Member Profiles


The mission of the Alliance for a Better Community (ABC) is to promote the economic prosperity of the Latino community and the Los Angeles region, inclusive of an improved quality of life for Latinos in education, health, and civic participation. For over 15 years, ABC has been at the forefront of regional movements promoting system reform and public policies to close the achievement gap for Latino students, deepen civic engagement and empower communities to effectively address systemic health, economic and educational barriers. ABC’s success is rooted in its three-pronged approach that includes:

• Convening civic leaders to discuss the most pressing issues facing the Los Angeles Latino community

• Exploring solutions through research and the development of public policy, and

• Building the leadership capacity of families and students to affect change in their local communities.

Since 2000, our efforts have resulted in a number of critical gains for the Los Angeles Latino community including the creation of the nation’s largest school construction program that yielded over 120 new public school campuses throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD); the adoption of the LAUSD A-G policy that ensured all high school graduates would be eligible for post-secondary education in California; and the publication of the first ever Latino Scorecard: Grading the American Dream which assessed and graded five areas of quality of life for Latinos throughout Los Angeles County.

Telephone:  213-201-1121


East Los Angeles College empowers students to achieve their educational goals, to expand their individual potential, and to successfully pursue their aspirations for a better future for themselves, their community and the world.
GOAL 1: Increasing student success and academic excellence through student–centered instruction, student-centered support services, and dynamic technologies.
GOAL 2: Increasing equity in successful outcomes by analyzing gaps in student achievement and using this to identify and implement effective models and programming to remedy these gaps.
GOAL 3: Sustaining community-centered access, participation, and preparation that improves the college’s presence in the community, maximizes access to higher education, and provides outlets for artistic, civic, cultural, scientific and social expression as well as environmental awareness.
GOAL 4: Ensuring institutional effectiveness and accountability through data-driven decision-making as well as evaluation and improvement of all college programs and governance structures.
In collaboration with the District’s Mission, ELAC is committed to the advancement of student learning and student achievement that prepares students to transfer, successfully complete workforce development programs, earn associate degrees, and pursue opportunities for lifelong learning and civic engagement.

Issue Areas: Higher education

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ) is an environmental health and justice non-profit organization working towards a safe and healthy environment for communities that are disproportionately suffering the negative impacts of industrial pollution.
EYCEJ recognizes and promotes full and authentic community participation in making policies that affect them directly, promoting the implementation of Environmental Justice guidelines for local, state, and federal governments and agencies as well as industry. EYCEJ promotes direct democratic decision-making and taking collective action for safe and healthy communities where we live, work, learn and play.

Telephone: 323.263.2113
Issue Areas: Environmental Justice; Civic Engagement; Democratizing Planning; Community Centered Development; Intergenerational Grassroots Leadership Development; Community-Based Research; Youth Development; Exide; I-710 Corridor; Community Alternative 7; Lower Los Angeles River; Green Zones; Complete Streets; Active Transportation; Railyards; Ports; Art; Bike Toxic Tour; Healthy Food Access/Community Gardening; East Los Angeles; Southeast Los Angeles; Long Beach.

FIS is celebrating its 16th year anniversary and remains committed to the vision of a public education system where students have all the opportunities and resources necessary to succeed in school and in life. FIS seeks a residency prepared for lifelong learning and active engagement in the civic life of our society. Guided by vision, the mission of FIS is to involve parents and communities in their children’s education to achieve lifelong success. FIS targets its efforts on low-income, immigrant communities knowing full well that accessing a quality education is the gateway to the American Dream and a better life. Its Theory of Change (rationale for our mission) is based on the conviction that families play a significant role in their children’s learning and that when schools authentically engage families, families get involved and student achievement increases. FIS believes that students are more likely to succeed when schools, families, and communities work together in partnership to maximize and support student learning. Its Theory of Action (rationale for our programmatic work) states that in order to truly develop an authentic partnership between schools and families, they both need to build their capacity to work together in support of student achievement and that schools must be held accountable for authentically engaging families. FIS is proud to be a minority-led and run organization, with more than 75% of the Board of Directors and staff coming from underrepresented communities and more than 50% of staff being the first of their families to graduate from college. As such, FIS is an institution that understands and reflects the communities it serves.

