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Making LA the Best Place to Learn

Posted May 6, 2020 by Team LA2050

The LEARN goal category received the highest number of submissions in this year's My LA2050 Grants Challenge, with 82 proposals geared toward offering opportunities for lifelong learning, thereby allowing all residents to contribute their skills, talents, and abilities to society.

In this goal category, you'll find projects grouped by these smaller issue areas: arts and creativity, research, STEM/STEAM, working with educators, technology, college success, and career & personal development, environment, activism, vulnerable populations, and disability inclusion, and literacy.

We'll be featuring the CREATE category next week! Click here to see all the projects from the CONNECT and LIVE goal categories.

Arts and Creativity

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company aims to mentor, educate, and enrich underserved youth through the creation of collaborative, original theatre. The organization proposes expanding its VAST Enrichment Program for Special Education, ELL, and other marginalized students by partnering with schools to provide a year-long residency based on a nontraditional curriculum of in-class theatre workshops, as well as on-campus professional development.

Fostering Dreams Project is a dance and performing arts program that empowers, educates, and inspires foster and homeless youth. It seeks support in expanding its transformative dance education programs by partnering with elementary, middle, and high schools in Palmdale and Lancaster to help more underserved youth create a pathway for success to college.

Cheshire Moon is dedicated to using the arts as a force for positive change in Southern California. The goal of its proposal is to launch the Crimson Square Writer's Lab, which aims to provide emerging playwrights with education, mentorship, development, and the opportunity to have their work performed on a professional stage.

CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts educates, guides, and inspires creative and critical thinking through artistic experience. The goal of its proposal is to enhance performance opportunities for its students and provide its community with access to free, high-quality performances by purchasing a portable stage solution to set up an outdoor theatre and expand the school's performances to a wide range of venues in Van Nuys and the surrounding city.

Little Kids Rock aims to transform lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in schools. The organization proposes expanding its Modern Band Los Angeles County project, which trains and equips music teachers to connect learning to music that kids already know and love. The goal is to improve social, emotional, and academic outcomes, especially for students who do not feel represented by traditional music education offerings.

Believe In Music aims to provide every student in Los Angeles County with access to innovative music education through mobile music technology, education, and storytelling. The organization seeks support to conduct a full school year of music education for up to 250 students, during which students will learn how to use music technology as the vehicle to tell their own stories, create original songs, and have fun.

Get Lit - Words Ignite fuses classic and spoken word poetry to increase teen literacy on the page and in visual media. The organization seeks support for its launch of its common-core aligned Online In-School Curriculum for all students and teachers in LA County. This curriculum combines learning classic literature with the creation of poems by youth, thereby transforming the format of education by improving literacy on a broad scale.

The Dance Arts Foundation aims to provide young, proficient dancers access to educational experiences that prepare them to succeed in a professional dance career. Its proposal aims to provide young, professional-track dancers in Los Angeles with a free one-week, dance-based Workshop Series. The series will offer specialized Master Classes and related educational experiences to bridge 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.

Fulcrum Arts proposes expanding Big City Lab, its social practice and design education initiative that invests in the potential of urban youth to understand and define their sense of place and community. This project plans to partner with four Camino Nuevo Charter Academy campuses in the greater MacArthur Park area. The goal is to empower middle and high school students enrolled in the Ethnic Studies 4 All program to become active participants and change agents in their communities through a year-long arts education project that builds their critical thinking skills and sense of social responsibility.

Inner-City Arts aims to engage young people in the creative process to shape a society of creative, confident, and collaborative individuals. The organization seeks to close the equity and access gap on arts education for LAUSD. They plan to accomplish this by expanding its in-school program to combine 30 years of experience with new virtual tools, bringing the highest caliber of sequential, curriculum-based arts education to the broadest segment of LAUSD's least resourced classrooms, educators, and communities.

