Nonprofit spotlight: UMMA Community Clinic



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An UMMA health fair. | ummaclinic.org

Intersection’s Nonprofit Spotlight series profiles South L.A. organizations that are propelling positive change in South L.A. 

Once called the University Muslim Medical Association, the organization known today as the UMMA Community Clinic (“umma” means “community” in Arabic) has been in South L.A. for nearly 20 years now. With its main clinic located just a couple of blocks east of the spot where truck driver Reginald Denny was beaten during the 1992 L.A. Riots and a second location at Fremont High School, UMMA has become part of the fabric of the community. [Read more…]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Esperanza Community Housing Corporation



Intersection’s Nonprofit Spotlight series profiles South L.A. organizations that are propelling positive change in South L.A. Here we look at Esperanza Community Housing Corporation — a 25-year-old group helping people to create communities for themselves where they can thrive.

Mercado la Paloma | www.mercadolapaloma.com

Mercado la Paloma | www.mercadolapaloma.com

What is Esperanza Community Housing’s purpose?

Esperanza seeks to create opportunities for community residents’ growth, security, participation, recognition, and ownership through developing and preserving affordable housing, promoting accessible health care, stimulating involvement in arts and culture, ensuring quality education, pursuing economic development, and advocating for progressive public policy.

When was Esperanza Community Housing founded? 1990

Which areas does Esperanza Community Housing serve? Figueroa Corridor

What services does Esperanza Community Housing provide? The organization provides a variety of programs around the core program areas of affordable, housing, health, economic development, environmental justice, and arts and culture. [Read more…]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Bienestar



Photo Courtesy of Bienestar South LA

Photo Courtesy of Bienestar South LA

What is the purpose of Bienestar South LA? Our purpose and mission is to enhance the health and well-being of the Latino community and other underserved communities in the South Los Angeles area.  We accomplish this through community education, prevention, mobilization, advocacy, and the provision of direct social support services. [Editor’s note: The word “bienestar” means “well-being.”] [Read more…]

Nonprofit Spotlight: 24th Street Theatre



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Teatro del Pueblo project at the 24th St. Theatre | Daina Beth Solomon

What is the 24th Street Theatre’s purpose? To engage, educate, and provoke our diverse community with excellent theatre and arts education.

When was the 24th Street Theatre founded? 1997

Which areas does the 24th Street Theatre serve? North University Park and surrounding areas

What services does the  24th Street Theatre provide? Arts Education, free after-school programming with snacks, and professional performances for the community from Los Angeles and around North America. Our shows cost only 24 cents for neighborhood residents.

What are the 24th Street Theatre’s recent accomplishments? Winner of the 2012 Peter Zeisler Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre.

Video Courtesy of the 24th Street Theatre Youtube Channel

Art Education Workshop | Photo Courtesy of 24th Street Theatre

Art Education Workshop | Photo Courtesy of 24th Street Theatre

What does the the 24th Street Theatre consider as…

…top safety issues in South L.A.? Youth need more things to do during non-school hours. I feel very safe in this neighborhood, but USC students need to realize when they aren’t on campus that they are in the inner city. They constantly ride their bikes while texting or just randomly bike into traffic without paying attention. I also think getting the students out to volunteer in the neighborhood would help with community relations. We have some excellent USC work study students here that work closely with neighborhood youth and are great role models to them.

…top education issues in South L.A.?  There are some great youth here in our community that need help with finding options post high school, including how and when to apply for college, and career options.

What are  the 24th Street Theatre affiliated programs? The Saturday Explorer Series, Leadership Academy,

Hours: Noon to 6, Monday through Friday, with performances occasionally on Saturdays and Sundays.

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @24thST

Contact info: Jennie McInnis, Executive Assistant, [email protected], 213.745.6516.

Photo courtesy of 24th Street Theatre

Photo courtesy of 24th Street Theatre

Nonprofit Spotlight: Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum (MCLM)



Photo Collage Courtesy of the Mayme A, Clayton Library & Musuem

Photo Collage Courtesy of the Mayme A, Clayton Library & Museum

Intersections’ Nonprofit Spotlight profiles organizations propelling positive change in South L.A.

