We believe that education is a catalytic agent for improving not only a child's future, but a whole neighborhood.
In the fall of 2013, Mayor Eric Garcetti led a coalition of almost 50 non-profit and public-sector organizations on an aggressive bid to win a one of the first federal Promise Zone designations for Los Angeles. The federal Promise Zone program was launched in 2013 as a comprehensive approach to addressing persistent poverty in disadvantaged communities. It targets strategic investments and technical assistance from 13 federal agencies in support of comprehensive transformation plans crafted by local communities across the country.
“A zipcode should not define who we are; our hearts and dreams define where we go.”
— Eric garcetti, Mayor of los angeles
Our successful bid for the designation would not have been possible without the groundbreaking work of the Youth Policy Institute. YPI's experience with federal programs that support community change efforts in the areas of education, public safety and affordable housing provide the foundation for the work of the LA Promise Zone.
The LA Promise Zone Partnership empowers our culturally diverse communities by aligning our efforts and resources to support family success. Our work recognizes the importance of high performing schools and quality educational programs, public safety, housing affordability and economic opportunity as essential elements of healthy neighborhoods.
of households earn less than $15,000 per year
of residents 25 years of age and older do not have a high school diploma
of renters pay more than 50% of their income on housing
The LA Promise Zone Initiative is a collective impact project involving leaders from private and social sector organizations that represent the diverse makeup of the LA Promise Zone and provide the linguistically and culturally appropriate services necessary to meet the needs of the area's multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and Limited-English Proficient (LEP) populations.
Collective impact work relies on the commitment of partners to work together towards a common agenda. We welcome individuals and organizations that share our goals and serve our communities to get involved with our work.