The Weingart Foundation has awarded a $127,000 grant to be paid out over two years to the Neighborhood Youth Association‘s (NYA) after-school and preschool programs. These funds will help 136 low-income children and youth in Venice, Mar Vista and nearby Westside communities to succeed in school.
The Neighborhood Youth Association’s facility located in Mar Vista offers after-school enrichment activities for elementary, middle and high school students. The Venice site, Las Doradas Children’s Center, is a licensed pre-school for 2 to 5 year-olds, with a capacity of 36 children.
From the Neighborhood Youth Association:
For the third consecutive year in a row, 100% of NYA’s high school seniors graduated on time – more than 48% higher than the on-time graduation rate at nearby Venice High School, and 100% of NYA’s 2010 graduates will enroll in college. This success is all the more astounding considering that all of NYA’s students are low-income and 96% will be among the first in their families to attend college. NYA’s preschool is just as successful, outperforming other preschools in several key measures. NYA’s personalized, comprehensive approach provides students with academic support, counseling, college and career planning, cultural and recreational enrichment activities, as well as leadership skills development activities.
The Weingart Foundation was founded by investor and real estate developer Ben Weingart and his wife Stella in 1951 to address the needs of the underserved. Since 1972, the Weingart Foundation has granted over $856 million to support human services, education and community programs, touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of Southern California residents. The Weingart Foundation’s Core Support grant program provides general operating support to nonprofit organizations which are established, well-managed, financially viable, and operate effective programs with measurable impact.
Neighborhood Youth Association
1016 Pleasant View Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
Phone: (310) 664-8893
Fax: (310) 664-8792
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM