Impact L.A. on Giving Tuesday and Beyond

December 1, 2015

Today, individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits will come together to support Giving Tuesday, a national day celebrating generosity. It’s a day in which all can participate – either by giving financially or through volunteerism. In Los Angeles County, we found that a staggering 80 percent of residents said they are willing to increase their volunteerism […]

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"How Low Can You Go?" – Tackling the Civic Participation Challenge in California

September 25, 2015

By Efrain Escobedo Over the past decade, California has been doing the Limbo when it comes to civic participation. With the exception of the presidential election of 2008, we have continued to see the voter participation bar get lower and lower. A comparison of midterm elections in 2002 and 2014 shows a decline of almost […]

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50 Years Later, the Embers of the Watts Riots Still Glow

August 18, 2015

By LaWayne Williams On August 11, 1965 in Watts, an ember erupted into flames. The routine traffic stop of 21 year old Marquette Frye sparked a series of events that would forever change Los Angeles. 34 people died during the Watts Riots and the community absorbed $40 million in damages. The ember sparked by Frye’s […]

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Ending the Education Drought in California

May 25, 2015

By John E. Kobara ‘Tis the season when tassels are turned, mortarboards fly and newly minted graduates receive their hard-earned diplomas. About 3.7 million students will graduate with college degrees in this country. More people are engaged in higher education than ever before. The educational pipeline is brimming with students who seek to learn more […]

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Immediate, Direct & Inspirational: May 6th is Pass It Along LA Day

April 30, 2014

A purse gets stolen. A refrigerator breaks down. Eye glasses need to be purchased. What most of us consider as minor inconveniences could be life changing for many who are vulnerable. These critical moments often do not cost much in dollars, but, unaddressed, they could cost a great deal to an individual or family’s well […]

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Investing in College Success Yields High Returns

February 27, 2014

From the rag traders of the early 20th century who founded multi-billion dollar media companies to today’s Silicon Valley venture capitalists, California has always been a magnet for smart investors. The state’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship has made it the world’s 8th largest economy, with a Gross Domestic Product between that of Russia and […]

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Street Poets: Healing L.A. Youth Through the Power of the Pen

January 22, 2014

“Now I see since my youth I’ve had the key To open the door inside me This pen & pad will set me free” -“Me Myself & I” by Eric Henderson, Street Poet The idea for Street Poets first came to Chris Henrikson back in 1995, while he was volunteering through the Writer’s Guild of […]

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Spotlight: One Los Angeles, One Nation

January 9, 2014

The One Los Angeles, One Nation Initiative supports increased civic engagement of the American Muslim, and those perceived as Muslim, communities in Los Angeles County. The Initiative seeks to address misperceptions of the American Muslim community post-9/11 by supporting civic engagement through leadership development, engaging residents in public policy and advocacy, and partnerships and collaborations. […]

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Protecting the Vulnerable: The Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center

December 18, 2013

By Rose Veniegas Imagine: Mrs. White, a 73-year-old widow with Parkinson’s, hypertension, diabetes and a history of stroke, is cared for by her son. She was admitted to the hospital after she fell down and lay on the floor for 36 hours before being brought to the emergency room by her neighbor. Unfortunately, stories of […]

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Pitch Perfect: Lessons Learned from Social Innovation Fast Pitch

December 4, 2013

By Yana Simone At New Earth, we like to think we do good things. After all, our arts and education based mentorship programs that are designed to support teens transitioning from incarceration to life at home have yielded compelling results: Our recidivism rate is a mere 15% among 13-18 year olds while L.A. County has […]

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