PBI Grants

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Feb. 2, 2005

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
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For immediate release:
Six Recent Grants Awarded to
Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A.
Will Benefit Youth, Underserved
Communities and Established Leaders

Los Angeles, CA – The Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs (PBI), a non-profit, non-partisan public policy center at California State University, Los Angeles, recently received six prestigious grants totaling $1,060,000, which will fund a wide array of programs benefiting several groups, including youth and underserved communities, as well as community leaders.

“These grants illustrate how the Pat Brown Institute has become recognized, as has our University, for our strong commitment to improving the lives of residents in communities most in need,” says Jaime Regalado, executive director of the Institute.

Weingart Foundation
The largest grant—$410,000 from the Weingart Foundation—will help reestablish the Pat Brown Institute’s gang and youth violence intervention, prevention and mentoring programs, including the Youth on the Move afterschool programs for at-risk youth at Roosevelt High School and Hollenbeck Middle School in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, as well as similar new programs in Pasadena. It will also re-establish the Institute’s PowerBuilders mentoring program for at-risk youths transitioning to institutions of higher education, primarily Cal State L.A.

James Irvine Foundation
The second largest grant, $400,000, comes from the James Irvine Foundation, and will support operations and programs associated with the Institute’s Public Policy Education Program. The program educates and engages policymakers and decision-makers in business, labor, community non-profit, higher education, and media sectors on important state and regional public policy issues.

California Wellness Foundation
A $135,000 continuation grant from the California Wellness Foundation supports the staffing and operations of the Institute’s Health Policy Outreach Center (HPOC). The HPOC focuses on determining the most pressing health care needs and issues impacting Latino and Asian Pacific Islander communities in East Los Angeles and the West San Gabriel Valley. Working in conjunction with health care organizations and state and local policymakers, the HPOC helps develop public policies to better meet the needs of these communities.

Community Technology Foundation
A $75,000 grant from the Community Technology Foundation enables the Pat Brown Institute to conduct research to determine how technology could improve the state of community development in the region. Findings from this research will be formulated into series of public policy recommendations, which will inform community-based organizations, policymakers, funders, and technology providers about how communication technology may best be offered and used in areas with inadequate access to economic and political resources.

Washington Mutual
A $20,000 Washington Mutual grant supports the Institute’s Public Policy Internship & Fellows Program. This program places five Cal State L.A. students—“PBI/Washington Mutual Fellows”—in six-month internships in the Los Angeles area offices of U.S. Congressional members, California State Senators, California State Assembly members, and the Los Angeles City Council during 2005. The program, created in 1991, provides students with first-hand experiences in public policy while introducing them to potential careers in public service.

Union Bank of California
Union Bank of California awarded a $20,000 grant to the Pat Brown Institute. This continuation grant supports “The California Agenda” lecture series, designed to educate and engage policymakers and decision-makers in significant state, regional and local public policy issues.

“These six grants place the Pat Brown Institute in a more advanced position to continue solving problems of insufficient health care, gang and youth violence, and lack of access to technology in underserved communities,” says Regalado. “We are honored to have been recognized for our ability to effect change in California communities and to reach California leaders across sectors on the most salient public policy issues of the day.”

The Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs, located on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, is a non-profit, non-partisan center for applied public policy research and community engagement. At its core, PBI is committed to furthering the urban policy legacies of former California Governor Pat Brown (1959-1967).

WORKING FOR CALIFORNIA – California State University, Los Angeles is a comprehensive university at the heart of a major metropolitan city. The 175-acre hilltop campus is located five miles east of Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. Since 1947, Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally recognized scholars and artists, and more than 20,000 students with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Cal State L.A. is one of 23 campuses in the CSU system. The University is noted for the Luckman Fine Arts Complex and critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra; its focus on alternative energy technology; the unique Early Entrance Program for gifted youngsters; the first of its kind Charter College of Education; and a renowned forensic science graduate program, among many others.

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