Los Angeles groups get $500,000 for anti-poverty programs

Two Los Angeles nonprofit groups have received a half-million dollars in federal money to help children in poor areas by guiding them from the cradle through college.

The Los Angeles Times says the federal Promise Grants announced Tuesday will be used to create programs modeled on an anti-poverty effort in New York's Harlem area. The idea is to provide services to pregnant mothers and follow their children throughout their education.

The grants will go to the Youth Policy Institute and Proyecto Pastoral and their programs will focus on areas of Boyle Heights, Hollywood and Pacoima. The programs will need additional private and government funds to continue.

The Promise Grants were given to 21 groups nationwide.

Information from: Los Angeles Times

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