Everychild 2003 Grant: Optimist Youth Home

Our grant was used to build the new state-of-the-art Everychild Foundation Youth Learning Center, serving troubled teens, at its campus near downtown Los Angeles. The project included a larger school building space, allowing the integration of education and therapy and enabling Optimist to increase its renowned services. The gift also allowed Optimist to attract over $3,500,000 in additional funding from other major foundations for services and was a prime factor leading to Optimist’s successful petition to open a charter school serving probation and foster youth. The facility is the first in California to contain both a non-public school and a charter school on a single campus, serving vulnerable youth.