Sunday, November 15, 2015

Community Planning Program at LA Trade Tech Winter and Spring 2016 courses


Classes in Community Transformation

Nonprofits rank as the 4th largest industry in California by employment, producing more jobs than construction, finance or real estate industries combined.  Prepare for careers in community change and transformation by enrolling in classes offered at LA Trade Tech this winter and Spring Term.

Courses are geared toward working professionals who may want to deepen their understanding of the community, to professionals who are interested in transitioning to a different kind of work or grassroots leaders who are interested in deepening their impact.  All courses are offered in the evenings and are oriented to build networks amongst students.

For more information about the program, please click on the flyer attached or go to our website Space is limited so enroll today!

The Community Planning curriculum and courses are relevant, industry appropriate and cutting-edge. Industry experts (academic and practitioners) develop, design and teach our courses.
  • Our industry partnerships provide critical resources for our students, providing them with invaluable employment, volunteer, internship and networking opportunities.
  • Our courses are structured to be laboratories (classroom and field work) that combine lecture, project driven learning and hands-on application of knowledge to contemporary issues affecting communities.
  • Community planning courses are taught during the evening/weekends on campus and in the community to provide students with the greatest range of educational opportunities.

Upon completion of the Certificate program, students are able to:
  1. Examine and understand problems facing communities related to the community and economic development field.
  2. Engage stakeholders to develop sustainable and comprehensive solutions that lead to positive changes in policy, systems integration and program implementation. 

Successful students will be able to apply a community organizing set of skills and tools that can address multiple community and economic development issues. Students who complete the program become viable and competitive for employment opportunities because they will have developed their knowledge and skill base, practiced their learning through fieldwork, internships or paid experience and have created networks and/or participated in collaborations that have maximized their knowledge with capacity to understand urgent issues and trends.

Please contact us if you have questions: Vanessa Vela Lovelace (213) 763-2520 x 248

Thursday, October 15, 2015

S.T.A.R.S Foundation Lifts Every Voice

The renowned international vocal ensemble Singers Taking Action Reaching Souls better known as The S.T.A.R.S.  sets the unifying tone across the globe in using their undeniable"God-given" talent; the gift of song. With breath-taking performances throughout the US, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, The S.T.A.R.S. sing their hearts out for the beautiful purpose of connection. As the website states "casting away any perceived differences in culture, race, age, economic status or nationality."  Their genre is as far and wide as the world as well including Pop, Jazz, Broadway, R & B, Gospel, Inspirational and Quartet Standards just to name a few.

The S.T.A.R.S. exemplify raising their voices by raising funds to bring singing groups together wherever they go. They recently ignited a campaign to bring the Kenya's famous singing group 'Safari Voices International' to the US for an unforgettable free concert that will be taking place on October 18, 2015 in Zoe Ministries in New York, NY.  On October 16, 2015, Safari Voices International and Nuhjume, the trio of S.T.A.R.S., will be sharing the stage with award-winning R & B singers and songwriters Kelly Price and Kenny Lattimore at a "The Gathering UPHI 2015" concert at United Palace House of Inspiration.

In addition to their concerts, The S.T.A.R.S. also hosts International Bowl-A-Thons throughout the year. This is accomplished by teams that are formed in different  cities, states and countries to raise funds for the foundation. There was an International Bowl-A-Thon held on October 11, 2015 with teams participating in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Detroit, Minneapolis, Denver, Washington D.C., New York, Florida, Bermuda, Hong Kong and Sidney, Australia.

The S.T.A.R.S. was founded in 2000 by Harvey Fuqua and his beloved wife Dr. Carolyne Fuqua.  If these names sound familiar, they are in fact iconic. Mr. Harvey Fuqua was a co-founding member of renowned Motown Records and Dr. Carolyne Fuqua is celebrated as one of today's most influential spiritual transformational leaders as well as a prominent songstress, songwriter and producer.

Their voices continue to be highly sought to heal  the world and make it indeed a better place. You can get involved by purchasing a concert ticket, participating in a bowl-a-thon or just by simply donating to The S.T.A.R.S Foundation via their website.

