Promesa Boyle Heights

submission by HappyBH

About Your Application

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Promesa Boyle Heights at Proyecto Pastoral

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


We Are Promesa Boyle Heights- a passionate collaborative of adult residents, youth, schools and public/private institutions working together to realize a shared vision for school and community transformation.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


It takes a village to nurture a child’s success. A thriving student is the result of more than a good school. It is also a thriving community with jobs, affordable housing, wellness access, & strong social networks. That is why, we are united around a vision where: 1) every child has an opportunity to learn, grow & succeed from cradle through college and career; 2) families can live a stable, healthy and fulfilling life; and 3) every individual is empowered to act & create a more just community.

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:

While the Promesa vision is specific to Boyle Heights, our systems change work and contributions to communities of practice will impact Los Angeles as a whole.

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.


Our work began in 2010, when Boyle Heights became one of 21 communities nationally to receive a Promise Neighborhood planning grant from the US DOE. We galvanized a planning process in which 4000+ youth, adult residents, educators, and community partners came together to share lived experiences, reflect on community data, and develop a common vision and action plan.

We transitioned into the first phase of implementation of our plan in 2011. With no dedicated funding, we embarked on the plan’s first strategy: establishment of a community-school model at Mendez HS with the goal of increasing graduation rates and building a college going culture. Together, we: 1) formalized results-oriented partnerships between school staff, families & organizations; 2) launched targeted interventions for the most at-risk students, and 3) hired an Achievement Counselor to coordinate college readiness efforts.

In the end, we raised the graduation rate by nearly 30% from 2010 and 2015. Recently, Mendez HS became the most improved traditional HS in California with a 76-point API gain and the highest cohort of students accepted to college since the school’s opening. We began scaling up and building similar efforts at Hollenbeck MS and Roosevelt HS. Next, we will:

1. Begin construction of the early education and elementary school strategies in our cradle-to-career Road to Success. We will sustain our current efforts and launch a campaign to increase awareness and connect families of children 0-8 to child development, wellness, support groups & other community resources. In collaboration with early education providers, schools & families, we will develop a shared plan of action to expand access and quality to early education opportunies & transitional supports from Pre-K to 3rd grade.

2. Engage and empower 2000+ new residents. We will support existing resident leaders in disseminating academic and wellness information, linking families to the existing Promesa Wellness Series, and galvanizing more community participation in community campaigns that expand access to school-based wellness centers, affordable housing, early education opportunities, and foster funding equity and transparency in the schools.

3. We will continue to be a thought leader and an action leader in the placed-based, community-school, and collective impact communities of practice, helping integrate cross-sector approaches that expand the boundaries of education and community transformation.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Evaluation of our existing Community-School (C-S) model in the schools draws from student-level quantitative & qualitative data. Our C-S model at Mendez HS is part of a comparison group evaluation by AT&T Aspire to empirically assess the impact of our efforts. We have a PN evaluation plan that is the foundation for development/implementation of our evaluation/data systems. We will evaluate projected impact through ongoing data analysis and are committed to using data/evaluation to better understand the impact of our work & share findings with others.

Our early education strategies will be added to our logic model & evaluation plans. We plan to track the number of providers, schools, organizations, & parents engaged over time as well as the intensity and type of collaboration fostered. We will track resident growth & leadership over time using our existing civic engagement tools that track self-identified leadership goals & participation in leadership academies, actions, etc.

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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so very worhty--got my vote

by pthomas51
6 months ago

Promesa Boyle Heights continues to keep its promise to elevate the engagement of parents, students, teachers and many others to produced results; increased high school graduation and test scores at Mendez. The same can be done at Roosevelt and the intent is now to go deeper and work with elementary and middle schools. The proven results exists, the potential is great, the funding is much needed. Los Angeles will greatly benefit from a funded Promesa!

by foliveira
6 months ago

Si se puede! vamos Promesa

by NLHernandez
6 months ago

awesome work PROMESA!

by kimberly78
6 months ago

Let's continue realizing the promise !!!

by xcasilla
6 months ago

Vamos Promesa!

by angelito196
6 months ago

I just submitted my vote for Promesa de Boyle Heights. Hopefully they will award them as the winners. Lord knows, if I had the money I would fund it myself. Please, please, continue voting for this organization. From a Boyle Heights resident, I say we need this change in the community. Thank You.

by cudder89
6 months ago

Vamos Promesa!!!

by chelita45
6 months ago

Vote for Promesa Boyle Heights! =)

by rvluna
6 months ago

Go Promesa Boyle Heights!

by gertben
6 months ago

Ya Vote! Ahora voten ustedes!!

by gloria13
6 months ago

I support Promesa!

by pattyv1029
6 months ago

con mucho corazon. Yo ya vote!

by myri
6 months ago

I just submitted my vote Promesa 2050 lets help the kids.

by FRomo196
6 months ago


by alejandra_sanchez
6 months ago

Proud to support Promesa BH. Let's go!

by vgomis
6 months ago

I'm so fortunate and proud to be part of the collective of folks creating change in Boyle Heights. Vote for Promesa BH!

by CCarolinaC
6 months ago

Proud to work & support Promesa's work!! #Promesa2050

by Donagid
6 months ago

Lets go PromesaBH!

by Angelbh
6 months ago

Just voted for Promesa BH!

by ProyectoED
6 months ago

Proud to work with Promesa Boyle Heights to make every child's dream of going to college a reality! Go Promesa!

by meyepes
6 months ago

We are ready!

by Deycy1
6 months ago

Vote for Promesa! They truly are about social justice grassroots work in BH! Si Se Puede!

by anvillas
6 months ago

Inspired by Promesa Boyle Heights! Cant wait to support and vote!

6 months ago

Inspired by Promesa Boyle Heights! Cant wait to support and vote!

6 months ago

Promesa Boyle Heights is doing incredible work in the community! I have never encountered an initiative quite like theirs; they are truly grassroots and implement a holistic approach to community transformation. Promesa works with schools, community partners, parents and students to try and foster healthy communities where college can be a reality for all BH children and youth. Please vote for Promesa, they deserve this opportunity!

6 months ago

Promesa BH is an incredible model of residents, community organizations, and schools working together to build a movement of community-led transformation!!

by ProyectoED
6 months ago

So excited to vote for Promesa Boyle Heights! Promesa does such amazing work in Boyle Heights and has amazing projects underway to provide resources for the community. Go Promesa Boyle Heights!

by rvluna
6 months ago

Promesa Boyle Heights is an amazing collaborative of dedicated, savvy folks who are making a difference in the neighborhood!

by gertben
6 months ago

It is a pleasure to work with such a passionate and innovative collaborative! Please help support amazing work in Boyle Heights via PROMESA!

by lauritazavala
6 months ago

Cannot wait until voting begins! Promesa Boyle Heights will be a great org that will help LA be a better place to live, LEARN, work and play!

by lilydg
6 months ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Voting Ended
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015