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Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum features classic issues of Jet Magazine | Photo Courtesy of Mayme A Clayton Library & Museum

Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum features classic issues of Jet Magazine | Photo Courtesy of Mayme A Clayton Library & Museum

What is the purpose of the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum? Dr. Clayton, a university librarian, collector, and historian, believed that preserving and sharing the scattered and often neglected history of Americans of African descent was vitally important for current and future generations. Working independently for over 40 years, Dr. Clayton meticulously amassed a collection characterized as “one of the finest collections of African-American literature, manuscripts, films, and ephemera in private hands.”

Photo from the Freedom Riders Exhibition | Photo Courtesy of Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum

Photo from the Freedom Riders Exhibition | Photo Courtesy of Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum

Which areas does the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum‘s serve?

Culver City, West L.A., Baldwin Hills, South L.A. and Inglewood.

What services does the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum‘s provide? 

Tours, research opportunities, filming opportunities, intern assignments, monthly movies, meeting spaces.

What are some of the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum‘s accomplishments? 

MCLM’s Rare Books Collection contains more than 30,000 rare and out-of-print books written by or about African Americans. Our film archive contains over 700 film titles from 1916 in 16mm, 35mm, VHS, and DVD formats.

What does the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum consider as…

Grace Bumbry, opera singer, portraying Eboli in Verdi's Don Carol at the NY Metropolitan Opera | Photo Courtesy of the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum Photo Collection

Grace Bumbry, opera singer, portraying Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carol at the NY Metropolitan Opera | Photo Courtesy of the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum Photo Collection

…top recreational issues in South L.A.? South L.A is trying to become a more vibrant, recreational place to come to.

…top education issues in South L.A.? The need for more after-school and school vacations programs for kids.

In which areas could the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum use volunteers? 

Docent, archiving, digitizing, reception, social media and marketing, newsletter, computer maintenance.

What are Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum’s affiliated programs? Educational ToursManuscripts and Archives Collection, Rare Books Collection, Film and Recorded Sound Archives, Photographs and Prints Collection, Art and Artifacts Collection.

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter

Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Contact info: Cara Adams, [email protected], 310-202-1647.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic



Photo Courtesy of LA Child Guidance

Photo Courtesy of LA Child Guidance

Intersections’ Nonprofit Spotlight series profiles organizations that are propelling positive change in South L.A. _________________________________________________________________________ 

What is the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic’s purpose? To provide quality mental health services to a community in great need by ensuring easy access and promoting early intervention.

When was the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic founded? Since its inception in 1924 as the first child guidance clinic west of the Rockies, the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic has built a rich history of leadership and innovation in the field of pediatric mental health.

Photo Courtesy of LA Child Guidance

Photo Courtesy of LA Child Guidance

Which areas does the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic serve? Central and South Los Angeles.

What services does the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic provide? Comprehensive array of mental health programs include the following:

Early Intervention and Community Wellness Division – Since the 1980s has pioneered programs including home visitation by early childhood experts, clinic-based services for children whose explosive behavioral problems often result in expulsion from preschools, assessments of young children in foster care to assure safety and emotional well-being in future placement, and a family resource center meeting basic needs in economically stressful times.

Outpatient Services Division – Includes specialty services for children experiencing school failure and/or involvement in probation and child welfare systems, as well as a one-of-a-kind no-fee, no-appointment Access Center where annually an average of 1,700 highest-need children are immediately seen, enrolled into Clinic services, or referred to regional center, domestic violence and other appropriate placements.

City Hall declares Children Mental Health Awareness Day in Los Angeles | Photo Courtesy of LA Child Guidance

City Hall declares Children Mental Health Awareness Day in Los Angeles | Photo Courtesy of LA Child Guidance

Intensive Services Division – Employs a nationally recognized model designed to keep together families struggling to overcome mental illness, domestic violence, substance abuse and extreme poverty, while also providing comprehensive, coordinated services 24/7 for highest-needs children – especially those in foster care – who exhibit severe behavioral and emotional problems.

