LACDF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to inspire and provide positive life-changing opportunities to Public Housing residents and Section 8 tenants. We are the non-profit partner of the LACDA.
We meet our mission to end generational poverty by encouraging both youth and adults to participate in college retention and persistence programming, including applying for Resident Scholarship, attending LACDA's annual Reality Check Conference focused on career and life skills development, and experiencing the benefits of College to Career Mentorship while persisting to graduate from college or a vocational training program. College bound high school students are also invited to participate in SAT Preparation Course offered free of charge.
We also provide youth (K-12) the opportunity to participate in after school activities that focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, small group tutoring, reading and literacy, arts education, nutrition education, and recreation. LACDF also provides participants Fuel, a healthy snack program offered after school.
The program supports the education of Public Housing residents and Section 8 tenants with financial assistance to pursue higher education at a 4-year university, community college, or vocational training program. The scholarships are made possible through private donors, Los Angeles County Development Authority employee donations, Edison International, and California Community Foundation.
FREE SAT exam preparation courses for participants attending high school and planning to apply to college. Features of the program include:
Six 3-hour SAT exam preparation classes, and two to three SAT practice tests, Free registration to take the examinations for students who successfully complete the SAT course.
Requirements: Be a LACDA participant, Be a high school student who plans to apply to an accredited 4-year university or college.
In order to assist LACDA participants to succeed in school, work, life, we need to give them the confidence, resources, and support they need to achieve their potential. College graduates and career professionals volunteer to become mentors and assist mentees to develop career and life skills needed to succeed in their chosen profession. Students are paired with professionals within their field of interest for one year and work together to develop academic goals and plans to achieve them.
The purpose of the After School Fuel Program is to serve the children at LACDA's Public Housing sites by providing healthy snacks and encouraging them to lead healthier lifestyles and improve their school grades which will ultimately motivate them to set and achieve their goals. The STEM program focuses on education, small group tutoring, reading and literacy, arts and nutrition educatio, and recreation.