Southern California Program

Children’s Institute, Inc.

Civic and Community
Los Angeles, CA
$500,000
December 2019

Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) is a multi-service agency that annually helps 26,000 children and families living in poverty who have experienced multiple traumas and suffer from toxic stress as a result.  In the communities it serves, young children are at risk of developing early signs of serious emotional disturbances, child abuse/neglect allegations are high, and there is widespread gang violence.  A W. M. Keck Foundation grant is supporting construction of a new 20,000 square-foot campus in Watts, one of the highest needs and most under-resourced communities in Los Angeles.  The Frank Gehry designed building will be the hub of CII’s community capacity-building initiatives and enable it to expand its early education, behavioral health, and family strengthening programs to more children and families experiencing trauma and toxic stress, and house 120-150 staff members.  The facility will also provide dedicated space for the Watts Gang Task Force and the Community Safety Partnership, thus establishing a place of neighborhood collaboration and convening, and ensuring safety and sanctuary for staff and visitors.  By 2022, CII will reach at least 17,000 children and family members in Watts and the surrounding neighborhoods of South LA through direct services.  An additional 100,000 South Los Angeles residents will benefit from community activities that include crisis intervention for children exposed to gun violence and raising awareness about trauma, and how to identify it and seek help.

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