Tell us… which of these proposals will
make Los Angeles the best place to live?
Public voting begins on April 22, 2019.
Learn about the challenge.
Building Skills Partnership
Training LA's Low-wage Workers for Healthy Communities
BSP will expand existing training and education programs for low-income, immigrant janitors to build healthy lives for themselves, their families, and the environment. BSP uses a comprehensive approach to address janitors’ specific occupational health concerns and gives families the tools to create healthy lifestyles. At the same time, green workforce development trainings help janitors improve health by accessing better jobs and reduce the carbon footprint of LA’s large commercial buildings.
Pop-Up Sites for Overnight Temporary Shelter: Serving our homeless neighbors with dignity first
Cardborigami will establish safe, managed, temporary shelter sites on secured premises of private property hosts, where our shelter structures will be set up in designated areas for nightly use by clients experiencing unhoused homelessness. Each individual or family will sleep in their own Cardborigami unit put up and packed down by community volunteers, have access to hygiene facilities, and be registered or continued in personalized case management by local homeless services providers onsite.
Improving Disaster Relief Efforts for Foster Youth and Families in LA
In recent years, major wildfires wreaked havoc on the Los Angeles community, which has been especially devastating for the children served by the child welfare system and their foster families. Children Now is aiming to improve access to essential resources and services for youth in foster care and their caregivers immediately following a disaster. This project will ensure that LA communities and the state are well-prepared to support foster youth and foster parents following a disaster.
Climate Uprising (Interconnected Media)
1. Organize an LA Climate Town Hall to share stories (i.e. wildfires, drought, pollution, etc), concerns, learn about the climate crisis, solutions, & connect with officials, leaders & experts. 2. Spotlight Woolsey Wildfire survivors’ stories & ongoing recovery needs. Identify 20 compelling stories to share via ClimateUprising.org 3. Train 20 young storytellers to help make short films to tell these 20 Woolsey Wildfire survivor stories.
Community Veteran Justice Project
CVJP College Veteran Resource Centers Pilot Project
CVJP would like support to expand to college Veteran Resource Centers (VRCs) covering LA County. This expansion would allow veteran work-study students to become CVJ workers at individual VRCs, increasing staff to provide supervision and perform follow-up on cases. CVJP will be able to intervene with more vets and connect them with comprehensive services across LA County that allow them to seek college, entrepreneurship, home buying, healthy families, and overall wellness opportunities.
Our #LAGREENTEEN program teaches inner-city Angeleno youth about environmentalism and reduction of single-use plastics through a 4 part workshop. LA HIGH is the first school we are working with (March & April 2019). We seek to install clean water filtration units throughout LA High school and plan to repeat this with other LAUSD schools as well. Without these units students are forced to buy plastic water bottles as their source of water as their school water is unsafe to drink.
Equal Pay Company
faces of leadership
Our social enterprise is ready to scale our game-ified subconscious bias experience from game box to cloud. "faces of leadership" helps you visualize your subconscious biases in leadership, so you can recalibrate your biases, and relate more respectfully and kindly with your colleagues and clients. My LA2050 Grant support would enable our local woman-and-minority-owned B-corp to take user-tested, coding-ready website wireframes and build the web game to offer it to anyone anywhere in LA County.
Esperanza Community Housing Healthy Breathing Program
Esperanza Community Housing Healthy Homes/Healthy Breathing Program
The Healthy Homes/Healthy Breathing Program provides asthma patients and their families with home-based environmental assessments, a culturally accessible asthma education program and environmental health interventions to self-manage symptoms and remediate in-home triggers that exacerbate asthma and other health conditions. LA2050 funding will help ensure that Esperanza’s life-saving services will address the health disparities in a region that has suffered from systemic disinvestment.
FoodCycle Certification Program
We'll recover surplus food from grocery stores, restaurants, and offices and ensure it feeds the millions of food insecure Angelenos instead of the landfill. Our comprehensive program utilizes cutting edge technology powered by ChowMatch, an app that handles food donation logistics, and offers consulting services that prevent waste. While reducing climate change and hunger in Los Angeles, we'll cut operating costs for businesses, provide tax breaks, and offer marketing and sales support!
Green Girl Farms
San Pedro Public Orchard
We want to create a public orchard on an unused strip of City property in San Pedro. The public orchard will serve not only as a free source of food for the community, but also as a gathering place to honor, educate, and continue San Pedro’s rich history and culture of food cultivation. The underutilized site is currently a blighted strip of land choked with weeds and litter, but spectacular views of the port and a central location give it landmark potential.