Life Learning Division – Serves youth ages 15 to 25 who are homeless, at risk for homelessness, aging out of foster care, or struggling with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, by blending job placement services, treatment, case management and medication services to support essential skills for independent living.

The Early Intervention Training Institute trains approximately 650 mental health and allied professionals annually in identifying, intervening and referring very young children at risk for emotional, behavioral or social delays. A unique Child Psychiatry Residents Training affiliation with USC Keck School of Medicine Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry trains all child psychiatry residents to diagnose and treat children ages 0 – 5.

What are the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic’s recent accomplishments?

  •  3,403 children and family members benefited from Clinic services.
  • 51,707 mental health outpatient visits were provided at three community-based Clinic offices, s well as on-site at 20 local schools, in clients’ homes, and at other community sites.
  • 1,174 children, family members, and caregivers received immediate assistance at the no-appointment, no-fee bilingual Access Center.
  • 5,085 days of service were provided through our intensive day treatment program.
  • 6 residents from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine served rotations at the Clinic through the Child Psychiatry Residents Training Program, receiving specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of young children.
  • 4 doctoral students participated in our Psychology Internship Program, providing clinical treatment services and receiving specialized training.

Video Courtesy of LA Child Guidance Youtube Channel

What does the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic consider as…

…top safety issues in South L.A.? As resources become available through the Affordable Care Act and California’s Mental Health Services Act, it is imperative that silos be broken between our health, mental health and public education system to ensure children and youth of all ages benefit.

…top education issues in South L.A.?  School based health centers offer great promise, but easy referrals between service providers at the school site is a goal that must be realized – otherwise students don’t get access to the care they need to succeed in life.

…top housing issues in South L.A.? Supportive housing for individuals with mental health needs and disabilities continue to top the list.

…top recreational issues in South L.A.? The continued focus on access to healthy, affordable food is important, as is the completion of the Expo line and new enthusiasm around biking.

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter

Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact info: Cesar Portillo, Vice President of Clinic Advancement,[email protected]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL)



Hands Across Crenshaw High | Los Angeles Urban League

Hands Across Crenshaw High | Los Angeles Urban League

Intersections’ Nonprofit Spotlight series profiles organizations that are propelling positive change in South L.A. _________________________________________________________________________

Photo Courtesy of the Los Angeles Urban League Facebook Page

Photo Courtesy of the Los Angeles Urban League Facebook Page

What is the the Los Angeles Urban League’s purpose? To enable African-Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights through advocacy activities and the provision of programs and services in our uniquely diversified city and region.

When was the Los Angeles Urban League’s founded? 1921.

Which areas does the Los Angeles Urban League’s serve? A 70-block-area within Park Mesa Heights and its outskirts.

What services does the Los Angeles Urban League’s provide?  

Video Courtesy of the laurbanleague youtube channel

What does the LA Urban League consider as…

…top safety issues in South L.A.? Community residents are coming together to build a safe haven for kids to reach school. There have been safety improvements to structures around schools in the Crenshaw District.

…top education issues in South L.A.?  Suspension and expulsion rates need improvement. Also, student skills need to reach the appropriate academic levels for reading and math.

…top housing issues in South L.A.? Lack of education in home ownership needs to be improved. Some educational services have been provided, such as LAUL’s designated go-to person for Housing Solutions.  

What are the Los Angeles Urban League’s affiliated programs? iMatter2 Campaign and the Domestic Violence Prevention Collaborative.

Website: http://www.laul.org

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter

Contact info: Jeffery Wallace, [email protected]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Cop Watch Los Angeles (CWLA)



Photo Courtesy of Copwatch Los Angeles Facebook

Photo Courtesy of Copwatch Los Angeles Facebook

Intersections’ Nonprofit Spotlight series profiles South L.A. organizations that are propelling positive change in South L.A.

