Promise Zone

The Young Ethnographers summer jobs program gave 50 youth from L.A.’s Promise Zone a chance to survey their communities and build skills.

Key Impact

50 youth summer jobs

Underprivileged youth spent a summer in a paid opportunity to survey their own communities.

The federal Promise Zones initiative supports underprivileged urban areas across the country, bringing together local partners to expand economic opportunity. This project targeted the LA Promise Zone covering the neighborhoods of Hollywood, East Hollywood, Koreatown, Westlake, and Pico-Union.

In 2016, in partnership with the LA2050 program and the Goldhirsh Foundation, the Fund supported the Young Ethnographers, a pilot summer jobs program for rising high school seniors living in the Promise Zone. Over six weeks, the students surveyed quality of life in their communities, picking up valuable college and career skills along the way.

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Issue Area

Community Building


LA Promise Zone
Young Ethnographers Project

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