Please join us in building our new Community Farm! We’re converting a vacant lot across the street from All Peoples into a Community Farm!

With help from the American Friends Service Committee and Meta Housing, All Peoples is converting a vacant lot in South Los Angeles into an urban farm. The lot has been acquired; the gravel has been removed and replaced with soil. Now, we are ready to build our farm!

Please consider volunteering on any of the below workdays:

Friday, 6/29, 4-7 pm: Construction of the Raised Beds
Friday, 7/13, 4-7 pm: Mulch the Site
Wednesday, 7/25, 4-7 pm: Soil the Raised Beds

Location is 847 E 20th Street LA 90011. Please RSVP at cgonzalez@afsc.org.

If you’d like to make a donation to help build our farm, you can do so here: DONATE

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.

Marina and Rosa Chavez

“I feel that my sister and I are two different people and yet, we have the same dream of opening a business one day. Perhaps, together, we can make that happen.” –Rosa Chavez

Marina and Rosa Chavez are two sisters living in South Los Angeles. In October 2017, the Chavez sisters enrolled in All Peoples’ FamilySource Center: Spanish Financial Literacy Workshop. The Chavez sisters graduated and received a certificate of completion from the workshops. The sisters were able to open their first savings account through the Individual Development Account (IDA) Program also referred to a our Matched Savings Program.

Soon after, the Chavez sisters enrolled in All Peoples: Financial Coaching Program. The Financial Coaching sessions provided the Chavez sisters with guidance and resources revolving around their financial needs: savings, budgeting, identify theft prevention, business development, among other financial subjects.

In the month of April, the Chavez sisters were able to both achieve their savings goals of $1,000 ($2,000 considering the Matched Savings Program). Currently, the Chavez sisters are interested in registering for the California Department of Social Services (CDSS): Child Care Licensing and Orientation Program. However, due to their financial constrains, they are not able to pay the enrollment fee. Nonetheless, All Peoples’ FamilySource Center has offered the sisters the opportunity to pay for their orientation and licensing in support of their dream to one day own a childcare business. As of now, the Chavez sisters are in the process of enrolling for the next upcoming CDSS’s Child Care Orientation in June 2018.

With assistance of our All Peoples and FamilySource Center staff, Maxine and Rita C are on the path to a successful career opportunity.

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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.

A Note from our Executive Director:

All Peoples Community Center had the opportunity to serve as the meeting location this past month for the South Central Neighborhood Council CD9 Monthly Community Clean Up Team.  Over 30 Volunteers that included Parents and Children from the local Girl Scouts troop, CYLP, Cadets, and Residents gathered at All Peoples Community Center. From Washington to Adams and San Pedro to Central Avenue, they swept the streets, removed illegal postings on light posts, and reported bulky items to the City’s 311 Center.  We would like to acknowledge all of the selfless Volunteers and Community Members who participated in the Event.

CD9 Community Clean Up

CD9 Community Clean Up

The Office of Councilmember Curren Price in partnership with the Los Angeles Promise Fund will continue to host Monthly Clean Up Teams throughout the year.   Whether you currently reside in the area or are interested in ways to become involved in Community Service for South Los Angeles, we encourage you to join us for one of the upcoming Events.  Tools, gloves, and lunch are provided to all Volunteers, and Community Service Hours are also provided as needed.  For more information, please contact the District Office at (323) 846-2651.  You can also check for upcoming events on The New 9th website here or Facebook page.

Mayor Garcetti with Executive Director Saundra Bryant and South LA Community Members

Mayor Garcetti with Executive Director Saundra Bryant and South LA Community Members

Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti along with Councilmember Curren Price also spent time in our South Central Neighborhood on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Mayor Garcetti had the opportunity to walk along Central Avenue with Councilmember Price and talk with neighbors about how we’re all working together to make our Communities safer, cleaner and more walkable.

Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Curren Price visiting neighbors on Central Avenue.

Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Curren Price visiting neighbors on Central Avenue.

As always, Thank You for your Service and Commitment to our South Los Angeles Community!

Sincerely,

Saundra Bryant

Executive Director

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SYEP Financial Literacy Class

YouthSource Financial Literacy Workshops by FSC Career Coach Noel Lopez

Most financial experts agree that stimulating financial conversations with children is directly related to raising financially savvy children. Although, we all know parental wisdom has stood the test of time, it takes a bit more effort to teach children sound financial management. This is why All Peoples FamilySource Center’s mission is to help support, expose, and properly equip adults and their children to achieve financial stability and happiness.

