My LA2050

Grants Challenge

$1,000,000 to make LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.


At Risk Youth Get Jobs in Local Communities

I Have a Dream Foundation


Wissip, Algebra genius

About Your Proposal

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

Provides at risk youth the education and enrichment to make it to and through college and find jobs

In one to three sentences, 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

How much are you applying for?


How will your proposal impact the following LEARN metrics?

  • 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 (please select only if your project has a countywide benefit), 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