HAV A SOLE
We aspire to connect and give 10,000 men, women and children comfortable and properly fitting shoes. We restore dignity by learning each person’s name while personally fitting them with a quality footwear. Our work increases the sense of social responsibility with donors and volunteers offering them viral ways to become involved. Funds will enable us to build the infrastructure and expand our outreach to impact at-risk Californians who use their feet as an average mode of transportation.
International Association for Human Values
Nonviolence Ambassador Certification Program
Our program will educate participants (both LAPD officers and community members) in the theory and practice of Gandhian nonviolence using meditation techniques. Upon certification, the participants will be empowered to work together and develop innovative solutions to their community problems.
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
La Troka — Mobile Garden and Culinary Arts Program
LA Troka takes health, nutrition, and urban gardening education to the streets of LA. Visiting schools, libraries, and other community centers and festivals in under-resourced neighborhoods, La Troka’s multi-sensory workshops empower young people by teaching them about gardening and how to prepare affordable, wholesome meals. Focusing on Latino-inspired cuisine, LA Troka encourages cultural exploration and connection and helps get children and families on the road to a healthy lifestyle.
One Emergency Away: LIFTing Los Angeles Out of Poverty and Preventing Homelessness
Los Angeles has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the U.S. and even more families teetering on the brink who are just one emergency away from crisis. In fact, many of our hardworking parents and caregivers (“members”) were homeless or would be homeless without our services. Through career and financial coaching that builds financial capabilities and career skills, social connections, and personal well-being, LIFT is able to empower these families with the tools they need to thrive.
Los Angeles Conservation Corps
Food waste prevention program
Los Angeles Conservation Corps has operated a recycling program for more than 30 years to reduce consumer waste that goes to landfill. This past year, the Corps launched a program to divert edible food surplus from landfill and put healthy food on the tables of people in need, as well as sending inedible food waste to composting or renewable energy generation. The Corps seeks support for the training and employment of at-risk young adults from disadvantaged communities to help with collection.
Our 12-week program consists of hands-on classes with working professionals in film and television who teach participants about every facet of the business — and then share freelance opportunities with those proving ready for work. The life skills and connections we impart lead directly to living-wage jobs and provide the scaffolding for long-term career advancement for people who have lived most of their lives without opportunity.
Vision 2020: A Plan to End Climate Change and Clean Southern California's Air
Move LA will build a broad coalition of diverse supporters towards a grand bargain to dump diesel, accelerate deployment of zero-emission cars and zero and near-zero emission trucks, and fund clean, regional transit infrastructure. As we did on transportation with Measure M, we can work together regionally to achieve the LA2050 goal to reduce exposure to air toxins and address greenhouse gas emissions in a serious and sustainable way so that climate change and air pollution are in the past.
My Friends House
Healthy Food and Healthy Cooking in South Los Angeles
A multi-faceted approach to fresh and healthy food access in South Los Angeles using food pantries, cooking classes, food demonstrations, and advocacy.
National Health Foundation
Youth Organizing for Better Health in Pico-Union
National Health Foundation is building a youth organizing base in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles. In partnership with West Adams Preparatory High School, NHF will engage students in researching barriers to healthy lifestyles in their community and implementing real changes that have lasting impacts. Woodbury University will support this project by developing a mobile application with an interactive map/database of community resources that youth identify through their research.
Empowering Angelenos to build a path out of poverty and thrive with One Degree
Low-income and at-risk Angelenos will be able to find, access, and manage nonprofit and social services efficiently and with dignity on One Degree so they can prosper and reach their full potential.
Green Together Collaborative - fighting climate change in Pacoima/Sun Valley
The Green Together Collaborative received a grant of $23 million from the California Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities Program to increase the climate resilience of Pacoima and Sun Valley through tree planting, solar panel installation, active transportation, and more. We seek support for a project coordinator to marshal the efforts of multiple agencies and for a resilience center that will serve as the focal point for the community’s fight against climate change.
Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley
Behavioral Health Care at Planned Parenthood
We're seeking support to revolutionize sexual health care by piloting behavioral health across our growing network of Planned Parenthood health centers and by expanding our patient navigation program, which links patients to a range of medical and social services. Planned Parenthood is a safe space and an essential safety net. We pride ourselves on delivering compassionate, judgment-free care, and this expansion into mental health will be our next step to care for our patients more holistically.
Rebel Labs Inc.
