March 2017 YOU Grant

Congratulations to Taking the Reins on winning the Lakers Youth Foundation’s final YOU Grant of the 2016-2017 season!

Taking the Reins

Mission Statement: As the only equestrian-based, gender-specific, educational program of its kind in Los Angeles, the mission of Taking the Reins is to transform the lives of teenage girls facing the challenges of adolescence in high-risk environments. At our unique, 2-acre urban farm, young women develop confidence, teamwork, responsibility, leadership skills, and embrace healthy lifestyles and positive life skills to succeed in school and in life.

Funding Project: To support and help teens reach full potential, TTR provides its ongoing Equestrian Program where girls learn to care for and ride a horse. As they work with horses and study riding basics, girls learn to be team players and be compassionate and confident leaders. TTR's Urban Farm Seed-to-Skillet Program, in partnership with Enrich LA, includes classes in vegetable gardening, and teaches stewardship of the land, urban sustainability, and teaches classes in nutrition to help girls make healthy decisions. In 2017, the Theodore Payne Foundation commenced classes for TTR; girls learn about native plant horticulture, conservation, and land stewardship in urban environments.