“Banking for Seniors” Program

All Peoples Community Center has been awarded a Capital One Grant for a new Senior Financial Literacy Program.

The “Banking for Seniors” Program is designed to address the need of increasing on-line banking experience for the elderly. With the increase of technology, there has been changes in how the elderly receive social security, retirement or annuity income. There has also been changes with options to pay bills on-line or receive payments from family members through PayPal etc. In addition, many business have shifted to on-line purchases. Often our elderly have not transitioned into this new phase. On-line banking may enhance security such as stolen checks etc., but it also has the potential for abuse through scams and lack of knowledge of security protocols. Our program is designed to reach those persons who have not utilized on-line banking or with limited knowledge of its potential to improve their banking options.

“Banking for Seniors” will be available for persons 55 years and older to participate in a 4-week program facilitated by Capital One staff entitled “Ready Set Bank”. The session will be 1 hour per week and after each session, participants will have the opportunity to go to computer lab for 1 hour of hands on experience and practice. We anticipate an overall increase in the use of on-line banking, opening accounts, bill pay and review of bank products for seniors in our South LA Community. At the completion of the series, individuals will be referred for financial coaching or literacy classes offered by All Peoples Community Center.

Thank you to Capital One and their Team for this exciting collaboration! Please be on the look out for more information regarding this exciting new All Peoples program and how you can become involved!

 

After-School TEENS Program Makeover!

In December 2018, Capital One Volunteers also assisted with the remodeling our After-School TEENS Program room!* **

Thank you to Madis Limeta, Joab Mekonnen, and all Capital One volunteers for helping to remodel our After-School TEENS Program room!

We truly appreciate your support!

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About All Peoples Community Center

All Peoples Community Center (All Peoples) is an all-encompassing neighborhood center whose mission is to provide social services and programs that empower individuals and promote community, respect, and self-determination for all.

Founded in 1942, All Peoples has served as a true safe haven and trusted place for low-income children and families in South Los Angeles.  Today, All Peoples provides a myriad of social and educational services to more than 6,600 people per year in its 20,000-square-foot center located in a residential area of South LA’s Vernon-Central neighborhood, immediately south of downtown Los Angeles. Services are designed to achieve the following goals: to help children succeed at each stage of development; to strengthen and support individuals and families and build community; to prevent violence and crime in the community and the home; to address the root causes of gang involvement; to provide job training and create job opportunities; and to help seniors stay active and engaged.

All Peoples is a vibrant hub of activity for children, youth, and families six days a week, year-round. Services include licensed extended day childcare, after school programs, academic tutoring, a computer lab, summer camp, summer jobs, an alternative high school, workforce development and career assistance, financial literacy and education, parenting classes, domestic violence support groups, food distribution, a community micro-garden, a senior volunteer program, and more.

 

READY TO GET INVOLVED?

* Volunteer opportunities at All Peoples! More Info

** In-kind and Sponsorship opportunities at All Peoples!

Please contact allpeoples@allpeoplescc.org for more information.

Search Job Opportunities currently available at All Peoples Community Center!

 

Community members, donors, volunteers and staff came together to start building a new Community Farm across the street from All Peoples in an empty lot donated by Meta Housing Corp.

Lot at 847 E 20th Street (across from All Peoples) – BEFORE

Throughout 2018, All Peoples in partnership with American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) Root for Peace worked on the Community Farm. The site started as an empty parking lot. Gravel was removed and replaced with soil, raised beds were constructed, the site was mulched, and the raised beds were soiled. Several fundraisers were also held throughout the year for each building phase.

Lot at 847 E 20th Street (across from All Peoples) – AFTER

On November 21, 2018, The Community came together to celebrate each other and give thanks for the work that the Community has put into building the farm. Community members made homemade mole, calabaza batida, yucca, and more! A special Thank You to Crystal Gonzalez at Roots for Peace (AFSC) who has led the charge in building our new Community Farm and keeping our Community healthy. *

 

About All Peoples Community Center

All Peoples Community Center (All Peoples) is an all-encompassing neighborhood center whose mission is to provide social services and programs that empower individuals and promote community, respect, and self-determination for all.