Heart of Los Angeles provides underserved youth with free, exceptional after-school programs in academics, arts, and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities. The organization seeks support in expanding its Visual Arts Department, which will provide over 250 youth with access to free quality arts education programs through offering over 100 classes in 22 different art forms, including remote programming in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Education Through Music-Los Angeles provides high-quality music instruction in disadvantaged schools to promote academic growth and character-building. Through its In-School music education program for low-income schools, ETM aims to provide high-quality, comprehensive music education to students in low-income, high-risk elementary and secondary schools across LA County through offering free weekly music classes as part of every students' school day.

Novus Think Tank is an interdisciplinary, student-led nonprofit devoted to nurturing self-agency in future leaders by providing them a space to foster their passions and goals. The organization proposes working with students to hone in on their passions and develop creative projects around them, thereby exposing students to new ideas, challenges, and opportunities, and promoting their self-agency and project management skills.

The Music Center strives to deepen the cultural life of every resident of LA County and continue creating an increasingly relevant, multidisciplinary performing arts center. In partnership with LAUSD and the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the organization plans to engage over 7,000 students with disabilities, family, and community members from across LA County. This project involves 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 that features student performances and artwork, workshops, as well as panels and performances by community partners and artists with disabilities.

Refresh Youth Center aims to foster relationships with students who face challenges that hinder progression by offering structure, dedication, discipline, and motivation, and promoting entrepreneurial molding and community engagement. In collaboration with Dream North Entertainment, the organization proposes serving 500 underprivileged students year-round through cooking classes, a Girls Book Club, “Shady Lashes" entrepreneur classes, a high school internship program, community events, and an “Artisans in Motion" mobile arts stage.

Crayon Collection recycles like new crayons from restaurants and hotels into Title 1 Schools and Head Start centers across Los Angeles to provide art education and promote sustainability in Los Angeles' most underserved schools. The organization seeks to expand its Arts in Education program, which offers free, artist-inspired lesson plans formatted by volunteer educators to teach common core standards, by redeveloping parts of its curriculum and doubling the number of students it serves over the next year.

Global Arts is an after-school program in LA that provides music classes for underserved youth and continual professional development for educators. The organization proposes establishing an accessible, long-term Professional Development program, which will provide educators with free workshops and one 5-day Summer Seminario that brings back the most effective presenters from the year's workshop series.

Ryman Arts transforms lives by creating access and opportunity for a diverse community of young artists through rigorous education in fundamental art skills and mentoring. The organization aims to increase access to its high-quality art education and college and career support by doing community outreach to increase Latinx student participation. Its programming will also introduce students to diverse creative leaders at behind the scenes career tours to guide young artists to have successful futures in the LA creative economy.

Turnaround Arts: California seeks to harness the power of the arts to engage, empower, and transform high-need schools and communities. The goal of the proposal is to support nine high-need elementary and middle schools in LA County by offering financial, strategic planning, and implementation support to principals and teachers, and regularly convening the organization's school and community arts partners to exchange best practices.

The Young Shakespeareans uses the richness of Shakespeare's works to create early, challenging, and formative learning experiences for students in LA's Title 1 elementary and middle schools regardless of ethnicity, origin, or income level. The organization's proposal seeks support in expanding its 12-week after-school programs, which culminate in high-quality theatrical productions of Shakespearean plays, by delivering full Performing Arts and Production Design components to more schools.

ProjectArt empowers youth, artists, and communities through partnerships with public libraries. The organization aims to scale its model to address the lack of art in LA public schools by offering 200 students and teens free after-school visual arts classes taught by local professional artists at public libraries, as well as hosting free and open art exhibitions featuring student and artist works.

Women's Voices Now drives positive social change by raising awareness of the struggles and triumphs of women and girls seeking full access to their rights through producing, promoting, and sharing social-change films. The organization seeks support for its program Girls' Voices Now, which amplifies the voices of 24 young women aged 14-18 from low-income and underrepresented communities in Los Angeles by teaching documentary filmmaking, leadership, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater educates, celebrates, and rejuvenates puppetry and the allied arts. The organization intends to establish the Academy of Puppetry and Allied Arts, which will provide school-age K-12 groups with lifelong learning by offering musical and literary resources, professional mentorship, as well as programs and classes that explore puppetry through the intersection of art and technology.

