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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Employment, Human Services, Job Training, Youth Development

Mission: The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) is a nonprofit organization that uses a holistic approach to reduce poverty by ensuring families have access to high quality schools, wrap-around education and technology services, enabling a successful transition from cradle to college and career. YPI was founded in 1983 as an outgrowth of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial and has been operating in California since 1996. Since then, YPI has worked in Los Angeles to provide direct education and human need services for low-income youth and families. We now serve over 100,000 youth and adults annually at 125 sites throughout Los Angeles, with a focus on place-based community-driven initiatives that target high need communities such as Hollywood, Pacoima, and Pico Union/Westlake.

Results: In 2013, YPI ... - Provided 848,291 hours of technology training to 610,111 participants; - Provided financial literacy education for over 1,300 participants, helping them learn how to budget their money and save for college; - Placed over 200 youth - who were neither in school nor working - in postsecondary education or employment; - Served more than 5,000 students every day with our afterschool services at 56 school sites (we are the largest high school afterschool provider in all of California); - Increased our YPI schools' API scores by an average of 25.5 points! Our Bert Corona Charter School achieved a 43-point API increase, the fourth largest of any middle school in Los Angeles; and more! Check out our 2013 Annual Report on our website for more information!

Target demographics: Low-income families

Direct beneficiaries per year: Ever year, over 100,000 youth and adults receive free YPI services at over 100 program sites throughout Los Angeles.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles, with an emphasis on the communities of Pacoima, Hollywood & Pico Union/Westlake

Programs: Early education learning services like Baby University and Mommy and Me classes; K-12 mentoring, tutoring, arts, and sports programs -- offered before, during, and after school; college and career preparation services like summer job opportunities, matched college savings accounts and college counseling services; and family supportive services that include case management, workforce development, health and nutrition classes, access to public benefits like CalFresh and health care services, and adult education programs (classes like ESL, GED, computer literacy).

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Ms Word class has help me develop my computer skills and I leaned how to use this software more effectively. Now I would love to learn more advance computer classes.
Thank you so much Y.P.I. staff.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience with YPI and the classes offered. Moreover the instructors are awesome.

I had to take the classes for my field of work. However I really had no interest in taking the course but had to. Aldo and Javier helped tremendously with their knowledge and patience.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have nothing but good things to say about the YPI institute. Thus far they have been very helpful and they offer several programs that will be helpful in the Workplace. I've just finished the Word Class and now I feel confident that I can add this to my resume! It has given me skills that will assist me in my job search and make me more confident. Next I plan on taking the Excel course. Thank you YPI for being such a service in helping unemployed workers upgrade their skills.

Client Served

Rating: 5

hola mi nombre es Alfredo Alvarez.
las clases que he tomado con lamaestra Cyntia me hanservido mucho ya que he aprendido a
usar la computadora , usar el Internet hacer busquedas
hella es una maestra muy paciente para enseñar computacion
yo no sabia uasar una computadora y hora se navegar en el Internet
escribir mensages ,enviar fotos y buscar historiasd de grandes poetas
gracias a cyntia mi maestra de computacion;

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cynthia Thank You - Grateful Student at Youth policy
Institute


Cynthia is a good instructor who teaches you how to be a computer student. Since I’ve been attending Classes; Introduction to computers: they are great lessons by Cynthia who is a good teacher with good teaching skills. There is a lot of hands on training, and skill to do what she does. Cynthia has invited me to several of her classes at YPI and I like her so much. She is a great teacher and makes learning about computers so much fun.
Examples
1. She helped me create a flyer for my lawn mowing service.
2. Structured cards with detail inscribed for friends and business
3. Typing lessons
4. Flash drive, how to download and safely eject
5. Excel, Internet, Maps, read, programs, folder and save files, how to use Microsoft Word, how to use Microsoft Office.
6. Also how to print, save, and file a document.
7. Strong advise to accomplish your learn
8. Ensena clases en español también!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cynthia Thank You - Grateful Student at Youth policy
Institute


Cynthia is a good instructor who teaches you how to be a computer student. Since I’ve been attending Classes; Introduction to computers: they are great lessons by Cynthia who is a good teacher with good teaching skills. There is a lot of hands on training, and skill to do what she does. Cynthia has invited me to several of her classes at YPI and I like her so much. She is a great teacher and makes learning about computers so much fun.
Examples
1. She helped me create a flyer for my lawn mowing service.
2. Structured cards with detail inscribed for friends and business
3. Typing lessons
4. Flash drive, how to download and safely eject
5. Excel, Internet, Maps, read, programs, folder and save files, how to use Microsoft Word, how to use Microsoft Office.
6. Also how to print, save, and file a document.
7. Strong advise to accomplish your learn
8. Ensena clases en español también!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Para mi ha sido muy productiva recibir esta clase con el profesor MASAS. el profesor una persona muy amable y tiene mucha pacienca para ensenarnos, Me ha gustsdo mucho la clase ya que ahora puedo usar la computadora con mas confiaza, tambien puedo typiar un poco mas rapido. Tambien puedo navegar en la computadora y buscar mucho mas cosas. tales como noticias,videos, etc. MUCHAS GRACIAS POR LAS CLASES,

Client Served

Rating: 5

yo aprendi muchas cosas que no sabia esta clase me a servido de mucho para con mis hijos y para mi misma mesiento muy bien aver partisipado en esta clase que megustaria que se bolvieran arrepetir para segir aprendiendo cosas nuevas.

