P.F. Bresee Foundation
Bresee serves youth and families through Academics, Career-readiness, STEM, Arts, Athletics, Service-Learning, Gang Prevention, and Family Support Services that equip them to pursue their education, achieve their full potential and serve others.
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- PLAY ·2015 Grants Challenge
Bresee is seeking to transform its underutilized parking lot into a state-of-the-art multi-sport court and a hub for safe family-based community programming. Bresee’s Safe Place to Play Multi-Sport Court will provide over 2,500 youth and families in Central Los Angeles with healthy physical activity, safe alternatives to gang involvement, and positive youth development experiences.
- 2013 Grants Challenge
“A Bresee college trip changed my life by making me decide to go to college,” describes Fonda Whitehead, a Bresee alumna who went on a college trip in 1988. “No one in my family had attended college, but that trip made it a reality for me.” Fonda, who has now worked at Bresee for 16 years, describes what has become a common story at Bresee; the story of how a simple college trip can change lives. Bresee proposes a full-service college prep program that systematically targets the entire 450-member student body of Central City Value High School (CCVHS), a local charter school. Every student will board Bresee’s newly renovated, 25-passenger College Bus, and spend a full day touring a local college. That’s just the beginning. Throughout the school year, every student will have the opportunity to take their college dreams a step further by enrolling in: • A-G requirement workshops for 9th grade • PSAT classes for 10th grade • PSAT and SAT prep, remedial CAHSEE prep and personal statement workshops for 11th grade • SAT prep, scholarship boot camps, FAFSA completion, and the opportunity to apply for a needs-based College Bus scholarship for the 12th grade Programs will be available on the school’s campus, for free, to all students. This is a pilot program that is scalable and can be replicated at other schools in our community. What if by 2050, every student in Los Angeles (LA) was afforded the same opportunity, the opportunity to overcome educational barriers and go to college? Join us on the campaign. Get aboard the College Bus.