National Impact Community: Los Angeles, CA

Liberty Hill Foundation


About the Applicant

For more than 40 years, Liberty Hill Foundation has been Los Angeles’ epicenter for social justice, incubating cutting-edge social movements, transforming neighborhoods, and empowering the leaders of tomorrow. Liberty Hill is committed to racial equity, LBGTQ rights, economic opportunity, and environmental justice.

About the Project

Liberty Hill will serve as the backbone of the Unlock Justice Initiative, which will power youth organizing in Los Angeles County to end youth incarceration and expand successful youth-violence reduction programs. With the support of LA County’s MBK program, the cross-sector initiative includes the California Community Foundation and their BLOOM program, the LA County Department of Mental Health, and the Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships.

The partnership will support youth advocacy organizations fighting to close youth prisons and create alternative juvenile justice pathways. BLOOM, an evidence-based intervention, combines mentorship, character development and specially-tailored programming to help young men succeed. BLOOM has engaged more than 500 youth and resulted in 100 percent high school graduation rates for participants. Nearly 100 percent of participants also upheld the terms of their probation.

Finally, the partnership will scale efforts to expand alternatives for youth who are diverted from the juvenile justice system. The diversion work will seek to improve outcomes throughout LA County.

Key Implementation Partners

  • MBK LA County
  • California Community Foundation – BLOOM Program
  • LA County Office of Youth Diversion and Reentry and Department of Mental Health
  • Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships
  • Brotherhood Crusade
  • Social Justice Learning Institute
  • Anti-Recidivism Coalition
  • Arts for Incarcerated Youth
  • Community Coalition
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • InnerCity Struggle
  • Leaders Up
  • Urban Peace Institute
  • Youth Justice Coalition
  • Khmer Girls in Action