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Ricardo Mireles posing with one of our Los Angeles County leaders.
Youth Speak Collective (San Fernando)
Project: Project Youth Green (Health & Wellness)

Youth Speak Collective (YSC) is a youth-driven organization empowering low-income communities in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. YSC seeks to give at-risk youth and their families the skills to pursue higher education and strengthen their communities. Project Youth Green devotes two acres of open space to the Learning Garden, an area created specifically for the educational development of youth. An additional 2 acres are devoted to a 60 plot Family Gardeners Program. The Family Gardeners Program is where families have their own plot to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, have access to nutritional information in order to make fresh produce a sustainable part of their diet.
Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs/ DIY Girls (Pacoima)
Project: DIYgirls Afterschool Program (Education)

DIY Girls inspires women and girls to design and create products. Our goal is to help women and girls see themselves as creators and not just users of technology. The recent accessibility of tools formerly only available to engineers makes the DIY movement important to girls & women. Our goal is to inspire and support women and girls so that they are able to participate in this movement and new economy. The DIYgirls Afterschool Program is designed to offer activities that will attract young girls to technology, allow them to express creativity and give them more confidence in their technical abilities.
Centro Latino for Literacy (Pico Union)
Project: Pre- ESL Literacy Program (Education)

Founded in 1991, Centro Latino for Literacy teaches Spanish literacy skills to non-literate Spanish speakers in Los Angeles, as a springboard to learn English as a second language, and as preparation for workforce advancement. The Pre-ESL Literacy Program is based out of the 8th Street Education Classrooms that are located in the Westlake/Pico-Union neighborhood, where we serve non-literate Spanish speaking adults and youth.
Inquilinos Unidos (Pico Union/ Mid-Wilshire)
Project: Healthy Homes Project (Education/Health & Wellness)

Inquilinos Unidos (IU) is dedicated to empowering low-income tenants through community organizing, education, and advocacy to fight for safe, decent, and affordable housing in the City of Los Angeles. IU serves the densely populated urban neighborhoods of Pico-Union, Westlake/MacArthur Park, Koreatown, and Mid-Wilshire in the City of Los Angeles. The Healthy Homes Project reaches out to tenants in slum housing and engages in education intervention strategies and builds awareness about the environmental hazards and health effects of slum housing conditions to prevent chronic diseases and increase access to healthier homes.
KIWA (Koreatown)
Project: Ktown Farms & Gardens (Health & Wellness)

KIWA is one of the first and most well established worker centers in the United States. As a multi-ethnic organization based in Koreatown, KIWA is one of the only groups organizing between both Korean and Latino workers. Ktown Farms and Gardens addresses the disproportionate burden that low-income communities face in terms of environmental hazards and lack of access to green space in their neighborhoods. By working with residents and communities to create, build, and educate around green space we hope to make Los Angeles a more vibrant, healthy community.
The Laurel Foundation (Compton/Inglewood/ELA)
Project: Camp Laurel (Health & Wellness)

The Laurel Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, youth, and families living with HIV/AIDS, particularly Latino families living below the poverty line. The Camp Laurel resident programs are designed to build unique family bonds, develop a social support system amongst peers and empower children, youth and families to overcome the adversity of HIV/AIDS.
Latino Diabetes Association (Montebello)
Project: Lucha Against Diabetes & Obesity (Education/Health & Wellness)

The Latino Diabetes Association (LDA) was founded in 2003 to address the rapid rise of Type 2 diabetes and obesity prevalent among Latinos, and to fill a disparity gap in health services for this population. The Lucha Against Diabetes & Obesity program is a diabetes prevention campaign that offers workshops, healthy cooking classes (Sabor y Sazon), and exercise classes (Mi Vida Yoga). These classes emphasize the prevention of Type 2 diabetes and obesity. The LDA anticipates that it will directly serve 1,200 participants through its various programs and services.
Casa de Amigos @ St. Vincent Med Center (Pico Union)
Project: Casa de Amigos Computer Training Access Support- CACTAS (Education)

Casa de Amigos is a community based, after-school youth center providing low-income and poverty level Latino youth ages 6-18 in the Westlake/Pico Union areas of Los Angeles opportunities for academic, cultural, recreational, and health enrichment. The CACTAS project seeks to enhance the computer instruction offered at Casa’s on-site computer lab by implementing two creative instructional formats: a) an animation class and, b) a journalism course that would create a quarterly Casa de Amigos Newsletter.
Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles (Bell Gardens)
Project: Campaign for a Healthier Bell Gardens (Education/Health & Wellness)

Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles (FHCCGLA) was founded in 1925 as “The Mother’s Clinic.” Since then, FHCCGLA has been providing health care and supportive services for low income and marginalized residents of East Los Angeles. The Campaign for a Healthier Bell Gardens has developed five school-based green gardens and organized regular farmer’s markets at which students sell produce grown in their gardens. Workshops on cooking and healthy meals are offered, and teachers are encouraged to include information about nutrition, gardening, soil science, and other related knowledge as part of their classes.
Proyecto Pastoral (Boyle Heights):
Project: Comunidad en Movimiento (Education/ Health & Wellness)

The mission of Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission is to empower residents personally and socially by developing grassroots projects in education, leadership, and service. The Comunidad en Movimiento is an eight part series of health and wellness workshops for the women in our community. To be led by two students from the University of Southern California’s department of Occupational Therapy, these workshops will educate participants in such topics as finding balance in their various life roles, healthy cooking and eating, and stress management. Building on the success of our yearly Women’s Conference, these workshops will further economic disenfranchisement, the threat of gang violence, and the lack of education undermine the empowerment of our women to the detriment of the entire community.
01 Centro Latino for Literacy Class Picture
02 Centro Latino for Literacy Graduation Picture
03 DIY-Girls
04 Inquilinos Unidos Fair (1)
05 IU Tenant Resource Clinic
06 KIWA Ktown Farms & Gardens bounty
07 KIWA Ktown Farms & gardens organic produce
08 Proyecto Pastoral Picture 2
09 Proyecto Pastoral Picture 3
10 PYG photo2
11 PYG Youth Speak Collective
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