The YMCA LA-KIPP Partnership:
A Success Story
The Y and the national charter school network, Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), have been partners for three years now -- ever since KIPP LA Prep moved next to the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA.
There, KIPP students have benefited from both after-school Y activities and the on-site P.L.A.Y. program. KIPPsters enjoy classes like dance, aerobics and swimming, and participate in enrichment activities that build the character, confidence and academic skills needed to succeed in school and life.
In one of the nation’s most under-resourced and under-performing communities for educational attainment, KIPP LA Prep is now the top ranking middle school in all of LAUSD.
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What are the kids saying?
"I think I live at the YMCA and KIPP! I am working to be closer to my goals by going to KIPP and the Y."
- Xcaret E., 12, Y member for 2 years/KIPP 6th grader
"Being an active YMCA member and going to KIPP and has helped me to balance my responsibilities and I know that will make my future a success."
- Itzumi G, 14, Y member for 3 years/KIPP 8th grader