Check out this amazing video of love and unity at its finest.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

#Justiceorelse: Million Man March Strengthens 20 Years Later

Today was indeed a momentous day with millions of hearts uniting together. It marked the 20th Anniversary of the iconic Million Man March which took place again at the National Mall in the nation's capital. Men, women and children participated in this historic day of change. Minister Louis Farrakhan was again a powerful speaker and leader today as he was in 1995. People far and near were able to live stream on the official website JusticeorElse which was the resounding theme for today's march as well as the hashtag #JusticeorElse became the the #1 trending topic all over the internet.  Many people were voicing their disappointment with the lack of media coverage on a day of non-violent unity instead of the crime, violence and injustice that is displayed daily.

Photo Credit: CrossroadNews
 Many of the topics of discussion 20 years ago were reinforced and emphasized on a greater scale today. Social justice reform, eradicating institutional racism and equality for all were just some of the highlights discussed from Minister Farrakhan and the rest of the speakers including Washington DC's Mayor Muriel Browser.

Some of the celebrities who were front and center today were Russell Simmons, J.Cole, Dave Chapelle, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D,  P.Diddy, Yandy and Mendeecees Harris, Young Jeezy and Ty Dolla Sign just to name a few.  TV One News One Correspondent and Activist Roland Martin was in attendance.

One pivotal message delivered by Minister Farrakhan today is that we must "love one another." Indeed love was all in the air today. Let's keep it up so that 20 years from now the messages will be different and love is the only topic of discussion.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

LAAAWPPI Honors Women Who Are in Action Within Their Communities

The Los Angeles African American Women's Public Policy Institute along with Southern California Edison will be honoring leading women who are influential leaders in their industries and the communities that they serve. The Women in Action Gala Awards Reception will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, Crystal Room starting at 6 PM.

The 2015 honorees are Mayor Aja Brown ( The City of Compton), Christine Simmons( President and COO for the Los Angeles Sparks),  Nike Irvin (Vice President of Programs for California Community Foundation), Marla Bleavins (Deputy Executive Director and CFO for Port of Los Angeles), and Avis Ridley-Thomas (Co Director of the Institute for Nonviolence and Days of Dialogue).

The tickets for the Women in Action Aeards Reception Gala are $75. To purchase tickets or get more info on LAAAWPPI, please go to their website.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Watch Unsung Full Episode: Yo-Yo | TV One

Unsung Full Episode: Yo-Yo | TV One

The Real Tooth Fairies Inspire Kids To Change the World - One Kindness At a Time

The Real Tooth Fairies proudly announced that their 'Every Kindness Counts' program at the Tooth Fairy online world has surpassed 6 million kindness events, thanks to millions of kids ages 5-10 from 200 countries. The free enrichment program is found at
"Kids really embrace the mission of being heroes for kindness through our 'Every Kindness Counts' program. Kids realize first hand that they can make an important difference in their family and school," says Marilyn Bollinger, CEO at The Real Tooth Fairies. "Kids choose from 100 kind acts and then record each kindness as it is completed, with their Tooth Fairy encouraging them all the way. Through real behavior change, kids develop their character and discover that every kindness counts."

The Real Tooth Fairies "Every Kindness Counts" program includes acts of kindness to do at home, at school and even in their neighborhood. Kids do kind acts by asking someone new to play or join them at lunch, they help carry out the trash, or help parents with dinner. They might even hide a loving note in the fridge for their parent to find as a surprise. With every act of kindness completed, a child gets a free virtual Kindness Ribbon or Kindness Charm to view online.
This interactive character-building activity is one of 40 different activities kids embrace in the Tooth Fairy world. The Real Tooth Fairies online world focuses on celebrating every child with positive inspiring activities, such as the 20 Lost Tooth Virtues, Make Your Dream Tree, and several more games and attractions.  The online world, where kids get matched to their Real Tooth Fairy, offers families numerous opportunities to make the total tooth fairy experience extra special. Families can start the magic at

With the free child registration, a child can progress through eight Kindness Levels and receive virtual Kindness Ribbons and Kindness rewards as they progress. To move up a level, the child simply finishes any 6 Kind acts.  Kids also enjoy creating their own customized Kindness tickets to do.

