InnerCity Struggle's 9th Annual Awards Dinner Invitation
InnerCity Struggle cordially invites you to help sponsor InnerCity Struggle’s 9th Annual Awards Dinner. This year’s event will take place Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at The Center at Cathedral Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. The event is entitled “18 Years of Unifying the Eastside,” which will highlight our 18 year history of organizing youth, families and community residents in achieving policy changes in areas of college access, violence prevention and increasing after-school programs for local youth. We are honored to invite you to participate at this momentous anniversary, where hundreds of our supporters, community, labor and business leaders will come together to celebrate the stellar work of InnerCity Struggle’s youth and families, as well as our evening’s dinner honorees.
This year's dinner will recognize the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding individuals that are leading the progressive fight to improve the quality of life on the Eastside and throughout the nation. The honorees include the following:
- Dream Team LA, a grassroots organization that was pivotal in advocating for the California DREAM Act and serves to empower the undocumented youth community.
- Assembly member Ricardo Lara, who was raised in East Los Angeles and worked on the passage of the landmark Assembly Bill (AB) 540, making college education more affordable for immigrant students.
- Kafi D. Blumenfield, the President and CEO of the Liberty Hill Foundation, one of the nation's most admired social change foundations that focuses on an array of issues in Los Angeles including civic engagement, environmental justice, human rights and housing.
Please consider purchasing an ad space, a dinner ticket or making a contribution. Your support will enable us to further ICS’s long-term work towards educational equity; in addition, all proceeds from this year’s dinner are critical to developing and supporting the next generation of community leaders that are actively advocating for improved educational opportunities for all students in Eastside schools. Would you be able to purchase a dinner ticket and/or make a contribution?
We are confident that with your participation, we can reach this year’s fundraising goal of $200,000!
Please feel free to contact Irene Rocha, United Students Site Organizer, directly at (323) 780-7605 Ext. 118 or via email at Irene@innercitystruggle.org.
InnerCity Struggle (ICS) promotes safe, healthy and non‐violent communities by organizing youth and families in Boyle Heights, unincorporated East Los Angeles, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights to work toward economic, social and educational justice.
InnerCity Struggle is working to improve the quality of education in the four East Los Angeles communities (Boyle Heights, unincorporated East LA, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights) by engaging high school and middle school students and parents in developing leadership skills to voice concerns, raise community awareness and promote solutions.
InnerCity Struggle has worked with youth and community residents since 1994. InnerCity Struggle involves youth, families and community members who work together for change in their communities. InnerCity Struggle provides positive after-school programs for students to become involved in supporting our schools. InnerCity Struggle has empowered students to reach their family’s dream of college. The work of InnerCity Struggle demonstrates that youth and parents working together are a powerful force for improving their communities and making real change.
InnerCity Struggle works with high school students through United Students campus clubs at Roosevelt, Garfield, Wilson and Lincoln high schools. These clubs demand equitable opportunities and educational justice to ensure that all students graduate and attend college. In addition, InnerCity Struggle has a parent component called Familias Unidas that builds the power of parents and families to fight for equitable opportunities and quality education for both all children and youth. InnerCity Struggle's work is grounded in a theory of change that views real and lasting change occurring as a result of mass numbers of youth and families organizing at a grassroots level.
InnerCity Struggle also engages thousands of Eastside voters during critical election cycles to ensure they have all the information to make educated decisions at the ballot box. We have also registered thousands of new voters and trained community residents to engage in Get-Out-The-Vote efforts.
Other Recent ICS Accomplishments:
- Breakfast In the Classroom – ICS partnered with School Board President Monica Garcia, SEIU Local 99, and the LA Fund for Education to sponsor an LAUSD resolution to expand the Breakfast In the Classroom program to 100 schools next academic year and District-wide within 5 years. Breakfast In the Classroom will provide students with greater access to beginning their day with a healthy meal during their 1st period of school to ensure a greater amount of students eat breakfast on a daily basis.
- ETHS Wellness Center Inauguration – as part of the Community Schools Campaign, which attempts to leverage community partnerships to provide necessary resources to students at Esteban E. Torres High School, ICS was able to secure 4 individual community health clinics to provide a total of 8 health providers to be available for students at ETHS. Students will now have support on issues and conditions of Mental Health, Physical Health and Reproductive Health. To inaugurate the Wellness Center, ICS organized a Health Assembly with students from ETHS and special guests Congressman Esteban Torres (Ret.) and School Board President Monica Garcia.
- Supporting A-G – with the implementation of the A-G Resolution at stake, close to 40 staff, parents and youth of InnerCity Struggle mobilized to the May 8th School Board meeting to voice support for the implementation of the A-G Life Prep Resolution. Several speakers, including parent leader Sra. Leon, US Alumni and current staff member Armando Sanchez, and Executive Director Maria Brenes spoke in front of the School Board to remind them of the commitment they made to students and parents 7 years ago and the need to move the A-G resolution forward.
- Restorative Justice – ICS staff has worked closely with the lead Roosevelt Principal in charge of the School-wide Discipline Committee to develop policy recommendations to discuss with the larger School-wide Discipline committee. Members include teachers, administrators, PLAS staff, students and parents. ICS has consistently trained and mobilized 2-3 parents and 3-5 students to actively participate in the monthly School-wide Discipline Committee. Soon after the Committee began to convene, United Students at Roosevelt won agreement for implementation of a School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Model which aims to treat disciplinary measures as individual cases of Restorative Justice.