how it works
The Academy Project (TAP) was born from the principle that keeping school as a point of stability can significantly help foster youths succeed educationally while providing them with the opportunity to form strong relationships with peers and caring adults.
TAP operates around the regular school schedule, with an extended year round schedule providing students the opportunity to participate in a variety of enrichment activities outside of class.
There is no cost to attend any program, as tuition is fully funded by The Academy Project.
Participation is targeted to middle school aged foster youth, currently most at-risk of not completing their high school diploma. Many other programs in Los Angeles take a slightly different approach, targeting those foster youth who are showing the most potential to succeed or providing support to older, transitional aged youth.
Selection is based on referrals to the program by Social Workers, Lawyers, In-School Foster Youth Liaisons, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), etc. Youth will also be encouraged to self-submit if they are interested in participating.
Once a youth is part of TAP, they are always a "Member" of TAP's Community. We refer to our youth as "Members" to reinforce a sense of stability, security, and inclusivity..