Music Forward seeks to transform young lives, inspire careers, and champion a more inclusive music industry. In collaboration with ReLAY, the Economic & Workforce Development Department, and the City of Los Angeles, the organization proposes launching a refreshed and expanded youth development program to serve twice the number of musically talented 14 to 24-year-old residents of Greater Los Angeles and more effectively reach those in low-income, underserved communities.

The Actors' Gang aims to restore the ancient sense of the stage as a shared sacred space, help children find their creative voices through theater, and bring the freedom of self-expression to the incarcerated. In collaboration with WestEd, Boyle Heights Continuation High School, and LAUSD's Arts Education Branch, the organization proposes expanding its impact by conducting a study of the effects of its workshops at Boyle Heights Continuation High School to prove the value of art programming for this high-risk population.

New Directions for Youth is dedicated to providing comprehensive programs and services to at-risk youth and their families. The organization aims to offer its after-school programming for free to at-risk, low-income youth, enabling them to participate in a variety of programs designed specifically for their needs. Programs include tutoring, homework help, GED preparation, STEM programming classes, computer classes, art, music, dance, yoga, fitness, meditation, and music programming instruction.

Research

The Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs is an independent, bipartisan membership organization that brings together leaders from the region's business, labor, academic, and nonprofit communities to advance policy initiatives that responsibly grow the economy and create quality jobs. The goal of the organization's proposal is to create a shared understanding of how well the LA region is delivering programming to K-12 students by conducting a formal analysis of the extent of the gap of workforce readiness programming in schools.

Children Now is on a mission to transform children's advocacy so that all children, especially children of color, children living in low-income households, and children in foster care, have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The organization seeks support in ensuring transparency and accountability in Los Angeles County to ensure foster youth receive the dedicated services they need by analyzing California's Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP) to identify gaps, in addition to educating stakeholders, policymakers, and local educational agencies on the LCAP.

STEM/STEAM

reDiscover develops children's creativity through hands-on making with sustainable materials. The organization aims to establish one of the largest Youth Makerspace facilities in the country that can serve up to 75 “tinkerers" at once, thereby allowing youths to learn practical making and large-scale, highly imaginative creating while reducing LA's carbon footprint.

The Skyhook Foundation seeks to “give kids a shot that can't be blocked by bringing educational STEM opportunities to underserved communities." In collaboration with the LAUSD-Office of Outdoor and Environmental Education, the organization proposes expanding its flagship program Camp Skyhook, which 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.

Pueblo Nuevo Education & Development Group supports Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in providing underserved students from Central Los Angeles with a preschool-12th grade college preparatory education, diverse enrichment activities, and whole child care. The goal of its proposal is to increase students' STEM proficiency and school engagement by formalizing a STEM pipeline from elementary through high school that uses culturally relevant project-based learning to foster critical thinking, collaboration, and resilience.

FaithWorks Compton is a nonprofit organization that provides services and support to the City of Compton through strengthening economic development, restoring neighborhoods and fostering opportunities that will enhance the overall quality of life for the community. It aims to expand its Algorithm & Flow program, which seeks to diversify the tech industry by training the next generation of urban computer scientists through teaching game development, web development, and the Java programming language to Black and Latino youth in South Los Angeles.

Two Bit Circus Foundation serves children in all economic situations by creating learning experiences to inspire entrepreneurship, encourage young inventors, and instill environmental stewardship. The organization proposes installing its signature program, STEAM Lab Makerspace, in 20 low/moderate income elementary, middle and high schools in Los Angeles. This program will provide over 13,000 diverse, under-served students with a “student think tank" where they can build STEAM-related skills to understand how things work, experiment, redesign, and invent projects.

9 Dots aims to provide transformative computer science education for every student, especially those from underserved communities. The organization's proposal seeks to expand its Get Coding program by developing and applying more meaningful definitions and measurements for proficiency, including mastery of core coding concepts, difficulty levels, and underlying problem-solving processes.

