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Pleased to announce that we won the award for a second time for “Community Partner” Award (Only given to one organization/company) from +California State University Long Beach for our partnership and stewardship of their Department of Human Development students. We give their students real time experience in the field as interns with this program. Pictured here is Chaznae Walker, Program Coordinator for our IHADLA Inglewood Program who received the award on our behalf.

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Please come learn about mentoring and volunteering with IHADLA

May 18th, 7pm at The Nickel Mine in West Los Angeles. Enjoy an evening with others who care about our Los Angeles communities and our youth.

#GivingBack #Community #LosAngeles #Volunteering #Mentoring

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We honor and thank Eugene Lang for changing lives with education

#EugeneLang #education #philanthropy

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Thank you to Bela Bejaria and Kara Corwin for Supporting IHADLA

Thank you so much to Bela Bejaria (Netflix, VP Content) and Kara Corwin (Independent Legal Consultant) for the wonderful annual Pancake Breakfast you organize in March to both benefit our foundation and raise awareness for the work we do. All of those bags of food were collected for our Dreamers' families.

We also greatly appreciated Netflix's contribution to our March 5th Dreamer Dinner!

#philanthropy #givingback #charity #LosAngeles

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LA Rams Community Service Days with IHADLA in Watts and Boyle Heights

Thank you to the +Los Angeles Rams for this wonderful article WITH photos about your community service days with our Dreamer in Watts and Boyle Heights.

"For February’s Rams Staff Day of Service, art imitated life when the Los Angeles Rams front office staff teamed up with students at Sunrise Elementary in Boyle Heights and Animo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School in Watts to build football stadiums.

Using popsicle sticks, glue and paint, the Rams staff paired up with fourth and seventh grade students from the I Have a Dream Foundation – Los Angeles (IHADLA) to make miniature football stadiums, complete with cheerleaders, footballs and end zones. The IHADLA students, or Dreamers, were able to design their own stadiums, craft football fields and even draw parking lots as part of the project. Dreamers were also able to participate in PLAY60 activities, such as tackling inflatables, throwing footballs and kicking field goals.

“Our students were able to build stadiums with popsicle sticks and other art supplies, and even got to play on the huge blow up activity center,” shared Debra Fine, CEO of IHADLA. “We are so grateful for our continued relationship with the Los Angeles Rams.”

Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech”, Eugene Lang founded the I Have a Dream Foundation in 1981 to help at-risk youth and their families by providing academic support, college and career readiness, parent engagement and socio-emotional support to assure academic and life success. Since then, the foundation has expanded across the U.S., Canada and New Zealand, serving over 15,000 dreamers.

Each month, the Rams front office staff takes time out of the office to volunteer with local non-profits. Since the program’s inception in 2009, the Rams staff has provided more than 12,000 hours of community service."

#LARams #CommunityService #Watts #BoyleHeights

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Celebrities Recognize James Baldwin

I Am Not Your Negro

#documentary #BlackExcellence #JamesBaldwin #KnowYourBaldin #Diversity #Inclusivity

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*I Have a Dream Foundation - Los Angeles Mentoring Program Introduction by Janell Lewis Program Manager IHADLA *

This presentation was made at our March 5th Dreamer Dinner at Skirball Cultural Center.

#mentoring #mentor #IHADLA #DreamerDinner

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Hollywood Reporter Reports on Our IHADLA Charity Dreamer Dinner

"High hopes and high achievers came together for the 30th anniversary of the (I Have a Dream Foundation - Los Angeles).

Ava DuVernay, Sarah Paulson and Wilmer Valderrama were just a few of the luminaries on hand on Sunday night at the Skirball Cultural Center (in Los Angeles) to honor the volunteers and students who made the foundation's work possible.

DuVernay spoke about the importance of inclusiveness in both entertainment and education as she introduced honoree Susan Rovner, executive vp development at Warner Bros. TV, who was a champion for DuVernay's OWN show Queen Sugar.

“And now more than ever, at times when it feels like we’re in dark days, when divisiveness is more the rule of the day than togetherness, I think that it's important to have images like this that speak to who we are regardless or skin color, class, sexuality, gender identification, age or weight,” DuVernay said.

After expressing her disappointment in the outcome of the presidential election, Rovner made a stirring case for optimism about America’s future.

“I see in front of me the leaders of tomorrow, and despite the outcome of the election I actually now feel more hope, love and promise than ever before, and I look at my beautiful children and I know that their presence has already made the world a better place,” Rovner said in a speech that garnered a sustained standing ovation.

Honoree Marcia Clark was introduced by Sarah Paulson, whom Clark described as a "great friend." She also made an impassioned case for the foundation.

“The work you do has never been more necessary, never been more critical, and not only because of the difference that you make in so many young lives but also because of the example that you set for others. An example of how to care, how to commit and how to support the next generation.” the former prosecutor told the audience.

The I Have A Dream Foundation has chapters all over the country (including where this event took place) and has helped thousands of underprivileged children achieve their dream of receiving a higher education.""

#education #charity #DreamerDinner #IHADLA #MarciaClark #AvaDuvernay #SarahPaulson #SusanRovner

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Show Some Love to Your Favorite Charities on Valentine's Day!

#charity #education #LosAngeles

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Black History Month Mandela Quote IHADLA Image

At IHADLA, supporting disadvantaged Los Angeles youth to complete their education is our primary goal. Education changes lives and communities.

We LOVE this quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" ~ Nelson Mandela. Black History Month.

#BlackHistoryMonth #Education #Mandela
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