United Parents and Students (UPAS) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization seeking to empower low-income communities to become powerful self-advocates for sustainable neighborhood revitalization. UPAS partners with local public schools, including the Green Dot Public Schools network, and community-based organizations to create training centers that teach families the formal skills of community organizing and authentic civic engagement. Rather than engaging in short-term advocacy efforts, UPAS aims to build permanent, self-sustaining coalitions of informed and mobilized community members. UPAS chapters are located in Los Angeles, CA, Memphis, TN, and South King County, WA.
The Evolution of Educational Reform
Partners and Affiliate Programs
Since 2011, Green Dot has partnered with over 50 organizations to provide programs and services to further our goal of engaging parents.
These organizations have offered hundreds of workshops to teach parents practical skills and tools to aid in the development and advancement of their families.
Our partner organizations include:
A Place Called Home
All People’s Community Center
American Heart Association
Broadway Federal Bank
California Hospital Medical Center
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc.
Champions for Change Children’s Collective
Community Financial Resources Center
Facing History and Ourselves
GRYD: Gang Reduction Youth Development
Haven Neighborhood Services Hoop Foundation
Kinecta Federal Credit Union LA Care
Los Angeles Community College
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Los Angeles Police Department
Little Company of Mary Multicultural Service Center
Neighborhood Housing Service
Norwood Healthy Start
PCI: People for Community Improvement
PFLAG: Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
PIQE: Parent Institute for Quality Education
St. John’s Well Child & Family Center
St. Vincent Medical Center Shields for Families
South Bay Family Health Care Street Positive
Watts Century Latino Organization
Watts Gang Taskforce
Watts Healthcare Corporation
We Care Outreach Ministries
Community Taskforce Worksite
Meet the Leadership Team
Executive Director, United Parents and Students
Larry Fondation is the Executive Director of United Parents and Students, an affiliate of Green Dot Public Schools National. Prior to UPAS, Larry Fondation was the Director of Community Engagement for Green Dot Public Schools for five years. He worked for more than a decade as a lead organizer for the Industrial Areas Foundation, the community organizing network founded by Saul Alinksy. He has focused his organizing primarily in South and East Los Angeles. In addition, Fondation is the author of five books of fiction, as well as numerous pieces of short fiction and journalism, which have been published internationally. Fondation and his wife live in Silver Lake; they have three daughters.
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Board of Directors
1149 S. Hill St., Ste 600
Los Angeles, CA 90015