Help At-Risk Students in South L.A. Get on Track to Graduate

submission by jdotkeller

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

City Year LA, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

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Describe Your Organization(s)

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


City Year LA and Partnership for LA Schools empower L.A.’s vulnerable students with a high-quality education to reach their full potential.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


The high school dropout crisis is enormous in scope, yet highly concentrated in just a few neighborhoods, like South L.A. City Year LA and the Partnership are expanding our collaboration into Carver Middle School to ensure the most at-risk students reach their full potential. City Year AmeriCorps members will target 7th and 8th grade students who demonstrate risk factors for dropping out, providing more capacity to Partnership staff and school leadership to implement their vision at the school.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County:

Carver Middle School (South Los Angeles)

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Learn” metrics? (check all that apply)

Percentage of children enrolled in early education programs

Percentage of community college students completing a certificate, degree, or transfer-related program in six years

Youth unemployment and underemployment

District-wide graduation rates

HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math

Academic Performance Index* scores

College matriculation rates

Student education pipeline (an integrated network of pre-schools, K-12 institutions, and higher education systems that prepares students for seamless transitions between high school, higher education institutions, and the workforce) (Dream Metric)

Suspension and expulsion rates (Dream Metric)

Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools (Dream Metric)

Students perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to learn.


As the graduation rate in the United States continues to rise—up to 81.4% for the class of 2013—progress in California schools and Los Angeles specifically, is crucial to reaching the national goal of a 90% graduation rate by 2020. The good news is that more students in Los Angeles are graduating every year. The Los Angeles Unified School District class of 2014 saw 70% of students graduate in four years, a tremendous increase from the 61% graduation rate for the class of 2011. However, there is still much work to be done, as 50% of dropouts in Los Angeles come from just 22% of high schools. Progress in these schools—where City Year and the Partnership strategically serve—will be a lynchpin for our city, state, and country’s success. We are turning around some of our city’s historically most-challenging campuses, where students struggle with academic achievement and the ongoing ramifications of generational poverty and violence. Both organizations are dedicated to making schools safe havens where students can learn and thrive. Combining our enhanced services – parent centers, community health facilities, etc., with additional adults serving as tutors, mentors, and role models – students will have a safety net to help them succeed.
Our collective efforts promote school-wide cultural norms and standards related to student responsibility, efficacy and interactions between peers, students and adults. When we can change school climates—encouraging trust, respect and support—the impact is profound. Students are interacting positively with adults, and feel a sense of pride and ownership in their school. School pride makes students more likely to work hard in the classroom, reach out to adults for extra support, and become more engaged in activities before, during, and after school, treating their school like the valuable community resource it should be.

This transformation will not just positively impact today’s students, but can ripple out to future generations. If students feel more connected to school and have greater success, they are more likely to graduate. If they graduate from high school, they will likely earn at least $1M more in their lifetime than if they drop out. If they drop out, they are three times more likely to be unemployed and eight times more likely to go to jail. This will not only impact their lives, but their children and grandchildren. By breaking the cycle now, we can set up future generations for continued and further success.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


City Year LA focuses its measurement on the subset of students it serves, while the Partnership tracks data for all students in its network, looking at individual, grade-level and overall gains. Our outcomes are linked – if the lowest-performing population shows increases, it will elevate the entire school’s performance and improve the Partnership network results.

The following are some of City Year LA’s and the Partnership’s proposed outcomes:

• Provide individualized interventions to 150 students and extended learning time through City Year after-school programs to 100 students
• Move 50% of students from an English language arts/math course grade of “D” or lower to a “C” or higher, or maintain/improve an existing “C”
• Increase by 3 percentage points the number of students in 7th and 8th grade who meet or exceed the standards in English language arts and math
• Elicit strong teacher feedback in which at least 85% of teachers report positive experiences with City Year.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Well deserved vote !!

by Anneturner
5 months ago

Happy to vote for such a terrific organization.

by lal2llb
5 months ago

As a City Year alum who started her teaching career at Carver MS, I am so thrilled to hear that CYLA will be there! The kids are so wonderful, but there are so many systemic issues in the school, district, and neighborhood. They need City Year!

by gridgaines
5 months ago

Wish you the very best!

by Lauriello
6 months ago

I have heard so many great things about the organization and their accomplishments. Hope you can continue to educate and help the youth of LA County.

by ngallo
6 months ago

Here from City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley. Proud to give my vote. One City Year!

by ccastillo1
6 months ago

Proud to cast my vote for such an amazing organization. CYLA does fantastic work.

by nessy2191
6 months ago

Excellent work! Can't wait to see what else CYLA will do. Thanks LA2050 for supporting City Year Los Angeles' incredible work.

by griffgo
6 months ago

This is a great organization with a proven track record, and their programs have immense potential. Your vote will go to great use here. Go City Year.

by sirvancelot
6 months ago

City Year is an amazing organization! I'm so happy to vote for such a worthwhile organization.

by Ksmandato
6 months ago

This is a hidden gem and major force in solving the dropout crisis in LAUSD. I cannot imagine a more worthy organization.

by Camunez
6 months ago

I will always love CYLA! Happy to vote in support of this amazing work!

by lolaesmieu
6 months ago

Thank you LA2050 for your vision to drive change in Los Angeles. It is great to see the Partnership and City Year in the mix again. Together, they are making huge strides to increase graduations for our highest-needs students.

by venicejet
6 months ago

Excited to see this innovative partnership in competition again this year. Thanks LA2050!

by ErinRoss
6 months ago

City Year is doing very important work in our most high-need schools - they have my vote!!!

by abc1234
6 months ago

City Year helps students, communities, and young people rise above and overcome adversity. They've got my vote!

by emily.baeza.7
6 months ago

This is important work for our communities, our economy and our future. You can count on my support!

by Malina_Brown
6 months ago

City Year makes a tremendous impact in our communities. The video is just a snippet of all the hard work City Year AmeriCorps Members do.

by llee11
6 months ago

Yes! Go City Year! Can't wait until we're every where that students need us!

by jutran
6 months ago

I love this video and I know the program is changing the world. You had me at Alberto!

by MJSR1985
6 months ago

Yes, we do need more City Year in LA!!

by BernyMorales
6 months ago

We need so much more City Year in Los Angeles!

by aglazier47
6 months ago

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015