A butterfly only spreads its wings to fly because a caterpillar found shelter.
The youth of Los Angeles harbor enormous potential despite their tremendous challenges. Through diverse programs, including mentorship, career training and placement and leadership development, we seek to empower young people across the county to create productive and fulfilling lives for themselves. It is a direct investment in our shared future.
Los Angeles is ranked 98th out of the top 100 U.S. metropolitan areas for youth employment. And nowhere is that felt more than in South Los Angeles, where more than 40 percent of households earn less than $20,000 a year. Perhaps hardest hit are those aging out of the foster care system while facing high risks of homelessness, physical and mental health issues and incarceration. Without family or community support, studies show that only 4 percent of these young people will graduate from college.
Since 2000, CCF has provided more than $11 million for programs designed to improve the lives on L.A. youth. Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) seeks to create positive and productive futures for young Black men in South L.A. Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow (PAT) used sports, music and recreation to build skills that help L.A. youth succeed in the classroom and beyond. And our Transition Aged Youth (TAY) program helps young people aging out of the foster care system meet basic needs while learning what they need to achieve independence.
For more information, visit our youth empowerment resource library.
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