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A philanthropic organization awarded almost $9 million in grants to Los Angeles County nonprofit organizations working to address the needs of low-income youth, it was announced Thursday.

The California Community Foundation‘s grants will support such groups as Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men, which seeks to improve educational and career opportunities for young black males; the El Monte Community Building Initiative, which tries to ensure that the city’s youth grow up healthier and better prepared for college and careers; the Los Angeles Preschool Advocacy Initiative, which seeks to increase access to high quality early childhood education in low-income communities; and the Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund, which combines scholarships with college preparation and completion services to increase the number of low-income students who graduate with post-secondary degrees.

The awards will also benefit One Los Angeles, One Nation, a group seeking to help the region’s Muslim communities through civic engagement, leadership development and public policy; and Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow, a group that provides music, sports and recreational opportunities to low-
income youth in South Los Angeles.

“We applaud our donors and nonprofit partners who have not only recognized the needs in our community, but have shown leadership to address these issues,” said CCF President and CEO Antonia Hernandez. “As the foundation enters its 100th year of service to Los Angeles County, we are proud to support this work to improve the quality of life for all Angelenos.”

CCF unites philanthropy and strategies to create greater equity, opportunity and prosperity in Los Angeles County. The foundation has served as a public, charitable organization since 1915, helping donors collaborate in transforming Los Angeles.

CCF stewards $1.48 billion in assets and manages nearly 1,600 charitable foundations, funds and legacies, according to the foundation.

— City News Service

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