"What parents appreciate," says Marilyn Bollinger, "is that a digital activity becomes a warm and engaging parent-child interaction as the child does each kind act in the family. Moms and dads tell us about special memories that are coming from the kind acts kids do as they participate in the Every Kindness Counts program."  Discover The Real Tooth Fairies together with your child at
SOURCE Royal Council of the Real Fairyland, LLC/PR Newswire

Friday, September 18, 2015

SWFLorida: Lee County Alliance for the Arts Presents Its Annual Fundraiser "Abstraction"

Southwest Florida's Lee County Alliance for the Arts is proud to present its annual fall fundraiser entitled "Abstraction" on Saturday, September 26, 2015 starting at 7 PM. Be apart of the Abstract Movement  with a jammed packed night filled with live music, interactive art from thriving artists throughout Southwest Florida, installations, and tapas from local chefs. The tickets are $100. Proceeds will benefit New Alliance Campus Enrichment Plan which is an 10 acre expansion for the community. To purchase a ticket or for more information, click here.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Twitter Sings for YoYo's Unsung

Last night the world was able to witness the story behind the revolutionary Hip Hop Legend, Actress and Philanthropist Yolanda  " YoYo" Whitaker on TV One's acclaimed show "Unsung." Ice Cube, Big Boy, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, MC Lyte, Sir Jinx and Yahoo Music Editor Billy Johnson, Jr. were just a few names of the dignitaries who shared their stories about the icon. 

There was a private red carpet screening premier at House of Macau in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Sept 15th. YoYo expressed her gratitude later that night on twitter stating "Okay...We watched, we enjoyed, we cried..I am more inspired. Thank you IceCube and Unsung."

Twitter was singing after the show aired last night. What are your thoughts about YoYo's Unsung?
Check out some of the awesome tweets below.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Los Angeles: Urban Issues Breakfast Forum with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck - Free Sept. 18th

Next Urban Issues Forum 
on THIS FRIDAY, September 18th, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.,

as this forum will be a serious discussion about the rise of crime and violence in the City of Los Angeles and the state of police-community relations in the face of delayed response to several controversial officer involved shootings. Police accountability is a great concern in our communities today and this is an opportunity to hear firsthand how LAPD intends to be accountable in responsible policing and how they intend to address concerns regarding police engagement of black men. Our Newsmaker will be:

Chief, Los Angeles Police Department,

Charlie Beck

The forum will be held at the following location:
California African American Museum
600 State Dr. (Exposition Park)
Los Angeles, CA 90037 
Lot/Garage Parking is $10. Parking is free and metered off-site.
Breakfast is FREE and will be served (starting at 7:30 a.m.).
Program starts promptly at 8:00 a.m.

RSVP to: or at (323)789-6224
The Urban Issues Breakfast Forum is a program activity of Urban Issues Forum, Inc. Urban Issues Forum is a 501(c)3 Public Education non-profit organization and does not endorse candidates. Since 1999, the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum has hosted over 134 national and international newsmakers and has been attended by over 34,000 attendees. Are you

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

You can SAVE the Salesian Boys &Girls Club of Los Angeles

The Salesian Boys &Girls Club of East Los Angeles is asking for your support. Many illustrious celebrities have joined together to spread the word such as Mike Wahlberg, Angela Bassett, Michael Bay, Courtney B. Vance, Jerry Bruckheimer and many more via twitter. Actor Michael Pena offered his support by narrating their very touching PSA directed by Joe Kelly.

The Salesian Boys & Girls Club offers several impactful programs to the youth of East LA and Boyle Heights. The program is in urgent need of funding to keep its doors open.

Here is a tweet that some of the celebrities are spreading around:
If everyone tells people to #DonateOneDollar and # great things can happen. @SalesianClubsLA VID:

To donate or find out more information about Salesian Boys & Girls Club LA please go to their website.

Take a look at the PSA entitled "You Are My Sunshine"

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Essence Magazine, Steve Harvey and The Disney Dreamers Academy are Looking for High School Dreamers

Photo Credit: Essence Magazine

If you or someone you know are a high school student (ages 13-19) with BIG dreams and goals then the Disney Dreamers Academy is looking for YOU!

Walt Disney Company, Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine have partnered together in creating the Disney Dreamers Academy which is designed to inspire and empower young high school students to go after their dreams while being the change they want to see in  their communities and the world.

Students will experience life changing events such as personal development and career workshops as well as networking opportunities with cast members, celebrities, community and industry leaders.

According to Steve Harvey's Website  this year marks the 8 year anniversary of the Dreamers Academy which has served over 700 young dreamers in making his/her dreams come true.

Applications for the 2016 class are currently being accepted until October 30, 2015. You can get more info or apply by clicking here.

