Jewish Group Basis of Los Angeles Awards $1 Million in Grants to Advance Training Fairness

The Los Angeles Jewish Community Foundation announced today that it has granted $ 1 million to seven local nonprofits working with educational justice issues.

The recipients are: Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club, Bridge Builders Foundation, EmpowHer Institute, Girls Club of Los Angeles, Heart of Los Angeles Youth Inc., and Social Justice Learning Institute and Special Needs Network.

Funding supports community-led organizations that connect students with strong mentors, focus on the specific needs of young people with a splash of color, improve access to health services for colored students and their families, and empower students to advocate for their educational needs.

“The pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities in our education system that disproportionately affect black students who lack the resources to successfully learn from a distance,” said Marvin I. Schotland, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation. “This only increases an existing educational gap, which will lead to a significant loss of learning that will take years to resolve.”

The payouts are part of the institution’s General Community Grants, which focus on local social issues with high priority. In recent years, these grants have addressed homelessness, overcoming barriers to employment, human trafficking, and sexual and domestic violence. This new round also builds on the Foundation’s Racial Equity Grants granted last year.

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