Founded in 2007, Legacy LA is a community based non-profit organization focused on youth development. Their mission is to make positive interventions in the lives of young people by offering alternatives to gangs and violence. They build youth's capacity to reach their full potential and equip them with the tools to transform their lives and their community.
P.S. ARTS is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities. P.S. ARTS is the only organization in Southern and Central California that provides high quality arts education in dance, music, theater, and visual arts to every child in a school during the regular school day and after-school. Without their programs, children in these underfunded school districts would not have access to the arts. P.S. ARTS also coordinates with school administrators and parent groups to provide community outreach services designed to increase the community’s capacity to advocate for educational equity and to provide critical cultural experiences for the entire family. P.S. ARTS programs help level the educational playing field by teaching creative and cognitive skills to students struggling to overcome economic, ability, or literacy barriers that will better equip them to be competitive and successful people. Studies show the arts keep children motivated and engaged, and with the high school dropout rate in Los Angeles County as high as 50% in recent years, the children in our community need the arts now more than ever.
ELACC is a comprehensive community development organization that focuses on improving the quality of life of residents. They see affordable housing, home ownership, and financial education as crucial steps toward a broader goal of economic stability and the well-being of the community.
Their unique model for community development combines service provision with community engagement that empowers residents to be significantly involved in making decisions for their neighborhood. They believe this approach changes the system from a practice of "planning being done to us" to "planning being done with us."