Connecting Generations for Good

Grant Spotlight: CASA of Los Angeles

June 28, 2017

There are more than 20,000 children in the foster care system in Los Angeles County—38% of the state’s total. Only about half will graduate high school, and only 3% will graduate college. Half will end up homeless or incarcerated. There are many factors that contribute to these bleak statistics, and the overstretched foster care system …

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Grant Spotlight: Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center

June 5, 2017

On North Fair Oaks in Pasadena, a LEED-certified, light-filled center bustles with young children and their parents. This is Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center, which provides early childhood education and parent services to low-income families in an area of Pasadena that runs counter to the city’s wealthy reputation—here, 22% of families with children under 5 …

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Grant Spotlight: P.S. ARTS

May 24, 2017

Arts programs at public schools are often noted for cutbacks rather than impact. But P.S. ARTS is helping to strengthen the presence of the arts in schools. Founded in 1991, P.S. ARTS works to supplement arts education in California public schools. Today, the organization provides yearlong visual arts, music, theater and dance instruction to nearly …

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Grant Spotlight: LACMA’s NexGen

March 16, 2017

  At museums across the country, youth engagement programs are vital to developing museum-going habits that make today’s children tomorrow’s patrons. But few institutions have taken youth engagement as far as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Their NexGen program provides a free museum membership to anyone under 18, and allows an accompanying …

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Grant Spotlight: 826LA

February 15, 2017

On busy Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista, a quirky storefront boasts robot milk and dinosaur eggs. Step inside and you’ll find witty t-shirts, an emergency mummy kit, and even a theremin. But enter through a small doorway toward the back, and you’ll discover a warmly lit room full of books, long tables, and schoolchildren with …

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Grant Spotlight: Alliance for Children’s Rights

January 10, 2017

Since 1992, the Alliance for Children’s Rights has provided free legal services and advocacy to ensure children have a safe, stable home and access to healthcare and education. While their efforts have helped thousands of children over the last 25 years, there are always more challenges to face. One recent emphasis has been on grandparents …

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Grant Spotlight: School on Wheels

January 10, 2017

In Los Angeles County alone, there are more than 60,000 children with insecure housing. One in 45 students attending an L.A. Unified school is homeless. These staggering numbers have serious long-term implications. Children with unstable housing often are suffering from the trauma of losing a home and changing schools often, sometimes resulting in behavioral problems …

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Grant Spotlight: MEND

January 4, 2017

For many San Fernando Valley residents in need, accessing services for food, clothing, and medical care involves multiple trips to several different facilities, a stack of paperwork, and the challenge of finding childcare. At MEND, things are different. MEND, or Meet Each Need with Dignity, hosts a range of services: a health, dental, and vision …

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Volunteer Day at L.A. Kitchen

December 1, 2016

On Tuesday, November 29, The Eisner Foundation team  sponsored an afternoon of service at  The L.A. Kitchen  with our  Southern California Grantmakers  colleagues. By prepping and packaging food alongside L.A. Kitchen staff and students, we helped create meals for those in need in Los Angeles. L.A. Kitchen is one of two recipients of the 2015  …

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Grant Spotlight: Youth Orchestra Los Angeles

November 9, 2016

Each week at three sites around Los Angeles, almost 800 students gather to play music. They’re all part of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), an initiative of the Los Angeles Philharmonic that’s been providing underserved youth with a robust music education program for a decade. “YOLA is as much a social program as it is …

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