Girls Academic Leadership Academy provides a rigorous, college-preparatory STEM-focused education in an all-girls environment to foster academic excellence, leadership, and intellectual curiosity. Since expanding its enrollment, the organization seeks support in providing equipment and supplies to its students to level the playing field, in addition to investing in more advanced equipment to broaden students' understanding of real-life engineering and science applications.

Working with Educators

Center for Powerful Public Schools seeks to build the capacity of educators to create and sustain powerful public schools that prepare every student for college, career, and life. The organization proposes working directly with teachers and administrators to improve education for public school students of color and those living in poverty and close the equity gaps that exist for underserved students.

EnCorps works to recruit the best and brightest science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals to teach in California, providing meaningful opportunities to impact disadvantaged students. The organization seeks to expand its fellowship program that trains and supports STEM teachers and teacher candidates to connect students to real-world math and science career and economic opportunities, thereby transforming public education statewide.

CollegeSpring equips schools and their teachers with an SAT, ACT, and college knowledge curriculum to prepare students to succeed on the exam and enter college. The organization aims to provide free school-day SAT preparation to Los Angeles high school juniors from low-income backgrounds by training high school teachers to offer SAT instruction during the school day and managing the logistical work that prevents schools from offering test prep in-house.

The Alliance College-Ready Public Schools Foundation exists for the sole purpose of strengthening the community support and investment that has lifted Alliance schools and scholars since the charter network's inception. The organization plans to expand Social-Emotional Learning strategies and practices across a network of 28 public charter schools to support teachers and school leaders in implementing best practices that contribute to healthy school climates among the network's 13,000 students enrolled in grades 6-12.

Larchmont Charter School provides socio-economically, culturally, and racially diverse communities of students with an exceptional public education. In collaboration with City Charter Schools, the organization's proposed REAL SCHOOL for LA Kids project aims to codify and amplify a consistent, Whole Child approach through building a teacher leadership training program so that teachers can maintain a safe and inclusive classroom culture, among other inclusive community-building practices.

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship activates the entrepreneurial mindset. It builds start-up skills in youth from under-resourced communities to ensure their success and to create a more vibrant Los Angeles. With its proposal, the organization aims to deepen its partnership with the LAUSD by working with 12 economics high school teachers to integrate its entrepreneurship curriculum with economics classes, thereby reaching over 2,000 additional LAUSD students within the first year.

Technology

Everydae has built a fun and affordable digital tutor to give every student the tools they need to access college. In collaboration with 21PSTEM, the organization proposes partnering with LA Promise Fund, College Spring, and LA high schools to provide over 1,000 low-income students with free access to the Everydae smart digital tutor, in addition to working with teachers to create targeted interventions to increase STEM proficiency and graduation rates.

Gladeo prepares learners for the future of work with its inclusive, next-gen career exploration platform that provides free, online access to high-quality career guidance for upwardly-mobile middle- and high-skill careers. The organization proposes collaborating with Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator to build out a “Green Careers in Los Angeles" section for Gladeo's platform, which will serve as both a “Virtual Career Day" and a digital information hub for “green career" pathway information, including an educational and training program finder and job recruiting portal.

WriteGirl promotes creativity and self-expression to empower underserved Los Angeles teen girls within a community of women writers. The organization seeks support for its response to COVID-19, WriteGirl Connected, which aims to engage hundreds of home-bound Los Angeles youth through a digital platform that includes interactive programming such as creative writing workshops, one-to-one mentoring, and college entrance guidance.

Emile Cohl Art Academy Tuition-Free Digital Arts Education provides a tuition-free, career-driven education in digital arts. During the 3-year program, the organization works with studios and the creative industry to give onramps to careers in the entertainment industry. The organization plans to use this grant for the inaugural cohort of 40 students who will receive a tuition-free, 3-year education in digital arts. The program also includes wrap-around services to promote retention among low-income or underserved students, including counseling, soft-skills training, transportation, and other assistance.

