A Message from our President & CEO

Dear PGLA Community:

After 21 years of serving more than 60,000 students in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, Project GRAD Los Angeles will be closing its doors effective August 1, 2020. This is not a decision any of us at Project GRAD, whether our dedicated team of Advisors, our Administrative team or our Board of Directors made lightly.

Over the past two years, as government and private sources of funding (including foundations, corporations and individuals) were severely reduced or eliminated completely, we have worked hard to seek out new funding, while maintaining the high quality of programming that our community has come to expect of us. Late last year, and into the early part of this year, we worked with several supportive state legislators to help secure funding through the state government that aligned with Governor Newsom’s and State Legislature priorities. And then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit.  As you may be aware, all public and private funding is now going directly to assist millions of individuals and families to meet basic emergency needs.  The world is no longer the same.

It has been such a great honor to serve the students and families of this region, including those students who not only attended our programs at San Fernando High School, but also the thousands of “Project GRAD Scholars” at over 20 LAUSD schools (elementary, middle and high schools) throughout the Northeast San Fernando Valley. We will all be forever grateful for this community’s embrace of our work, which enabled us to fulfill the collective mission of increasing the number of first-generation college going students to attend and complete college.  Our “community” includes the hundreds of dedicated and committed LAUSD teachers and staff that partnered with us at their schools, staff and faculty from our partner public and private colleges and universities, the many non-profit organizations that shared our vision, and perhaps most importantly, the 60,000 students and families who welcomed us as part of their family during the past 21 years.

For the many years of being in the community, we would like to thank you.


Ford Roosevelt

President & CEO

Inspiring Students, Transforming Lives

Project GRAD Los Angeles is a college-readiness program designed to increase rates of college admission, persistence, and graduation for low-income minority students.

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Rate that PGLA students earn a bachelor’s degree compared to their peers nationwide
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Percent of PGLA students who are the first in their family to attend college
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Number of PGLA students that have enrolled in college since 2003

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