Client Served

Rating: 5

las clases han sido muy importantes para mi y voy a tratar de practicar mas gracias por darme la oportunidad de participar en este programa el instructor ha sido paciente y amable con todo el grupo de estudiantes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A quien corresponda
gracias por dar estos programas tan importantes en esta escuela y ayudarnos,gracias al maestro por apoyarnos en aprehender y tenernos paciencia en cada clase,le pido que por favor sigan apoyandono con estas clases.,
.Dios los bendiga.
Att. Sra. Resendiz.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hola! YPI por medio de esta carta quiero darles las gracias por darnos la oportunidad de aprender computacion, en lo personal estoy super alegre porque emos aprendido a navegar en el internet , hacer nuestro correo electronico y ahora ya no le tengo miedo ala computadora y deseariamos continuar con estas clases y con el instructor Javier Maza ya que el nos a tenido paciencia . Nuevamente gracias espero una respusta positiva Yo Maria Villatoro

Client Served

Rating: 5

todo muy vien las claces estuvieron muy interesante latima que fue muy poco tiempo pero aprendi a no tenerle miedo al teclado muchas gracias por todo espero que buelvan proto las claces de computacion

Client Served

Rating: 5

gracias por las clase para mi es muy inportante nesesito mucho para ayudar mis hijos como resolver las tarea o los proyecto gracias de nuevo

Client Served

Rating: 5

esta clase fue de mucha ayuda para mi vida diaria, adquiri nuevos conocimientos mismos que serviran para ayudar a los ninos en sus tareas; y para buscar cualquier informacion actualizada que necesite; el instructor lo hizo con mucha paciencia y dedicacion, me gustaria que hubiera una continuacion de este curso para ampliar conocimientos.

Client Served

Rating: 5

esta clase me ayudo muncho por q yo no savia ni prender la computadora y hoy ya pero me gustaria q las clases siguieran para q nos ayudaranos a munchas personas y pues asi ayudar a nuestros hijos para su tarea es bien interesante estar tomando esta clase ojala q lo tomen en cuenta nuestras notas y gracias

Client Served

Rating: 5

fue para mi una clase espectacular fue de mucho aprendizaje para mi aprendi lo que es hacer un correo electronico aprendi a aser cuentas en la internet y a tener un poco de predominio en la computadora a mas de eso la persona que impartio la clase fue una persona con muy buena actitud y perseberancia buen conosimiento
estoy muy contenta con lo que e aprendido me gustaria bolver a tener otra oportunidad y participar nuevamente en otras clases

Client Served

Rating: 5

yo bine ala clase porque no sabi usar la computadora y fuemuy satisfactorio aprender con la maestra que tiene mucha calma para esplicar y sabe como explicar y es unplacer venir ala clase.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GRASIAS CYNTHIA POR TODO LO QUE NOS A ENSENADO EN LAS CLASES DE COMPUTADORA ESPERO BOLBER A TENER LA OPURTUNIDAD DE BORBELAS A TOMARLAS AUNQUE EN EL PASADO ABIA TOMADO CLASES DE COMPUTADORA NUNCA COMO LAS QUE USTED NOS DIO.HOJALA MUCHAS MAS PERSONAS PUDIERAN TENER LA OPURTUNIDAD DE TENERNARLA COMO MAESTRA .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so happy for the YPI experience. This program has made a big difference in my life. Knowing that I am not computer literate I was so proud of myself that I have been able to catch on to technology. I would like to thank the instructors for all their time and patience explaining the various formats and steps involved in operating a computer.

This class has made a difference in my life and my knowledge in exploring the various options available with technology from operating the computer system to taking notes , to budgeting and cutting and pasting from the internet to word documents. What a world of difference this program has given me.

I can only say positive things about YPI program and speaking with the other students they will concur with me. Keep the program going. It helps the folks and the community in educating them to a new world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I appreciate the professional support that I have receive from Pacoima/North Valley WorkSource for the support they have giving me through my business start. Special thanks to the Business Service Representative, who gave me information about other community resources and and the sincere interest in helping me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

La clase de computacion es una parte muy importante para nosotros , me gusta tomar esta clase porque esplican
muy bien. gracias por tener paciencia con nosotros especialmente a la maestra gracias.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Tuve la oportunidad de tomar clases de computación en uno de los sitios YPI. Aprendí unas cuantas uso básico de la computadora y la oportunidad de aprender un poco sobre el Internet. YPI me ayudó a entender cómo usar la computadora y el Internet. Todavía cometo errores de vez en cuando, pero siento que YPI fue capaz de ayudarme a tomar los primeros pasos para aprender a usar la computadora.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I,Cutberto zamudio,have had the oportunity to learn about computers thanks to your free programs.
I hope this program be around for the good of evrybody.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I appreciate the ease of logging onto the computers(i.e. no user id or password needed. I also was particularly pleased to take the microsoft word and excel classes as certificate classes. The lab offers convenient hours and days. The staff consistently offers courteous, attentive assistance. What great people and what a blessing they are to clients.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Estas clases son muy interesantes para mi , me an ayudado mucho en mi trabajo y en cualquier parte que voy a buscar algo o para hacer mis pagos ,hacer citas ,que yo antes no sabia nada y en mi trabado estan sorprendidos ,me siento muy contenta y orgullosa de mi misma por mi esfuerzo , y gracias a las maestras tan buenas y la pasiencia que tienen para ensenar y explicar . al igual el maestro de ingles ,esta clase nos a yudado bastante ,porque tienen una forma de ensenar muy exelente .este programa es muy bueno me encanta y ojala no lo quiten porque es muy importante para la comunidad y nos afectaria a muchas personas . me siento contenta y orgullosa por lo que eh aprendido. muchas gracias .

Client Served

Rating: 5

bien me agustado y e aprendido bastante y e tenido muy buenos mastros la maestra Lili me explico muy bien la maestra Andrea tambien me gusro mugcho

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is doing a fantastic service for the community in assisting our youth and also adults in better helping them learn to use the modern day computers, which is essential in today's world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A mi me ayudado mucho en las clases de ingles porque siento mas confianza y el maestro siempre muy paciente y ayudandonos en todo lo que se nos atora. yo estoy muy agradecida con estos programas. tambien he estado viniendo a las clases de computadora con Lily y con Andrea y tambien muy buenas maestras las dos muy amables y tambien ayudandonos en todo lo que necesitamos. el maestro Nelson Recinos es un exelente maestro y muy fina persona siempre ayudando a todas las personas. yo estoy muy agradecida por todo lo que he recibido. MUCHAS GRACIAS

Client Served

Rating: 5

Es un excelente programa, yo he recibido clases de computacion con Liliana Lira y Andrea son excelentes maestras. Tambien he tomado clases de Ingles con el maestro Nelson Resinos y tambien es un excelente maestro. He tomado las clases a travez del centro de San Fernando Gardens y quisiera que trajeran mas clases como estas.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Policy Institute esta cumpliendo con el objetivo por el cual fue creado, traer beneficio a la comunidad en donde se han establecido, brindan una cantidad de servicios y asesoria que en otras partes hay que pagarla, dan tutoria para ninos entre otras cosas, les ensenan a los ninos a canalizar sus conocimientos de una mejor manera, le ayudan a bastantes personas con la declaracion de impuestos, etc. Yo he sido beneficiado de haber aprendido a como utilizar la computadora con instructores como Christina Martinez, quien considero es una persona muy capacitada, por esto y por muchas cosas mas, el gobierno deberia de abrir mas centros como este en toda la nacion, gracias

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program just continues advancing and demonstrating that it has an affect on our community. A lot of support is found to advance children's education and opens doors to those who may feel as if they cannot do what others may be able to financially do. As a whole youth policy institute would have to be an amazing group yearning to fulfill goals surrounding children when it comes to advancing and making something out of themselves. In love with their heart warming heart!

Korstiaan V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have watched YPI change the culture of our school campuses for the better for over 5 years!

Alejandra3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The YPI staff at the Pico-Union location is more than supportive and encouraging. They really care and always make you their priority. I love all the help they offer and all of the staff. Even the secretary is amazing!

Maria117

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff is amazing and the services they offer the community is one-of-a-kind.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

YPI has done a great job supporting our schools and students. They bring much needed enrichment.

Lea Z.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization to partner with. YPI has enabled local parents to grow in their leadership skills through Promotora Workshops.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

YPI is doing amazing work in schools and communities.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The communities served are transforming. Particularly the education & family focused programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved YPI since it helped me out a lot ! I gained better understanding of a lot of things that are helping me succeed and made me a better person. I believe in myself more than ever thanks to the program.p

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great program. They have gone the extra mile to help me learn the skills and necessities of getting a career. They care to make sure we go the extra mile, and that I am thankful for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome organization that genuinely cares about their community and knows the importance of education.