College Success and Career & Personal Development

The College Moms Project aims to ensure that teen mothers finish high school and graduate from college at the same rates as non-parenting women. The organization has researched and developed a program that engages pregnant and parenting teens through mentorship networks and seeks to expand its program to reach hundreds of teen moms.

Think Together partners with schools throughout Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, and the San Gabriel Valley to change the odds for kids. The organization seeks support to transition 47 sites and create a system of public/private partnerships to sustain a robust K-12 continuum of programs leading to college and career opportunities for students.

After-School All-Stars Los Angeles aims to educate, enlighten, and inspire young people by providing exciting and dynamic opportunities for their success while cultivating students' self-esteem, leadership, and respect for one another to help build healthier communities. The organization seeks to expand CampUS, its innovative summer program that prepares incoming 9th graders for a successful college experience by offering them courses on how to succeed in high school, as well as a week-long, hands-on experience on a local college campus.

Junior High is dedicated to showcasing the artistic pursuits of marginalized voices via community space, a publication, a podcast, and other ventures. It proposes creating “Money Makers," a 10-month program that will prepare artists aged 15-25 for a creative career through workshops and accessible programming with career artists, tax professionals, and legal experts featuring topics such as budgeting, invoicing, and paying taxes.

New Village Girls Academy aims to provide a high-quality, engaging educational opportunity with integrated support services for young women, especially those for whom the challenging circumstances of their lives have led to previous school failure and alienation. The goal of its proposal is to help 100 high-need girls of color from underserved neighborhoods in LA County pursue a better future through interest-driven education and internships, in addition to supporting their social-emotional needs with intensive, personalized services.

MOSTe aims to mentor and empower girls from underserved areas of Los Angeles County to become the next generation of college-educated women. The organization seeks support for its career exposure programs, including its annual career fair and three outings to workplaces in LA, where students will learn from inspiring women leaders and businesses in the community.

Operation Jump Start aims to help low-resourced, high-potential first-generation students get in, stay in, and graduate from a four-year college by providing academic support, mentoring, and exposure to a broader world. It proposes expanding its College Success program, which provides enhanced support to high school upperclassmen and college students by following students as they navigate college admission and attendance, stewarding them through to degree attainment.

Ednovate prepares and empowers high school students to use their college degrees and careers to make a Positive Multigenerational Change. In collaboration with Transcend Education, the organization seeks support for its high school model, which prepares students for success in college and life through project-learning, year-long explorations, and community exhibitions where students engage with real-world scenarios and roles to discover their skills, passions, and career opportunities.

The West Valley Boys & Girls Club seeks to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible adults. The organization seeks support for its Future Ready program, which aims to ensure that students receive the support needed to graduate high school on time and have a plan for the future upon graduation. The program bridges knowledge and skills gaps through integrating career exploration, college pathway support, and other Club programming.

SoCal CAN is a network of 85 organizations working together to increase the rate at which low-income students access and complete college. Its proposal seeks to expand Project SOAR, which turns the college and career dreams of students living in public housing into reality by placing 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.

College Access Plan believes a postsecondary education is achievable for all students, and its mission is to prepare students who attend Pasadena Unified (PUSD) schools for college success. The organization seeks support in expanding its existing programs at six traditional and alternative high schools in PUSD to increase the college-going rate from 72% to 90% over the next decade by offering application support, test prep, financial aid guidance, and more.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica aims to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The organization seeks to expand its high-quality after-school and summer programming that fosters resiliency in youth aged 6-18 and helps them build the necessary skills to achieve self-sufficiency through activities such as academic support, leadership, financial awareness, career exploration, and more.

FA-MLI, Inc. aims to provide dynamic educational and artistic projects for inner-city youth aged 11 to 24 through mentoring during school accredited courses, and after-school programs. In collaboration with One Voice, the organization proposes expanding its See A Man Be A Man program, which surrounds students with mentors and role models to guide them in growing holistically, to include young women and improve its curriculum to cover college goals, career, health, culture, spirituality, and more.

