget Cuts
ProjectArt LA will provide the opportunity for young people in divested communities to express themselves creatively, overcome social barriers, and develop social skills so they can grow into thoughtful, empowered young adults. About two hundred students and teens will receive free visual arts classes taught after school hours by four local professional artists at Los Angeles Public Libraries. We will also host two art exhibitions featuring student and artist works that are free and open for the public to enjoy.
Pueblo Nuevo Education & Development Group
Next Generation STEM Leaders in MacArthur Park
Despite a thriving tech field in Los Angeles, low-income students of color face barriers to entering STEM career pathways due to limited learning opportunities. By using culturally relevant project-based learning that fosters critical thinking, collaboration, and resilience, we will cultivate the next generation of STEM leaders. Our project formalizes a STEM pipeline from elementary through high school to expose our students early and often to hands-on learning opportunities and develop core technology, math, and science competencies.
Reading Partners LA: The Path to Fourth Grade Reading Proficiency for 1,000 Children
Reading Partners helps hundreds of economically disadvantaged move toward reading proficiency by helping them develop mastery of key reading skills through data-informed, curriculum-driven, one-on-one volunteer tutoring. We strive to build sustainable, community-driven solutions to the literacy crisis and educational equity for all who live in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Reading Partners plans to expand our core program in LA County and deepen local impact on fourth grade literacy achievement, reaching 1000 students by 2022.
Help ReDiscover Center establish one of the largest Youth Makerspace Facilities in the entire country!
Envision 4,000 sf of Kids Makerspace, specially designed to develop the creativity, collaboration skills, and ingenuity of LA County's youth - serving up to 75 "tinkerers" at once, establishing one of the largest facilities in the entire U.S. Our youth learn practical making (Building a Dog House! Design a Bookshelf!) to large-scale, highly imaginative creating (a 6' Squirrel Robot! A Unicorn Cart!) Your vote will put tools, confidence, and eco-awareness in our children's lives. Let's do this!
Refresh Youth Center
RYC After School & STEAM Summer Youth Development & Community Arts Programs for L.A.
We’re seeking to serve 500 underprivileged students year-round, promoting self-efficacy & team work through 1) cooking classes, 2) Girls Book Club guided through Sean Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”, 3) “Shady Lashes” entrepreneur classes, 4) HS internship program, and 5) Color Run & 5K Fundraiser Walk community events for 2,000 attendees. With our “Artisans in Motion” mobile arts stage, we give our kids an opportunity to penetrate the workforce, express themselves creatively, and engage with various communities throughout LA.
Scaling Student Advocacy to End Campus Hunger and Homelessness
Rise is building an online training program to teach college students how to address student hunger and homelessness on their campus. We will prepare 40 student organizing fellows--predominantly students of color and students from low-income backgrounds--to train 25 students each to advocate for solutions to campus hunger and homelessness. Rise’s digital curriculum and training program will enable students to lead campaigns even if their campuses do not reopen during the grant period because of the coronavirus.
Future Creatives – Access and Equity for Young Artists
We will provide increased access to Ryman Arts’ high quality art education and college and career support to underserved youth in Los Angeles County to reduce barriers and increase creative career pathway opportunities. Community outreach efforts will increase Latinx student participation in Ryman Arts to more accurately reflect overall LA demographics. Ryman Arts will introduce students to diverse creative leaders at behind the scenes career tours to provide guidance for young artists to have successful futures in the LA creative economy.
Santa Monica College
The ability to afford food is a known barrier to low-income college students’ persistence and degree completion. Santa Monica College is stepping up to help solve this Los Angeles-wide problem made worse by the COVID-19 crisis. Ninety percent of SMC’s 31,500 students live outside of Santa Monica boundaries and 54% of SMC students have been identified as food insecure in a highly regarded 2019 research report. SMC Foundation will extend our piloted Meal Project program to provide fresh and nutritious meals free to vulnerable students.
Saving the West Foundation
Green Thumb Classes!