In collaboration with All Peoples’ FamilySource and YouthSource centers, a workshop was created to deliver financial literacy workshops catering to South Los Angeles Youth. The workshop was designed to enhance financial wellness by preparing students on proper financial management. In the month of March, students were given a two-day financial literacy workshop targeting the following financial topics:  basic budgeting, understanding credit reports, the do’s and don’ts of credit card usage, credit monitoring apps, identity theft protection, consumer’s rights  and protection, investing in stocks, among other financial subjects.

Additionally, students were encouraged to engage in financial literacy exercises on budgeting, savings, and credit cards. The workshop concluded with fifteen enrolled youth who graduated and received a certificate of completion from the program. Eligible youth were given the opportunity to sign-up for the SaverLife program (an online program that rewards individuals for consistently saving at least $20 each month. The program lasts for 6 months and you can earn a maximum of $60.) Thus, prompting saving habits among the youth. Lastly, the youth were given the opportunity to provide feedback on the workshops:

SYEP Financial Literacy Class2

Youth Financial Empowerment Workshops

“After the Financial Literacy Workshop, I learned about a FICO score.  Keeping your FICO score above 750 is good because it demonstrates your responsibility. Also, I learned about identity theft.  This definitely applies to me because it can happen to anyone.  In order to protect my identity I should protect my debit card numbers, passwords, and most importantly my social security number.  Lastly, we also covered the importance of savings and investing.  Savings has always been a challenge for me, but a saving account will be very useful for the goals I have set for myself.  I learned that when investing there’s a slight difference when it comes to being federally insured.” – Dania Domingo

“In the Financial Literacy Workshop I first learned about credit.  I learned about the benefits of credit like having good credit versus the disadvantages of having bad credit. I learned about the FICO credit score and how having a high credit score looks good on you and that you’re reliable.  I also learned about bankruptcy and why and how it happens.  I also learned about our checking and savings account and how to manage our money in each one.  I learned about how we should save and invest for the future like having 10% go into our savings account.  I also learned how Banks use the money and how we get some back.  I also learned about the risks of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.  Noel taught us about identity theft and how to be careful sharing our information and where we use our credit cards and stuff.  Overall I learned about money and how I should use it wisely.” – Enrique Marroquin

“In the Financial Literacy Workshop, I learned many beneficial things that I know will help me very soon.  One of the very first things I learned was about credit.  I learned how to get good credit, what is considered good credit and how to maintain a good credit score.  I learned about the FICO credit score and how it potentially affects your liability.  Something I found very helpful was the website that lets me check my credit score without it going down.  Another thing that I learned was the difference between a checking account and a savings account.  I learned how to manage each account and the benefits of having each account.  Something that I found very interesting was that there are more banks then what we know about and the ones that are not heard of very often are the ones that give back more.  Another topic I was interested in was the identity theft because of the website that was hacked and had the peoples information everywhere.  I learned how serious this can be and that I have to be very careful when giving out of information.  Overall the workshop really helped me realize that it’s time to learn how to manage my money wisely” – Ariadna Martinez

About our YouthSource Center:

All Peoples Community Center is a proud partner of the new Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Center and will now be offering new Youth Services at the Center.  For more info on Youth Programs offered, please contact (213) 747-6357 Adrian Rios ext 151 or Michelle Watson  ext 120.

 

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 Erika Gonzalez, All Peoples Community Center’s After-School Program Youth Coordinator for 4th and 5th Grade:

Ericka Gonzalez

Favorite Food: Aguachile

Favorite Color: Black and White

Favorite Animal: Rabbits

Favorite Quote/Saying: “An unexamined life is not worth living.”

Ericka Gonzalez

How would you describe All Peoples Community Center?: It is a place that provides resources to All.

Favorite Part of Your Job: Being able to help Youth and hopefully make a positive impact in their lives.

Ericka Gonzalez

Hobbies: Read, Listen to Music, Go Out

Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent:  I’ve met Kid-Cudi, and I would want to become a prosecutor.

Ericka Gonzalez

Me in 3 Words: Reserved, Outgoing, Humble

We’re so happy that Erika Gonzalez is part of our All Peoples Family!

