The Weingart Foundation has awarded a $127,000 grant over two years to the Neighborhood Youth Association for its after-school and preschool programs.

The grant will provide critical funding for the association’s programs that help 136 low-income youths in Venice, Mar Vista and nearby Westside communities to succeed in school, a spokesperson for the association said.

For the third consecutive year, 100 percent of the Neighborhood Youth Association’s high school seniors graduated on time, and 100 percent of NYA’s 2010 graduates plan to enroll in college, the spokesperson said.

According to the association, all of NYA’s students are low-income and 96 percent of this year’s graduates will be among the first in their families to attend college.

NYA’s personalized, comprehensive approach provides students with academic support, counseling, college and career planning, cultural and recreational enrichment activities, as well as leadership skills development activities.

The Weingart Foundation was founded by investor and real estate developer Ben Weingart and his wife Stella in 1951 to address the needs of the underserved. Since 1972, the Weingart Foundation has granted over $856 million to support human services, education and community programs, a foundation spokesman said.

The Weingart Foundation’s Core Support grant program provides general operating support to nonprofit organizations that are established, well-managed, financially viable, and operate effective programs with measurable impact.

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