STWF's newest project is creating a series of courses that allow members of our community, of all ages, to learn to grow their own produce and plants that are native to Los Angeles. Nutritious and organic food is a right. By bringing people together to understand plants, each class will take place in some of LA"s most underutilized spaces; parks, yards and community gardens. With our blend of academic and hands-on knowledge, our Green Thumb classes will inform, empower and build a stronger society.
The Skyhook Foundation would like support for its project Camp Skyhook. Camp Skyhook at Clear Creek Outdoor Education Center is operated by LAUSD in collaboration with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Skyhook Foundation. Camp Skyhook is an immersive, hands-on experience that brings together learning and the outdoors for 4th and 5th graders to inspire them towards a future in STEM fields. Founded in 1926, the site is located in the Angeles National Forest where nature becomes a multi-dimensional, multi-sensory experience in nature.
Social & Emotional Wellness Initiative
Fill the gaps, all our youth deserve to thrive!
SEWI places master’s level social work interns (MSW) in Los Angeles County; primarily schools and afterschool programs to provide mental health services, crisis intervention, group counseling, staff training and social and emotional learning curriculum. Interns are supervised by full-time MSW or LCSW staff with backgrounds in mental health services specializing in the Solution Focused Therapy intervention model.
Southern California College Access Network
Project SOAR: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education
Project SOAR turns the college and career dreams of students living in public housing into reality. This grant will place three counselors on five public housing sites in East and South Los Angeles to provide one-on-one college advising to 1100 students and families. Because college graduates earn $1 million more than high school graduates over the course of a lifetime, this is the equivalent of an $1.1 billion social return on investment!
The Actors' Gang
Theater Arts Integration and Study in Continuation High Schools
A vital segment of TAG Education Department in-school programming is offered in continuation high schools where TAG attempts to disrupt the school to prison pipeline with its workshops and serve as a form of creative prevention for students who do not respond to traditional learning methods. TAG seeks funding for continued programming and a study on the impact of its workshops at Boyle Heights Continuation High School. A positive outcome with this group will prove the value of art programming in this high risk population.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica Youth Development Programs
BGCSM provides high-quality afterschool and summer programming to youth ages 6-18 who come from 128 zip codes in Los Angeles County. Our program model fits under four key areas: Healthy Lifestyles, Social-Emotional Health, 21st Century Education and Career Pathways, and Good Character and Citizenship. Our holistic program approach fosters resiliency in our youth and helps them build the necessary skills to achieve self-sufficiency.
The Literacy Club
Seeding Book Deserts™ One Book, One Child & One Community Book Box
1. Custom design handcrafted 20 (10 indoor & 10 outdoor), along with LA2050 Be a Book Hero promotion Community Book Boxes, along with 250 Pre K thru High School books throughout Los Angeles County’s communities deemed to be “Book Deserts” 2. 40,000 books for book distributions through LAUSD schools or community organizations in neighborhoods. 3. Woodwork machinery - The necessary woodworking machinery needed to simplify the process of building the book boxes.
The Los Angeles Coalition
Knowing is Half the Battle: How Well are We Preparing Students for Careers?
A number of students graduate high school each year without an active understanding of possible career paths and/or how to best pursue them. Still, high impact career readiness programs, such as work-based learning and industry-recognized credentialing, touch only a small portion of students. We will conduct a formal gap analysis that enables policymakers, foundations, labor organizations, employers, and the broader community to understand the extent of the need, creating urgency to develop solutions and secure investments to close it.
The Music Center
A Very Special Arts Festival (VSAF) 2020
Recognizing the arts are crucial in the development of every child, The Music Center’s VSAF engages 7,000+ students with disabilities, family and community members from across LA County through in-school arts learning, inclusive arts integration classroom support, and a five-day professional development series for educators, culminating in a two-day public festival at The Music Center Plaza. The festival features student performances and artwork, workshops, as well as panels and performances by community partners and artists with disabilities.
