This is to introduce you to Community Helping Adolescence Needing Guidance Education & Support organization (herein referred to as C.H.A.N.G.E.S.). C.H.A.N.G.E.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established in 2010, for the purpose of offering dynamic educational, athletic, social and public safety alternatives for underserved communities in urban areas.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, the C.H.A.N.G.E.S. organization services a portion of the South Los Angeles community of Westmount and the Northeast portion of the City of Hawthorne that borderlines West Athens. C.H.A.N.G.E.S. provides a variety of program activities that include tutoring, youth mentoring and leadership development workshops, gang intervention/prevention services, job readiness training and school safe passages programs at local area schools. We also facilitate community activities and safe parks programs at Holly Park in Hawthorne, CA. Additionally, we host community events such as food give-a-ways during the holidays.
The C.H.A.N.G.E.S. organization collaborate with local area schools, clergy, businesses, the Westmont-West Athens Task Force, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and other community based organizations in efforts to reduce gang violence and continue our work in maintaining safe communities.
C.H.A.N.G.E.S. is the only organization within the area, with a youth community center, that provides these services. Additionally, our staff and volunteers are comprised of committed people who either grew up in the neighborhood and/or currently reside in the community. As the Executive Director of C.H.A.N.G.E.S., I know this community all too well.Igrew up in the area and attended local schools, including Washington High School. I have had my share of ups and downs living in the community over the years; however we recognized the importance of being a part of the solution and not a part of the problem. The C.H.A.N.G.E.S. organization was born out of the need to be socially responsible by giving back to the young people of the community. Additionally, our school safe passages program is comprised of former gang members, who have been incarcerated, but who have turned their lives around and are passionate about positively impacting our youth and the community.