Teens in more than a dozen Los Angeles schools in low-income communities will benefit from $1.7 million dollars in foundation funds as part of a national initiative to improve learning opportunities for students. The nonprofit Ford Foundation contributed $1.5 million to the California Community Foundation (CCF), which in turn contributed $200,000 to the effort. The effort is spearheaded by the Time to Succeed Coalition, a national movement to equalize learning opportunities for needy students.
The funds are designed to provide opportunities for teens who have little adult supervision after school and may not have access to music lessons, tutors, art classes or sports activities of their more advantaged peers. The CCF will manage and grant the funds for the “extended learning time” initiatives for use in up to 15 high schools within LAUSD. The CCF has already begun to issue grants, including $180,000 to Alliance for a Better Community to work at Belmont High School and InnerCity Struggle to work at Esteban E. Torres High School
The grant will benefit schools downtown and in east, south and southeast Los Angeles.