Beat the Odds Scholarship Nominations Due January 28, 2011

Dear Community Leader:

As someone with a strong network of advocates of young people experiencing overwhelming obstacles, the Children’s Defense Fund- California invites you to share the following opportunity with your network or participate in the Los Angeles Beat the Odds Scholarship Program by nominating a 2011 scholarship recipient. To download the application click here.

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 37 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation.

Since 1990, CDF has awarded Beat the Odds scholarships to high school students across the country that are working hard to overcome tremendous obstacles in their personal lives, demonstrate academic excellence, and give back to their communities.

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VIDEO: Proposal To Reduce Recidivism Among LA County Probation Youth

Vowing to break America’s pipeline to prison for minority teens, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman announced a comprehensive proposal to prevent recidivism among Los Angeles County youths.

The analysis of “re-entry” in Los Angeles County — the process by which incarcerated youths leave custody and seek to establish themselves in society — examines the failures of the current system and proposes 10 steps for improvement.

Los Angeles County’s juvenile probation population is the largest in the nation, at 20,000. Nationwide one in three African American males born in 2001, and one out of six Latino males born that year are at risk of imprisonment, according to the Children’s Defense Fund.



Applications Open For Grants For Nonprofit Arts Organizations To Hire Summer Interns

Deadline to apply is December 15 – Free workshop scheduled November 18

Funding for non-profit arts organizations to hire college undergraduate interns in summer 2011 is available from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The guidelines, application and application instructions for the Arts Internship Program are now available on the Arts commission’s Web site. Visit or go to and click on “Internships.”

The program is for Los Angeles County-based nonprofit performing, presenting (including film and media organizations with a presenting program), arts service and literary arts organizations that are interested in mentoring an undergraduate college student for ten weeks during summer 2011. Grants of $2,500 to $3,500, depending on organizational budget size, to be used to pay interns are awarded to successful applicant organizations. To support the internships, Los Angeles County, through its Arts Commission, will give grants totaling $250,000 to approximately 75 arts organizations throughout the County. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, December 15, 2010.

A free application workshop will be held on Thursday, November 18 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Arts Commission offices, 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800, in downtown Los Angeles. To sign up for the workshop please visit or go to, then click on “Internships.”

Organizations interested in this program should review the guidelines before beginning an application and be aware of the following:

Only nonprofit arts organizations that possess 501(c)(3) status and are not part of a college or university are eligible for the program, including municipal arts agencies and municipal performing arts organizations.

Each organization may request only one full-time intern.

Organizations with budgets over $1.5 million are required to provide a cash match of $500.

Organizations with budgets greater than $4 million are required to provide a cash match of $1,000.

The purpose of the County’s program is to provide undergraduate students with meaningful on-the-job training and experience in working in nonprofit arts organizations, while assisting arts organizations to develop future arts leaders.

Watkins and Roosevelt Park Resource Fairs This Week

Resource Fair

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Ted Watkins Memorial Park
1335 E. 103rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90002

Thursday, August 12, 2010 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Franklin Roosevelt Park
7600 Graham Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90001

Workshops Being Offered: Teenagers and the Law – Your Rights and Responsibilities (August 11th only)

Resources: Juvenile Record Sealment, Child Support/Custody, Food Stamp/General Relief, Health and Mental Health, Housing, Substance Abuse, Counseling.

For information, please contact Vincent Holmes at 213-974-1163.

Lennox Park Community Mural Completed!

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has worked with the youth of the Lennox Community over the summer to create “Love Is In The Air” a large mural at the entrance to the Lennox Park on the corner of Lennox Blvd and Condon Ave. This project was fully envisioned and created by the Lennox community in coordination with muralist Roger Dolin. At the Lennox Family Festival in May, the community worked with Roger to design the mural and over the subsequent three months, learned how to paint and quickly saw their vision become a work of art. This project was done in partnership with Create Now, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Department of Parks and Recreation. There will be an official unveiling of the mural at noon on August 26th. Please join us!

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