2021 Grants Challenge

Tackling Tomorrow’s Challenges Today

The Tackle Young Foundation aims to tackle tomorrow’s challenges today through seminars, workshops, and enrichment programs targeted towards elementary aged students in underserved school districts. The curriculum focuses on a financial literacy program designed to engage underserved youth and familiarize them with critical concepts that are necessary for financial security later in life.


In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

Central LA

South LA

What is the problem that you are seeking to address?

The Tackle Young Foundation has identified financial literacy (or the lack thereof) as an area of need within our elementary age children of the LAUSD student population. Through our team’s work, we aim to provide as many students as possible with the foundational knowledge necessary to achieve financial security and independence later in life as adults. We have identified this issue through observation as well as personal experience, and we aim to actively engage LAUSD students with our Foundation’s founder, LA Ram Kenny Young, through his motivational speaking and curriculum focused on fundamental financial information. For too long, the children of Los Angeles’ underserved communities have grown up without any conversation focused on the fundamentals of financial literacy, and Kenny Young plans to engage that conversation.

Describe the project, program, or initiative that this grant will support to address the problem identified.

The TYF’s founder, LA Ram Kenny Young, has put together a plan that will be implemented in three phases. First, he would like to identify 5 elementary schools (25 students at each school) within the LAUSD that currently teach children from historically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Second, he would like to implement a one week afterschool course at each of the 5 schools, as well as provide each student with a hot meal before the start of each day’s lesson. (Kenny is a firm believer in performing on a full stomach). Lastly, he would like to create a follow up program intended to keep the children engaged with their financial goals throughout the academic school year (via a monthly status updates/check-ins). The curriculum will be designed in a way that is easily absorbed by elementary aged students, and keeps them engaged for the 11 months to follow. The monthly status updates are designed to keep the students on task while also implementing basic skills related to managing a budget and keeping up to speed with current affairs in their local communities.

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Pilot or new project, program, or initiative

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 125

Indirect Impact: 400

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

LA County will benefit from the TYF’s work in the immediate future as well as several years down the road. The most immediate benefit will be numerous children from underserved communities being provided with an after-school hot meal. The students will also be engaged in conversations and lesson plans that will provide students with the confidence necessary to tackle various economic challenges in their daily lives, as well as tools for later in life as their economic situations continue to evolve. The TYF believes this initiative will help to strengthen the economic viability of Los Angeles’ underserved and under-resourced communities, which will prove to strengthen LA’s future as a global leader of innovation and economic opportunity. Our mission is to help these students tackle these financial issues early in their lives in order that they can better serve as leaders in their respective communities for years to come.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

Success with this project will be measured based on our monthly status reports. These reports will help us gauge how students are retaining the information provided, as well as how they are applying the information in their daily lives. We believe the status reports will serve as a critical part of the students’ development, not only as a learning method, but also as a means by which we can learn to adjust our methods of teaching depending on how the information is being received. The TYF firmly believes in evolving with our students’ learning processes in order to better serve them through the duration of the course.

Which of the LEARN metrics will you impact?​

Enrollment in afterschool programs

College matriculation

High school graduation rates

Indicate any additional LA2050 goals your project will impact.

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