LACEF supports programs that are targeted to youth with special needs or are in unique situations that impair their ability to fully leverage learning opportunities. LACEF partner, the Los Angeles County Education Foundation (LACOE), offers the following programs:
Juvenile Court Schools
LACEF is dedicated to the fulfillment of our unique mission and helps support some of the LACOE programs that serve more than 2,000 incarcerated and at-risk youth daily who depend on LACOE to provide specialized instruction and educational services at 13 sites that include juvenile halls, probation camps, treatment centers and group homes.
Through its financial services sponsorship, LACEF supports LACOE programs that serve students at sites for probation, special education and alternative education, including:
- Angeles Forest PAU
- Azusa Cal SAFE
- Camp Miller
- Citrus Transition
- Cortez PAU
- Fairvalley PAU
GAIN Program helps communities in the Los Angeles area build economic self-sufficiency through gainful employment. The LACOE GAIN Division is part of a large-scale, welfare-to-work initiative called Greater Avenues for Independence that operates in every county in California. Each year, the LACOE GAIN Division provides job-readiness and career planning services to 50,000 participants at 21 job club sites around the county. The goal is to assist each participant in connecting with work opportunities that will lead to: a job — a better job — a career.
Shared Reading Project
The goal of the Shared Reading Project is to help hearing families with deaf or hard-of-hearing young children (ages 18 months to 8 years) to learn how to communicate and read together through book-sharing and learning sign language. Although nearly 90% of all deaf children are born to hearing parents, many do not learn to communicate (sign) with the deaf child in the family. Deaf children whose parents do not know how to communicate or read with them are not exposed to critical early literacy experiences, thus many deaf children leave high school reading at 4th grade-level.
Solar Cup is a seven-month program that begins in the fall, in which high school teams totaling about 800 students build and race solar-powered boats at Lake Skinner, in Temecula Valley, learning about conservation of natural resources, electrical and mechanical engineering, problem solving and much more. Students at Camp David Gonzales, sponsored by the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, have participated in this annual competition since 2011.