Southern California Grant Abstracts - UMMA Community Clinic

UMMA Community Clinic

Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
December 2012

University Muslim Medical Association (UMMA) Community Clinic is a federally qualified health center and the medical home to approximately 3,900 South Los Angeles residents who would otherwise not have access to health care. In the coming year, UMMA and its partners (the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust) will establish a health center on the campus of John C. Fremont High School, located in one of the most medically underserved communities in the County. The project, known as the Fremont High School Community Garden and Wellness Center, will incorporate a comprehensive school-based health clinic and a one-acre community garden. Together, the health clinic and garden will work to holistically improve health outcomes among students at this critically underserved school, and among residents of its surrounding community. UMMA expects to serve nearly 4,000 patients by 2015 with grant funding allocated toward staffing and equipment at the new health clinic.

Southern California Grant Abstracts - St. John's Well Child and Family Center

St. John's Well Child and Family Center

Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
December 2012

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center is the fiscal lead for the South Los Angeles Child Welfare Initiative, a collaborative project among seven agencies to improve developmental outcomes for young children in two South Los Angeles neighborhoods and to reduce the risk of their involvement with the foster care system. In addition to St. John’s, these agencies are: Alliance for Children’s Rights, Beyond Shelter, Children’s Institute, Inc., Community Coalition, Institute for Maximum Human Potential, and Para Los Niños. Together, they are developing, testing and refining an integrated early childhood system of care targeting children at intake who are born to teenage parents or living with relative caregivers and demonstrate one or more significant risk factors. A minimum of 100 families will be served in the pilot phase. The redesigned system will be cross-disciplinary (health/mental health, early childhood education, housing, social services and community engagement) and better coordinated to help families remain intact and support the healthy development of their children. Since the Initiative began, the partners have developed a common standard of care, agreed upon short and long-term indicators to measure success and have begun to implement changes in their client intake and referral processes. In preparation for sustaining the initiative, the collaborative proposes hiring a full-time project director to oversee implementation, provide technical assistance to the cross agency teams, and document progress.

Southern California Grant Abstracts - Pueblo Nuevo Development

Pueblo Nuevo Development

Los Angeles, CA
$200,000
December 2012

The Jane B. Eisner School capital project will create a new middle school campus serving 270 students in grades 6 through 8 through the adaptive reuse of an historic building in the Byzantine-Latino Quarter neighborhood of Los Angeles (located west of Pico-Union). Development of this school will enable Camino Nuevo Charter Academy to implement a critical component of its strategic plan which was adopted by the Board of Directors in January 2012. Among other things, the strategic plan calls for Camino Nuevo to complete two K-12 strands of schools (total of 7 campuses) that will serve about 3,800 students in central Los Angeles. The Jane B. Eisner School will serve the students who graduate from an adjacent K-5 elementary school operated by Camino Nuevo and will also provide community youth services in the afternoon and on weekends.

Southern California Grant Abstracts - Southern California Public Radio

Southern California Public Radio

Los Angeles, CA
$1,000,000 – Special Grant
December 2012

The overall goal of the Multiplatform Newsroom Initiative is for Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) to become the region’s premier source of local news. The initiative will create a new model for public service journalism by launching13 full-fledged reporting units on key topic areas, such as Science, Research and Engineering; Public Education; Health Care; and Governance and Civic Engagement. Content will be distributed through multiple platforms-- on air, online, mobile apps, social media and live events. Broadcast listeners and unique website users will each increase to an average of over 950,000 per month by 2015. Building SCPR’s digital infrastructure is a core component of the initiative and is the focus of the project supported by the W. M. Keck Foundation. As a result of the initiative, residents will have a go-to source of balanced reporting, analysis, and face-to-face discussion on topics critical to the region. It will enable diverse communities to become part of critical discussions, and ensure that they are more engaged and working together to build a stronger and more vibrant Los Angeles.

Southern California Grant Abstracts - New Teacher Center

New Teacher Center

Santa Cruz, CA
$200,000
December 2012

It is well established that teachers are the most important school-based determinant of student learning. New Teacher Center’s (NTC) induction model utilizes carefully selected and trained mentors, chosen from among the “best of the best” teachers in the district, to provide intensive instructional support to beginning teachers throughout their first two years in the classroom. Low-income students of color and linguistic minorities have the most to gain from a high-quality new teacher induction program. In December 2011, NTC won a multi-year contract to train 20 teacher mentors who are coaching 150 beginning teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Educational Service Center (ESC) South. In preparation for expanding into additional ESCs to serve a total of 450 beginning teachers, NTC proposes to hire a local Los Angeles Director to oversee program quality, develop ties with the district’s stakeholders and funders, and provide the daily interface with LAUSD administrators, mentors, and teachers.

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