LA2050 Grants Challenge applications are open now through June 28th, 2024.
2023 Grants Challenge

Reach Them Young

Jesse's Place Organization, focuses on prison advocacy, prison ministry, and homeless outreach. However, we believe that it is also important, to focus on the youth. Especially at risk youth. Our goal is to start up a program for these youth. Reach Them Young, with be a youth center, where these troubled youth will be able to expand their artistic talents. In the hope that they will evade the traps that their streets and involvements have set for them. And that they would in turn choose something, which is valuable, productive, and fulfilling.


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

Support for Foster and Systems-Impacted Youth

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

East LA

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

Pilot or new project, program, or initiative

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

The issue is the at risk youth. This group has been plagued with lack of resources. Most of these individuals derive from single low income parent homes. The environments also advertise gangs, drugs, and violence. The Reach Them Young program shall assist them in cultivating a student mentality and shall serve as an incubator, where they can develope their artistic personalities and inherent traits. This center shall serve as a safe haven, that today's communities are in dire need of are lacking.

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

It will support the vision, by helping us acquire the structure and building that will be needed. The center shall focus in on art through drawing, painting, and a variety of medium. Also, the arts of music, singing and recording. They'll be dancing and theater. The main idea is to keep the children off the streets.

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

These young individuals shall grow up and bypass the Judicial system and mental health systems. They will flourish into artist that shall invest back into their communities, and instead of of plaguing the community with fear, crime, and violence. They shall dispense and promulgate rays of hope, peace, and value to the communities of today and the future

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

Our Org. Is a couple of months shy from the two year mark. We keep track of everything that we do. We shall keep track records, not only of of present impact that the center is having on their life, but on how it's impacting their homes and neighborhoods. Also follow up shall be done, to see how the influence of Reach Them Young impacted their life.

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

Direct Impact: 10

Indirect Impact: 100