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Los Angeles, CA — Students who attend Frederick Douglass and Vista elementary and middle schools, Lou Dantzler Preparatory Charter Elementary and three other charter schools operated by the Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF) will now be able to take advantage of free afterschool academic help.

This free help is made possible by a $8.625 million grant ICEF won from the California Department of Education in partnership with the Youth Policy Institute. ICEF competed with schools from all around the state for the money, and the additional funding is designed to help already existing programs expand.

In the case of ICEF the support will enable the schools to offer the assistance to 450 additional of their pupils across eight sites.

Currently, the ICEF afterschool program is a paid service, consequently not as many students sign up as should, said Corri Ravare, ICEF senior Vice President.

The new funds will enable the schools to pull in more of their students for tutoring and enrichment.

The grant will become effective during the new fiscal year, which begins July 1, and most of the schools will resume their programs in September. The funding will underwrite the afterschool programs for five years.