Spread the word!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

LEAD in your Career and Education This Academic Year

Leadership Through Empowerment Action and Dialogue, Inc. (LEAD) will be hosting info sessions for young leaders who are ready to earn their high school diploma/jump start their career. If you are between the age of 18-24, living in the Los Angeles area, and ready to become an agent of social change through education and work experience then LEAD is the perfect place for you to be.

There are 4 info sessions to choose from. The dates are follows:
 Tuesday, August 18, 2015  at 10:00 AM
Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM

All of these info sessions will be held at LEAD YouthBuild Charter located at 2310 Pasadena Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90031

For more info please contact Rogelio Medina, Director of Educational Services at or call (213) 596-7800.

For more info on LEAD, please go to LEAD, Inc.

Monday, May 18, 2015

LEAD Inc. Organization announces Grand Opening


LEAD to Re-Ignite Lincoln Heights

Leadership through Empowerment Action and Dialogue (LEAD), Inc. Organization is honored to announce its official grand opening on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 5:30 PM- 8:00 PM located in the heart of Lincoln Heights at 2310 Pasadena Ave., Suite 201, Los Angeles, California. LEAD thrives at empowering underserved youth with a voice and powerful movement to becoming agents of change in their communities. The program is uniquely designed to provide young people ages 16-24 with essential skill sets comprised of leadership, educational, transformational and workforce development programs. LEAD was founded in 2006  and has served over 3000 young people around the world. In the summer of 2014, LEAD joined forces with the internationally renowned organization Youthbuild USA Inc. and hence LEAD Youthbuild opened its doors in the enriched community of Lincoln Heights.  LEAD flourishes on its core values, which are Love, Responsibility, and Leadership.


Ely Flores, Founder and Executive Director, is a profound transformational game changer. He has an extensive background in community organizing and provides leadership development trainings all across the world. He also is the first YouthBuild graduate to establish his very own YouthBuild program.  He stated, “I decided to make Lincoln Heights the home for LEAD because this community has a powerful affluent history in social justice. I wanted our young people to be a part of reigniting the spark of change in this community.”


You are invited to engage with some of the young LEADers of the program, teachers, staff as well as board members. Join in the sheer excitement as LEAD prepares to complete its first academic year. Come see the astounding highlights that have transpired at this inaugural gala.


Indulge in the delicious food from one of the distinguished sponsors Maracas Café’and Catering. Additional sponsors are Claremont Lincoln University and ATS Audio Visual.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available.


There will be great people, great food, and remarkable opportunities to build relationships with an influential community.


For more information on LEAD, please go to their website


To RSVP or media inquiries, please contact Betrice Coleman-Sweet, Board Vice President, at (818) 533-8227 or via email at

#LEAD4youth #ReigniteLH

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Los Angeles: Know Your Rights Panel Discussion April 30th

Los Angeles join community leaders, residents and advocates for this compelling panel discussion about your rights and responsibilities when encountering law enforcement at Holman United Methodist Church from 6:30 PM-8:30PM.

This event will be moderated by renowned Attorney and Activist Areva Martin, Esq. and panelists include Attorney and Civil Rights Activist and Attorney Connie Rice, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and Deputy Chief Bill Scott.

To RSVP or get more info, please refer to the flyer.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Engagement and Mobilization of African Immigrants in the Immigrant Rights Movement

The Black Immigration Network and USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration invite you to attend a discussion on:

Engagement and Mobilization of African Immigrants in the Immigrant Rights Movement

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Tutor Campus Center, Rosen
Family Screening Theater, Room 227

RSVP online today!


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The Black Immigration Network and USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration invite you to attend a discussion on:

Engagement and Mobilization of African Immigrants in the Immigrant Rights Movement

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Tutor Campus Center, Rosen
Family Screening Theater, Room 227

Featuring speakers:
Moderated by:
Immigration has made California proudly one of the most racially diverse states in the nation. Immigrant communities from various African countries are fast- growing but least visible and integrated. We invite you to join us to learn more about the changing demographics in California as they relate to African communities, as well as to have a conversation of how to better integrate and engage African communities into the mainstream immigrant rights movement. Join CSII, in collaboration with allies across the state, to identify emerging trends and community leaders to analyze statewide data for effective inclusionary policy and practice.


Diane Valencia

Apr 8 (3 days ago)

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Get Your Taxes Done and Support LEAD

Get Your Taxes done at H & R Block in Lincoln Heights and support LEAD!