Let’s get to know Jose Palacios, All Peoples Community Center and FamilySource Center’s Computer Instructor and Data Intake Specialist:

Jose Palacios

Favorite Food: Empanadas and Mongolian Beef

Favorite Color: Red

Favorite Sports Team: FC Guadalajara (Chivas) and FC Barcelona

Favorite Animal: Eagle

Favorite Quote/Saying: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a life time.”

 

All Peoples Community Center

How would you describe All Peoples Community Center?: All Peoples is a place that is all inclusive of all the Community around it. It is a place where people can gather and do activities that help them better themselves. Here people can feel at home and enjoy learning and teaching others.

Favorite Part of Your Job: To be able to impart the knowledge that I have learned on the Members of the Community. Having people learn how to use the computers and obtain the skills to succeed in this ever growing technological world is a joy.

My best All Peoples story: Last Christmas I was Santa Claus for the holiday party for All Peoples. It was wonderful to see how exited the children were to see Santa Claus. I wanted to do a good job and not disappoint the little kids. It all turned out very good. Some of the kids really did think I was Santa. I got to hand out presents and that felt great. It is wonderful to work here when you are able to touch so many people in the Community.

Hobbies: Writing, painting, hiking, practicing kickboxing, doing activities with my kids, for example playing sports.

 

Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent:  I love writing poetry and a hidden talent is that I have some published books.

Me in 3 Words: Creative, Imaginative, Loyal

We’re so happy that Jose Palacios is part of our All Peoples Family!

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Congratulations to our Executive Director, Saundra Bryant for this recognition from Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard:

Rep. Roybal-Allard Celebrates Black History Month

Washington, DC Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) released the following video statement in honor of Black History Month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbepLKB5eZk

Below is a copy of Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s statement.

“Hello, I’m Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard.  Every year during the month of February, we take time to reflect on the countless contributions that African Americans have made to this nation throughout its history.  We recognize and appreciate the collective strength that diversity brings to the United States.

“I’m inspired by African American leaders like Saundra Bryant, from our 40th Congressional District.  For more than thirty years, Saundra has been the Executive Director of All Peoples Community Center in South Los Angeles.  Over her decades of leadership at All Peoples, she has devoted herself to the well-being of her neighbors, overseeing an array of services and activities that have helped generations of local men, women, and children make ends meet and pursue their full potential.

“Black History Month not only encourages us to celebrate the progress we have made as a country, but also reminds us of the work we still have to do.  It is time to work together to find real solutions so we may ensure a better, brighter, and more equitable future for all Americans.

“I am proud to celebrate Black History Month, and I hope you will join me in celebrating the progress we have made as a nation, and recommitting ourselves to building a better tomorrow.”

All Peoples Community Center has been named a Family Resource Center by the City of Los Angeles, an honor that comes with an $800,000 annual grant and a mandate to increase both family income and academic achievement in the South LA neighborhood it has long served.

“We are proud, humbled, and deeply aware of the heavy responsibility that comes with this award,” said Director Saundra Bryant. “But it aligns with our mission. It is what we do. And we have been doing it since 1942. We will make it happen.”

Bryant has named Julio Ramos, 26-year All Peoples veteran, to be Director of the Family Source Center initiative. “We can’t wait to get started,” said Ramos, “and we are in the process of hiring 16 new staff members to meet our commitments to the city and to the neighborhood.”

Ramos and team will serve a minimum of 2500 individuals during the year, and will work intensively with 375 of them to meet ambitious program goals. Delivering on these is a requirement, as the city will review All Peoples’ performance before awarding another $800,000 next year, as well as potential grants through 2021.

All Peoples will be building on an already impressive track record of community service. Last year, the center offered over 20 programs to an average of 400 people a day, six days a week, at its premises just southwest of downtown Los Angeles. All this with a staff of 23 that leverages relationships with other non-profit agencies, as well as 450+ senior volunteers.

In the proud tradition of its name, All Peoples has long embraced everyone who comes through its doors. Since 1942, the center has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 zip code, that has changed from Japanese-American to African-American to Latino today.

“We will continue to earn the trust of our community,” promised Director Bryant, “our work has just begun.”

Saundra Bryant, executive director of All Peoples, was recently featured in an NBC Interview with Chuck Henry of L.A.’s Channel 4 News.

Watch the interview by NBC Channel 4.