Delancey Life Learning Academy for Troubled Youth



We provide troubled urban youths with a nonviolent community where hands-on learning and intensive support teaches them the vocational, academic and life skills they need to succeed.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Our school serves youths ages 14-18 with histories of criminal behavior, gang involvement, alcohol and drug use, physical and sexual abuse. They come to us from families and neighborhoods in crisis, poverty, and plagued by violence. Most are homeless, in foster care or in the criminal justice system. They are labeled as “unreachable” and “unteachable”. These youths, who have failed in and been failed by traditional settings, require a multifaceted nonviolent approach to transform their lives.

How will this project solve this problem?

Our school provides a community with a hands-on approach to learning as it happens in the real world. We combine academics with student-run enterprises, life skills training, basic supports (such as food and clothing) and individualized attention.

Potential Long Term Impact

Re-engaging juvenile justice and high-risk youths in education process and teaching them to be positive, contributing members of their community and agents of change using nonviolent conflict resolution skills in their schools and communities.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $2,902

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $2,902 .  The original project funding goal was $40,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 16 donors like you, a total of $2,902 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Delancey Street Foundation

San Francisco, CA, United States

Project Leader

Carol Kizziah

Dean, Life Learning Academy
San Francisco, CA United States

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