Promising Models

Community Coalition

SOUTH CENTRAL LOS ANGELES

Community Coalition has been a key organizing body for closing local liquor stores, improving the food options in South Central, as well as ensuring that all students in Los Angeles Unified School District receive access to A-G college preparatory classes.

CATEGORY
Nonprofit organization

MISSION
Community Coalition works to help transform the social and economic conditions in South LA that foster addiction, crime, violence and poverty by building a community institution that involves thousands in creating, influencing and changing public policy.

Community Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of Black and Latinx residents in south central Los Angeles. The grassroots organization was founded in 1990 to help transform social and economic conditions that foster addiction, crime, violence and poverty via a focus on changing public policy.

Academic Preparation & Student Achievement

While Community Coalition’s primary function is organizing adult residents on pertinent community issues to change public policy, the organization has a youth organizing arm called South Central Youth Empowered thru Action Program (SCYEA). South Central Youth Empowered Thru Action Program is an after school program that works with five high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. SCYEA develops its youths’ leadership skills and empowers them to push for policy changes in both their communities and their schools. In addition to teaching its participants about civic engagement and community organizing, SCYEA partners with local universities to provide students with academic tutoring, college application workshops, and college tours.

Community Coalition also partners with the Children Defense Fund (CDF) to host Freedom Schools during the summer months. For the past decade, Community Coalition has used the CDF national literacy program to improve the reading comprehension of 100 local youth through social justice oriented children’s and youth adult fiction stories by authors of color.

We believe grassroots, non-profit organizations serve an important role in influencing policy changes throughout local communities while also directly developing youth academically, socially, and politically. Community Coalition is being highlighted because it serves as an excellent model for ways that local organizations can partner with and support schools and community members to further develop and empower youth and positively impact outcomes for families and the community at large.

Community Coalition, http://cocosouthla.org/.
“Community Coalition Celebrates 30 Years”
https://edsource.org/2015/la-unified-must-recommit-to-goal-of-college-for-all/79156