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Flyer from a fundraiser to free Joaquin Ceinfuegos, the founder of Copwatch LA, from jail | Photo Courtesy of Copwatch LA

Flyer from a fundraiser to free Joaquin Ceinfuegos, the founder of Copwatch LA, from jail | Photo Courtesy of Copwatch LA

What is Cop Watch LA’s purpose?  According to our mission statement,”CWLA is a program, coalition, and network dedicated to the struggle that will end police terrorism through collecting information on and observing police activity, by offering support to those caught in the criminal injustice system, fighting for change without a reformist consciousness, and working side-by-side with oppressed communities*, and grassroots organizations to create revolutionary alternatives to policing, prisons, and all systems of domination, oppression and exploitation by building healthy, safe, and liberated communities.” [Read more…]

Nonprofit Spotlight: RISE Financial Pathways



Photo Courtesy of RISE Financial Pathways Facebook Page

Photo Courtesy of RISE Financial Pathways Facebook Page

Intersections’ Nonprofit Spotlight series profiles South L.A. organizations that are propelling positive change in South L.A.

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Community Yard Sale | Photo Courtesy of RISE Financial Pathways Facebook Page

Community Yard Sale | Photo Courtesy of RISE Financial Pathways Facebook Page

What is the RISE Financial Pathways’ purpose?  To improve the financial standing of individuals, launch and sustain small businesses, and generate economic activity that strengthens entire neighborhoods.

When was the RISE Financial Pathways’ founded? March 1993

Which areas does the RISE Financial Pathways’ serve? South Los Angeles

What services does the RISE Financial Pathways’ provide? Small business lending and asset development. [Read more…]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Inside Out Community Arts



Photo Courtesy of Inside Out Community Arts

Courtesy of Inside Out Community Arts

Intersections’ Nonprofit Spotlight series profiles South L.A. organizations that are propelling positive change in South L.A. _________________________________________________________________________

The children paint their flats on a camping trip | Photo Courtesy of Inside Out Community Arts

The children paint their flats on a camping trip | Courtesy of Inside Out Community Arts

What is the purpose of Inside Out Community Arts? Through visual arts, performing arts, and media workshops, Inside Out Community Arts promotes healthy interaction among diverse at-risk and underserved Los Angeles middle-school and high school youth. Led by both specially trained teams of professional artists and high school age mentors, Inside Out bridges cultural, geographic, socioeconomic and differently-abled boundaries to support youth in creating and presenting topical theater, art and media. Our goal is to empower youth with the tools, confidence and inspiration to make a positive difference in their communities and the world … from the inside out.

When was Inside Out Community Arts founded? 1996.

Which areas does Inside Out Community Arts serve? Northeast L.A., Downtown, South L.A., Compton, South Bay, and the westside.

What services does Inside Out Community Arts provide? Art education, and social and emotional learning.

Video Courtesy of  InsideOutCa Youtube Channel

What does Inside Out Community Arts consider as…

…top safety issues in South L.A.? We believe bullying, cutting, gang recruitment, drug use, high school drop out rates, teen pregnancy and the lack of healthy and nutritional foods in South L.A. are huge safety issues.

Backstage before a performance | Photo Courtesy of Inside Out Community Artes

Backstage before a performance | Courtesy of Inside Out Community Arts

…top education issues in South L.A.?  Lack of arts education in schools and quality combined with sufficient after-school programs for low income families who have to work (i.e. a place for their kids to go after school that is healthy, productive and safe).

…top housing issues in South L.A.? Access to affordable housing is challenging in L.A. County.

…top business issues in South L.A.? Taxes are hard on local businesses, so many of the bigger corporations are leaving L.A. or California. Corporations are becoming more and more philanthropic.

What are Inside Out Community Arts affiliated programs? The School Project, Alumini Mentor Program, Teen Media Initiative

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter

Website:  http://www.insideoutca.org/

Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Contact info: Varina Bleil, Executive Director of Education, [email protected], 310-397-8820 x110.