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How LA2050 Grantees Are Responding to COVID-19

Posted April 6, 2020 by Team LA2050

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. We continue to be inspired by our grantees who are adapting, innovating, and championing their missions more than ever during this time.

Defy Ventures has paused its in-prison programs due to the California Department of Corrections restrictions on visitors at this time, but Defy's staff hasn't skipped a beat. The team has been able to connect with participants to continue with the EIT (“Entrepreneur-in-Training") curriculum, and has shifted to virtual meetings for post-release and community programs. In addition, they're starting virtual book clubs and launching a letter-writing campaign so that volunteers and post-release EITs can send words of encouragement to in-prison EITs.

Rise reallocated a small portion of its project budget to provide immediate shelter to 40 local college students living in their car or on the streets. The goal: to use the time in a temporary facility to find permanent housing for these students. Rise has also continued its work with local college student organizers, shifting from in-person to digital advocacy methods.

Rock the Vote moved its Census “Create-a-thon" to an innovative digital gathering. Fortunately, the “Create-a-thon" was all about expressing creativity through the use of digital tools and platforms. The kick-off and award ceremonies were conducted virtually while a Slack workspace was created so that participants and event organizers could share resources, announcements, and questions about the Census in real time.

The Street Vendor Coalition responded swiftly to alleviate the negative economic impact of COVID-19 on local micro-businesses and their workers. The coalition created the Street Vendor Emergency Fund to raise the money needed to provide $400 in direct cash assistance to vendors who are unable to access government assistance.

The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's coordinated an alternative to its in-home caregiving model given concerns around older adults and COVID-19. The program, “E-Meal," will combat isolation by setting up virtual dinner meetings via phone or video to connect YMAA's volunteers with older adults. Not only does E-Meal encourage social interaction, but it also gives older adults a venue to express their need for resources.

The Natural History Museum has closed its local museums and paused all in-person programming. But NHM's Community Science team is accustomed to using creative, mobile methods to encourage Angelenos to explore nature on their own. One example: the upcoming 2020 City Nature Challenge, an international effort to mobilize people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe using their own smartphones and cameras.

826LA is continuing to provide its free tutoring, writing workshops, and support services to students, teachers, and families both online and over the phone. 826LA was motivated to make the shift to virtual methods in part because of the team's belief that storytelling can be a powerful tool in difficult times. See 826LA's digital resource hub for families here.

Harlem Lacrosse adapted proactively to the challenges faced by students, families, and teachers due to COVID-19. Program Directors served as “Resource Catalysts" to disseminate information from schools about virtual learning, meal distribution, and more. Meanwhile, the Leadership Team created virtual platforms and streamlined curricula to continue delivering academic support, athletic training, and social-emotional learning virtually. Some activities: live workouts, lacrosse jeopardy games, and an age-appropriate discussion on the coronavirus.

9 Dots has designed new remote learning options for its Get Coding and Academy students and will be offering webinar lessons to a full grade level at a time. 9 Dots is also launching this year's CS Education Heroes awards as a virtual campaign by soliciting videos from the community about why CS education and teachers are so important.






Safer At Home And Chill

Posted March 30, 2020 by Amanda Liaw

One thing we're really thankful for during this time is the truly wide variety of content that's available online to keep our spirits up and our minds open. We've put together 8 of our top picks that we're excited to share!

  • Marvel's Hero Project, a Disney+ original series that reveals the positive change several young, real life heroes are making in their own communities.
  • Film Independent's Spirit Awards Shorts Program, a weekly curated list of short films by independent filmmakers
  • She Did That, a feature-length documentary on Netflix about black female entrepreneurs.
  • East Los High, a Hulu original series about a group of teens who are navigating their final years at a fictional high school in East Los Angeles.
  • Gentefied, a Netflix series that follows Mexican-American cousins as they try to save their grandfather's taco shop while gentrification shakes up their LA neighborhood.
  • The Farewell, a film celebrating family that's based on an actual lie, following a Chinese-American woman played by Awkwafina.
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself, a documentary that explores the tangled relationship between movies and Los Angeles as seen through these movies. It's available to stream for free on Kanopy, which is accessible with a Los Angeles Public Library card.
  • The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, a Netflix series reporting on the case of Gabriel Fernandez and how it exposes the failures of multiple Los Angeles County departments.

