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The Academy Project was founded in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) organization to help improve educational and life outcomes for t foster youth in Los Angeles most in need of support.

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who we are

Through repeated failures in school and a constant stream of changes both in and outside of the classroom, foster youth lose sight of their potential and give up faith in the opportunities that await them, 

We find this heartbreaking and unacceptable and we are doing something about it.  We are a young nonprofit and we have the passion and expertise to effect immediate and lasting change through our innovative programming. 

the team

Lauren Costa

Founder & Executive Director

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partners

We have been incredibly fortunate. Thank you to all of our supporters & partners.

iFoster

iFoster is a national organization providing 100s of Resources to foster youth, kinship youth, caregivers and to foster care agencies through partnerships with 100s of companies, government agencies and Non-Profits nationwide. Free and deeply discounted products and services are available to meet your biggest needs. iFoster provides a secure digital locker to transition age youth where youth access online storage of their vital documents.

LA Promise Fund

Working through a network of high-performing, community-based schools and a portfolio of programs that reach students across LA County, the LA Promise Fund creates vibrant community hubs and partnerships that foster motivated, engaged, and directed students poised for academic, professional, and personal success. The Los Angeles Promise Fund is a unique hybrid, operating programs in partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District at two traditional, comprehensive high schools and a middle school, as well as high profile, far-reaching programs and engagement opportunities available to students and teachers across Los Angeles County.

Schools in the LA Promise Fund family serve as the hub of wraparound services to support the whole child and family. Over 70 specially screened partners providing over 200 services work together to address the comprehensive needs of the school community. The LA Promise Fund rigorously screens all potential partners and manage partners to clear service agreements. As a result, partners deliver the highest quality programs to students and families in the LA Promise Fund Neighborhood.

UCLA UniCamp

UniCamp is an independently funded 501(c)3 that annually links 500 UCLA student volunteers with over 1,200 urban LA youth.  Started in 1928, UniCamp's facilities are based in the San Bernadino mountains, and allow campers to participate in activities such as mountain biking, swimming, archery, climbing, hiking, and arts & crafts.

TAP is partnering with UniCamp to deliver the second week of Camp Xavier.

A Home Within

Founded in San Francisco in 1994 as a small network of like-minded therapists, A Home Within has grown to become the only national organization dedicated solely to meeting the emotional needs of foster youth. 79% of foster youth that have been through their program show statistically significant reductions in anxiety, depression and dissociation.

As a key delivery partner, A Home Within will leverage their experiences and expertise to provide therapeutic services to members of The Academy Project.

adaptED

adaptEd consultants are a team of passionate scientists and educators who deliver innovative and empowering programming, rooted in the foundations of neuroscience and psychology research.

adaptED will be working with TAP to design and deliver staff training programs, so that staff promote to Members a growth mindset, and are empathetic to any trauma Members may have experienced. adaptED will also be delivering several sessions with Members themselves to demonstrate the brain science behind continual learning.

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$50 will supply a foster youth with a stocked backpack and art supplies.