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Ready to Rise Partnership Kicks Off

Ready to Rise Partnership Kicks Off

The public-private partnership between L.A. County Probation, Liberty Hill Foundation and the California Community Foundation has officially launched, awarding $2.59 million to 20 L.A. based nonprofits providing community-based youth development services. The initiative is called Ready to Rise: Expanding Opportunities for All L.A. County Youth.

This collaboration will expand opportunities and resources for programs that keep youth out of the criminal justice system and help those in the system successfully transition back into the community.

“This is about building the nation’s largest youth development system starting with the organizations that serve our highest need youth, and ensuring these organizations have the means to secure their own futures in the process,” said Shane Murphy Goldsmith, President and CEO of the Liberty Hill Foundation. “With this new partnership, Los Angeles County stands together with youth and their families, on their terms, so that all youth have the chance to live up to their full potential.”

Following a rigorous and inclusive review process that included community leaders with youth development backgrounds, nonprofits were awarded one-year grants, ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 to implement programming across a positive youth development framework. 

All Ready to Rise grantees will also receive capacity building support, including customized and responsive coaching and cohort-based training.

These grants will accelerate impact in targeted communities, mobilize resources and promote what works, all with the goal of transforming educational, personal and professional outcomes for youth and vastly decreasing their interactions with the justice system.

Stay tuned for more news from the frontlines of our work to create the largest youth development system in the country.