Food and Nutrition Resources in Los Angeles

Posted March 28, 2020 by Team LA2050

General Resources:

  • For the closest food pantry/bank to you, visit Los Angeles Food Bank Pantry Locator
  • Community Services Unlimited is assisting people in applying for Calfresh (aka food stamps) by phone. If you or anyone you know is recently unemployed, experiencing shortened hours, is a student, or experiencing other issues that impact your ability to buy food, call to make an appointment at (213) 746-1216 or email [email protected]
  • Every Table is offering free delivery and food distribution for seniors who need food brought to their homes, students, and food distribution centers. If you need 10-10,000 meals, reach out to Everytable at (323) 458-6487. For more info, click here!
  • Hollywood Food Coalition is providing nightly, packaged takeaway meals. Location: 5939 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA 90028. Phone number: (323) 462-2032. Hours: Monday through Sunday 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm.
  • Expensify is offering reimbursements for up to $50 in groceries for families enrolled in SNAP
  • WIC clinics under South Los Angeles Health Projects will remain open and will be remotely issuing participants food benefits onto their WIC cards to avoid families from going out given our COVID19 pandemic. For those families that have not yet gotten the new WIC card and wish to locate the nearest WIC clinic to them, please visit: http://www.slahp.org/wic-centers-by-city/


Children and Youth Specific (0-17):


Adults 65+:


Click here to return to the full directory of Los Angeles area COVID-19 resources, services, and opportunities to make a difference.


Stay Engaged While Staying Safer At Home

Posted March 27, 2020 by Amanda Liaw

Looking for ways to stay engaged while self-isolating? Check out some of the resources we've come across that can help you live, learn, play, connect, and create from the great indoors.

LIVE

  • Camp Kindness Counts provides teachers and parents with free guide books that foster strong, compassionate character and awareness in children.
  • HERE is a free app that combines meditation practice with interactive exercises.
  • Respectful Ways is offering teachers and parents free access for up to 3 modules in their social-emotional learning curriculum.
  • Grokker is providing free access to their wellbeing solution through April 30.

LEARN

  • Los Angeles Public Library has tons of free online learning tools that you can access instantly with either a library card or e-card, including language learning with Mango Languages, courses ranging from grant writing to team management fundamentals with Lynda, and more.
  • LAUSD has partnered with PBS SoCal and KCET to offer free daytime educational programming for students in Pre-K through 12th grade.
  • Scholastic offers free online day-by-day projects for students in Pre-K through 9th grade.
  • Academy 4SC hosts free videos and content on psychology, philosophy, and economics.
  • American Panorama is an historical atlas of the United States that combines research with innovative mapping techniques.
  • American Archive of Public Broadcasting provides access to significant historical content created by public media, with suggested topics to start ranging from biography and consumer affairs to travel and parenting.
  • Audible has a large variety of free audiobooks.
  • Abdo Digital Bookshelf has free ebooks for children of all ages.
  • Petersen Automotive Museum offers free live stream and video activities in addition to coloring and building activities that include building your own race car and more.
  • Khan Academy provides students aged 2-18 with free remote learning resources in subjects such as math, science and engineering, arts and humanities, computing, and more.
  • KQED Learn is a free platform for middle and high schoolers to build media literacy and critical thinking skills.
  • These free Carmen Sandiego educational resources for kids include exercises that build self- and social-awareness, activities such as creating animal trading cards and writing an opera, and more.
  • Storyline Online hosts free videos of actors reading children's books.
  • The Huntington Garden released The Collections, a podcast hosted by Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence.

PLAY

CONNECT

  • Civics 101 is a podcast refresher course on the basics of American democracy.
  • The Metropolitan Opera is offering free nightly opera streams.
  • World101 provides modules to understand the issues, forces, and actors that shape the world.
  • Google Arts & Culture offers free virtual tours of museums and cultural institutions.
  • Louvre Museum is offering free online tours of the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries.
  • Berliner Philharmoniker is offering their Digital Concert Hall for free to everyone who signs up before March 31.

