Creating Brighter Futures through Second Chances

submission by SecondChances

About Your Application

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Foundation for Second Chances

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Foundation for Second Chances provides children and youth with the necessities of a quality education, mentoring, leadership, civic and social engagement, health awareness in a nourishing environment to build a brighter future.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Second Chances Leadership Program builds and develops the self-confidence, life & leadership skills of youth through: Education, Financial Literacy, Leadership, Social Justice/Advocacy and Health. This is accomplished through interactive learning, in-class discussions, presentations/panels, workshops and exploratory field-trips (domestically & internationally). Our student ambassadors take what they’ve learned and teach our younger youth (middle/elementary students) about effective leadership.

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):

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.


Foundation for Second Chances (FFSC) serves youth in grades K-12 in communities plagued with crime, gang violence, extreme poverty, and low academic performance. FFSC recruits and receives referrals for youth from schools, community based organizations, libraries, DCFS and neighborhoods located in Service Planning Area 6. Students from SPA 6 face a number of economic, environmental, and social challenges that have a direct impact on their wellbeing. Within SPA 6 there is a strong prevalence of foster care, gang-related activity, juvenile delinquency, and youth victimization. These issues create profound instability in our families and communities, fueling high school drop, unemployment, and immense incarceration rates. As a result, this continues to make it nearly impossible for our youth to meet their basic needs, reinforcing the vicious cycle of poverty and suffering in the way of their success. FFSC wants to break that cycle by empowering children labeled as “disadvantaged” or “at-risk” to become leaders for themselves, their peers and their community. SCLP believes in every student’s capability to succeed when given access to all the necessary tools. SCLP consists of 5 modules that are 8 weeks in length. The modules expands our youth knowledge base by providing significant exposure to real-life work experiences, hands-on activities that challenge their decision making process, intense cross-cultural and intergenerational volunteer projects both locally and abroad. The components of SCLP are: Education, Financial Literacy, Leadership (includes Civic and Service Learning), Social Justice/Advocacy and Health. The objectives for SCLP: Assist students in developing specific skills needed for effective leadership, high graduation school and career paths; Provide students with a process for examining pertinent issues facing their communities and knowledge of those issues how to make change; Increase students understanding of and appreciation for cultural diversity; Provide opportunities for students to apply the knowledge and skills learned through meaningful community service; Students become ambassadors of their own learning so they can better educate and teach their peers and community (train the trainer). This allows them to personally develop through SCLP and have access to tools and resources that not only helps students to apply to college, but also prepares them to succeed in life. Upon completion students receive a certificate and have a graduation.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


We use quantitative & qualitative evaluation strategies to evaluate our youth’s work in addition to conducting intake surveys & doing case management on each student that enters our program. Each youth receives SMART(specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) goals to make sure that they are meeting their benchmarks for staying on task, being held accountable for their duties & are able to articulate what they are learning. Through our collaborative & strategic partnerships we are able to engage community leaders, stakeholders and clients to help us identify our success and any gaps. In order to evaluate SCLP we survey our students as well as their parents and teachers. A series of in depth surveys allow for us to evaluate the progress of our students in a holistic manner. Our Evaluation Strategies include several tools:
Leadership Program Student Survey; Teacher/Staff Referral Form
General School Functioning Assessments; Academic Achievement Assessments;Community Surveys

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

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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