InnerCity Struggle (ICS) promotes healthy, safe and nonviolent communities on the Eastside of Los Angeles by engaging youth, families and residents in college attainability, career pathways and economic opportunity within the public schools and neighborhoods where they live.
One objective is to directly support youth to attend college and complete a bachelor’s degree prepared for a middle–income career and/or institutional leadership roles.
"The partnership with the Ready to Rise initiative has been instrumental to uplifting youth voice and youth power in the East side of Los Angeles. Youth are engaged inaction-based research while gaining new academic skills. They are organizing for equitable school funding, civic engagement and restorative justice programs. They lift each other up and their communities. We are excited to support them!"
"InnerCity Struggle has made me knowledgeable about what’s going on in my community and has also helped me break out of my shell. InnerCity Struggle has helped me get more involved in my community and meet other boys and young men of color like me. We talk about issues impacting our community and work together to find solutions and get more students involved."