learn / 2016

At Risk Youth Get Jobs in Local Communities

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by I Have a Dream Foundation

To end intergenerational poverty, we train our high schools students how to secure a job abd how to be successful in that job. We partner with businesses and we pay for the students an internshipship


Are any other organizations collaborating on this proposal?

Wissip, Algebra genius

Please describe your project proposal.

We are going into our second year of training at risk youth in high school how to create a resume, interview, job skills and job success. We patner with Wissip, Work is Success and local businesses to get paid internships which Ihave A Dream Foundation-Los Angeles pays for during the summer for 10 weeks. Our robust team has already worked with theses students since 3rd grade to raise not only them, but their communities out of poverty. We have helped 7000 students and their families for 35 years

Which of the learn metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • College completion
  • College matriculation rates
  • Proficiency in English and Language Arts and Math
  • Early education
  • Student education pipeline
  • Students’ perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school
  • Suspension and expulsion rates
  • Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools
  • Youth unemployment and underemployment

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • East LA
  • South LA
  • County of Los Angeles
  • LAUSD
  • Boyle Heights and Inglewood

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to learn?

As we sponsor entire grade levels at the most at risk schools, we stay with these students that we call ‘Dreamers’ all the way to and through college and help the graduates to find jobs and succeed. Our new program which teaches our high school students how to succeed at work, helps them to end intergenerational poverty in their families and in their communities.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

We have been helping at risk youth for 35 years so we have comprehensive metrics on metriculation rates for high school into and then through college as well as tracking their career success through our alumni. We use Civicore to track every single student and we also do case management in order to stabalize the entire family. We have MOU’s with dstricts in order to access grades and all other pertinent information on each student. We also had an ROI analysis conducted that shows that for every dollar donated, three dollars is returned in taxes, far less incarceration, far less need for welfare and other markers.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Volunteers
  • Advisors/board members
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Education/training
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research