2018 Grants Challenge

Supporting Homeless Youth Beyond the School Year, Are You All-In?

All-In Urban Summer Academy keeps Compton and Venice youth on track for the school year by providing academic and social enrichment, as well as mitigating traumas associated with homelessness.


Please describe the activation your organization seeks to launch.

After serving a homeless family in our inaugural summer we were introduced to the growing crisis that affects 63,000 Los Angeles youth. A new partnership with School on Wheels and Shields for Families Inc. is the perfect merge to have targeted academic and social intervention that mitigates traumas and supports youth affected by homelessness. This activation will secure our traditional summer camp and initiate our Jr. Counselor program to provide service opportunities for 9th-12th graders.

Which of the LEARN metrics will your activation impact?​

District-wide graduation rates

Proficiency in English and Language Arts and Math

Suspension and expulsion rates

Will your proposal impact any other LA2050 goal categories?​

LA is the best place to CONNECT

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?​

South LA


How will your activation mobilize Angelenos?​

Advocate for policy

Trainings and/or in-person engagements

Connect Angelenos with impactful volunteer opportunities

Increase donations to organizations and causes

Staying Connected to major policy and social issues affecting youth

Describe in greater detail how your activation will make LA the best place to LEARN?​

During the summer months, students not enrolled in an academically enriching summer program can lose up to 80% of the knowledge from the previous school year. This phenomenon, known as the summer slide, is more likely in underserved community and further perpetuates academic and social gaps across the country. All-In provides a six -week program to prevent the summer slide. With a core group of teachers dedicated to the individual success of each student, All-In has successfully helped 100% of our students master a language and math skill that they were struggling with before camp. We plan to do that and more with this activation! There are currently 63,000 youth in Los Angeles that can be classified as homeless. During the summer months there are very few programs that offer support, even fewer that are free. Summer engagement is directly related to high school reading levels, school year attendance, and school year academic success. Being able to have a consistent measure of student progress (Using School on Wheels data from the school year), we will be able to track the success of students who have the support of All-In and SOW!

How will your activation engage Angelenos to make LA the best place to LEARN​

Our approach offers an innovative way to learn, to get non educators engaged by sharing their time, skills, and support to youth. We keep students engaged by meeting their specific needs, and supplementing with social enrichment that will foster homeless youth's curiosity beyond the reality they face.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your activation.​

The following will be measured:

Student attendance

Intake Assessment

End of Summer Assessment

Weekly Assignments/Progress Reports

Where do you hope this activation or your organization will be in five years?

In five years, I hope that All-In will be able to partner with the other SOW and SHIELDS sites to provide access to more Angelenos!