In the beginning All Peoples established youth clubs. It was an opportunity for team building, leadership development, and explore beyond the neighborhood. One of the clubs is the Monarchs. The Monarchs leader is James Thomas. James grew up in the neighborhood and he and family attended the Center programs. James was a youth worker during college and eventually went on the work for the LA County Sheriff department. Since retirement James continues his community involvement. He and his partner Marc provide educational and life skills parenting classes across the county. In maintaining his connection to All Peoples more than 30 years ago the Monarchs began meeting, reconnecting to talk about the growing up at All Peoples, stories, family, life, work and lessons learned. The group members are in their mid-60’s but the bonds established in their youth still remains. One of the memories which they all enjoyed was going to Camp Joe Ide. They have supported All Peoples Camp scholarships every year for more than 30 years. Recently they invited Saundra “Sandy” Bryant and her husband Leo to join them for their annual dinner at Hop Lings restaurant in Chinatown.
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.
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