Let’s get to know Michelle Ordaz, All Peoples Community Center’s Youth Coordinator and GRYD Facilitator:
Favorite Food: Anything that has shrimp
Favorite Color: Hot Pink
Favorite Animal: Koala
Favorite Quote: “Life will knock us down, but we can choose whether or not to get back up.”
How would you describe All Peoples Community Center: I would describe All Peoples Community Center as a home to many people in the community. All Peoples is a place that empowers families and believes in the dreams of the Youth.
Favorite Part of Your Job:My favorite part of the job is knowing I help people from the community I grew up in.
My best All Peoples story: My best All Peoples Story was when I was translating for the PSA Counselor in order to complete an Academic Assessment with one of the families from the After-School Program. On the job, I see many families, but it only takes a moment to further assist a family in need. As we completed the Academic Assessment, we happened to find out that the family was going through a rough time. On that day, we had the Food Bank, and we were able to provide the family with food items. When we came out with the bags of food, the family had a surprised look questioning if the food was all for them. The look they had when we said “Yes” was priceless. All Peoples is the place that gives me the tools to conduct a positive impact in the community where I grew up.
Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Swimming, Reading
Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent: I know ASL (American Sign Language)
Me in 3 Words:Empowering, Resourceful, Street-smart
We’re so happy that Michelle is part of our All Peoples Family!
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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