YOUTH POLICY INSTITUTE INC

aka YPI   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.ypi.org
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Mission

YPI transforms Los Angeles neighborhoods using a holistic approach to reduce poverty by ensuring youth and families have access to high-quality educational and economic opportunities, enabling a successful transition from cradle to college and career.

Ruling year info

1984

President & CEO

Dixon Slingerland

Executive Vice President

Iris Zuñiga

Main address

6464 Sunset Boulevard Suite 650

Los Angeles, CA 90028 USA

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EIN

52-1278339

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

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Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood

The Promise Neighborhoods Initiative is President Obama’s signature education and poverty program to transform schools and communities into vibrant centers of opportunity and excellence. The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) is the lead agency for the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood and was awarded a $30 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education in December 2012.

Cradle-to-College-and-Career support
The Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood will transform the communities of Pacoima and Hollywood with a continuum of integrated cradle-to-college-and-career services. The Promise Neighborhood will be a zone of choice for families, with a wide range of high-quality school options including traditional, charter, pilot and partnership schools.

New model for collaboration in Los Angeles
The centerpiece of the Promise Neighborhood is an innovative public-private partnership with the City, County and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that blends diverse funding streams around a core set of outcomes and objectives. The Promise Neighborhood is transforming 19 neighborhood schools into full-service community schools while opening six Promise Neighborhood Centers and dozens of satellite centers. More than 60 partners have signed on to the collaboration and all partners will be sharing data through the groundbreaking Efforts-to-Outcome data system.

Continuum of services
The Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood and YPI focus on integrating wrap-around services that include prenatal and early childhood development; extended learning time; linked learning; technology initiatives; summer and bridge programs; college preparation; career development; dropout and gang prevention; and reconnections for out-of-school youth. YPI also provides family support services such as case management, financial literacy, referrals to health and housing services and legal support. Every Promise Neighborhood Center will be a one-stop shop for families, modeled on YPI’s Hollywood FamilySource Center.

Taking the YPI model to scale
The Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood builds upon YPI’s successful place-based initiatives over the past decade. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education validated these efforts by awarding YPI a Promise Neighborhoods planning grants. The resulting 18-month needs assessment laid the framework for the $30 million implementation award, one of only even in the nation. YPI and partners will serve over 18,000 youth in the Promise Neighborhood annually.

Population(s) Served

The Hollywood FamilySource Center is a “one-stop shop” for families that offers free youth and adult education and training programs. The goals of the center are to increase family income and academic achievement. During its first year of operation, more than 2,400 clients have benefited from the core services outlined below that cover cradle to college and career needs.

The Hollywood FamilySource Center is one of 21 centers throughout the City of Los Angeles that serve, assist and support residents in their local neighborhoods and communities. For a complete list of FamilySource providers, please visit the Los Angeles Community Development Department website.

Adult client services include:
Case management
Adult education classes (English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED preparation)
Computer literacy workshops
Multi-benefit screening
Legal assistance
Parenting education
Services to help adult family members improve their employability
Extensive financial literacy and asset building programs like Citi Families Save

Youth client services include:
Tutoring and enrichment programs to improve academic skills
Recreational programs: summer camps and community service programs in the neighborhood
College awareness workshops, including family financial preparation for college
Access to the Cash for College program

Referrals offered for families include:
Medical and dental care
Mental health counseling
Emergency services
City and community programs

Program linkages are available to other YPI services. Additionally, multiple community partners like Hollygrove, the UCLA Community-Based Learning Program, Thai Community Development Center, and the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF) are based in the Hollywood FamilySource Center facilities, making it convenient for clients to expand their network of resources.

Population(s) Served

In 2012, the City of Los Angeles opened a network of YouthSource Centers to better serve opportunity youth who are both out-of-school and unemployed. YPI is operating the YouthSource Center in North East San Fernando Valley as well as a smaller center in Hollywood. In 2013, YPI opened a youth center in Los Angeles that serves the Pico Union / Rampart community. Descriptions of YPI’s centers are listed below by location.

North San Fernando Valley YouthSource Center
The North San Fernando Valley YouthSource Center serves both in-school and out-of school youth ages 17-21. YPI’s main focus is high school dropout recovery and working with youth that have disengaged from education. Eligible participants receive support in returning to high school or obtaining a GED certificate. Participants also receive assistance with post-secondary education, case management, healthcare training, career planning, job placement assistance, paid internship opportunities and enrichment activities. Associated programs offered here include YouthBuild construction training.


YPI Pico-Union Community Center
On March 12, 2013 YPI opened the doors to a new youth center in Los Angeles that targets the Pico Union / Rampart community. Like the North San Fernando Valley YouthSource Center, this facility will serve both in-school and out-of school youth to re-engage them in education and a career.

In addition to various support services, the center will offer Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) and Los Angeles Reconnections Academy initiatives (LARCA).


Hollywood YouthSource Center
In partnership with the University of California Los Angeles, YPI operates a Youth Center at Santa Monica Blvd./Gower. Participants receive enrichment and support services to assist them with returning to school or preparing for a career. College counseling, interview preparation and computer literacy coursework are among the many resources available.

