Low-income and first-generation students in Los Angeles will soon have access to Naviance, thanks to the Youth Policy Institute (YPI), which is teaming up with Hobsons to help students discover their interests and strengths, understand the connection between academics and career paths, and create postsecondary education plans.

Since 1983, YPI has been working to reduce poverty in L.A. by ensuring that families have access to high-quality schools and providing social and educational services that allow students to pursue college. Through funding by the U.S. Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhood grant, YPI will provide Naviance to five of the 10 high schools located in its Promise Neighborhood for the 2015-2016 school year. YPI plans to rollout the Naviance program in additional high schools for the following school year in 2017.

“We know postsecondary education not only transforms the lives of those able to attend, but also their families and communities. We’re committed to making sure those opportunities aren’t left to chance,” said Stephen M. Smith, president of advising and admissions solutions at Hobsons. “We look forward to expanding our efforts in cities like Los Angeles, and partnering with Youth Policy Institute, which is doing extraordinary work in this community.”

For more information about this partnership, read our press release.


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