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L.A. gets $36 million in Promise Zone anti-poverty grants
L.A. gets $36 million in Promise Zone anti-poverty grants

Los Angeles has received $36 million in federal grants for an ambitious program to provide a wide range of social and education services to needy students and their families in several neighborhoods. The effort is called Promise Zone, part of President Obama's anti-poverty initiative, and targets Hollywood, Pico-Union and Koreatown. A related initiative is underway in the San Fernando Valley, centered in the Pacoima area. "The strategy of the whole is: cradle to career," said Dixon Slingerland, executive director of the locally based Youth Policy Institute, which is overseeing most of the federal funding. "These grants come in and fit into certain chunks of...

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