The goal of the Youth Homelessness Initiative of the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation is to have a measurable, positive impact on the critical issue of youth homelessness in Los Angeles. In order to serve this highly vulnerable population, the Foundation has partnered with My Friend’s Place, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and Step Up On Second. My Friends Place is located in Hollywood, which is where the overwhelming majority of the homeless youth population in Los Angeles can be found, and where the need for comprehensive and coordinated services is the greatest. Step Up on Second is a Santa Monica-based nonprofit which has served the homeless population since 1984 and focuses on creating permanent supportive housing in Los Angeles.
In addition, Kobe is the Honorary Chair of the United Way’s HomeWalk each November. Home Walk has been an annual event since 2007 and Kobe has served as Honorary Chair since 2011. The 5k family walk takes place at Exposition Park, and in 2011 drew a diverse audience of more than 10,000 people from all over Los Angeles County. It is focused on mobilizing the community and raising the funds and awareness necessary to provide permanent housing with services for the homeless. The walk is an educational journey during which walkers learn about the issue and hear formerly homeless individuals’ stories as they walk. Learn more at HomeWalkLA.org.