Every Kid in a Park in Los Angeles

submission by janetlrupp
Every Kid in a Park in Los Angeles

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

National Park Foundation

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


NPF directly supports America’s 408 national parks through projects that protect natural and cultural resources; connect all Americans with their national parks; and inspire lifelong engagement with the next generation of national park stewards.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Every Kid in a Park Los Angeles will provide transportation grants to local partners to bring at least 8,000 fourth-grade students from Los Angeles to nearby national parks. The project will focus particularly on underserved students from federally designated Title I schools. The initiative also includes pre- and post-visit educational opportunities. Providing greater access to parks and connecting diverse youth to new recreational and educational opportunities are major program goals.

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)


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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

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

Access to open space and park facilities

Number of children enrolled in afterschool programs

Per capita crime rates

Percentage of residents that feel safe in their neighborhoods

Attendance at major league sporting events

Residents within 1⁄4 mile of a park (Dream Metric)

Number of residents with easy access to a “vibrant” park (Dream Metric)

Number of parks with intergenerational play opportunities (Dream Metric)

Number (and quality) of informal spaces for play (Dream Metric)

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


The Every Kid in a Park Initiative in Los Angeles will make LA the best place to play by providing at least 8,000 fourth graders in Los Angeles with meaningful experiences in local national parks. The project will serve local students, particularly from federally designated Title I schools. These students are often the least likely to have an opportunity to visit national parks and benefit from their recreational resources on their own. We believe transportation grants are one of the best ways to ensure that underserved kids and their families can enjoy recreational and educational activities in our national parks.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


The National Park Service uses formative and summative evaluation in its education and youth programs, and will adaptively manage Every Kid in a Park as the initiative gets under way. Every Kid in a Park in Los Angeles will benefit from broader evaluation conducted by the NPF and NPS. The evaluation strategy will:
• Identify a baseline of our target audiences (youth, families, and teachers) perceptions, attitudes and use of NPS and its resources; those of overall park audiences; and those of the nation (looking at similar programs and resources for relevant lessons learned).
• Inform the decision-making processes of program managers and administrators regarding the development, implementation, adaptation and improvement of the program.
• Provide accountability and document the value and results of the program to stakeholders.

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

Money (financial capital)

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Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

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Quality improvement research

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