January 2020 Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant Contest

Congratulations to the five (5) lucky finalists for the January 2020 Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant Contest! Read about each nonprofit and vote for your favorite to win the $5,000 YOU Grant from the Lakers Youth Foundation.
You can only vote once…so choose wisely!

Official Contest Rules


Friends of Children - Los Angeles

Mission Statement:

Friends of the Children-Los Angeles' mission is to impact generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors – 12+ years, no matter what.

Funding Project:

The Friends L.A. model begins with a salaried, full-time mentor called a Friend who supports 8 children who have been impacted by foster care. Friends walk alongside youth in their schools, home, and community, averaging 12-16 hours of 1:1 support to each child monthly, for 12+ years. This project will focus on closing the opportunity gap by ensuring all 144 children being served by our Friends are connected and enrolled into a summer enrichment program that advances their natural talents in the area of sports, arts, and STEM/STEAM in 2020. We know positive exposure in these learning domains will help children find their spark, reduce isolation, and bolster the self-confidence of every child.


Enrich LA

Mission Statement:

A Garden in Every School: Engaging students to cultivate and appreciate eating simple, whole foods through hands-on school garden lessons.

Funding Project:

Funding will go towards supporting our 95+ school wide Garden Ranger program, in which we engage children in gardening and environmental stewardship by providing them with hands-on activities that enrich their awareness and appreciation for plant life and the natural environment. Through our program, we are able to reach over 40,000 students and connect them with their source of their food.


Lost Angels Children’s Project

Mission Statement:

The mission of Lost Angels Children’s Project is to provide low-income and at-risk youth with a safe, educational after-school program that promotes critical thinking and team building through vocational skills training in Classic Car Restoration and art opportunities.

Funding Project:

Lost Angels Children’s Project respectfully request a Lakers YOU grant for $5,000 to provide five (5) educational field trips for a minimum of 50 low-income, foster care and probation youth from the under-resourced community of Lancaster. LACP offers vocational training and life skills development workshops, four-days per week after-school. Field trips play an integral role in improving physical, mental and social well-being through experiences that would not otherwise be accessible for the disadvantaged youth we serve. Educational trips empower students, promote teamwork, increase critical thinking skills, and encourage youth to explore the world around them.


Hav A Sole

Mission Statement:

Hav A Sole’s mission is to provide the homeless and at-risk youth population with quality footwear to encourage healthier lifestyles and prevent disease while fostering a sense of community along the way.

Funding Project:

We are Hav A Sole, an organization whose work with the most vulnerable among us - youth experiencing homelessness and poverty - is simple, straightforward, and immediately meaningful. We give away new pairs of sneakers to youth in need and use it as a device that builds their self-confidence, their agency, and, most importantly, a sense that they deserve the nicer things in life. Our program partners with youth-serving organizations like shelters and schools in addition to conducting our own street outreach; in both cases, we seek to cast as wide a net as possible in search of those in need of what we offer; these programs directly benefit local youth, and we are in the midst of an organizational strategy to increase the number of partnering organizations by a factor of 20 in 2020.


Children Striving Together

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to support at-risk children as well as children in the community by providing them with quality services to foster their growth as individuals.

Funding Project:

The funding project is for Children Striving Together Saturday's. This project allows us to provide enrichment and social activities on a bi-weekly basis that allows children to learn about new skills and implement new concepts into their everyday lives. CST Saturday's also allows the children to attend field trips and special events that their parents/guardians may not have the means or funding for. CST Saturday's is also a way to keep the children off the streets and focusing on positive initiatives and activities.



Previous YOU Grant Winners

Girls on the Run of Los Angeles

Mission Statement:

Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County`s (GOTRLA) mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. GOTRLA enhances the abilities of adolescent girls, age 8 to 14, to navigate life experiences and to pursue a lifetime of healthy living and self-respect. We believe that every girl is inherently full of power and potential and by knowing they are the leaders of their lives, these girls will change the world.

Funding Project:

GOTRLA provides safe environments for girls in 3rd to 8th grades to learn skills and habits that support physical, mental and emotional growth. This nationally developed and tested program has been thoughtfully adapted to meet the needs of Los Angeles, serving girls from diverse communities with an emphasis on economically disadvantaged areas. Funds will be designated toward critical annual program expenses, which include in-depth coach trainings, coach supervision and assistance, curriculum expenses and culmination 5K costs. This grant will help ensure GOTRLA meets its mission to never turn down a girl interested in the program, an effort that will ensure as much as $250,000 of financial support to families in need.


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