Big Citizen HUB
Big Citizen HUB brings together young people, outside of school, from all over Los Angeles to learn a common civic language, engage in dialogue, and build community to investigate local and global challenges ranging from poverty to race relations.
Big Citizen HUB launched our first program cycle in January 2015 with 75 middle school youth and 13 team leaders, ages 1926. In 2016 we increased our impact by launching our high school program, serving 170 youth ages 1118 and 32 young people ages 1926. In 2017 we served a total of 225 young people, and in 2018 we aim to enroll 225 youth ages 11-26.
Big Citizen HUB’s middle school, high school, and college-aged cohorts convene on Saturdays between January and July to learn about the diversity of each other, the city, and its issues. Through partnerships with local agencies, we give Big Citizens the skills and opportunity to develop and lead service projects, allowing them to see that they can have a positive impact on the community, setting the stage for future action. In diverse teams, Big Citizens serve a minimum of 100 hours and complete team-based projects.
To date Big Citizens have collectively served over 50,000 hours within Los Angeles, completing over 150 projects ranging from feeding warm meals to the homeless, to planting and maintaining community gardens, to creating anti bullying workshops for peers. Not only are Big Citizens having a huge impact on communities, they too are going through a transformation. We have learned that Big Citizens develop an appreciation for teamwork and diversity, allowing them to more openly explore various social issues and perspectives. Youth see themselves differently after their experience at Big Citizen HUB; they believe they are capable of positively impacting their communities in ways they didn’t conceive of before, and they feel empowered to drive social change and inspire others around them.
Big Citizen HUB, a project of Community Partners, is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.