Making LA the best place to CONNECT, together.
The CONNECT category represents our hope that Los Angeles will be a place where every resident is empowered to engage with others and contribute to local civic processes. By the year 2050, LA will be the most civically engaged region in the U.S., with abundant platforms for residents to voice their opinions and influence decision-makers. Our voting rates and volunteerism will lead the nation, and an expanded transportation network will facilitate the easy flow of people and ideas. 

Below, learn more about the five My LA2050 winners making LA the best place to CONNECT. And, keep scrolling for our grantees' bold wishes for LA in celebration of the City's 239th birthday!
Ready to Succeed
$100,000 Winner: Ready to Succeed empowers youth impacted by foster care with the opportunities they need to launch successful careers and lead meaningful lives.

RTS Scholars graduate from college at a rate 10 times greater than foster youth nationwide and are more likely to secure full-time employment. You can support RTS Scholars by becoming a hiring partner, serving as an advocate, and more. Current and former foster youth enrolled in college can apply to join the program now through September 15.
Union Station Homeless Services
$50,000 Winner: Union Station Homeless Services’ mission is to help individuals and families rebuild their lives and end homelessness across the San Gabriel Valley.

Union Station still has impactful volunteer opportunities available during COVID-19. Check out the list of current volunteer needs. And, on September 30 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Join Union Station for Changing the Narrative: Does Housing Really End Homelessness, a virtual discussion about the Housing First model.
LA Forward
$25,000 Winner: LA Forward provides Angelenos with the resources and training they need to take constructive action and to organize to make LA a better place.

LA Forward has a full calendar of virtual events available to those looking to get involved in local advocacy, centered around specific issue areas or focused on individual neighborhoods—from meetings on housing justice and transportation justice to gatherings for the Westside, South LA, South Bay, and San Fernando Valley.
Boyle Heights Beat
$15,000 Winner: Boyle Heights Beat/Radio Pulso is a bilingual community news project produced by youth and a trusted source of information in Boyle Heights.

This summer, the Boyle Heights Beat youth journalists released their 32nd print edition and published an assortment of digital articles, including a series of photo essays in partnership with Las Fotos Project entitled “Con Safos” that highlight public safety issues in their community. Take a look at the series.
Creative Acts
$10,000 Winner: Creative Acts heals trauma, builds community, raises power, and amplifies the voices of the most marginalized through art.

This week, Creative Acts relaunches its Art Attacks program, now virtual. Art Attacks uses drawn art, spoken word poetry, and other art forms to teach with youth incarcerated in Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls and Camps the value of their voice and the importance of voting. Learn more about the impact of Creative Acts’ programming.

Last Friday, September 4th, the City of Los Angeles turned 239 years old! 🥳

LA has faced a unique set of challenges and opportunities in 2020, from the COVID-19 pandemic to Angelenos taking the streets for racial justice. As LA begins its 240th year, we asked our incredible grantees to share birthday wishes for our city. They responded with bold visions, from ending homelessness to transforming our justice system. 

Read birthday wishes for LA from 16 of our grantees, up now on the LA2050 Blog!

Manager, Global Corporate Giving, Edwards Lifesciences
Business Coach, Accion Opportunity Fund
School Counselor / Psychologist (High School), Sequoyah School
Multiple Positions, Institute for Educational Advancement
Director of Housing Initiatives, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Advancement Coordinator, TreePeople
Instructional Superintendent, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
Sounds of California Archives and Media Intern, Alliance for California Traditional Arts
Director of Counseling, A Place Called Home
And more at:
Sept. 8, 4pm | LACMA Webinar: Racism is a Public Health Issue—Essentially Forgotten: How COVID-19 Impacts Frontline Workers
Sept. 9, 10am | Social Media and Democracy: The State of the Field and Prospects for Reform
Sept. 9, 1pm | KPCC Presents: The Future Of Local News (Part 2)
Sept. 9, 2pm | Reaching Vulnerable Voting Populations
Sept. 9, 5pm | Streets For All Happy Hour with Seleta Reynolds
Sept. 10, 9am | Southern California Funders’ Discussion on COVID-19: No Going Back LA
Sept. 10, 10am | The American Vote: What’s at Stake
Sept. 10, 12pm | Everyone In 101 Online Workshop with United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Sept. 14, 7pm | Second Home x Berggruen Institute: Michael Sandel & Elif Shafak
Sept. 15, 12pm | LA Audubon Bird Drawing Class with John Muir Laws
Through Sept. 15 | Rock the Vote Los Angeles Civic Content Create-a-thon
Sept. 16, 5pm | Common Sense Together: Building a Better Tomorrow
Sept. 16, 6pm | Why Don’t Women’s Votes Put More Women in Power?
Sept. 17, 12pm | Social Innovation Speaker Series: A Virtual Conversation with Woody Powell, Mike Ananny, and Nina Eliasoph
Sept. 17, 5pm | Fowler Museum x TIME'S UP, Intersections: Gender Equity and Anti-Racism at the Ballot Box
Sept. 21, 12pm | Resettlement from Home: Challenges New Arrival Refugees Face during COVID
Sept. 26, 8pm | Skirball Stages Free Virtual Concert: Aditya Prakash Ensemble and Rini 
Sept. 30 | CHIRLA’s Virtual Gala: Action. Power. Liberation
Oct. 1, 10am | LACI Power Day 2020
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