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Tackling Poverty Head On

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Tackling Poverty Head On
By Tim Blaylock, CEO Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica. As children head back to school, we again see that diverging incomes among families leads to disparate destinies among children, undermining the promise of a great future for the next generation and for our communities. The tragic outcomes of poverty transcend city limits, but a public-private partnership can help break the cycle by giving children opportunity.
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Mayor Eric Garcetti Visits Jordan Downs, 50 Years After the Watts Rebellion
Mayor Garcetti spent Friday traveling through the community, beginning at the corner of 116th Street and Avalon Boulevard, where he met with a small group of residents to share stories of their experience. After a visit to the Watts Labor Community Action Committee headquarters where he spoke to students from local high schools about the importance of education, Garcetti met with the resident leaders of Jordan Downs to discuss on-site programs such as the Mommy & Me child development classes...
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LAPD Youth Sports Program Changes Hearts, Minds in Watts
WATTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles police officers are on the offense and defense this summer in Watts. They're taking part in Watts Bears, a track and football program that pairs officers with at-risk youth. All the players are 8- to 12-year-old children living in housing projects in Watts. In addition to playing on the team, they're required to attend a six-week summer school. Reporter Elex Michaelson shows how the program is changing hearts and minds one touchdown at a time in the...
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UrbanTXT Sponsors Hustle & Code Hackathon at Nickerson Gardens, Children Make Apps and Websites for the First Time
Nickerson Gardens held its first day-long Hackathon, where one hundred (100) children spent the afternoon designing phone apps and websites to help improve their community. The winning entry was the website Feed Watts, where one could add the date of a food drive or giveaway. Other entries included a phone app that combined pictures with geolocation to let residents report trash and broken streetlights. Another, Green Team, turned volunteering into a game where participants could earn points to ...
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HACLA Selected to Participate in President Obama’s ConnectHome Initiative to Ensure Digital Opportunity for All Americans
The pilot program is launching in twenty-seven cities and one tribal nation and will initially reach over 275,000 low-income households – and nearly 200,000 children – with the support they need to access the Internet at home.
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Mayor Eric Garcetti Hosts 1st Annual “10,000 Strong” Veterans Career Summit
Los Angles – Mayor Eric Garcetti hosted the “10,000 Strong” Veterans Career Summit at LA Trade Tech College (LATTC) on July 14 to celebrate the first anniversary of the annual “10,000 Strong” Veterans Hiring Initiative. “10,000 Strong” is a coalition of over 100 companies and 50 community organizations who committed to hiring 10,000 local veterans by 2017. The main goal of the initiative is to help participating companies hire veterans, assist veterans with accessing career services and r...
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Twenty-seven Public Housing High School Graduates Receive Academic Scholarships to Pursue Higher Education
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) awarded twenty-seven (27) students from housing developments academic scholarships towards their college education. Selected students were from multiple developments, and in the fall will be attending a wide range of schools from UC Berkeley to the San Francisco Art Institute. The event was preceded by last week’s scholarship workshop, where the selected students were invited to HACLA to learn about other opportunities for financial aid ...
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All-Boys Watts High School Has 100 Percent College Acceptance
Many of theHousing Authority of the City of Los Angles public housing youth attend Verbum Dei High School in Watts and we would like to congratulate them on their motivation to succeed. Please click here to watch the video and read a full story.
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Mar Vista Gardens Step Team Perform at the National Conference in Chicago
Six Mar Vista Gardens Boys & Girls Club members ages 9 through 13 traveled to Chicago to perform at the National Conference on May 15.  The Step Team submitted a video of their routine and was selected to showcase their talent as part of the conferences’ grand finale.   The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) hosts an annual National Conference that gathers over 2,500 community leaders in youth development and Club professionals involved with Boys & Girls Clubs around the world. ...
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Grand Opening of the Blue Butterfly for Homeless Female Veterans with Children
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles has allocated 73 project based  VASH vouchers for the Blue Butterfly community. For details on this project, please click to read the LA Times article
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