Telephone: 213-201-3912

First 5 LA is a leading early childhood advocate working collaboratively across L.A. County. We were created in 1998 to invest L.A. County’s allocation of funds from California’s Proposition 10 tobacco tax. Since then, First 5 LA has invested more than $1.2 billion in efforts aimed at providing the best start for children from prenatal to age 5, and their families.
First 5 LA, in partnership with others, strengthen families, communities, and systems of services and supports so all children in Los Angeles County enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life.
To ensure all children in L.A. County enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life, First 5 LA 2015-2020 Strategic Plan focuses on the following four interlinked outcome areas.
Families: Increased family Protective Factors. Work with parents and caregivers so they have the skills, knowledge, and access to resources they need to support their child’s development
Communities: Increase community capacity to support and promote the safety, healthy development and well-being of children prenatal to age 5 and their families. Support a community ability to foster safe, healthy, and safe neighborhoods that enable children and their families to thrive.
Early Care and Education (ECE): Increase access to high-quality early care and education.
Health-Related Systems: Increase children’s access to quality screening, early intervention, and referral to services. Promote the establishment of the Help Me Grow developmental screening systems throughout L.A. County. Support the delivery of trauma-informed care by the health, mental health, and substance abuse organizations that serve children prenatal to age 5 and their families
Key Strategies:
Research and Development, Public Policy and Advocacy, Service Delivery System Improvement, Provider Training, Community Capacity Building, and Communications.

Telephone: 213-482-7536
Issue Areas: Early-Childhood

Founded in 1987, Hub Cities Consortium (HCC) serves a six-city area in Southeast Los Angeles County comprised of Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, and South Gate. Hub Cities’ mission is to provide high-quality employment assistance, job training, and workforce development services to local job seekers and businesses, with the goal of building a strong and vibrant economy within the region. While much of Hub Cities’ funding is derived from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) resources provided by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the agency also seeks support from private and corporate sponsors to supplement services funded through public programs.
Hub Cities Career Center is a non-profit organization, incorporated in 2001. It was founded with the sole purpose of promoting and supporting the capacity and activities of Hub Cities Consortium.
Our target population includes, but is not limited to, low-income youth, adults and displaced workers that have one or more barriers to employment/post-secondary education.
Hub Cities’ mission is to advance the economic well-being of the region and develop a world-class workforce by providing universal access to information and resources for job seekers, businesses, and the community at large; by serving as the access point to workforce system services; by empowering job seekers to achieve self-sufficiency; and by working with the business community to meet their current and future needs.

Telephone: 323-586-4700
Issue Areas: Workforce development

Human Services Association (HSA) is a private nonprofit agency whose principal mission is to enhance the cultural, ethical, and well-being of underprivileged children, adults, senior citizens, and families. HSA was founded in Bell Gardens in 1940 as an outreach effort of the Presbyterian Church USA when floods in the area highlighted the pre-existing and growing problems of poverty in Bell Gardens and surrounding Southeast Los Angeles County communities. Today, HSA serves over 20,000 clients annually on a non-sectarian basis with a range of services that addresses the unique and shared needs of clients of all ages. Our vision is that families are safe, healthy, happy and thriving in their communities. Our mission is to provide families with compassionate and comprehensive care to promote wellness and build strong communities.

Telephone: (562) 806-5400, extension 119
Issue Areas: Early Childhood Education and Child Development, Childhood Obesity Prevention & Education, Child Protection and Family Preservation, Home Visitation for high risk pregnant women and family, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention, Parenting, Victims of Crime Advocacy and Supportive Services, Healthy Living Education, Home-delivered Meals, Senior Home-based Care, Prevention of senior premature institutionalization, Senior Care, Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Center, Rider Relief Transportation and an array of social resources.

The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA (Institute) is a nonpartisan, university-based institute that promotes civic and community engagement for inclusive and informed public policy. The Institute supports civic education and community dialogue as ways to create informed participation; develops applied research to bring the resources of the university to bear on community and civic problems; connects with and energizes the civic and community participation of the Next Generation, to inspire their hope for the future; acts as a convener and thought leader on civic and community issues and keeps the vision, the optimism, and the legacy of Pat Brown alive.

Telephone: 323-343-3770
Issue Areas: Community-based applied research, civic engagement, and civic education

City of Bell Technology Center provides a safe learning environment where both adults and youth can access computers. The Technology Center Computer Lab is open to the public Monday through Thursday. Children are also able to participate in free afterschool computer skills training classes which include an introduction to computer equipment and operation, word processing techniques, email correspondence and fundamental skills required for safe web access.

Telephone: 323-585-4579
Issue Areas: Technology education; Bridging the technological gap

The Southeast Rio Vista YMCA opened at the Maywood Community Center on May 6, 2013. The Y serves as a hub for community-centered activity throughout the year and engages thousands of children, adults, seniors and families each year from all areas of Southeast Los Angeles. In partnership with the City of Maywood, it is able to provide relevant and impactful programs to support largely under-resourced and low-income families throughout the service area.

The Y’s goal is to facilitate programs that support healthy living, “Cradle to Career success” and social responsibility. The Y provides a large menu of programs which include: recreation, nutrition, teen and adult fitness, after school clubs for youth and teens, early learning readiness programs, sports, water safety, swimming, diabetes prevention and senior wellness programs.
The Southeast Rio-Vista branch has been serving the neighborhoods of Maywood, Huntington Park, Vernon, Cudahy, Bell, Bell Gardens and Southgate since 1954. The Y currently serves over 8,000 participants per year. 

Telephone:  323-229-2622


Issue Areas: Asset Building