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Studies show that attaining a high school diploma reduces the chance of incarceration by 87 percent. That’s why CCF launched BLOOM (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men), which helped more than 800 young Black men onto positive paths so they can succeed in college, careers and life.

LOS ANGELES – July 18, 2019 (AMENDED June 18, 2020)  –The public-private partnership between L.A. County Probation, Liberty Hill Foundation and the California Community Foundation has awarded $7.1 million to 49 L.A. based nonprofits providing community-based youth development services. The initiative is called Ready to Rise: Expanding Opportunities for All L.A. County Youth.

“L.A. County Probation is proud of this partnership and our financial contribution to grow programs proven to successfully prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system, while cutting the recidivism rates of those who have,” said Chief Deputy Probation Officer Sheila Mitchell who oversees Juvenile Operations for L.A. County, which includes juvenile halls, residential treatment camps and Deputy Probation Officers. “This continues Probation’s goal to be the nation’s leader in demonstrating how a community-based model focused on prevention and treatment decreases the number of youth incarcerated and improves the likelihood of youth to earn degrees, become employed and not enter the justice system as an adult.”

This collaboration will expand opportunities and resources for programs that keep youth out of the criminal justice system and help those in the system successfully transition back into the community.

“The traditional response to youth crime has included arrest, incarceration and probation. These approaches have not acknowledged the high needs of many of our youth, “said Antonia Hernández, President and CEO of the California Community Foundation. “Young people who have already experienced the debilitating effects of poverty and prejudice need a system that works upstream to focus on their unmet needs and develop them through a positive, whole child framework.”

Ready to Rise grantees will receive funding for a variety of program activities focused on arts, wellness, educational attainment, leadership, workforce development, mentorship, youth organizing and other engagement areas. These grantees share a focus on multiple aspects of youth development – academic, identity, socio-emotional, physical health, mental wellness and others – which will be integrated into their services.

The partnership is fostering a full spectrum of services—a whole child approach—while recognizing nonprofits can also benefit from training and support that will build their own programmatic and organizational effectiveness. All grantees of this program will receive capacity building support, including coaching and cohort-based training. Additionally, the services made available via this collaboration will be provided within the youths’ own communities thus making it easier for them to access.

“This is about building the nation’s largest youth development system starting with the organizations that serve our highest need youth, and ensuring these organizations have the means to secure their own futures in the process,” said Shane Murphy Goldsmith, President and CEO of the Liberty Hill Foundation. “With this new partnership, Los Angeles County stands together with youth and their families, on their terms, so that all youth have the chance to live up to their full potential.”

Following a rigorous and inclusive review process, that included community leaders with youth development backgrounds, nonprofits were awarded 1-year grants. Awards ranged from $50,000 to $150,000.

These grants will accelerate impact in targeted communities, mobilize resources and promote what works, all with the goal of transforming educational, personal and professional outcomes for young people, as well as vastly decreasing youth interactions with the justice system. As a cohort of organizations, grant recipients will represent a growing asset-based youth developmental system that unlocks opportunity for vulnerable young adults in L.A. County.

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Ready to Rise Grantees:

First Cohort

Second & Third Cohort

Press Contacts:

For more information on Ready to Rise and Liberty Hill Foundation’s participation, please contact Courtney Kassel, Chief Communications Officer, by phone at 323-556-7230 or email at [cryptx]ckassel@libertyhill.org[/cryptx].

For more information on Ready to Rise and California Community Foundation’s participation, please contact Roshin Mathew, Director of Marketing and Communications, by phone at 213-413-4130 or by email at [cryptx]rmathew@staging5.calfund.org[/cryptx].

For more information on Ready to Rise and the Los Angeles County Probation Department’s participation, please contact Kerri Webb, Public Information Officer, by phone at 562-315-3388 or by email at [cryptx]kerri.webb@probation.lacounty.gov[/cryptx].

By Ricardo Lopez, Palm Springs Desert Sun

Philanthropy News Digest

LOS ANGELES, CA – March 19, 2019 — A new grant opportunity to support and expand local youth development services and programs centered on healing, learning and opportunity in high-need areas across Los Angeles County opened today. This collaboration will expand opportunities and resources for programs that keep youth out of the criminal justice system and help those in the system successfully transition back into the community.

This funding opportunity signals an innovative partnership between the California Community Foundation, Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles County Department of Probation. The grant program is made possible through funding from the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA).

Grantees will receive funding for critical work advancing education, mental health, cultural and workforce programs. The partnership is looking at the full spectrum of service provision—a whole child approach—while recognizing nonprofits can also benefit from training and support that will build their own organizational effectiveness. All grantees of this program will receive capacity building support, including coaching and cohort-based training.

“We are building a bridge between the nonprofits and the County,” said President and CEO of the California Community Foundation, Antonia Hernández. “Foundations have long been a driver of resources for innovative, evidence-based programs, but when it’s time to go to scale these programs benefit from local government funding.”

An effective community-based model focused on prevention and treatment not only decreases the number of youth incarcerated, but also improves chances for more youth to earn their high school diplomas, become gainfully employed, and decreases the likelihood of being incarcerated as an adult.

“Our youth need support and encouragement to fulfill their potential. We know that the solutions to support youth who have experienced trauma and other challenging circumstances have always been grown and nurtured in communities,” said Liberty Hill President & CEO Shane Murphy Goldsmith. “This program invests in prevention rather than punishment and will build the capacity of community organizations to do the work they do best, drawing on the strengths young people already possess.”

For more information on the Request for Proposal, including eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions, and to apply, please visit this link. Informational webinars will also take place on March 26th and April 3rd, click here for more information.

Applicants must register an online account and provide program service area information by April 12, 2019. Complete application responses are requested by August 30, 2019.

CONTACT
Liberty Hill
Courtney Kassel, Chief Communications Officer
ckassel@libertyhill.org
(323) 556-7230

California Community Foundation
Roshin Mathew, Director of Marketing and Communications
rmathew@staging5.calfund.org
(213) 413-4130

By Taylor Walker, Witness LA