"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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The El Monte Promise Foundation: Collaboration and Innovation Brings a Better Future to El Monte

July 3, 2014

Kindergartners are encouraged to think about what they want to be when they grow up. In classrooms, they learn about different professions and draw pictures of themselves as firefighters, astronauts, doctors, artists and even U.S. presidents. Their dreams are big and they are unstoppable. Yet somewhere along the way, far too many children see these […]

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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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From Gumballs to Scholarships: Unsung Hero Ezequiel Olvera

November 7, 2013

  Editors Note: Motivated by his own experience investing in a gumball machine at 11 years old, CCF 2013 Unsung Hero honoree Ezequiel Olvera engages youth in East LA/El Sereno to participate in a hands on creative extracurricular business program that provides business and entrepreneurship opportunities and also removes economic barriers that might prevent them […]

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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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