National Night Out, now in its 28th year, is a nationwide unique crime and drug prevention event led by law enforcement and organizations that have a common interest in creating a safe and secure neighborhood environment. NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program that neighborhoods benefit from. Traditionally, neighbors would turn on their porch lights and hold night vigils to promote solidarity. Today, neighborhoods are banding together to make a stronger stance against crime by having evening events with their local law enforcement agencies, businesses, non-profits and churches.
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Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was honored with the National Leadership Award from the National Forum for Black Administrators at its eighth annual awards banquet Thursday, July 21 in Washington DC. The leadership award, which also was given to Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, and Harry E. Johnson, Sr., president and chief executive officer of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. is given to public servants who have demonstrated an unselfish commitment to serving the community, exhibited exemplary leadership, and achieved excellence in public service. In his acceptance speech, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said, “I am humbled and honored to be recognized by the national forum. “I strive not only to be an effective leader in the political arena, but to always be mindful that I follow in the footsteps of African-American trailblazers who opened the door for me and many others who are dedicated to this work.”
The Supervisor added: “I’d also like to commend the forum for its efforts of preparing the next generation of young people to be conduits of new ideas, innovation, and change in public service positions.”
Founded in 1983, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators is a professional membership organization dedicated to advancing Black leadership in the public sector. To date the organization has 2,700 members, representing more that 350 jurisdictions in 36 states.
The forum is committed to increasing the number of African Americans appointed to executive positions in public service organizations by grooming aspiring leaders for senior public management positions.
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The Second Supervisorial District has long been a supporter of the Environmental Charter High School (ECHS). With its innovative curriculum that is focused on promoting sustainability and experience-based education, the school made it to the Top 5 schools in President Obama’s 2010 “Race to the Top” Commencement Challenge. Over the last year, the Environmental Charter model has extended its reach to middle school students! Be a part of the planning effort to build a new campus and to help the school revitalize the surrounding community, especially along Imperial Highway.
Please attend the community meeting on Tuesday, July 19th at Environmental Charter Middle School to discuss the plans to build a state of the art campus help revitalize Imperial Highway. Come brainstorm, share your ideas, and provide input on what revitalization means to you.
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Environmental Charter Middle School
3600 W. Imperial Hwy
Inglewood, CA 90303
Childcare and pizza provided.
Free grocery Raffle.
There were laughs, smiles, and cheers from the group of about 50 students, ages five to 13 years old, who sat mesmerized as Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas flipped the pages and read Dylan Pritchett’s The First Music aloud at First Church of God’s Freedom School summer literacy program in Inglewood.
Students shared their favorite types of music with the Supervisor, sang and chanted motional songs and even showed off their acting and vocal skills by narrating the book through sound effects as the Supervisor read out loud. It was a morning filled with joy and the love of learning.
Throughout the six-week literacy and enrichment program, the Supervisor will be visiting and interacting with students at each of the four Freedom School sites in the second district: First Church of God in Inglewood; First New Christian Fellowship in South L.A., Bethel A.M.E. Church in South L.A. and Community Coalition at Foshay Learning Center in South L.A. To date, over 200 students have enrolled into the second district summer program.
As part of the Freedom School Curriculum, all students read books, participate in arts, crafts, dance, sports and music, go on field trips, and engage in community service in a nurturing environment that fosters growth and development.
[pullquote_right]”This program uniquely integrates reading, learning, and civic engagement,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.[/pullquote_right]Freedom School’s were established in 1992 by Children’s Defense Fund founder and children’s advocate Marian Wright Edelman. They provide rigorous, quality summer and after school instruction to children who live in urban areas. The programming, which is both challenging and entertaining, is based on the belief that all children are capable of learning and achieving high standards.
The program is rooted in the work of the Civil Rights movement, specifically the work of college-age youth during the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project. Freedom Schools apply an intergenerational approach in which college students are trained as “Servant Leader Interns” who work as reading tutors and role models, motivating children to develop positive attitudes about themselves and their abilities.
Last summer, the Children Defense Fund Freedom School program served over 9,600 children in 84 cities and 29 states, and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, worked with Edelman to introduce the program to the Second District last July.
“This program uniquely integrates reading, learning, and civic engagement,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.” Not only do the children have a wonderful time — I didn’t see a single child today who wasn’t fully engaged and enthusiastic — but the Freedom School curriculum instills tools that are essential to lifelong personal and community empowerment.”
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Before a crowd of 200 onlookers, the Board of Supervisors, made a special presentation to honor Los Angeles Lakers’ Champion Ron Artest and Laker Legend Jerry West at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors Meeting, July 12 in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration.
Mr. Artest was recognized for his advocacy and commitment to promoting mental health awareness and encouraging youth to seek mental health services by spreading his message of wellness and recovery.
One year after publicly thanking his psychiatrist for helping him win the Lakers‘ 2010 championship, Mr. Artest continues to vouch for the importance of mental health services. Earlier this year he partnered with the County of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District and spoke to 150 Jefferson High Schools students to address the stigma associated with seeking help and offered his young listeners words of encouragement.
The Board also honored 2007 California Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Jerry West for his dedication to the Los Angeles Watts Summer Games of which Mr. West serves as honorary chair for basketball. West, played for and coached the Lakers from 1960 to 1979. Photos of Jerry West (click here)
In his acceptance speech, Mr. West spoke of being from a small town in West Virginia, leaving home as a young man, falling in love with Los Angeles, and
dedicating his life to serving others.
The Summer Games, modeled after the Olympic Games by William Sims and members of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce promotes positive interaction through competition in athletics, art, and scholastics. To date more than 7,000 athletes have competed and developed their athletic talent by participating in the Los Angeles Watts Summer Games.
Ron Artest and Jerry West were available before and after the board presentation for autographs, conversations, and photos with high school students and athletes from the Los Angeles Watts Summer Games.
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