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learn / 2021

Reach a child, raise a leader, restore community.

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by UrbanPromise Los Angeles

UrbanPromise Los Angeles’ mission is to develop the children and youth of Los Angeles as they grow into Christian leaders determined to restore their communities. We strive to reach a child, raise a leader, and restore community through our StreetLeader program, CommunitySchool Initiative, After-School and Summer Camp programs.

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

  • San Fernando Valley
  • LAUSD (select only if you have a district-wide partnership or project)

What is the problem that you are seeking to address?

We are seeking to address youth unemployment and access to higher education for Black and Brown students. Our StreetLeader Program employs local high school students as counselors, tutors, and mentors for the children who attend our programs. Our programs are led by trained, high school students seeking to make an impact in their own communities. The heart of the StreetLeader Program is challenging teens to use their influence to make positive changes in the lives of our students, in their own lives, and throughout their communities. Our StreetLeaders live in the same neighborhoods (Canoga Park) as the campers they serve. UrbanPromise Los Angeles provides StreetLeaders with extensive job training, tutoring (academic standing is directly tied to the number of days a StreetLeader may participate in the program), college preparation, and mentoring to help them succeed in and outside of the program.

Describe the project, program, or initiative that this grant will support to address the problem identified.

The StreetLeader Program employs Canoga Park High School students as counselors, tutors, and mentors for the children who attend our AfterSchool Program and Summer Camp. Through our Friday trainings, UPLA provides StreetLeaders with job training, tutoring, help in the college application process, and mentoring to help them succeed beyond the program. The heart of the StreetLeader program is challenging teens to use their influence to make positive changes in the lives of these children, in their own lives, and throughout their communities. Our ultimate goal is to equip our StreetLeaders to be ready for leadership on their college campuses, with a passion to eventually return to their community to live a life of prolonged servant-leadership in their respective fields.

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative (expanding and continuing ongoing, successful work)

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct impact
Indirect impact

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

The holistic approach of UrbanPromise - social-emotional, spiritual, and academic development - is how we reach a child, raise a leader, and ultimately restore community. Although a variety of services exist for LA’s youth, these services lack UrbanPromise’s commitment to involving teens in the process of transforming their neighborhoods through the tutoring and mentoring of the younger children in their communities. We believe through the UrbanPromise model, a new generation of young leaders will develop and affect positive change in their neighborhoods and the city. We believe that the “city of angels” can be radically transformed through this type of intentional discipleship and development.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

  • College acceptance is the biggest metric for gauging the success of our StreetLeader Program. Amongst other things, growth in reading and literacy is how we evaluate the success of our Summer camp. - UrbanPromise uses an assortment of methods for evaluation. For the StreetLeader Program, teenagers are evaluated weekly on job performance and conduct in the workplace. High School Graduation rates are also factored into the evaluation process, as are college applicants. On-the-job evaluation is always done in the context of a mentoring relationship. - Summer camps and after school programs are evaluated on the basis of attendance, consistency of participating children, numbers of children fed through the feeding program, grade monitoring, and informal surveys done with parents.

Which of the learn metrics will you impact?​

  • Enrollment in afterschool programs
  • College graduates
  • Opportunity youth (“Disengaged youth” 16-24 not working or in school)

Indicate any additional LA2050 goals your project will impact.

  • LA is the best place to CREATE
  • LA is the healthiest place to LIVE