Founded in 1942, All Peoples has served as a true safe haven and trusted place for low-income children and families in South Los Angeles.  Today, All Peoples provides a myriad of social and educational services to more than 6,600 people per year in its 20,000-square-foot center located in a residential area of South LA’s Vernon-Central neighborhood, immediately south of downtown Los Angeles. Services are designed to achieve the following goals: to help children succeed at each stage of development; to strengthen and support individuals and families and build community; to prevent violence and crime in the community and the home; to address the root causes of gang involvement; to provide job training and create job opportunities; and to help seniors stay active and engaged.

All Peoples is a vibrant hub of activity for children, youth, and families six days a week, year-round. Services include licensed extended day childcare, after school programs, academic tutoring, a computer lab, summer camp, summer jobs, an alternative high school, workforce development and career assistance, financial literacy and education, parenting classes, domestic violence support groups, food distribution, a community micro-garden, a senior volunteer program, and more.

 

READY TO GET INVOLVED?

* Volunteer opportunities at All Peoples! More Info

** In-kind and Sponsorship opportunities at All Peoples!

Please contact allpeoples@allpeoplescc.org for more information.

Search Job Opportunities currently available at All Peoples Community Center!

 

All Peoples Community Center has been selected as an S. Mark Taper Foundation Grant Recipient!

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 9, 2019):  All Peoples Community Center is honored to be announced as an S. Mark Taper Foundation Grant Recipient.

We are proud to announce and gratefully acknowledge the very generous support of the S. Mark Taper Foundation to strengthen and expand our Family Resource Center programs in the coming year.  In just our 2nd year as one of 16 designated Family Resource Centers for the City of Los Angeles, All Peoples has been ranked as one of the top performers in improving educational and financial attainment.  We welcome the S. Mark Taper Foundation on our journey forward in providing these critical services to the people who need them most.” – Seth Walworth, Board Chair of All Peoples Community Center

The S. Mark Taper Foundation, founded in 1989, is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by supporting nonprofit organizations and their work in our communities.

About All Peoples Community Center

All Peoples Community Center (All Peoples) is an all-encompassing neighborhood center whose mission is to provide social services and programs that empower individuals and promote community, respect, and self-determination for all.

Founded in 1942, All Peoples has served as a true safe haven and trusted place for low-income children and families in South Los Angeles.  Today, All Peoples provides a myriad of social and educational services to more than 6,600 people per year in its 20,000-square-foot center located in a residential area of South LA’s Vernon-Central neighborhood, immediately south of downtown Los Angeles. Services are designed to achieve the following goals: to help children succeed at each stage of development; to strengthen and support individuals and families and build community; to prevent violence and crime in the community and the home; to address the root causes of gang involvement; to provide job training and create job opportunities; and to help seniors stay active and engaged.

All Peoples is a vibrant hub of activity for children, youth, and families six days a week, year-round. Services include licensed extended day childcare, after school programs, academic tutoring, a computer lab, summer camp, summer jobs, an alternative high school, workforce development and career assistance, financial literacy and education, parenting classes, domestic violence support groups, food distribution, a community micro-garden, a senior volunteer program, and more.

 

Real Solutions and Service to South LA

 

All Peoples checks in with YouthSource Alumni.

Meet Jose Guzman. Jose worked in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) at All Peoples from August 2014 through December 2014.

YouthSource Case Manager Adrian Rios immediately saw the raw talent, skills, and academic competence that Jose displayed, and worked with Jose to support his natural talents and abilities. Jose had so much dedication that he became a true role model and mentor to his peers at All Peoples.

Jose is currently enrolled in UC Davis. He’s attending the Biology Scholars Program, and recently picked up a lab position for breast cancer research under the guidance of Dr. Sweeney at UC Davis. Most recently, Jose applied for a Sports Medicine Internship Program at UC Davis.

YouthSource Case Manager Adrian Rios continues to stay engaged with Jose as well as all of our YouthSource Alumni, and offers support as needed as they continue to strive for their goals.

All Peoples is proud of Jose and wishes him the very best in all of his future endeavors!

