Are you 55+ and looking to make a difference in a child’s life? Join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at All Peoples Community Center! RSVP is currently looking for individuals who are ready to make a positive impact in the life of a child. Volunteer opportunities include:
- Reading to Children
- Sports League Assistant
- Child care assistants
- And more!
You may be asking, “But what if my schedule is all over the place?” Not a problem! We understand you have a lot going on, and we’ll work with your schedule. So what are you waiting for? Join the largest network of volunteers and start making a difference in a child’s life.
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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!
All Peoples – Meet Our Team – Susana Palacios
Let’s get to know Susana Palacios, All Peoples Community Center’s Receptionist, SDC Coordinator and SYEP Coordinator:
Favorite Food: Pad Thai
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Animal: Hummingbird
Favorite Sports Team: Cowboys
Favorite Quote/Saying: “Happy wife, happy life.”
How would you describe All Peoples Community Center? A great place that helps our community.
Favorite Part of Your Job: Working with the Children and Youth that participate in the center and those that come to get help here.
My Best All Peoples Story: During our Summer Program, we helped motivate the younger students by encouraging them to do their very best with all activities so they can become Junior Camp Counselors when they turn 15 (also known as CITs – Counselors in Training). It was such a great success that all of our students wanted to participate. They would say, “By the time we are 15, we will be ready to join the Summer Day Camp and be CITs.” The excitement that showed on their faces, because they were able to help out and be part of a team, was one of a kind.
Hobbies: Love taking pictures
Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent: Love making picture videos.
Me in 3 Words: Caring, Overprotective, Loving
We’re so happy that Susana Palacios is part of our All Peoples Family!
Our New Community Farm needs your Vote!
Help our neighborhood win a $25k grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist.®
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Voting is from August 15th to August 24th.
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“La Red De Cultivadores” (Food Growers Network) converts vacant lot into Micro Farm in South L.A.
The $25,000 will enable the community to complete the conversion of the vacant lot. Community members and agency partners have secured $35,000 for soil remediation, removal of gravel, acquiring mulch, and materials to build beds, purchase storage units and water line installation. The remaining needs include fencing, drip irrigation, lighting, and electricity. The community members input from several meetings require a thoughtful design which incorporates educational workshop area for trainings with children youth and adults. We want to incorporate green space for forums and gatherings with partners in the area. Our design includes a kitchen food preparation area for cooking classes, nutrition education, sharing recipes, and farm to table potlucks. In addition the design would include a food stand area for various food distribution and harvesting activities.
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All Peoples – Meet Our Team – Victor Perez
Let’s get to know Victor Perez, All Peoples Community Center’s 6th and 7th Grade Youth Coordinator:
Favorite Food: I don’t have a favorite food. I always like to try new foods when I can.
Favorite Color: Dodger Blue
Favorite Animal: Dogs
Favorite Sports Team: The Dodgers
Favorite Quote/Saying: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill
How would you describe All Peoples Community Center?: It’s a place that has always been welcoming to the community. It is a second home for a lot of people. I’ve spoken with kids who come to the Center on a day when the after school program is closed. They can be anywhere they want, but they choose to come to the Center and hang out here. They know we will never turn them away. I think that says a lot about what we do here at the Center. The students know just about everyone that works here and know that they can speak to any of us whenever they want. The parents that come to the Center know that as well. I’ve had many conversations with parents walking through the neighborhood on my way to lunch.
Favorite Part of Your Job: I like when we take the kids to places they haven’t been before. We take kids camping every summer. There are many kids around the neighborhood that have never had that experience. The kids get away from the city for a week to go hiking, climb trees and swim with their friends.
My Best All Peoples Story: I was hiking with a group of kids at Camp Joe Ide in the San Bernardino Mountains. One of the kids called out to me and said, “Victor, it’s probably night time in Los Angeles right now. My parents are probably sleeping.” I answered, “Yeah, it probably is night time in L.A.” It was around 3pm. The kid had never been camping, and he thought we were on the other side of the world. That’s the feeling we want all of the kids to have when we go to camp.
Hobbies: Movies, watching sports, and live concerts
Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent: I know a lot of useless facts.
Me in 3 Words: Honest, Direct, and Dependable
We’re so happy that Victor Perez is part of our All Peoples Family!
Summer Farmternship 2018
Roots for Peace Summer Farmternship Program was held from June 19, 2018 – August 1, 2018. Youth worked with Crystal Gonzalez from American Friends Service Committee’s Root for Peace Program as they explored issues that impact the health and wellness of our Community. The Youth assisted with the building of the new community farm site located across the street from All Peoples Community Center. Youth enrolled in the Farmternship also assisted with the design and painting of the Mural located inside the new Community Farm. On August 1, 2018, Youth held a Mural presentation for Community Members.
We encourage all young people between ages 15 to 18 who identify as POC (people of color) and are interested in building something better for our neighborhoods to apply each Summer to the Roots for Peace Summer Farmternship Program. You can contact Roots for Peace on their FaceBook Page. Farmternship is a project by the American Friends Service Committee’s Roots for Peace Program.
College Corner Workshop
On Friday, July 27, 2018, Our College Advisors held a College Readiness Workshop. The workshop is designed for High School students of all grade levels. Topics include: A – G requirements, Individual Graduation Plan, AP Courses, SAT and ACT, and extracurricular activities. These are essential high school requirements to successfully graduate and transfer to a UC/CSU. Please contact College Advisors Susana and Elizabeth at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 747-6357 ext 147 for more information on our College Corner.
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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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“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.