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.
PF Bresee provides comprehensive afterschool programs and family services that equip young people to pursue their education, achieve their full potential, and serve others. In its 33 year history, Bresee has served as a second home to 10,000 youth and families with a structured youth program committed to improving the physical, emotional and mental well being of the most at-risk children and young adults in Central Los Angeles.
Throughout their 27 year history, I Have a Dream Foundation LA has provided the only long-term, whole life program in the Los Angeles area, by adopting an entire grade at the elementary level, staying with that class for at least 10 years and providing ongoing mentoring, tutoring, academic support, mental health services and cultural enrichment.
Community Coalition and Women Helping Youth hold a similar belief that acting together has a greater impact than acting alone. At its core, Community Coalition puts a premium on African American and Latino unity as a vehicle to strengthen families and the overall community. Founded in 1990 by U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass, they provide preventative community-centered solutions to address the root causes that fuel crime, addiction, and violence in South LA. Serving youth at four underperforming high schools which are predominantly segregated by race, Community Coalition is set to use their WHY grant of $24,064.00 to establish a Youth Center.
Coalition for Engaged Education was established in 1994 and firmly believes that every young person has a strong flame of potential within them that must be stoked and protected. They create unique bridges between private and public sectors to bring exceptional educational opportunities to children that society deems "throw-away".
Uniquely committed to providing the community with hearing and speech screenings, high quality/low cost hearing aids, health education, and comprehensive audiology and speech pathology services for the last 60 years, HEAR Center is the only nonprofit audiological and speech therapy center in the San Gabriel Valley. Annually, they serve 500-600 children and 300 adults who may be at risk of hearing impairment, including those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and those with communication difficulties caused by hearing problems.