Careers in Entertainment creates access, introduces opportunity, and promotes inclusion for under-represented young people and their families who want to work in entertainment. In collaboration with the Peggy Beatrice Foundation, the organization seeks to create and launch a mobile classroom housed in a customized vehicle that will bring industry experts to guide homeless and foster youth in gaining the skills they need to become working professionals in the field of entertainment.

Social and Emotional Wellness Initiative aims to enhance the quality of life for youth and families by educating, motivating, and providing prevention programs through social and emotional wellness services. The goal of the organization's proposal is to improve the implementation of its MSW intern program that places master's level social work interns in schools and after-school programs to provide mental health services, crisis intervention, group counseling, staff training, and a social and emotional learning curriculum.

Aim4theheart.org envisions an educational system that instills emotional literacy and helps youth examine their purpose and relevance in life. In collaboration with Convergence Creative Solutions and Freeborn Productions, the organization seeks support in scaling its HeArt curriculum. This program targets youth through a digital series and on-campus workshops, by making it available to all Angelenos digitally through Zoom conferences, neighborhood workshops, on-campus assemblies, and community performances.

Fulfillment Fund aims to make college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities. In partnership with 8 LAUSD high schools, the organization seeks support for its Destination College+ program, a day-long college conference featuring grade-specific workshops, a College Fair for high school students and their parents, and Career Fair and career readiness workshops for postsecondary students.

CARECEN aims to promote the human and civil rights of Central Americans and all immigrant communities through educational services, legal services, advocacy, and organizing to transform educational, immigration, and labor policies. The goal of the organization's proposal is to strengthen the capacity of its Parent and Youth Center, which provides leadership and civic engagement skills for immigrant parents and their children through teaching parents to be effective advocates for their children and offering youth academic enrichment services, college admissions assistance, and more.

CostsBeyondTuition.org aims to connect college students to micro philanthropists aspiring to make a direct impact on college student's needs with the goal of closing the inequality gap. The organization seeks support in scaling its operations through enhancing its website, fulfillment model, and marketing efforts, in addition to incentivizing micro philanthropists with a matching grant.

Environment

Los Angeles Audubon works to promote the enjoyment and protection of birds and other wildlife through outdoor education programs, bird-friendly activities, and hands-on conservation initiatives. The goal of its proposal is to expand its Urban Nature Network, which aims to grow the next generation of environmental stewards by engaging students in environmental education activities and providing a pathway for higher learning opportunities, internships, and career development.

The Saving the West Foundation is an education-based nonprofit that highlights the importance of academic excellence, workforce development, and environmental sustainability. In collaboration with Crop Swap LA, the organization proposes creating a series of “Green Thumb" classes that allow people of all ages to learn to grow their produce and plants that are native to Los Angeles, bringing people together in some of LA's most underutilized spaces to build a stronger society.

Activism

The Los Angeles Service Academy equips high school juniors to become problem solvers and visionaries of both the LA of today and tomorrow. In collaboration with the University of Southern California, the Huntington Library, and the Los Angeles Public Library, the organization seeks support in expanding its foundational skills training of student activists by creating additional partnerships and introducing new modules on fire, opportunities and infrastructural work around the 2028 Olympics, as well as responses to COVID-19.

City Year Los Angeles aims to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership, and social entrepreneurship. In partnership with the Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD), the organization seeks support in expanding its Whole School Whole Child program to two IUSD pilot schools to help further the district's mission of nurturing, educating, and graduating students who are self-responsible and self-disciplined.

Kids Coalition translates “kids first" from a soundbite into a civil right for the children of Los Angeles and California by empowering public school parents and students to challenge laws or policies that systemically don't put kids first. The organization seeks support in legal drafting, public opinion testing, coalition building, and community organization to create a legal right to high-quality public education by either passing an LAUSD policy in 2021 or establishing a constitutional right via a 2022 ballot initiative.

