Selected In National Search by AOL and Simple® Skincare Products
Lydia Cincore Templeton, Esq., CEO of the Los Angeles-headquartered Children Youth and Family Collaborative (CYFC), was one of six trailblazers around the country selected for making an extraordinary impact within her community.
Named a “MAKER,” after a six week, nationwide search (conducted by media giant AOL and Simple® skincare products) for outstanding, innovative and inspirational women, she was selected from more than 1200 entries and honored during a special ceremony in New York . Cincore Templeton will join a prestigious group of 160 previous honorees, including Hillary Clinton, Marian Wright Edelman, Sandra Day O’Connor, Condoleeza Rice, Alice Walker and Martha Stewart, among others. In addition to receiving a $10,000 grant, her story was professionally filmed and will be featured in several platforms, including online, at Makers.com (in mid-December) and a documentary entitled “MAKERS: Women Who Make America,” scheduled to air on PBS next February. The film will tell the story of the Women’s Movement over the last half century.
In 1993, Cincore-Templeton’s vision to assist youth living in foster placement, led her to quit her job as an attorney. With $18,000 in savings, she started CYFC at her place of worship, Holman United Methodist Church, where she is a missionary. Since that time, she has been an advocate and trailblazer, providing intervention and educational services for youth in foster placement. From a staff of one, she has grown CYFC to more than 125 employees, and an annual budget of $4.5 million, serving more than 5,000 youth. With administrative offices near USC, CYFC’s programs provide academic intervention, tutoring and support services at 40 sites, including schools within the Los Angeles, Montebello, Pomona, Hacienda, LaPuente and Compton school districts. The organization is funded by private donors and grants, and partners with civic, community and faith-based organizations as well as five major colleges and universities. Each year, CYFC hosts a holiday event for more than 3500 youth.
Outreach programs include Boys Up-Lifted (B-UP), (housed at five LAUSD campuses) and its companion program; Bringing Role Models In To Develop Girls’ Self-Esteem (BRIDGE); Project Advance (focusing on academic improvement for foster care and at-risk youth); Pre and Post Emancipation and Support Program (supporting foster youth in their transition to independent living); Mentoring Opportunities Reinforcing Education (MORE), for middle school students; Skills Academy (allowing students to earn high school credits at an adult school); Stand Together and Out For Peace (STOP), promoting public safety, peace and respect; Business, Internships and Development (BID), providing education and paid internships; College Level Up (to help students navigate the college admissions process); and The Family Literacy Program (designed to help parents become more involved in their child’s education).
As a result of Cincore-Templeton’s leadership and CYFC’s demonstrated success, the organization applied for and was one of 49 organizations from throughout the country (and one of two in L.A. County ) awarded the Federal Innovation (i3) grant by the Department of Education. CYFC’s award of $3.6 million, over a four year period, will enable them to expand their CYFC Academic Remediation Intervention Support Services and Educational Program Model, targeting foster youth in the eastern part of L.A. County .
Other 2012 MAKERS include: Colonel Jill Chambers, of Washington DC, : a leading advocate for the military’s new nationwide strategy to address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Olivia Joy Stinson, North Carolina, founder of PEN Pals Book Club and Support Group for Children of Incarcerated Parents, a non-profit organization she created at the age of 14; Anna Rodriguez, Florida: founder of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking; Reshma Saujani, New York, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a non-profit that empowers students from low-income communities to use technology to become entrepreneurs; and Emily May, New York, founder and CEO of Hollaback, a non-profit that harnesses the power of information technology to combat street harassment.
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