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The Academy Project

The Academy Project prepares LA foster youth to succeed in high school and beyond, through an innovative summer camp & after school program, with a guaranteed spot in a stable & supportive community

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  • LEARN ·2022 Grants Challenge

    The Academy: Immediate, Transformative, Scalable

    The Academy is an exclusive 24 hour, 7-day-a-week, elite boarding school for foster youth. Each student has an independent, holistic plan setting them up to succeed in their own time, in their own way. The focus is on mental and physical health and wellbeing, first and foremost. School starts with a month long retreat to build community and trust. Stability, safety, and belonging are paramount. Students truly learn at their own pace as the curriculum is based on mastery and competence, not memorization, repetition, and arbitrary time limits.

  • LEARN ·2016 Grants Challenge

    Supporting LA's foster youth by creating a dependable community built on trust and consistency.

    The Academy Project prepares LA foster youth to succeed in high school, through an innovative summer camp & after school program, with a guaranteed spot in a stable & supportive community

  • LEARN ·2015 Grants Challenge

    The Academy Project--Helping Foster Youth THRIVE!!

    50% of the 21,000 kids in foster care in LA end up homeless, in gangs, institutionalized or in jail, with 8% having dropped out of school (3 x the statewide rate), due to frequent school changes. Starting in Grade 7, TAP is building a year-round, in-school solution that integrates individual needs & guarantees youth a consistent placement through high school. Within a community of peers, TAP provides a safe place where youth thrive & discover otherwise ignored talents and wasted potential.

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