#NoMoreNames – Unity and Solidarity Can Yield Systemic Change

September 17, 2020

By: Jai Phillips, Program Officer, Youth Development As we continue to bear witness to the painfully long list of Black lives lost by the hands of those sworn to protect us, words fail us. How does one adequately describe the pain and despair of communities whose only demands are equality and justice. Acts of disproportionate […]

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Ready to Rise: Youth Will Drive the Change

June 17, 2020

BY: JAI PHILLIPS, PROGRAM OFFICER, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT In recent weeks we have witnessed youth across the nation, and even around the globe, take to the streets in protest of the brutal killings of Black men and women and the systemic racism that has persisted for generations. We know from history that in moments of great […]

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Joining Our Communities’ Call to Action

June 1, 2020

Communities across our nation, including ours, are in pain. The most recent killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, whose names join a painfully long list of Black and Brown lives cut tragically short, are a troubling failure of our ability to address racial biases in our justice system.

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The Year of Return: Journeying Back to Africa

March 5, 2020

Los Angeles is a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures whose contributions have shaped our city into what it is today. Our different experiences, as Angelinos, serve as a bridge to learn from one another and deepen our understanding so that together we can continue to work towards achieving equity for all residents of this […]

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Report Highlights Community-Driven Model to Serve Men of Color in South LA

July 1, 2019

In 2012, CCF launched BLOOM, a $7 million initiative to address the overwhelming disparities faced by Black male youth involved in L.A. County’s juvenile justice system. Read this report to understand more about the model, the story of BLOOM, its impact, and the lessons we learned along the way.

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Accelerating Economic Opportunity and Helping Young Men BLOOM

May 18, 2016

Ernest had seen too much by the time he turned 16. His family had been shattered by drug abuse, and now he was facing the justice system for the first time. “Friends I grew up with were going to prison for 15 or 20 years,” Ernest said. “I knew there had to be something else.” […]

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Back to School: The Promise of a Fresh Start

October 21, 2015

By Byron Scott For high school students all over the country, the new school year brings with it a fresh start. The hopes of earning straight A’s, getting one step closer to college admissions and making new friends. As I look back at my own teenage years growing up in Inglewood, I vividly remember this […]

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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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BLOOM Initiative’s First Year: Successes and New Partnerships

July 24, 2013

This blog originally appeared on the Black Gives Back Blog. Click here to view the original post. Ninety-Three Percent of BLOOM Youth Have Not Violated Their Probation On June 26, 2013, the California Community Foundation (CCF) celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) initiative with a […]

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Demolishing Roads to Failure for Black Male Youth

November 28, 2012

By Terri Dixon It was a sobering scene at the California Rehabilitation Center (CDC) for Men in Norco, located right outside of Ontario.  What used to be a hotel, then a Naval Base, is now as correctional facility for men destined to be released into a society that has and will reject them time and […]

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