CREATE

  • Bay Area Video Coalition is offering free virtual courses in video production, audio production, and game design for youths aged 14-17.
  • Little Kids Rock is hosting online music lessons with and without instruments, including ukelele, pop acoustic guitar, body drum set, and more.
  • Chrome Music Lab is a free tool with hands-on music experiments.
  • Doodles Academy provides free art projects for children of all grades.
  • Tallo is a free platform that connects individuals with scholarships, college admissions, internships, apprenticeships, jobs, and more.
  • A+D Museum has curated a resources library.
  • Jarrett Lerner is offering free drawing and writing prompts and activities for download.

For more resources in response to COVID-19, check out our article compiling all the local resources we're aware of.

If you know of other resources, please submit them through this form.




LA Area COVID-19 Resources and Responses

Posted March 27, 2020 by Team LA2050

The following is a directory of local resources to assist Angelenos during the COVID-19 crisis. If you know of others, please submit them through this form.

Note: LA2050 is not coordinating the efforts on these lists. We are compiling and amplifying the resources sent to us. Please confirm with organizations that the resources or services are active.


OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP:

COVID-19 Funds for Donation

Local Volunteer Needs

Opportunities for Philanthropic Funders


RESOURCES AND SERVICES:

Resources for Local Businesses

Food and Nutrition Resources

Education Resources

Technology Resources

Employment and Financial Resources

Housing and Utility Resources

Mental and Physical Health Resources


"SAFER AT HOME":

Ways to Stay Engaged While Staying Safer at Home

Employment and Financial Resources

Posted March 27, 2020 by Team LA2050

  • California's Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California.
  • BENEFITS FOR WORKERS IMPACTED BY COVID-19 and also check out the EDD's Frequently Asked Questions
  • Paid Family Leave: Paid family leave is available for those who stay home because they need to take care of someone who has contracted the virus (Covid19) or who has been quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional). Learn how to file a Paid Family Leave Claim HERE.
  • Disability Benefits/Paid Sick Leave: If you're unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. How to file a disability claim.
  • Unemployment Benefits: If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, or you have to miss work to care for your family, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week. How to file an unemployment claim.
  • Directly from the Employment Development Department: “Employers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return."
  • For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.
    • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
    • Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
    • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502
  • Resources Based on Type of Employment


Click here to return to the full directory of Los Angeles area COVID-19 resources, services, and opportunities to make a difference.

Housing and Utility Resources

Posted March 26, 2020 by Team LA2050

HOUSING

  • The Los Angeles Tenants Union is providing support around evictions. Find your local union at: https://latenantsunion.org/en/locals/
  • If you are or know of a foster youth that is staying at a college dorm room that is going to be closed due to the coronavirus, please email [email protected] and they will provide or help you find housing during this transition.
  • LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS/INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND FAMILY: St. Francis Center provides meal services, clothing closets, showers/bathroom services, and rental and utility assistance programs (over the phone) for homeless and low-income individuals in Los Angeles. ( For more information, click here!)


UTILITIES


Click here to return to the full directory of Los Angeles area COVID-19 resources, services, and opportunities to make a difference.

Three Things to Do Before Submitting to the My LA2050 Grants Challenge

Posted March 26, 2020 by Amanda Liaw

The deadline for applying to the My LA2050 Grants Challenge is fast approaching. Here are some top tips from our 2019 grantees on what you should do before you submit your proposal.

Have others check it over

Before Defy Ventures submitted its application, the team made sure they had at least three sets of eyes on their proposal. It can't hurt to have fresh perspectives double-check and triple-check your application for errors or ways to improve it!

Clarify your branding strategy

Establishing a social media presence can be a powerful way to engage both existing and new audiences. Miry's List advises that you have a social media strategy in place, especially if you are a community-based organization. If you aren't personally comfortable using Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, getting help from someone experienced with social media to build your brand can help in the long run.

Consider multiple ways to engage prospective donors

Through the process of applying to My LA2050, Rise learned that it could be useful to leverage this experience to unlock funding from other grantors. Once your proposal is ready, do a brainstorm to generate ideas for further engaging your community and prospective donors, such as organizing a campaign to match up to a percentage of the My LA2050 grant.

Mental and Physical Health Resources

Posted March 26, 2020 by Team LA2050


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