BENEFITING: Community Development Technologies Center
EVENT DATE: Jun 28, 2014
Dear supporters of local leadership,
CDTech believes that neighborhood improvement solutions must come from people who are the most affected by the conditions in order to enact the greatest change. This year we are proud to say that we have empowered over 200 people through our five programs, the majority of which are residents of South LA.
CDTech is a catalyst for change in South LA, equipping residents with the training, strategies and programs they need to transform neighborhoods and create economic opportunities. Our programs service high school youth, community residents, and students from LA Trade Tech College that seek to become change agents in South LA and other communities of need.
We ask you to partner with our dedicated staff to uplift and celebrate the growth of our graduating participants. We are hoping to raise $10,000 in dollars or in-kind donations to make the 2nd Annual Celebration of Emerging Leadership the ceremony the community deserves. All extra funds raised will go directly to more internship stipends for participants to develop work experience. Together, we hope to promote the great work of South Los Angeles residents to lead the efforts for community change.
CDTech empowers every day leaders to understand how their passion for change combined with technical skills creates the momentum for social change in Los Angeles.
- Through Public Allies Los Angeles (PALA), we built the capacity of 35 participants, a third of which are opportunity youth and 19 nonprofit organizations, leveraging a 10 month Americorps investment in communities that have the highest need for social change. Through the Team Service Projects, our participants learned project management, community building, and collective action so that no one gets left behind.
- Through the Los Angeles Community Organizing Academy (LACOA), we built the theoretical and technical understanding of grassroots local leaders of all generations to analyze, incite and move communities to get the change they seek.
- Through the Community Planning and Economic Development Program (ComPlan) at LATTC is the college that serves the economically disenfranchised population in the entire country and this year we strengthened and expanded our course offerings for the first time in five years at LA Trade Tech. This year’s roster of graduates has grown six-fold from the graduating class of last year.
- Through YLEAD, we have raised the capacity of 60 emerging leaders across three South LA public high schools that are beginning to understand how they affect the social dynamics by which they live and are empowered to get involved.
The Civic Engagement team facilitated resident led solutions that leveraged the resources of all our programs to make big ripples in our two place based communities.
- In November 2013, LACOA and PALA participants outreached and supported the resident led Community Wellness Bonanza in Vermont Square. About 200 neighborhood residents received health and social service resources as well as turkeys for 35 families.
- In April 2014, YLEAD and PALA participants coordinated and outreached for Spring Community Beautification event where nearly 300 residents of the Vernon Central community improved 30 blocks designated by a resident leadership group.
CDTech participants know how to leverage relationships, conduct outreach, and implement a plan that results in improved community outcomes and greater community self efficacy. Our fundamental praxis integrates curriculum, client support, recruitment and evaluation to uplift the change that is happening in our participants and to encourage and maintain that change over time.
The funds raised for this event will directly pay for event costs and any extra will go directly to more internship stipends for next year's students.
Your donation directly supports change in the community!
Thank you for your support,
President and CEO
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