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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

g public schools. Since then, Amgen staff and executives have also helped by providing countless hours of organizational development in areas including human resources, strategic planning and management training to MLA and its schools. 

"MLA is a young, dynamic organization with a bold vision," said Kevin Sharer, chairman and chief executive officer of Amgen.  "Amgen is proud of the great strides MLA has made over the past three years. We look forward to continuing our financial support and the engagement of Amgen staff willing to volunteer their time and talents to assist the students, faculty, staff and families in this community."As a result of Amgen's support, MLA's schools are outpacing the district in key metrics including attendance, academic growth and student retention. West Adams Prep's 2-year Academic Performance Index (API) growth, at 62 points, is larger than any other high school in the same geographic region and more than double the gains of the district as a whole.  Manual Arts High School, which just finished its first year as an MLA school, has made dramatic strides in student behavior and overall school culture. The attendance rate has increased to 90 percent and suspensions and fights have reduced by 52 percent.  

About MLA Partner SchoolsMLA Partner Schools is a nonprofit organization working to radically shift the education, health and social outcomes for thousands of youth in one South Los Angeles community. This will accomplish a "neighborhood turnaround" in an area called LA's Promise Neighborhood.

LA's Promise Neighborhood is an enrollment zone that encircles two large South LA high schools operated by MLA on a first-of-its-kind performance contract with LAUSD. Within this zone, MLA transforms chronically failing public schools, opens new schools and remakes schools into community hubs that offer comprehensive support services for students and families. By doing this, MLA aims to prepare every c
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