Southern California Program


Civic and Community
Los Angeles, CA
June 2019

The South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z) is a collaborative initiative of civic, business, and community leaders whose mission is to revitalize South LA by moving residents to economic opportunity.  The zone is five miles wide from Crenshaw Boulevard to Central Avenue, roughly framed by the Crenshaw, Expo, and Blue Line light rail systems.  Community Partners serves as the fiscal agent for the initiative, which is led by Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) and governed by a 23-member Steering Committee.  SLATE Z’s 55 cross-sector partners came together to design a resident-informed plan that established five goals related to jobs, economic activity, education, safety, and transit.  In 2016, SLATE-Z was awarded a federal Promise Zone designation to implement the plan over ten years.  A three-year W. M. Keck Foundation grant will support the hiring of a program manager to “turbocharge” SLATE-Z’s programmatic impact and manage the work groups, each of which focuses on a goal area.  Over the next three years, through collaboration and leveraging direct service funding, the expectation is that 2,400 youth will be hired for summer jobs, 3,900 youth will be on a career pathway leading to post-secondary certificates and degrees, and 3,500 residents will be connected to living wage jobs.

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