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Study on Education Organizing and Academic Improvement

Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Success Beyond High School
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2003–December 31, 2004
  • Location Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Los Angeles

About this grant

The South Los Angeles (LA) community, comprised mostly of African-American and Latino residents, has the lowest income and highest level of unemployment in LA County. Only 31 percent of entering freshmen receive a high school diploma four years later. Students who do graduate often are not prepared to enter a four-year college. Many area schools do not have college counselors.Multiyear funding will support efforts to provide universal access to college preparatory courses for South LA schools. Such a policy change will result in a larger pool of qualified applicants to state colleges and universities. South Central Youth Empowerment through Action (SCYEA) was created to promote youth leadership and activism as a diversion from violence and delinquency. Through the project, SCYEA will advocate for policies that makes coursework required for state public college eligibility the default curriculum in every public South LA high school. This project is part of an eight-site study on education organizing and academic improvement.The Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment was created in 1990 to transform the poor social and economic conditions in South LA County. SCYEA is an initiative of the coalition.