BLOOM In the Wake of the Trayvon Martin Case

In the wake of the verdict from the Trayvon Martin case and the resulting collective outrage, the question many of us ask is: “What does this verdict reflect about society’s perception and treatment of young Black men?” I’m certain this is a question many of our BLOOM youth, their families, and entire communities throughout the country are grappling with right now.

Among many other things, the case reminds us about the importance of efforts such as BLOOM. BLOOM’s goal is to support South Los Angeles’ Black male youth (14 – 18 years old) who have been exposed to the L.A. County probation system and redirect them toward improved educational and employment opportunities. BLOOM is one of many efforts taking place throughout the country to positively impact the trajectory of not only young Black men, but ALL young men and boys of color. Given the majority of our nation will be made up of people of color in the near future, the well-being of all young people has to become a priority issue on our nation’s social, political and economic agendas.

CCF/BLOOM implores all individuals concerned with the well-being of our young people to take an active stand in supporting them. Everyone can have a role in supporting your young people, from providing academic support to providing jobs to advocating on their behalf. Our nation’s future has, and always will be, directly tied to the well-being of our young people. By supporting them, we help to preserve our country’s standing as the greatest in the world. 

In BLOOM,

Robert Lewis

BLOOM Initiative Director

 

 

 

 

DACA Workshop Set For June 22nd

A free deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) application workshop is set for June 22, 2013. The event is being held at four different venues around Los Angeles.

The goal is to have everyone who is eligible under DACA apply.

Under deferred action, children who arrived in the US before the age of 16 and are currently 15-32 years old could qualify and thereby secure work permits, social security numbers and driver's licenses.

Experts on hand will help applicants fill out the DACA application, share information on short-term loans to help cover the cost of the application and consult with immigration lawyers about difficult cases.

For more information on the time and locations, please click here for the event flyer in English. For information in Spanish, please click here.

 

 

 

Leonardo DiCaprio's 11th Hour Auction Results in Nearly $39 Million Raised

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and Christie's held an auction of 33 works of art by prominent artists. Bradley Cooper and Salma Hayek were on hand as more than $38 Million was raised to support the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which has been raising public awareness around critical environmental issues since 1998.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is a component fund of California Community Foundation. The funds raised will be used to support innovative conservation projects that will safeguard the last wild places as well as endangered species and the communities that depend on them for their welfare.

"Despite the significant efforts of organizations and individuals all over the world, our modern way of life has caused unprecedented devastation to our oceans, our forests and our wildlife," Leonardo DiCaprio said in an email to Christie's. "Each of these natural systems is critical to our way of life: they provide us with the food that we eat, the air that we breathe and the natural resources we need to survive. The time to protect them is long overdue. I am very grateful to Christie's, Loic Gouzer, and the artists who contributed great works of art for making this auction possible."

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is accepting donations in order to further its mission of protecting the planet.

For more information about the Leonardo DiCaprio Fund, please click here >>.

 

 

 

California Community Foundation Among the Winners of the Inaugural NCRP (National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy) Impact Awards

CCF is pleased to share that we will be receiving a NCRP Impact Award on April 8, 2013 at the annual conference of the Council on Foundations. This award celebrates and honors foundations of all sizes on effectiveness, leasfership and innovation in solving some of society's most difficult challenges. NoVo Foundation, Woods Fund of Chicago and Levis Strauss Foundation are also receiving awards in this, the inaugural year of the award.

CCF is the awardee as a Grantmaking Public Charity. Of particular interest to NCRP was the work being done in our Immigrant Integration Initiative. This initiative seeks to increase the civic participation of immigrants in L.A. County as a way to improve the quality of life for marginalized immigrant communities and for the county as a whole.The Immigrant Integration Initiative is a partnership whereby CCF convenes dozens of community leaders to guide and execute the initiative through a Council on Immigrant Integration, dispenses grants to nonprofits, commissions research and spurs public messaging regarding the needs of L.A. County’s huge immigrant population, and leverages its investment by recruiting other funders to join the effort.

We wish to take a moment to thank our partners, donors, volunteers and cause champions who make the work in the community possible. We would also like to acknowledge the courage, resiliency and tenacity of our immigrant community; it is what inspires us on a daily basis.

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from Leslie Ito to the CCF Community

After nearly five years of service I am leaving CCF to take on a new challenge as the President and CEO of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in L.A.’s Little Tokyo.

Not only have I been incredibly blessed to work with a foundation that believes in the power of the arts, supports communities in deep and meaningful ways and shares my love for Los Angeles, but I have also been privileged to work with all of you—grantee partners, community leaders and donors.  I have learned so much from each one of you and have been inspired by the imprint that each of you make on the communities you serve.  Thank you—you have made my work here at CCF rich and rewarding and I will carry that with me on my next journey.

During my time at CCF, I have had the privilege to lead and be a part of so many exciting projects:

  • Increased the number of individual artists supported each year from 14 to 20.
  • Initiated the now fourth annual artist studio tour visiting artists and arts organizations in Santa Monica, Eagle Rock/Highland Park, South L.A. and East L.A.
  • Hosted on a series of cross-sector convenings with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
  • Launched a new initiative in South L.A. to increase academic achievement through music, sports and recreation.
  • Piloted a capacity building project for mid size arts organizations that will result in increased reserve building.

These are just some of the highlights of my time at CCF.  I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the communities of Los Angeles County and to strive towards the goal of making the arts accessible to all Angelenos. 

