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From Palmdale to Paramount, from Beverly Hills to Boyle Heights, individuals and organizations are working tirelessly to create a better future for Los Angeles County. #LAtogether was launched by the California Community Foundation to amplify L.A.’s voices of change, draw connections between diverse communities and share innovative new approaches to building Los Angeles together.

2013 Unsung Hero Sophie Alpert: Rebuilding Lives, Piece by Piece

October 16, 2013

Editors Note: Sophie Alpert is the founder of the nonprofit organization Piece by Piece, which offers mosaic workshops and materials free of charge for residents in the underserved communities of Los Angeles.  Through sales of their artwork, Piece by Piece provides opportunities for participants to earn supplemental income, with the goal of empowering each person […]

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A Collaborative Approach to Immigrant Integration.

October 9, 2013

By Aida Cardenas On August 24th, Building Skills Partnership collaborated with CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles) to host a Citizenship Drive in Los Angeles, where volunteers and attorneys assisted more than 50 low-wage building service workers and other immigrant community members apply for their citizenship. This was in response to a […]

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Omar Brownson: Cast a Vote Today!

October 3, 2013

By Omar Brownson, Executive Director of the Los Angeles River Revitalization CorporationWhat LA landmark did Mayor Garcetti just select to welcome visitors at LAX?  The Los Angeles River.  Less than three years ago when I was asked to become the first executive director of the LA River Corp., I did not even know that LA […]

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One Voice: College Access Pioneers

September 25, 2013

By: Susan Silbert, PhD Towards the end of the summer one of our students was ready to go to Stanford until his glasses were stolen. This isn’t a hurdle most incoming Cardinals have to face, but this ‘One Voice’ student wasn’t an ordinary Cardinal. One Voice students are exceptional minds who deserve the best education […]

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Microfinance in Boyle Heights: Lifting Women out of Poverty

September 18, 2013

By Eva Brune Martha, Clementina, Irene, Delia and Elsa meet weekly in a tiny storefront in Boyle Heights. Each is holding a green booklet with neatly stacked dollars and coins tucked inside. The chatter moves from children getting ready for school to a community get-together scheduled for the next Sunday: “vamos a bailar, no?”  The […]

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Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA): Steering Youth Towards Success

September 11, 2013

By Tony Brown In person, Heart of Los Angeles is an inspiring and lively community of students. Walking around our campus in the afternoon, you hear laughter. You see students practicing their clarinets outside, and you might even smell the “College Cooking on a Budget” class put on by our Operations Director/moonlighting chef. On paper […]

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'I Have a Dream' Rings True and Deep, 50 Years Later

August 28, 2013

Fifty Years later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I have a dream speech’ is as powerful today as it was then. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, […]

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Finding The Way Home: An Artist's Journey

August 21, 2013

By Nuttaphol Ma Years ago, my father visited me when I was working in Hong Kong as a marketing manager for a US multinational.  We took a road trip heading north to Shantou, an area where natives speak the same dialect as my grandfather.  “Do we have relatives here?” I asked my father.  He responded, […]

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Art is My Antidote: Fabian Debora

August 14, 2013

By Fabian Debora Art has kept me sane through the worst times of my life. It got me expelled when my 8th grade teacher ripped apart a drawing of mine, and reappeared as graffiti when I turned to gang life. It stopped me from killing myself. Now my vision is on murals throughout California, funded […]

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Artist and CCF Fellow Jennifer Moon's Journey Through Addiction to Personal Revolution

August 7, 2013

By Jennifer Moon My name is Jennifer Moon and I am one of CCF’s 2013 Emerging Artist fellows, though it would be more accurate to describe my emergence as a comeback. From UCLA and graduate school, to prison, and back into the art world; the emotional and spiritual journey that brought me through the chaos […]

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