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Brotherhood Crusade

SOUTH CENTRAL LOS ANGELES

Focused on the improvement and growth of South Los Angeles, Brotherhood Crusade strives to meet the needs of low-income, marginalized, and under-
served residents.

CATEGORY
Nonprofit organization

MISSION
To remove and/or help individuals overcome the barriers that deter their pursuit of success in life and facilitate opportunities for a better quality of life by effectuating improved health & wellness, facilitating academic success, promoting personal, social & economic growth, providing access to artistic excellence & cultural awareness, increasing financial literacy and building community agencies & institutions.

Brotherhood Crusade is a non-profit organization based in South Los Angeles that has been serving the community for 50 years. Its mission states that it is an organization that “has a history of building alliances with other organizations, corporations, and foundations of goodwill that are committed to and understand the tremendous need for helping our community and people grow and prosper.”

Academic Preparation & Student Achievement

Since the start of its Youth Development Program in 2007, the organization has launched a multitude of programs to serve young people in South Los Angeles. These programs provide support for youth through mentorship, gang reduction strategies, leadership and sports programs, teaching gardens, a youth council, youth resource center, restorative justice teen courts, as well as programs around financial literacy, business and community enrichment. Academic success and achievement is a primary focus of many of the resources offered through the Brotherhood Crusade. This is promoted through programs such as the March to 1000 and the SES, an intensive remedial education program; the BioFuture STEM Education Initiative, a hands-on experiential learning program to introduce youth to the field of STEM; as well as the Youth Source Center which supports the development of like skills, helps re-engage youth in schools, and provides internship and employment opportunities.

Community Partnerships

The work of the Brotherhood Crusade is expansive within Los Angeles as well as its surrounding communities. They collaborate with large corporate partners such as Chase, Comerica Bank, and Wells Fargo, along with foundation and government partners such as the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Los Angeles Clippers Foundation, Target Foundation, California Community Foundation, the City of Long Beach, City of Los Angeles, City of Pasadena, and the State of California. These strategic partnerships have enabled them the ability to provide funding and support to many community organizations, such as Ability First, Community Coalition, Los Angeles NAACP, the James Foshay Learning Center, and the Tavis Smiley Foundation to name a few. These collaborative relationships have broadened the work of the organization and furthered their goals of creating thriving communities and improving the quality of life for residents.

Brotherhood Crusade is being highlighted because of its influential work within Los Angeles and surrounding communities to remove barriers for underserved residents in order to provide equitable access to resources. The work of this organization helps over 100,000 South Los Angeles residents annually. Brotherhood Crusade serves as a model for how organizations can create culturally relevant resources that uplift communities while providing its residents with the tools to improve their lives.