Population(s) Served

Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) improve student academic achievement and well-being for low-income families. By leveraging resources with its extensive partnership network, YPI offers quality services to schools in high-need communities. The program provides wraparound education and community services at nine schools in Belmont (Los Angeles- Pico Union/ Westlake) and the San Fernando Valley.

Belmont:
Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter Middle School
Gratts Elementary School
Esperanza Elementary School
John Liechty Middle School

San Fernando Valley:
Bert Corona Charter School
Vaughn Next Century Learning Center
Pacoima Charter Elementary School
Charles Maclay Middle School
San Fernando Institute of Applied Media

Service learning, mentoring, tutoring and performing arts are among some of the services that students at FSCS receive. Programs to strengthen parent’s leadership development are an integral part of FSCS. By engaging parents in school activities they become more involved in their children’s education. Teachers also benefit from professional development opportunities to integrate community school resources.

YPI is the only organization in the nation that received two FSCS awards from the U.S. Department of Education to initiate the program. Since the program began in 2007, all FSCS schools have seen a steady increase in academic improvement. In 2011-2012 school year all nine schools reached an average gain of 24 points in their Academic Performance Index scores. Every school works with local partners who tailor programs based on the school’s interests.

Partnership highlights include:

Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund offers a parent leadership development class, Parents in Action, and a student leadership mentoring program, My Future.
Friends of the Family organizes a family literacy, parent support and community building program that teaches parents engaging ways to read children’s books. They also provide family support systems that promote a healthier communication lifestyle for students and parents.
The Unusual Suspects Theater Company provides a playwriting and performance workshops for students that are most likely to be disengaged at school and encourages them to make positive life choices.

Other enrichment programs are offered by the National Council of La Raza, Reading to Kids, Phoenix House, Arroyo Vista Clinic, Aztecs Rising, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Central City Neighborhood Partners (CCNP), Chivas USA, Families in Schools, Los Angeles Unified School District, MEND, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Planned Parenthood, World Vision and many other local government and community based organizations.

Population(s) Served

Since 2004, YPI has been contracted by the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department to operate two day laborer sites, located in North Hollywood and Van Nuys. The sites offer a neutral meeting ground for workers pursuing day labor opportunities and employers who wish to hire them. The purpose of the program is to reduce the congregation of day laborers at informal meeting grounds.

YPI’s day laborer centers provide community outreach and education services to low-income workers by offering resources to meet their short and long-term prospects. YPI staff organizes recreational activities and works with area businesses to spearhead community events that provide food, toys, clothing and other basic necessities for day laborers and their families. Additionally, day laborers have the opportunity to acquire computer literacy skills, ESL certification and citizenship status through YPI’s myriad of programs dedicated to improving employability.

Population(s) Served

Through the support of 21st Century Kids and Rock on Education, YPI’s afterschool programs reach more than 5,000 students every day at 56 school sites. YPI is the largest afterschool provider for charter schools in the U.S. and the largest high school afterschool provider in California.

Partnering with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and charter schools in Los Angeles, 21st Century Kids (elementary and middle programs) and Rock on Education (high school) offer tutoring and project-based activities that increase academic achievement while keeping learning fun.

The afterschool program provides students and their families with credentialed teachers and college-age tutors every school day until 6 pm. It targets both academic assistance and enrichment activities and works to keep students on track for timely grade level promotion and graduation from high school.

21st Century Kids and Rock on Education offer tutoring, parenting workshops, financial literacy, test preparation and other services for all grade levels to support families in meeting the goal of a college education. To complement this, at the high school level Rock on Education offers career preparation services, including career exploration, job skills training, job shadowing with mentors in the community, and coursework for specific career tracks in partnership with LAUSD and area community colleges.

A unique feature about this program is that YPI’s cohort of regional supervisors and program specialists tailor activities based on the interest or needs of each school site. Digital music, graphic design, mariachi lessons and dance are among the most popular highlights.

Population(s) Served

YPI’s Family Literacy Program empowers families to become more engaged in their child’s academic experience through various support resources for parents. The program is offered at 25 low-income schools where YPI parent coordinators develop initiatives based on the needs of each school and region.

Family Literacy activities range from workshops on building better relationships with children to field trips and college awareness presentations. Parents who are not bilingual or did not complete a formal education in the United States, oftentimes limit their participation in school activities. Family Literacy has allowed hundreds of families to become comfortable with the school culture. Ultimately, children whose parents are engaged have a better chance of increasing their academic performance.

Key annual program highlights include:

Griffith Park Hiking Adventure Day: Field trips encourage students and parents to experience the arts, culture and recreational activities throughout the City of Los Angeles.
Spring Break College Tours: Students and parents visit college campuses and learn about the admission and financial aid process.
Custom Family Literacy Curriculum: In conjunction with external partners, YPI offers families a full array of curricula to facilitate life-long learning. Topics include financial literacy, computer literacy and health and nutrition.

Population(s) Served

YPI’s efforts to deliver high-quality educational resources to low-income families are exemplified at the five schools that it operates.