#LAgrows: Building a Healthier Community Through Farm-to-Market-to-Table Nutrition & Wellness Education
Rebel Labs has teamed up with two LA-based not-for-profit organizations, Sprouts of Promise and GrowGood (a past LA2050 grant applicant), to launch #LAgrows. The vision is to deliver nutrition, fitness, and wellness education across LA — Grow Better, Shop Better, Cook Better, Eat Better, Live Better — culminating with LA Farmers Market Week. Through online and face-to-face education, engagement, mobilization, and community-building, together we can help LA eliminate obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Root Down LA
YOU'RE GONNA WANNA EAT YOUR VEGGIES ROAD SHOW
South LA youth, who now run RootDown LA, know how to build demand for fresh produce directly in their neighborhoods. Our goal this year is to support these young people by putting them at the forefront of local food systems change in South Los Angeles. Our project consists of employing youth ages 16-24 to run live cooking demonstrations at six farmers markets to increase awareness and consumption of healthy foods.
Safecast (Momoko Ito Foundation)
Community Air Quality Monitoring
Following on our previous air quality monitoring of Los Angeles, we are working to install next generation air sensors at public library branches throughout the city. In addition to the sensors and the real time data they will provide to communities, we are developing curriculum and workshops for neighborhoods and communities to better understand their environment.
Shoes That Fit
Operation Shoes That Fit LA
Operation Shoes That Fit LA: a high-profile initiative with the LAPD to reach students in some of the lowest income areas of LAUSD. Having the bandwidth to deliver tens of thousands of shoes into LA, and building on our partnership with the LAPD as our “boots on the ground” for the deliveries. Their 9,000 sworn officers committed to community policing, will work with Shoes That Fit to identify, measure and deliver new athletic shoes to children at schools within their local precincts.
The Midnight Mission
Recovery from Homelessness
The Midnight Mission offers a variety of programs for homeless individuals & families, the goal of which is to give program participants the tools needed to achieve & maintain self-sufficiency. Program graduates participate in our alumni network, which keeps them connected to each other, our staff, & our program services, with the goal of preventing future homelessness. Our Recovery from Homelessness project will apply the 12-step principles to life after homelessness for our alumni network.
The Regents of the University of California (UCLA Depression Grand Challenge)
UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (UCLA DGC): Humanizing and Destigmatizing Depression
A key UCLA DGC focus is raising awareness & hope, by understanding stigma & developing targeted strategies to defeat it. We propose an event series to spark conversation & empower LA to humanize depression. Discussions will inform digital media campaigns to be disseminated throughout LA & beyond. We will inspire participants to serve as advocates who share their experiences more broadly, putting real faces to the varied realities of those living with depression & those close to them.
The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's
YouthCare is an intergenerational respite and memory care program. For three hours, twice a week, student-senior pairs play games, participate in artistic activities, and deliver the research-backed Brain Boot Camp to help address cognitive decline. Our program aims to help family caregivers reduce stress, address social isolation for persons with dementia (PWDs), and prepare students for careers in aging.
Calles Verdes is a community-driven green streets project in the City of San Fernando. LA2050 would support the project by hiring a youth and community organizer to rally community members, young and old, to transform the city, resulting in cool city streets, increased water supply, removal of toxins from the water, increased tree canopy, improved access to healthy food and more walking and biking.
UnlitterLA is a boots-on-the-ground massive volunteer event based on a simple concept powered by technology and social media, to occur one to two times per year. For the effort to have maximum impact on residents throughout the region, financial and in-kind support for marketing, press relations, and execution of the project is needed.
Unycyn Civic Arts
Resiliency IN A BOX
“Resiliency IN A BOX” is a mural covered repurposed shipping container housing equipment producing a renewable, sustainable source of potable water, soil enhancements and clean energy on a daily basis. Our project provides opportunities for STEAM education and a canvas for public art. In the Community Healing Gardens' Tech Garden at LAUSD Markham Middle School in Watts, it will improve food production plus be an off-the-grid, vital resource for the entire neighborhood when a disaster strikes.
Urban Encore Symphony and Singers
Singing Is Caregiving
Urban Encore will sing and make music with caregivers and patients facing serious illnesses. Project Angel Food provides nutritious meals and when people with serious illnesses come to pick up their food or eat at the food distribution sites, our musicians have a chance to perform and interact with them. Our goal is to empower musicians to give cancer, AIDS patients, and their caregivers a period of relief using a non-pharmacological approach.
USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
Count the Nation
We're engaging a movement embracing our rights, needs and desires to Be Counted. Using the best elements of entertainment + tech we're (i) creating content that ties participation to tangible community benefits, while acknowledging and addressing fears (ii) amplifying influencers in HTC communities as they share their own authentic census messages (iii) leveraging content across tech platforms to elevate good content and “down vote” false/misleading narratives.