 

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ABOUT ALL PEOPLES
Founded in 1942, to sustain a community decimated by the internment of its largely Japanese-American residents, All Peoples has been a hub of vital resources for a neighborhood that has changed from Japanese-American, to African-American, to Latino today.  All Peoples has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 area code and home to 130,000 people, just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  The Center serves hundreds of people of all ages, six days a week, with an extensive menu of educational, financial literacy, health empowerment, and family support programs at its facility just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Give us a call today at (213) 747-6357, or Email to find out how you can get involved!  Real Solutions, Real Heart, Real Service to South LA since 1942.

 

 

Paulina with her Newborn

All Peoples Program Facilitator Aracely Corona shares a moment from our All Peoples Supplemental Food Program:

Meet Paulina.  Paulina is a 35 year old Latina women with three children. She walked into our supplemental food program with her new born daughter in her hands. She was accompanied by her sister. Paulina sat down at our intake table expressing that she needed emergency food since her husband had recently been laid off. As staff listened to her story, it was evident that she was also in need of a stroller. All Peoples had recently received a pallet of children’s items earlier that week through the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. In that donation, there was a stroller that also came with a car seat that fortunately was still available for distribution. Staff and interns worked to assemble the stroller, and when the stroller was ready, we surprised the client with the stroller. She was overjoyed with the surprise and expressed that she wanted to cry of happiness. Staff and volunteers helped Paulina in loading her bags of food into the stroller. She disclosed that her birthday had just passed and that this was a great belated birthday present. Paulina could not believe that she had received a stroller; one that she had always wanted for her baby. Paulina’s sister was also provided a bag of food. All Peoples’ staff and volunteers in the supplemental food program that day were humbled by the gratitude that was expressed by Paulina.

All Peoples Supplemental Food Program continues to seek an increase in donations to be able to support families in need of assistance from our Food Program as well as other Programs offered at All Peoples.

ABOUT ALL PEOPLES
Founded in 1942, to sustain a community decimated by the internment of its largely Japanese-American residents, All Peoples has been a hub of vital resources for a neighborhood that has changed from Japanese-American, to African-American, to Latino today.  All Peoples has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 area code and home to 130,000 people, just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  The Center serves hundreds of people of all ages, six days a week, with an extensive menu of educational, financial literacy, health empowerment, and family support programs at its facility just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Give us a call today at (213) 747-6357, or Email to find out how you can get involved!  Real Solutions, Real Heart, Real Service to South LA since 1942.

Miguel Orozco and Margarita Ramirez

Miguel Orozco and Margarita Ramirez are on the path to opening an independent contractor business and purchasing a home.

Meet Miguel Orozco and Margarita Ramirez. The couple has been married for over 10 years, and are raising three young boys in South Los Angeles. In May of 2018, Miguel and Margarita enrolled in All Peoples’ Spanish Financial Literacy Workshops. During the workshops, they were educated on financial topics which includes: budgeting, savings, banking products, credit building, investments, and the “how to” avoid identity theft. Currently, the couple are receiving financial coaching sessions and recently enrolled in the IDA program.

Miguel and Margarita are working on two financial goals: 1) support to establish an independent contractor business, and 2) purchasing a home. Miguel has already submitted his paperwork to become a license contractor. Miguel and Margarita are mono-Spanish speakers, and due to language barriers, they requested support from both their FamilySource Center case manager and financial coach to help interpret and change their business from a Limited Liability Company (LLC) to a Corporation (Co.) status. Currently, Miguel and Margarita are waiting on their submission results. In addition, both are seeking additional services at All Peoples such as: CARECEN services; and FamilySource Center’s College Corner to obtain college preparation workshops for their children.

With assistance of our All Peoples and FamilySource Center staff, Miguel Orozco and Margarita Ramirez are on the path to opening an independent contractor business and purchasing a home.

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ABOUT ALL PEOPLES
Founded in 1942, to sustain a community decimated by the internment of its largely Japanese-American residents, All Peoples has been a hub of vital resources for a neighborhood that has changed from Japanese-American, to African-American, to Latino today.  All Peoples has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 area code and home to 130,000 people, just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  The Center serves hundreds of people of all ages, six days a week, with an extensive menu of educational, financial literacy, health empowerment, and family support programs at its facility just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Give us a call today at (213) 747-6357, or Email to find out how you can get involved!  Real Solutions, Real Heart, Real Service to South LA since 1942.

