More than 400,000 foster youth currently live in the United States, including some 60,000 in California with 30% living in Los Angeles County. A+P is located within Service Planning Area (SPA) 6, a specific geographic region within Los Angeles County, as defined by the Department of Public Health. SPA 6 is home to a large concentration of foster youth.
Despite their concentration, foster youth inside SPA 6 suffer from a scarcity of services. To combat this trend, A+P currently collaborates with nonprofit social service provider First Place for Youth to provide paid internships within A+P’s contemporary art programs. Additionally, A+P provides First Place with a structured environment on its campus, where the nonprofit can offer opportunities for local foster youth to receive individualized educational, employment and personal support.