We are The Academy Project, a new not-for-profit working to improve educational outcomes for foster youth in Los Angeles, CA. There is a desperate need for our work - 50% of LA's 22,000 foster youth end up institutionalized, incarcerated or homeless upon aging out of the system. We're working hard to change this by launching an after school program this September. The program will be kicked off by a two week summer program in July, part of which will be delivered in partnership with UCLA Unicamp. We're different from a lot of of other programs as our target audience are middle schoolers currently most at risk of not securing their high school diploma (as opposed to those showing the most potential). We believe through community, empowerment and education, we can help set these children onto a path for success.