Expanding community-driven solutions to the dropout crisis and school-to-prison pipeline affecting young males of color in South Los Angeles

The Foundation's Forward Promise initiative was designed to improve the health of young men and boys of color and enhance their opportunities for success in school, work, and life.This funding to the Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment will support an effort to strengthen current activities and replicate the Coalition's school reform model which focuses on school discipline polices and dropout prevention. The Coalition's community driven school reform model is rooted in the concepts of: (1) youth leadership; (2) parent engagement; and (3) cross-sector collaborations. In the current site at Fremont High School, the Coalition organized students and parents and led them through a process to create the Community Recommendations for Fremont including: mental wellness programming, a career academy and a dropout prevention program. Cross-sector collaborations facilitated by the Coalition are now implementing these recommendations. To build the organization's capacity for this expansion, activities will include asset-mapping and exploration to identify community resources and evaluate the needs of young men of color. The Coalition facilitates cross-sector collaborations and policy advocacy to guarantee school reforms are sustainable and systems changing. During the grant period, the Coalition will facilitate the following activities: (1) establish relationships with school leadership to build support for alternative discipline policies linked to improved educational outcomes for young men of color, (2) conduct broad-based community organizing in each school's community; and (3) facilitate community meetings to publicize disproportionate discipline practices toward young men of color and build public support for alternative policies.

Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment is a grantee of the RWJF Forward Promise Initiative.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $500,000.00

Awarded on: 5/22/2013

Time frame: 7/1/2013 - 12/31/2015

Grant Number: 70954


Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment

8101 South Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, 90044-3535


Marqueece Harris-Dawson
Project Director