It is tax season and H & R Block in Lincoln Heights has partnered with LEAD to donate $25.00 per person who files their taxes there and presents our flyer (see photo).

Please spread the word and our flyer to your contacts, friends, and colleagues. Remember, its the H & R Block at: 2221 N. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90031.

If you are near our office, we can give you a flyer that will give you 50% off your taxes. Email Ely at for details.

For more info about LEAD, go to their website at LEADINC.ORG. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hip Hop Star Yolanda “Yo Yo” Whitaker to Host an Evening of Entertainment and Community Building with the World’s Greatest Entertainer, Doug E. Fresh, at the Inaugural “I HAVE A DREAM” Winter Affair in Los Angeles

Hip Hop Star Yolanda “Yo Yo” Whitaker to Host an Evening of Entertainment and Community Building with the World’s Greatest Entertainer, Doug E. Fresh, at the Inaugural “I HAVE A DREAM” Winter Affair in Los Angeles

An event to honor Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Fernando Pullum, Dr. Jon Yasin journalist and Billy Johnson and to benefit the “Yo Yo School of Hip Hop”

Grammy-Nominated Pioneer, Hip Hop Artist, and Community Activist Yolanda "YoYo" Whitaker will host the inaugural “I HAVE A DREAM” Winter Affair in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 17.  Dinner, cocktails, community building and a special performance by the World’s Greatest Entertainer Doug E Fresh, will bring together lovers of the arts, some of the city’s biggest stars, and key influencers from the worlds of music, education, sports and politics. The semi- formal celebration will raise funds for the Yo Yo School of Hip Hop Arts and Academic Program based in Los Angeles, California and Highland Park, Michigan.  Since opening its doors in 2011, the school has changed the lives of more than 8000 young people with programs designed to educate using the arts. 
The evening will also honor dream-makers. First on the list of honorees is Congresswoman Maxine Waters.  community leaders Fernando Pullum, Dr. Jon Yasin and journalist Billy Johnson Jr. will also be honored for their commitment to our communities and our youth.  The gala will be held at the prestigious African American Museum in Los Angeles, and will feature celebrity appearances to be announced and not to be missed.
    WHAT:  Join us for the “I Have A Dream” Semi-formal Winter Affair hosted by Yolanda “Yo Yo” Whitaker.
    WHEN: Saturday, January 17, 2014
    6 p.m. – 9 p.m. - Cocktails, Dinner & Entertainment
    WHERE: The African American Museum
    600 State Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90037
    DONATION: $75 per ticket, $150 per VIP ticket*, table $1500 per table of 8.
    *VIP Ticket includes premier seating, VIP Reception, and gift bag
To purchase tickets, tables, or make a donation, please go to and click on the donation button.

Yo Yo School of Hip Hop

About The Yo Yo School of Hip Hop
The Yo Yo School of Hip Hop has been recognized by the prestigious Knight Foundation with a $40,000 grant for its efforts and commitment to making a difference. The school is required to match the donation via fundraising.
Yolanda “Yo Yo” Whitaker created the school in 2011 with the intent of using art to educate. She wanted to develop a place where the busy, active mind of a young artist can create and learn without being judged. The program offers classes on lyric writing, hip hop dance, beat production, theater, vocal production, and artist development launched with 100 students thanks to a personal investment, support from local community groups and friends in the entertainment business. To date, the effort has served more than 1000 youth in Los Angeles, Highland Park, and more than 20 pilot programs in additional cities. Yo Yo  expresses, "When I got my record deal when I was 17 years old, I did not know anything about the music business. I knew that I had talent and a passion for the arts, but did not know anything about artist development, how to produce music, or how to strengthen my voice.  I was blessed that I had mentors like Ice Cube and then Elektra Records CEO Sylvia Rhone who guided me along the way, but I could not help but wonder what course my career would had taken had I known what I know now.”
"Giving back has always been my mission."  -- Yolanda "YoYo" Whitaker

Media coverage is welcome.  Please contact Betrice Coleman-Sweet to confirm coverage and request interviews.
Betrice Coleman-Sweet
Serving Angels Media
(818) 533-8227

Los Angeles: Free Cultural Events for January 2015

Hey Los Angeles!!! Check out these amazing cultural events taking place for the month of January. Make it a family outing, sightseeing, concerts, performances, art and more.
Click on the link here to get all of the info!
 Enjoy the fantabulous culture that LA has to offer. Happy 2015!!!