Bert Corona Charter School and Moñsenor Oscar Romero Charter Middle School were adopted to provide better quality options for parents as part of a comprehensive community strategy. The middle schools emphasize technology, project-based learning, community service and high-levels of parental involvement. Serving the Pacoima and Pico Union/Westlake communities of Los Angeles where many public schools are overcrowded and underperform on state achievement measures, the schools prepare students for academic success and active community involvement. In 2015 YPI opened Bert Corona High School, which has the same emphasis as the middle schools.

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Public School Choice initiative is a groundbreaking commitment to raising academic achievement at the lowest performing schools by allowing external agencies to operate district schools. Through this agreement, YPI operates the San Fernando Institute for Applied Media Pilot School (SFiAM) at San Fernando Middle School and Sylmar Biotech Health Academy at Sylmar High School. SFiAM is a middle school emphasizing multimedia and technology, while Sylmar Biotech Health Academy is employing a linked learning strategy at the high school level.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Excellence in Education Award 2003

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

Growing with Technology Award 2004

Cisco

Affiliate of the Year, California Region 2011

National Council of La Raza

Computerworld Honors Laureate 2013

Computerworld Honors Program

Affiliations & memberships

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - Affiliate 2010

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - Affiliate 2011

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - Affiliate 2012

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - Affiliate 2013

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - Affiliate 2014

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - Affiliate 2015

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - Affiliate 2016

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

YPI recently completed a Strategic Business Plan for 2016-2019 that outlines our short- and long-term goals.

YPI's long-term impact statement: by 2025, poverty in the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood and Promise Zone will be reduced, via 19,000 individuals equipped with jobs and skills for college and career success.

For the next nine years, YPI will annually serve over 100,000 infants, K-12 students, parents, adults, and opportunity youth through our range of programs. As a result, over this nine-year period, 19,000 will achieve the following outcomes:
1. Students enter post-secondary education.
2. Opportunity Youth (those ages 16-24 who are neither in school nor working) enter post-secondary education or gain full-time employment.
3. Adults gain full-time employment.

An important distinction for YPI is distinguishing between the numbers served and long-term outcomes. For example, we do not assume a pre-K child is equipped for college and career immediately; rather, we recognize the critical value in supporting individuals throughout the cradle-to-career pipeline that prepares them for lifelong success, and in turn enables them to break out of the cycle of persistent intergenerational poverty.

Five key strategies will help YPI achieve our impact statement.

1. Implement integrated cradle-to-career service model in targeted place-based communities to prepare youths and adults for college and career success.
2. Deliver and invest in community development efforts within the region.
3. Promote public systems change to effectively align public resources.
4. Identify, build capacity, and collaborate with key partner service agencies in the region.
5. Strengthen internal operations, staff capacity, and supporting infrastructure.

In 2014 key leaders at YPI were trained on Results-Based Accountability (RBA) through PolicyLink's Promise Neighborhood Institute. This intensive and powerful work is designed to move our teams to high-level aligned action to result in greater impact. Upon completing training, YPI's RBA leaders began training staff agency-wide on how to infuse RBA in their work, and specifically focused on first identifying the desired impact for a program, and then using research and evidence to build the program design to lead to that impact. YPI staff now have specific capabilities that are leading to improved program design and achieving better outcomes. A few key examples of these capabilities in action include developing a logic model for every single YPI program, and creating and utilizing STAT Reports to more closely track progress toward outcomes and implement course corrections when needed. The result of these efforts has been a significant increase in staff capacity to implement high quality, effective programs that will achieve YPI's goals.

In 2015 YPI served over 115,000 youth and adults at 136 program sites located in some of the highest need neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Our cradle-through-college-and-career continuum of programs has impacted struggling schools and communities, achieving the following:

In the 2014-15 academic year, all seven of YPI's Promise Neighborhood high schools increased their graduation rates, with an average increase of 2.3 percentage points, half a percentage point higher than the LAUSD average increase. Of note, Teacher Prep Academy increased its graduation rate by 18.7 percentage points and the Academy for Scientific Exploration increased by 13.4 percentage points.

YPI provided comprehensive financial capability education to 1,269 individuals, and 363 participants opened matched savings account to save more than $100,000 in total. Through YPI's VITA free tax preparation services, low-income families got back $145,084 in Earned Income Tax Credits, and a total refund back to the community of $335,553.

YPI trained 1,821 adults for jobs in healthcare and other industries.

The range of services at YPI's Hollywood FamilySource Center resulted in a $602,846 increase in family incomes.

YPI's extended learning programs served 2,387 elementary and middle school students, and 3,059 high school students. Over 18,000 students participated in YPI educational enrichment programs, and our staff provided 29,477 hours of academic tutoring.

We are proud of these accomplishments, but know there is still much work to be done in our target communities, where poverty is still extremely high, families are struggling to make end's meet, and students are not achieving at high levels.

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YOUTH POLICY INSTITUTE INC

Board of directors
as of 02/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ari Lanin

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Term: 2017 -

Dixon Slingerland

Youth Policy Institute

Angelina Corona

Hermandad Mexicana

Brenda Freiberg

Andrew Bogen

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Brad Pollard

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Amit Verma

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Moise Danielpour, MD

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