Crystal Ortga (right) with College Advisor Elizabeth Martinez

Crystal is an 18 year old graduate from Santee High School, and will be attending Humboldt State University in the Fall of 2018 as a full-time student. 

Meet Crystal Ortga.  Crystal grew up in our South LA Community, and is a long time member of All Peoples Community Center attending programs at the Center since she was eight years old. Her Parents are also very active members at All Peoples participating in various programs.  Crystal’s Parents encouraged her along with her siblings to attend our After-School Programs, Summer Day Camp, and Camp Joe Ide along with many other activities held at the Center throughout the year.

Crystal has been very active in Civic Engagement and giving back to her Community through our YouthSource Program. This past Summer, Crystal was an academic tutor for elementary school children enrolled in programs at All Peoples. She also led a group of girls ages ten and eleven for a week at All Peoples Camp Joe Ide as a Camp Counselor where she coordinated activities for the Youth.

Crystal graduated from Santee High School in June of 2018, and was accepted to Humboldt State University for Fall 2018 Classes. All Peoples Community and FamilySource Center assisted Crystal in seeking a sponsor for her traveling and moving expenses to the University.

Through Crystal’s hard work, dedication, Family, Community, and seeking available resources, we are happy to report that Crystal is currently at Humboldt University in Northern California and ready to start her 12 unit class semester!  We wish Crystal the very best, and look forward to keeping you updated on her journey!

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ABOUT ALL PEOPLES
Founded in 1942, to sustain a community decimated by the internment of its largely Japanese-American residents, All Peoples has been a hub of vital resources for a neighborhood that has changed from Japanese-American, to African-American, to Latino today.  All Peoples has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 area code and home to 130,000 people, just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  The Center serves hundreds of people of all ages, six days a week, with an extensive menu of educational, financial literacy, health empowerment, and family support programs at its facility just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Give us a call today at (213) 747-6357, or Email to find out how you can get involved!  Real Solutions, Real Heart, Real Service to South LA since 1942.

Real Solutions and Service to South LA

Steve Cayetano

Steve is the first one in his family to attend college and is doing the best he can to make sure he takes advantage of the college opportunity.

Meet Steve Cayetano.  Like the majority of our South Los Angeles Community members, Steve’s parents face the challenges of low wages and high cost of living. Both of Steve’s parents work and do not make a combined income of more than $40,000 a year. Nevertheless, his parents support and encourage him and his 3 brothers in academia, and reached out for additional resources through our YouthSource Center.

At 18, Steve has just completed his tenure at our YouthSource Center Program. This year Steve graduated with honors as the Class Valedictorian from NAVA College Preparatory Academy. He’s been academically engaged in all his course work and achieved a high GPA.

Steve applied to the Charles R. Drew University Public Health Academy which is a Summer program to help students understand health policy and issues related to health. He was one of the few students accepted into the academy, and completed the 3 month Summer program on Saturday, July 28, 2018. College courses in the Charles R. Drew University Public Health Academy included issues on Mental Health, Introduction to Public Health, and Psychology.

Steve applied and has been accepted to Middlebury University in the State of Vermont for Fall 2018. Through his hard work and dedication, Steve also just learned that he was picked for a scholarship from the Stifel Financial Group. All Peoples Community Center assisted in seeking a sponsor for Steve’s flight to Burlington, Vermont so he can began orientation on August 29, 2018. He looks forward to his orientation and the required Middview Trip-Wilderness Exploration that involves outdoor hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and camping as part of their student enrollment process.

Steve has also been very active in civic engagement in our South LA Community. He’s participated in Community events at All Peoples, Best Start Metro Los Angeles, his High School and as a Poll Volunteer in the recent California Primaries in June. On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Steve was a student speaker at the Power California event at the Japanese American National Museum.  He discussed the movement he helped lead at his high school to register 200 young voters. Steve was also able to share his high school experience and voice concerns regarding Community issues that our young people are facing.

Steve has strong leadership skills and is a great mentor to Youth in the Community. Through Family, Community, available Resources, and Steve’s personal resilience and determination, Steve will be the first in his family to attend college. We’re proud of Steve and will be supporting and cheering him on as he starts the next chapter of his life at Middlebury University.