Sincerely,

Leslie 

 

 

 

Soccer for Success Program YIELds Healthy Results

Between July 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade provided 12 weeks of Soccer for Success programming to 950 children and youth between the ages of 5 and 18 years of age.  The programming was conducted at five Los Angeles Unified School District sites and one City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department site.  Participants reported to the program three days per week for 90 minutes of programming per day.

In accordance with the Soccer for Success curriculum, several health indicators were measured at baseline (when participants first started the program and at the conclusion of the 12-week sessions.  Significantly, BMI (body mass index), PACER (aerobic capacity and stamina), and waist circumference were all measured to determine the effectiveness of Brotherhood Crusade’s Soccer for Success program in addressing childhood obesity.  The evaluation was conducted by a third-party evaluator that was commissioned to evaluate the effectiveness of all Soccer for Success programs nationally.  A final report is scheduled to be released in March of 2013.  However, preliminary results indicate that Brotherhood Crusade was able to effectuate the following program participant improvements.

1.       With respect to BMI measures, 87% of program participants demonstrated improvement.

2.       A total 99% of program participants demonstrated improved aerobic capacity.

3.       Waist circumference decreased in 87% of program participants.

Interestingly, the results demonstrated that improvement was greater among high school aged youth (14-18) than all other demographic age groups. 

 

Soccer for Success participant Celeste Amaya's parents were concerned before starting the program because the family doctor warned that Celeste would develop diabetes if she continued to gain weight. Now she and her younger sister Genesis are on their way to significantly improved health. Click here to see their story.

 

Final results of the Soccer For Success program health evaluation will be available in the coming weeks.

 

Fall 2012 Soccer for Success session made possible in large part due to the California Community Foundation PAT program. For more information on the PAT program, please click here.

 

 

The State of Early Childhood Immigrant Integration in Los Angeles County: Infographic

 

Early childhood immigrant integration is the subject of a recently produced infographic by California Community Foundation's L.A. Preschool Advocacy Initiative. Among the data points are these key findings:

In Los Angeles County:

  • Only 50% of preschool-age children have access to subsidized child care.
  • Roughly 1/3 of the entire low-income population in the county are children, ages 0-12.
  • 48% of residents ages 5+ speak a language other than English at home.
  • In 2009-2010, 40% of kindergartners were English language learners.

 

 

 

DR. CYNTHIA A. TELLES NAMED CHAIR OF THE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

California Community Foundation (CCF), the first foundation created to foster charitable giving in Los Angeles, announced that UCLA School of Medicine clinic director Dr. Cynthia A. Telles has been named chair of the board of directors.

Dr. Telles assumed the role of chair effective January 1, 2013, replacing Sheldon M. Stone, a founding member and principal of Oaktree Capital Management LLC. She has chaired various committees since joining the CCF board in 2004. Mr. Stone continues to serve on the executive and investment committees of the CCF board.

 

“I consider it a great privilege to be of service to the community, and I am deeply honored to lead this venerable organization, which has served Los Angeles for almost 100 years,” said Dr. Telles. “CCF has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, becoming a visible catalyst for positive social change and a leader in strengthening communities through effective philanthropy and civic engagement."

 

Dr. Telles is director of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Spanish Speaking Psychosocial Clinic at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Her extensive experience in philanthropy includes serving as past Board Chair of The California Endowment, the largest health foundation in California, and currently serving as the chair of the Community Benefit Committee of the Board of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Inc. (Kaiser Permanente). Her dedication to public service includes serving on the National Advisory Council on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services under the Clinton Administration, and on the Mental Health Task Force of the Carter Center in Atlanta. In 2010, President Barak Obama appointed her to The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Dr. Telles also served as a Commissioner of the City of Los Angeles for 13 years as President of the Women's Commission, Vice President of the Ethics Commission and Vice President of the Library Commission. Telles currently serves on the Board of Directors of General Motors Co.

 

“Cynthia is a highly regarded professional in public health care at the national and local levels and a dedicated public servant through and through,” said Antonia Hernández, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation. “We are truly lucky to have her experience, knowledge, commitment and personality to lead us at this time in the foundation’s history.”

 

 

BLACK MALE YOUTH IN LOS ANGELES SUBJECT OF NEW ONLINE COMMUNITY

California Community Foundation (CCF) has launched IamBLOOM (www.iambloom.com), a new website and online community about and for young Black men in Los Angeles, as part of a strategic initiative to create a viable pathway to better educational and job opportunities for Black male youth who have been involved with the probation system.

IamBLOOM features the profiles of the Black males 14-18 years of age in Los Angeles who are turning their lives around, as well as opportunities for companies, government agencies, charitable foundations, service organizations and concerned individuals to provide much-needed support. 

The visually impactful, user-friendly website allows visitors to:

  • view and read the personal bios of the young men being helped through BLOOM
  • engage in dialogue within forums with other members of the online community
  • access and post events or opportunities like job fairs, career workshops, etc.
  • share content related to or about BLOOM
  • volunteer, pledge jobs or educational opportunities, and donate easily to the initiative

IamBLOOM humanizes one of the most pressing issues in the Los Angeles community: what to do for young Black men with great potential but enormous odds against them,” said Robert Lewis, BLOOM Initiative Director.  “We want to counter stereotypes and facilitate a way for community, business and educational institutions to start working together to significantly reduce, if not eliminate those odds.”

IamBLOOM is part of the Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) Initiative of CCF, the only philanthropic effort that focuses on redirecting Black males previously involved with the L.A. County probation system to a brighter future.  Started in May of this year, BLOOM seeks to create jobs and educational opportunities for at least 2,000 young Black men ages 14-18 by 2017.

 
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