Southern California Program

InnerCity Struggle

Civic and Community
Los Angeles, CA
June 2017

InnerCity Struggle (ICS) was established in 1994 to promote healthy, safe and non-violent communities.  It engages Latino youth and families in Boyle Heights, unincorporated East Los Angeles, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights to work together to improve public education, expand health services and enhance community safety.  A W. M. Keck Foundation grant will support ICS’ capital project to establish the organization’s first permanent home in Boyle Heights.  The new, two-story, 5,600-square-foot-facility will allow ICS to continue making progress in advancing educational equity and opportunity for students in Los Angeles public schools.  ICS will increase its youth membership that currently numbers 750 high school students and provide up to 300 of them with individual academic guidance, tutoring and college access services.  Having appropriately designed space will also enable ICS to better serve and expand its base of 450 adults involved in educational and leadership activities as well as strengthen intergenerational connections.  Over the years, ICS’s trained youth and parent leaders have successfully engaged decision makers in improving public education on the Eastside.  Their work has resulted in the construction of three new high schools, reduction of student suspensions from school, approval of a Los Angeles Unified School District policy focused on preparing all students for college, and an increase in high school graduation rates of 41% over a ten-year period.

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