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ABOUT ALL PEOPLES
Founded in 1942, to sustain a community decimated by the internment of its largely Japanese-American residents, All Peoples has been a hub of vital resources for a neighborhood that has changed from Japanese-American, to African-American, to Latino today.  All Peoples has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 area code and home to 130,000 people, just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  The Center serves hundreds of people of all ages, six days a week, with an extensive menu of educational, financial literacy, health empowerment, and family support programs at its facility just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Give us a call today at (213) 747-6357, or Email to find out how you can get involved!  Real Solutions, Real Heart, Real Service to South LA since 1942.

Rubicelia Lopez

“I’ve been working on my credit for a while now and I am happy to see that I’ve made some progress; it’s actually weird for me to say that I have good credit now!” – Rubicelia Lopez

Meet Rubicelia Lopez. She is a stay-at-home mother of six children who is happily married and lives in South Los Angeles. Like most families living in South Los Angeles, Rubicelia and her husband found it difficult to improve their financial wellness due to debt obligations, delinquent bills, mismanaged credit, and insufficient savings and emergency funds.

Thus, Rubicelia sought out All Peoples’ FamilySource Center (FSC) and participated in a financial literacy workshop in October-November of 2017. Rubicelia learned the fundamentals of financial management and continued the program by enrolling in financial coaching services. With financial coaching, Rubicelia was able to open an Individual Development Account (IDA), a program that encourages participants to save by matching their savings amount towards an asset building goal. For Rubicelia, her ultimate goal is to purchase a home.

In the effort to achieve her goal, she needed to improve her credit score. Rubicelia recently applied for her first credit card. She was approved for a credit card with 0% Annual Percentage Rate (APR) for 12 months with earn cash back on purchase benefits. With her new credit card, Rubicelia was able to increase her FICO score from 681 to 705. Additionally, Rubicelia is currently working part-time. She seeks to increase her monthly income to contribute to her IDA. At the moment, she’s in the process of obtaining a guard card in hopes of becoming a full-time security guard.

With financial education and coaching, Rubicelia was able to achieve huge financial mile stones. Her next step is to enroll in a First-Time Homebuyer workshop where she will gain the necessary tools, knowledge, and resources to become a homeowner.

With assistance of our All Peoples and FamilySource Center staff, Rubicelia is on the path to becoming a first-time home buyer.

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ABOUT ALL PEOPLES
Founded in 1942, to sustain a community decimated by the internment of its largely Japanese-American residents, All Peoples has been a hub of vital resources for a neighborhood that has changed from Japanese-American, to African-American, to Latino today.  All Peoples has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 area code and home to 130,000 people, just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  The Center serves hundreds of people of all ages, six days a week, with an extensive menu of educational, financial literacy, health empowerment, and family support programs at its facility just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Give us a call today at (213) 747-6357, or Email to find out how you can get involved!  Real Solutions, Real Heart, Real Service to South LA since 1942.

Let’s get to know Erick Moreno, All Peoples Community Center’s 8th – 12th Grade and Arts Program Youth Coordinator:

Favorite Food: Peruvian /Pollo or Lomo Saltado

Favorite Color: Grey & Blue

Favorite Animal: Dog

Favorite Quote/Saying: “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

How would you describe All Peoples Community Center?: Many people grow up missing something in their lives, some don’t have resources while others don’t have family. All Peoples has been the resource and family that many of us will never have available because of the inequalities of our society. They empower community members to better their situations through organizing, counseling, education and resources.

Favorite Part of Your Job: During the summer we do so many activities and I am always happy to teach art and show my creative side. Another favorite part of my job is taking the Youth camping to Lock Leven.  I teach them Archery during our stay at the camp site.

My Best All Peoples Story: One day I got hit by a car on my Bicycle and broke my clavicle and was hurt for a month and wasn’t able to come back to work. The staff took it upon themselves to do a small fundraiser to help me out.

Hobbies: I love painting, creating, and Imagining things. During my free time I paint or Create worlds in video games.

Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent: I love challenges.  If you’re in my team most likely we are going to win, or I am push you hard enough to do it.

Me in 3 Words: Reserved, Traditional, and Just!

We’re so happy that Erick Moreno is part of our All Peoples Family!

Take a Closer look at our Youth Arts Program with Erick Moreno!