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!

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:

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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.