Compton Youth Build provides marginalized youth in Compton the opportunity to secure their high school diplomas and learn vocational skills in various occupational fields so they can attain an economically sustainable future for themselves, their families and their communities. Our grant of $22,400.00 provides new Mac computers, smart-board and logistics/data analytics software. Approximately 60-75 youth a year will participate in an Information Technology (IT)/Logistics career pathway program specifically designed to train them for careers in high tech.
Journey Out delivers critical services and support to victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, helping them leave a life of abuse and violence, overcome fear and empowering them to reach their goals. Our grant of $4,700.00 provides for new computers, software and office furniture for a dedicated technology space. Approximately 65 youth aged 18-24 will use the equipment to complete GED studies,
Los Angeles LGBT Center offers a wide spectrum of services in Hollywood, including health, mental health, social services, housing, education, and advocacy so LGBTQ people thrive as healthy, equal and complete members of society. Our grant of $15,339.00 provides for a modular, digital recording studio for their music fellowship, internship, education and therapy programs for homeless youth.
TLC provides for the lifetime needs of individuals with multiple disabilities and blindness. Services for children include early intervention, center based programs and wrap around child care in order to help each one achieve his or her potential. Our grant of $8,355.00 provides a portable vision screener used to test children ages 6 months to 6 years for risk factors to vision problems.
Proyecto Pastoral serves the urgent needs of the immigrant, poor and gang-populated Pico Aliso community of Boyle Heights through grass roots projects in education, leadership, service and sports and recreation programming. Our grant of $19,161.00 provides new gymnastic equipment to replace outdated equipment and to provide a deeper range of activities and higher lev128 el of training.
Inner City Struggle promotes safe, healthy, and non-violent communities on the Eastside of Los Angeles by engaging youth to become lifelong learners and community leaders. They provide core programs and life skills, advocacy, and academic achievement through school clubs and after school programming at their center. Our grant for $29,398.00 provides for a new youth technology center, including new i-pads, desktop computers, interactive monitor and furniture.
Sharefest serves vulnerable students aged 11-18, at 4 LAUSD continuation high schools, where students earn the remaining credits they need to complete their education and graduate. In addition, they provide mentoring programs for middle school students during summer break. Our grant for $25,800.00 provides 12 Macbook Pros, Apple Care, computer cases, and software for a mobile computer lab.
El Nido Family Centers empowers families in low-income communities of Los Angeles to break the cycle of poverty, child abuse, violence, academic failure and teen pregnancy through educational, youth development, health and therapeutic services. A WHY grant of $13,060.00 will provide 12 Nikon cameras, 2 telephoto and wide angle lenses, filters, 2 laptops with software, studio light kit, and backdrop support kit to bring their photography classes to the next level.
Safe Place for Youth provides immediate and lasting solutions to homeless youth in West Los Angeles through street outreach, drop-in services, case management, health and wellness, education and employment programs. A Women Helping Youth grant of $20,895.00 will provide 2 private offices made from a cost-effective and practical shipping container, where approximately 725 homeless youth, ages 12-24, will gain access to private one-on-one mental health counseling, legal meetings, and case management services in a private, safe setting.
POPS the Club enhances the lives of high school students whose lives have been impacted by the pain of the prison system (POPS) - those with incarcerated loved ones and those who have been incarcerated themselves. They serve students in 7 high school lunch clubs that offer community and emotional support as well as opportunities for publishing and performing their writings and artwork. Our grant of $5,600.00 will provide a Canon EOS video creator kit, lenses, filter, iMac 21”, Manfrotto fluid video, SanDisk Extreme, hard drive, Pro Editing software, and light kit for a new video production program.
The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company provides experiential theater-arts education and mentoring to at-risk, middle school students, living in neighborhoods that lack social/educational programs and services. They serve students ages 9-19, mostly from South LA and Pacoima. With $17,980.00 from WHY, they will purchase computers and a theatrical lighting package including, 3 Apple Macbook Pros with Qlab software, and equipment cases to transport to multiple school and detention center sites they serve.
Boys and Girls Club of San Gabriel Valley delivers fun and educational programs, especially to low income and at risk youth, providing a safe place where kids can play, have fun, experience joy, laugh, learn about themselves and reach their full potential. They serve youth ages 6-18, living in the public housing developments of Ramona Gardens and Estrada Courts and five sites in San Gabriel Valley and East LA. Our grant of $27, 100.00 will provide 2 Hobie Cats, 10 kayaks, 6 paddle boards, transport trailer, and beach dollies so they can expand upon the pilot STEM Sailing program they’ve been running with expensive rental equipment.
Blind Children’s Center fosters the development and education of children who are visually impaired in an inclusive, family-focused school setting. Many of the children they serve face multiple disabilities in addition to blindness. Kids from infancy through second grade, the majority of whom are from working, low-income families will benefit from a Women Helping Youth grant of $20,374.00. Our grant will provide a therapeutic play structure for a new therapeutic play yard project to address sensory needs, physical fitness, fine and gross motor skills and social skills through engaging, fun activities guided by teachers and therapists.
Experience Learning Support with Animals (ELSA) serves youth with autism and other disabilities through hands-on, ranch-based, equine-assisted activities stressing the human-animal bond. With a $4,700.00 from WHY, ELSA will purchase a walk-in chicken coop for up to 10 chickens complete with electricity and accessories. ELSA works with youth 18-22 promoting ranch skills, horse care, and fostering social skills, peer interaction, self-confidence, sensory awareness, and a sense of accomplishment.
Founded in 1983, Mar Vista Family Center provides low-income, at-risk families with quality early childhood education, youth enrichment, and educational tools to create positive change in their lives and in their community. The By Youth For Youth (BYFY) Program was established in 1992, in response to growing violent activity among Mar Vista community youth, particularly those involved with neighborhood gangs
Operation School Bell removes barriers to school attendance for low income, homeless and foster youth by going to school sites and providing children with a week’s worth of new school clothing, shoes, and personal grooming items. They currently serve 2800 children per year, who are living in poverty and are often unable to attend school regularly
Harmony Project is devoted solely to tuition-free music education for low-income youth. Beginning in 2001 with 36 students, they now serve 2,000 kids between the ages of 5-18, living in areas spanning 40 miles from South LA to Koreatown, Hollywood, Rampart and Pacoima. Harmony serves only low-income families who qualify for LAUSD’s free/reduced lunch program, ensuring these vulnerable students receive the support and guidance needed to stay in school
Founded in 1976, Child & Family Center is the Santa Clarita Valley’s largest Department of Mental Health contracted nonprofit mental health provider, and the only provider for children. The Center assists more than 1,600 client families annually with a comprehensive range of prevention, early intervention, evaluation and therapeutic services, and educates hundreds more through outreach efforts.
Urban Scholar Academy is dedicated to transforming the lives of urban youth and closing the achievement gap by providing academic enrichment and community service opportunities to minority students living in the Inglewood area of Los Angeles. The College and Career Readiness standards that anchor the K-12 Common Core standards require all students to learn skills through technology.
South Bay Family Health Care provides high-quality, safety net health care services to economically disadvantaged and uninsured residents of Los Angeles County’s South Bay and Harbor Gateway communities. The WHY grant of $13,797.00 will provide much-requested BiliCheck noninvasive bilirubin analyzers (2) for jaundice screenings and digital scales (2) to improve pediatric care at two clinics that serve medically underserved populations in the communities of Inglewood and neighboring Hawthorne.