VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Delivers Keynote Address at the LA County Young Offender Reentry Summit

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas delivers the keynote address at the Los Angeles County Young Offender Reentry Summit at the Carson Community Center on Friday, July 23, 2010.

Read more about the summit at the Daily Breeze.

Los Angeles County Young Offender Reentry Summit


Los Angeles County has been awarded a $300,000 Young Offender Reentry Planning Grant funded 100% by the U.S. Department of Labor. Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board and Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services Workforce and Community Services Branch in collaboration with the Human Relations Commission and the Empowerment Congress invites you to develop a Master Plan to coordinate reentry services for young offenders.

=> Join Supervisor Ridley-Thomas in a discussion to share information on reentry issues for the Second Supervisorial District cities and unincorporated areas.

=> Participate in creating a plan to maximize current resources.

=> Learn about current research and best practices.

Friday, July 23, 2010 (Doors open 8:00 a.m.)
Summit Commences at 9:00 a.m. and Concludes at 3:00 p.m.

Carson Community Center
801 E. Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745

Register online here or call Renee Bustillos at 213-351-5036 or via email at

Prevent Whooping Cough through Immunization

The County of Los Angeles is experiencing higher rates of whooping cough, or pertussis, a highly contagious bacterial disease that is spread by coughing. Children and infants are most vulnerable. Symptoms include intense coughing, accompanied by a whooping sound and post-cough vomiting, with complications including pneumonia and seizures. Whooping cough can be prevented through vaccination and healthy hygiene habits.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas is hosting a series of free community vaccination clinics to encourage families to get vaccinated, and help prevent the spread of whooping cough.

UPDATE: All immunizations for children entering school will also be provided. If possible, please bring your child’s yellow immunization card.

July 7 (9am – 12pm)
WIC – Compton
130 E. Compton Blvd.
Compton, CA 90221

July 14 (9am – 12pm)
WIC – Lynwood
3811 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90262

July 21 (3pm – 7pm)
Kedren Headstart
710 E. 111th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90059

August 4 (9am – 12pm)
WIC – Florence
501 E. Florence Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90003

September 1 (9am – 1pm)
Kedren Headstart
710 E. 111th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90050

September 8 (1pm – 5pm)
Kedren Headstart
710 E. 111th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90059

"Incarcerated Parents Project" Holds Kick-Off Event Tomorrow to Strengthen Bonds Between Inmates and Children Through Visitation

Friends Outside in Los Angeles County, in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, is hosting a kick-off event for the “Incarcerated Parents Project” (IPP) at the Century Regional Detention Center on Thursday, June 17th from 1 to 3 p.m. The program is designed to introduce community leaders to IPP; explain how the agencies involve facilitate visitation between incarcerated parents and their children and what that looks like.

This project is one of very few in the country that promotes family bonds between children of inmates and their incarcerated parents who qualify for services. The goal is to promote the family reunification services for children in foster care in families with parental incarceration through services that include the following: supervised visitation; assistance to complete case plans with Dependency Court; liaison support between incarcerated parents and their Children’s Social Workers; and, supportive services for children and their caregivers.

There will be a tour of Century Regional Detention Facility immediately following Program. Tour participants need to be cleared in advance.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
Century Regional Detention Facility

11705 South Alameda Street
Lynwood, CA 90262

FREE and Low-Cost Dental Services for Children and Teenagers

Free and low-cost dental services for children and teenagers is available throughout the Second District at the following local agencies:

Venice Family Clinics (310.392.8636): Serving Culver City

St. John’s Well Child & Family Center (323.541.1600): Serving Compton, Crenshaw, Exposition Park, Florence, Watts, Jefferson Park, Leimert Park, Lynwood, Paramount, N. University Park, South Central LA, University Park

South Bay Family Healthcare Center (310.802.6170): Serving Carson, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Gardena