The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company
VAST Enrichment Program: Creating accessible pathways to classroom engagement for English Language Learners & Special Education students
My LA2050 will allow US to expand our free VAST Enrichment Program for Special Education, ELL, and other marginalized students, increasing the breadth and depth of our impact. VAST nurtures under-represented voices with an inclusive, nontraditional curriculum of in-class theatre workshops that reduce barriers to participation for high-needs students, improve their language, communication, and teamwork skills, and boost classroom behavior. To amplify our impact, US will also provide on-campus professional development for partnering schools.
The Young Shakespeareans (a project of Community Partners, a 501c3 Non-Profit Charity)
The Young Shakespeareans (TYS)
TYS’ on-site and online after-school program uses the richness of Shakespeare’s works to create early, challenging, and formative learning experiences in LA’s Title 1 elementary and middle schools, and to promote exposure and high expectations regardless of students’ ethnicity, origin, or income level. Our 12-week programs culminate in high-quality theatrical productions of Shakespearean plays which they perform in the original (abridged) Elizabethan text for their school, families, and extended communities. Your support will enable us to serve more partner schools and deliver full Performing Arts and Production Design components in each of them, greatly impacting our number of participating students, and reach to the school communities, families, and surrounding neighborhoods.
Turnaround Arts: California
Turnaround Arts: CA Los Angeles School Partnerships
We will support 9 high-need elementary and middle schools in LA County, using the arts to support whole school change. We will act as a thought partner to each school, offering financial, strategic planning, and implementation support to principals and teachers. This includes regularly convening our school and community arts partners for professional development and to exchange best practices. Through the arts, we will empower schools to build equity and lead for change, improve culture and climate, and increase student and family engagement.
TWO BIT CIRCUS FOUNDATION
STEAM Lab Makerspace: Learn, Create, Play!
2BCF will install its signature program, STEAM Lab Makerspace (SLM), in 20 low/moderate income elementary, middle and high schools in Los Angeles that have been wait-listed since 2017, benefitting over 13,000 diverse, under-served students. Installed with upcycled materials and original curriculum, each SLM is a career-readiness incubator of ideas - a “student think tank” where students can build STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)-related skills to understand how things work, experiment, redesign and invent projects.
United Friends of the Children
United Friends Scholars Program
The Scholars Program is specifically designed to meet the critical need for high-touch, relationship-focused programming focusing on the educational attainment of youth in Los Angeles County’s foster care system. Providing a suite of services including educational case management and advocacy, college-readiness workshops, college tours, enrichment activities, youth development, and peer-led leadership opportunities, academic support, and financial aid, LA foster youth are able to bridge the gap between them and their non-foster peers.
West Valley Boys & Girls Club
The West Valley Boys & Girls Club is applying for a My LA2050 Grant to help support our Future Ready program. We have re-branded our long existing College Bound program to be named Future Ready. The goal of Future Ready is to ensure that Club members receive the support needed to graduate high school on time and upon graduation, have a plan or the future. The program aims to bridge knowledge and skills gaps by integrating career exploration, college pathway support, and other Club programming.
Women's Voices Now
Girls' Voices Now
Girls' Voices Now (GVN) amplifies the voices of 24 young women (age 14-18) from low-income and underrepresented communities in Los Angeles by teaching documentary filmmaking, leadership, collaboration and critical thinking skills. During the program, participants learn to create their own short film and to use that medium to affect positive social change in their lives, communities and beyond. GVN culminates with a public premiere screening, where participants invite audience members to get involved through calls to action.
WriteGirl, a project of Community Partners
In March 2020, WriteGirl moved quickly towards shifting all in-person creative writing workshops, one-to-one mentoring and college entrance guidance to a digital platform in response to COVID-19. WriteGirl Connected would be a digital suite of interactive programming that will engage hundreds of home-bound Los Angeles youth and keep them on track to graduate from high school and enroll in college. Funding will support the development of a robust suite of digital programming so that teens can create, learn and connect from anywhere.