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.

Let’s get to know Lily Huerta, All Peoples Community Center’s Receptionist:

Favorite Food: My Mom’s Enchiladas

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Sports Team: LA Dodgers and LA Kings

Favorite Animal: Pandas

Favorite Quote/Saying: “If you have a dream, don’t let anyone take it away and always believe that the impossible is always possible!”

Lily Huera

How would you describe All Peoples Community Center?: The way I would describe APCC is supportive.  Always finding new ways/services to help the Community/families.

Favorite Part of Your Job: My favorite part of my job is meeting the different kinds of people that walk in and being able to help them.

Lily Huerta

My Best All Peoples Story: One of my best All Peoples stories is when I was a camp counselor at Camp Joe Ide.  I was in charge of the youngest group of girls and one of our activities was Archery.  I had a little girl that didn’t want to do it.  I talked to her and tried to convince her to try it at least once.  She ended up trying it.  She loved it, and she won a medal in the archery competition.  Later on that day she said to me, “Thank you for pushing me to try new things!”

Hobbies: Reading, Sleeping, Netflix

Lily Huerta

Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent:  Fun fact about me is that I am very claustrophobic.  I hate small spaces.

Me in 3 Words: Funny, Strong, Hard-working!

We’re so happy that Lily Huerta is part of our All Peoples Family!

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

Explore All Peoples

 

KidCity_BrazilYouth

All Peoples Community Center and Kid City Youth have the opportunity to meet Brazilian Youth through a Youth Art Exchange & Photo Exhibition! In a series of video-chat sessions, youth artists in Santos and Los Angeles will share a discussion about motives and influences for artistic expression. A Museum Photo-Exhibit in the MASS – Museu de Arte Sacra de Santos in Sao Paulo State, Brazil opens on April 28, 2018 to document this dynamic Youth Cultural Exchange. Above is a picture of the first video chat session: Kid City & All Peoples Community Center taking a selfie and sending love to their new friends in Brazil.

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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.

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.

 

 

Edna Chavez

Empowering Our Youth!

“March For Our Lives LA” was held on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Youth and Families marched in Washington D.C. for gun and weapon awareness and reform and to demand the end of mass shootings in our schools.  One of our Slate-Z Partners Community Coalition of South Los Angeles traveled to Washington D.C. with South Los Angeles Youth.

Seeking to stand in solidarity with the students in Florida who organized the march, the Los Angeles March was also held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Pershing Square, and some of our All Peoples and CRCD Youth had the opportunity to stand with fellow Students Nation Wide and voice their concerns regarding gun violence and mass shootings in our school and discuss ways to help end gun violence.

Edna Chavez, from our Slate-Z Partner Community Coalition, gave a speech at the Washington D.C. March on behalf of our South Los Angeles Community to raise awareness regarding gun violence and the empowerment that our Youth receive from Mentorship Programs, Mental Health Resources, Paid Internships, and Job Opportunities.

We’re so proud of the civic engagement that our Youth have shown these past few months.  Our YouthSource Case Manager Adrian Rios has worked with our Youth on Pre-voter Registration.  Our Youth Director Deisy Huerta works with the Teens in our Summer Youth Employment Program as they mentor the younger age groups during our Summer Day Camp along with various other events throughout the year.

During the last CD 9 Coalition meeting, a workgroup was established to develop a plan to increase Civic Engagement in 2018.  Several organizations who work with Youth (including All Peoples, CD Tech, CRCD, A Place Called Home, and a representative from the Mayor’s office) have joined the workgroup with focus on increasing engagement of Youth in South Central Los Angeles. Increasing voter registration and participation in Neighborhood Councils were major discussion items.  The workgroup will report at the next CD 9 Coalition meeting in May, and we will keep you updated on our progress.

We’re proud to stand in Support of our Youth, and have strengthened our resolve to continue with our Mission to provide social services and programs that empower individuals, and promote community, respect, and self-determination for all.

 

“March For Our Lives LA” – This Saturday, March 24, 2018, Youth and Families of March For Our Lives will be marching in Washington DC for gun and weapon awareness and reform and to demand the end of mass shootings in our schools.

Seeking to stand in solidarity with the students in Florida who are organizing this march, the Los Angeles March begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 603 S Spring St, Los Angeles, 90014 (Parade Start and Meeting Point) For more info about the LA event, visit: www.marchforourlivesla.com

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From the “March For Our Lives” Organizers –

“IN LOS ANGELES ON MARCH 24, JOIN TOGETHER TO MARCH FOR OUR LIVES.

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Los Angeles to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

March in Los Angeles or march in your own community. On March 24, the collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.

In Los Angeles, the march begins 9 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 603 S Spring St, Los Angeles, 90014.

Mission Statement

Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the 17 lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns.  March For Our Lives believes the time is now.

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Los Angeles to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.

School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing.  The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues.  No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.

Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard.

Stand up on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death.

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES!”

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!