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Amgen Foundation Awards $4.5 Million Grant to MLA Partner Schools to Invest in LA's Promise
Date:11/3/2010

LOS ANGELES and THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Amgen Foundation will grant $4.5 million over the next three years to MLA Partner Schools (MLA) to invest in "LA's Promise" – an endeavor to prepare thousands of children from one South Los Angeles community for college and a healthier, more successful life.  

"The goal is to go deep, not wide - to see an entire community's children ready for college and life," said Mike McGalliard, president and chief executive officer of MLA.  "The schools are the anchor – a K-12 pipeline of public schools that provide all neighborhood kids the education they deserve as well as the health and social services to meet all of their needs."

The community of LA's Promise (also known as LA's Promise Neighborhood) is an area of South LA encompassing the enrollment zones of two large public high schools, West Adams Prep and Manual Arts.  These two schools, operated by MLA on a performance contract with LAUSD, are already becoming community hubs with 56 partners providing over 200 wraparound services to students and families.  Partners include St. John's Family Well Child and Family Center, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, WestEd, and the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic.  By transforming these two schools, their feeder elementary and middle schools, and expanding comprehensive support services to all students and families, MLA and its partners have built the foundation for a "neighborhood turnaround".  

"It is particularly gratifying that a leading global company like Amgen recognizes the potential of MLA's model and the promise of the community we serve," said Megan Chernin, chair of MLA Partner Schools.  "With Amgen's extraordinarily generous investment we can demonstrate that our model is a scalable answer to an overwhelming need."

The Amgen Foundation first funded MLA in 2007 to advance MLA's model for supporting underperformin
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