Youth Institute Paves The Way to College and Career Success for Local Teens

Posted on 30 Jan 2014 in Research | 0 comments

ymca youthIn 2013, Corral Consulting partnered with the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA Youth Institute (YI) to develop a sustainability plan that enhances the YI’s impact through fundraising, entrepreneurship, and strategic partnerships.  Based in Boyle Heights, the Youth Institute is a year round, technology program that promotes youth development, leadership, academic, and career enrichment.  Youth are trained in a computer lab setting on an array of digital and social media skills such as graphic design, web design and basic film making.

Corral Consulting assisted the YI to develop a logic model that visually communicates the program’s activities and goals, researched best practices from similar multimedia institutes, wrote grants to fund the program, and helped forge a pathway to the entertainment industry’s creative work forces.

Next month, the YI will achieve a milestone when it moves into its new space at the recently constructed, state of the art, Wellness Center at General hospital.  YI alumni will staff a high-end, Production Studio on site complete with media equipment, editing bays and a sound booth.  The Production Studio will create original, high quality content for partners, contracted firms, and agencies, while cultivating the area’s creativity.

Corral Consulting’s CEO and Principal Consultant, Richard Corral is excited for his firm’s continued partnership with the Youth Institute, believing, “Their vision to positively impact the lives of local teens is innovative…it has the potential to diminish the barriers to creative and academic achievement and affect local change.”

When David Valdez, Youth Institute Program Manager, comments on the benefits of working with Corral Consulting, he points out the personal touches, “Richard has a friendly and warm working personality…he is always caring and compassionate about the work he is doing.”

The Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA Youth Institute is located at 2900 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023.  For more information, please contact David Valdez at (323) 260-7005 or at

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