$30,000 / 2014
Los Angeles, California
Maria Brenes Executive Director
This $30,000 renewal grant will support InnerCity Struggle’s (ICS) ongoing organizing efforts in six critical areas – college access, student dropouts/pushouts, discipline policies, family engagement, food justice, school funding/school redesign – that will move towards high quality, equitable education for students and help to transform the social and economic conditions for the majority Latino residents of East Los Angeles who are disproportionately impacted by lack of resources and quality learning. Over the last grant year, ICS has conduct two community canvassing campaigns reaching over 24,000 voters on issues of school funding and won majority support for LCFF dollars to increase funding for Eastside schools based on concentration of need. ICS parents also developed a Community Schools/Expanded Learning Time district-wide resolution focused on increasing wrap-around services and academic supports in high-need schools. Over the next year, ICS will continue to focus campaign efforts in the coming year to three main areas of school funding, community Schools and restorative justice and two supplemental strategies (Boys and Men of Color plus voter mobilization efforts) that together aim to secure a quality and equitable education to students and also transform the social and economic conditions for the majority of Latino residents in the Eastside.