Families In Schools (FIS) recognizes the value of strong family-school partnerships in supporting student achievement. Consequently, we provide programs and professional development that fosters authentic parent engagement by building the skills, knowledge and confidence of both parents and staff on how to work together. FIS targets low-income and underserved communities recognizing that access to quality education continues to be the gateway out of poverty and the road to the American dream.
FIGHTING POVERTY FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS
We have been a leader in education and community empowerment over the past three decades.
oday, YPI is the only non-profit in the country to receive all three signature White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative grants under President Obama: Promise Neighborhood, Choice Neighborhood, and Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation. In 2014, we became the lead implementation partner for the Los Angeles Promise Zone initiative (one of the first five in the nation) targeting high-poverty neighborhoods in East Hollywood, Pico-Union, and Koreatown. YPI is also the only agency in Los Angeles operating city-funded YouthSource, FamilySource, and WorkSource Centers.
YPI currently operates a $41 million budget and employs more than 1,200 staff. YPI now serves more than 100,000 youth and adults annually at a total of 125 program sites throughout high need Los Angeles neighborhoods. In addition to transforming 19 neighborhood schools in the LAPN, our anchor sites—the Hollywood FamilySource Center and the YPI Center in Pacoima—serve thousands of students and families every year. In April 2015, YPI was selected as a recipient of the Mayor’s National Service Award, and was also named as the chief implementation partner for the Operation AmeriCorps funding awarded to the City of Los Angeles by the Corporation for National and Community Service. YPI has also received U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s Excellence in Education Award; we have also been recognized by Cisco with their Growing with Technology Award, and selected by the National Council of La Raza as their 2011 Affiliate of the Year for the California region.