LA County Summer Learning Initiative

In March 2020, K-12 schools in Los Angeles County had to quickly transition 70,000 teachers and 1.5 million students and their families to online platforms for distance learning.  This immediate disruption to traditional school operations exacerbated long-time gaps in educational opportunities and access along racial and socioeconomic lines for the County’s young people.

Given the extended physical closures of schools and youth-serving community centers, there was an urgent need in 2020 for responsive summertime learning environments to mitigate learning loss and to address the social-emotional needs of youth who were facing social-isolation and disruption in their lives due to the pandemic.

In response, the California Community Foundation (CCF) launched the LA County Summer Learning Initiative in May 2020 and quickly received 277 requests for support. With the generous support of donors and philanthropic partners, 55 organizations (18 schools/districts and 37 nonprofit organizations) were funded, reaching an estimated 52,099 students from low-income households across Los Angeles County. Students and families served included those that face compounding effects of the pandemic, such as foster youth, youth experiencing homelessness and English Language Learners.

We haven’t stopped. We really haven’t stopped in fact, we’ve been running a marathon barefoot.”
– 2020 Summer Learning Grantee describing their efforts to engage students last summer.

One year later, the needs of our students have only grown. CCF and its partners also recognize that many nonprofits and school-based summer programs are experiencing continued losses in revenue that threaten their ability to provide engaging and critical services to their communities. This year, 262 organizations have applied for funding to support their summer 2021 efforts. While CCF and our partners are currently able to fund $1.5 million in much-needed services this year, more than $2 million in strong proposals remain unfunded.  

For more information on how to support high quality summer enrichment and learning this summer, please see links below or contact Erin Limlingan, Donor Relations Officer at  elimlingan [@] calfund [.] org or 213-452-6285.

Nonprofit organizations seeking to learn more about funding opportunities through CCF may visit the Open Grants page or contact youthdevelopment [@] calfund [.] org.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click here.

You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the LA County Summer Learning Initiative. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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