2019-20 Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant Contest

Congratulations to the four (4) lucky finalists for the November 2019 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!

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Voting Period: 2:00 p.m. PT on November 15, 2019 until 10:00 a.m. PT on November 26, 2019

Winner Announcement: November 26, 2019

Official Contest Rules


Mission Statement:

PowerMyLearning empowers underserved families with training and resources that help them become advocates for their students. We partner with the most important people in a child’s life, their family members, to drive success in school and make sure students are prepared to achieve their dreams.

Funding Project:

PowerMyLearning delivers bilingual family workshops at underserved school sites. Our workshops bring the entire family together to learn so students who are falling behind in school are able to get back on track and prepare for success in college and career. A Lakers YOU grant would be used to provide printed materials for families to use and take home, supplies for facilitators, and meals for all individuals in attendance.

Better Youth

Mission Statement:

We validate young people by developing life skills through mentoring and media arts training.

Funding Project:

Powered by Better Youth, Real To Reel Global Youth Film Festival is a media platform created by foster youth for young filmmakers between the ages of 14-24 to highlight an issue plaguing the local or global community. In our fifth anniversary year, we have partnered with the Foster Bunch - a group of young adults (in the spirit of The Brady Bunch) that are up and coming entertainers, who are also foster care alumni, coming together to change the narrative of the foster care system through the entertainment platform. At this year’s event, we will host an audience of foster youth for a screening of youth short films and the Warner Brothers sponsored SHAZAM! along with a toy giveaway facilitated by celebrity elves and mentors.

Building Blocks for Kids

Mission Statement:

Building Blocks for Kids empowers low income students ages 9-18, by providing a progressive financial literacy/career-based education curriculum and mentorship program that gives them the tools to maximize financial independence and social mobility as adults.

Funding Project:

The MORE Program is Building Blocks’ signature financial literacy program. The program is designed to be run inside a classroom during school hours. Teachers, volunteers, and Building Blocks members facilitate the curriculum once a week during the 3-month program period. This program begins by assessing participants’ baseline financial literacy through a questionnaire and pre-test. In 12 sessions over the course of three months, participants explore a range of financial literacy and career-readiness topics, including: budgeting; banking and investing; setting up a bank account; credit and credit cards; loans and insurance; investment theory; picking stocks and building a portfolio; and taxes.

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.

2018-19 YOU Grant Winners


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