Rise is a student-led nonprofit organization advocating for policies that make public higher education free and accessible to all. The organization's proposal aims to prepare 40 student organizing fellows to train 25 students each in advocating for solutions to campus hunger and homelessness through an online training program that will enable students to lead campaigns even if their campuses do not reopen during the grant period because of the coronavirus.

Vulnerable Populations and Disability Inclusion

Santa Monica College proposes working with Everytable, Westside Food Bank, CalFresh, the Department of Social Services, and Venice Family Clinic via Food Forward to expand its Meal Project program in response to COVID-19 by providing fresh and nutritious meals free to vulnerable students.

L.O.V.E. Foundation transforms the lives of homeless and vulnerable youth, adolescents, and young adults in Los Angeles through educational mentorship and support services to heal the mind, body, and spirit, empowering youth to be self-sufficient and innovative leaders. The organization seeks support for its Our Sanctuary of Love Resource and Referral Center to continue its self-empowerment workshops, homeless community outreach, resource and referral events, and community awareness and education efforts.

Pediatric Therapy Network seeks to lead the way in helping children, families, and communities reach full capabilities through innovative therapy, research, and education programs. The organization seeks support in expanding its Best We Can Be Early Education Programs to promote school readiness and enhance functional abilities among children with, and at-risk for, developmental delays and disabilities by improving its evidence-based educational and therapeutic interventions, as well as providing parents with the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to help their children reach their fullest potential.

Freedom and Fashion uses the arts of fashion and beauty to create empowering mentorship programs for youth overcoming sex trafficking, domestic violence, and other injustices. In partnership with The Hoving Home and CAST LA, the organization seeks support for its Freedom and Fashion program that provides vital job skills, training, and professional and personal coaching to survivors of various injustices to help them heal from the trauma of past abuse.

Circle of Friends promotes inclusion for students with disabilities and those living with adversity. In collaboration with LAUSD, the organization seeks to expand its School Inclusion Program, which aims to provide strategies and support for K-12 educators who work with students experiencing social isolation due to disability or other challenges so that they can model leadership as they become allies and advocates for marginalized students, increasing school safety and reducing bullying.

United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care. The plans to expand the impact of its Scholars Program, which helps LA foster youth bridge the gap between them and their non-foster peers by 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.

New Earth provides mentor-based arts, educational, and vocational programs that empower juvenile justice and system-involved youth aged 13-25 to transform their lives, move toward positive, healthier life choices, and realize their full potential as contributing members of the community. The goal of its proposal is to enable system-impacted youth to earn their high school diploma while accessing reentry services by providing a fully accredited charter high school diploma program that integrates trauma-informed wrap-around services with high school education.

Literacy

The Literacy Club aims to provide children access to free books through its Seeding Book Deserts™ One Book, One Child & One Community Book Box initiative. The goal of its proposal is to get books into the hands of children by designing and crafting Community Book Boxes for the LA County communities deemed as “Book Deserts," as well as distributing 40,000 books through LAUSD schools or neighborhood community organizations.

America SCORES LA seeks to inspire Los Angeles youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. Its proposal aims to expand its Literacy in Action program, which addresses the prevalence of low literacy and rising obesity rates that disproportionately affect youth in low-income communities by providing students with over 100 hours of structured physical activity and English Language Arts support.

Reading Partners aims to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. The organization proposes expanding its core program to reach 1,000 students by 2022 to deepen local impact on 4th-grade literacy achievement through data-informed, curriculum-driven, one-on-one volunteer tutoring.

Access Books aims to provide high-interest reading material to underserved children in Los Angeles by providing low-income neighborhoods with a warm and welcoming school or community library. The organization seeks support for its work in transforming dilapidated school libraries in LA, painting literacy-themed murals for each school, as well as donating books, reading furniture, and rugs.

Book Club for Kids is a free, 20-minute podcast for elementary and middle school kids designed to turn reluctant readers into lifelong book lovers. The organization proposes expanding its impact by developing curriculum around podcast episodes to be made available for free and taking its shows to 3-5 public schools or libraries every month where local authors, public officials, and influencers can read and do book signings in front of live audiences.