Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced $36 million in federal grants to help poor students in Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced $36 million in federal grants Wednesday for programs aimed at helping young poor Angelenos.

The seven grants awarded to the Youth Policy Institute will go toward programs serving about 10,000 Los Angeles Unified School District students and will fund academic assistance programs, after-school and summer programs, teen pregnancy prevention and initiatives to increase access to healthy foods.

The students go to schools in an area designed by the federal government as a “Promise Zone” as part of President Barack Obama’s anti-poverty initiative announced in his 2013 State of the Union address.

The Promise Zone includes the Pico-Union and Westlake neighborhoods just west of downtown, Koreatown, Hollywood and East Hollywood.

“We’re being aggressive about pursuing increasingly scarce federal dollars and our work is delivering results in ways that can transform these young people’s lives and our neighborhoods,” Garcetti said.

City News Service

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