Community Partners

The Education Trust–West has partnered with community-based organizations and civil rights groups across California to effectively advocate for stronger policies and practices that expand K-12 and higher education opportunities to students of color and low-income students with equity at the center. Our partners include:

The mission of the Alliance for a Better Community is to promote the economic prosperity of the Latino community and the Los Angeles region inclusive of an improved quality of life for Latinos in education, health and civic participation.

Founded in 2009, BLU is a full-service college access and success non-profit, working to address issues of educational equity and degree attainment, with a mission to build productive communities, in the Inland Empire.

The Cal State Student Association, also known as CSSA, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit,  student-led organization, with a mission to improve the lives of CSU students by advocating for student needs and engaging students in the systemwide, state, and federal higher education policy making.

Canal Alliance is a nonprofit champion of immigrants who are challenged by a lack of resources and an unfamiliar environment. We believe everyone has the right to achieve their dreams. 

Community Coalition’s mission is to help transform the social and economic conditions in South LA that foster addiction, crime, violence, and poverty by building a community institution capable of involving thousands in creating, influencing and changing public policy.


COPE was founded in started in 2001 with a mission to ​train and develop the capacity of religious and community leaders to protect and revitalize the communities in which they live, work, and worship​ .

Future Leaders of America was founded on the idea that more positive role Latino models were needed in the community for Latino/a youth. Through FLA, youth learn leadership skills with the intent of creating socially conscious leaders that change the landscape of our cities and policies.

In 2008, the Urban Foundation co-founded Kid City, a youth and young adult leadership and college access program that encourages teens and young adults to find their voice, share their stories, and become self-empowered leaders.

Mission Graduates is a nonprofit organization that increases the number of K-12 students in San Francisco’s Mission District who are prepared for and complete a college education.


Parent Organization Network’s mission is to strengthen parents’ abilities to be leaders, support their advocacy efforts, and connect them to a broader network of organizations to effect long-term systemic changes resulting in high-quality education for all.

Restorative Justice League (RJL) is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide a multi-tiered system of a framework and relational approach, establishing the social culture and behavioral supports necessary for schools and communities to effective leaders.

Stockton Schools Initiative (SSI) is a coalition of students, families, and community stakeholders that believe in the power of collaborative decision-making to move the needle on education equity in Stockton schools.