2022 Grants Challenge

Youth Ambassadors Mentoring Outreach

Investing in tomorrow's leaders to make a difference today.


What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

Youth Economic Advancement (sponsored by Funding Partner, TBA)

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

South LA

South Bay

LAUSD (select only if you have a district-wide partnership or project)

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

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

This program seeks to dispel myths, reduce stigma and provide a pipeline learning experience for near-peer engagement. In addition, this platform will expose students to career pathways in education, which is currently depleted of minority students pursuing careers.

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

In addition to providing mentoring and coaching to youth in our Thriving Under The Influence program, BBF seeks to instill in young people civic responsibility and leadership skills. The YOUTH AMBASSADOR platform provides youth mentees in the Bridge Builders Mentor program with valuable work experience, leadership exposure, structured civic engagement, and opportunities to serve as role models to younger students.

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

Community partnerships across multiple spectrums (school, corporate/philanthropic, and CBOs and community stakeholders) are extremely important to the vitality and upward trajectory of under-served communities. This program involves integration between all stakeholders and provides a platform for work experience and civic engagement for older youth to engage younger youth. Partnerships of this nature have the ability to elevate the community at multiple touch points.

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

We currently do focus groups and surveys from student Youth Ambassadors and school site partner administrative staff. All report satisfaction and enthusiasm with the outcomes as they relate to stated goals.

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

Direct Impact: 75

Indirect Impact: 750