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Meet the 2020 My LA2050 Grantees!

Posted October 5, 2020 by Team LA2050

This year's 25 My LA2050 grantees represent the best of the best! Together, these organizations are transforming Los Angeles into the best place to live, learn, play, create, and connect.

We've spent the last two months introducing each of the grantees on the LA2050 blog and sharing ways that you can get involved in their work by attending virtual events, donating your time and skills as a volunteer, or learning from their educational content.

You can read more about each of the categories and the grantees by clicking on the links below.

Meet the LIVE Grantees

  • Clínica Msr. Oscar A. Romero
  • Crop Swap LA
  • Jenesse Center, Inc.
  • Strategic Actions for a Just Economy
  • Safe Parking LA

Meet the PLAY Grantees

  • City of LA Dept. of Recreation and Parks
  • Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
  • Los Angeles Maritime Institute
  • Public Matters
  • Urban Warehouse

Meet the CONNECT Grantees

  • Ready to Succeed
  • Union Station Homeless Services
  • LA Forward
  • Boyle Heights Beat
  • Creative Acts

Meet the CREATE Grantees

  • Las Fotos Project
  • Lost Angels Children's Project
  • LA Sanitation and Environment
  • Grid110
  • Flintridge Center

Meet the LEARN Grantees

  • Pediatric Therapy Network
  • SoCal College Access Network
  • Reading Partners
  • Los Angeles Audubon

​Meet the LEARN Grantees!

Posted October 5, 2020 by Team LA2050

The LEARN category encompasses learning at all ages, from birth to college and beyond. This category and its metrics represent our vision that by the year 2050, all LA children will have access to high-quality early education programs, every student will graduate college and career ready, and all families will be engaged and empowered to direct their children's learning. Our local education system will be equitable, inclusive, and culturally-responsive.

$100,000 Winner: Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN) helps children with special needs and medical conditions by providing therapies that increase each child's abilities so that he or she can live a more fulfilling and independent life.

Each year, PTN provides 150,000 hours of therapy to 5,500 children and families. When COVID-19 limited PTN's in-person operations, the organization created dozens of videos with at-home occupational therapy activities for children to practice motor skills, sensory regulation, and other abilities. Check them out!

$50,000 Winner: Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN) is a network of 85 organizations working together to increase the rate at which low-income students access and complete college.

Through Project SOAR, SoCal CAN invests in the college and career dreams of students living in public housing by placing counselors on public housing sites to provide one-on-one advising to 1,100 students and families. Find resources for students applying to college on the @ProjectSoarLA Instagram.

$25,000 Winner: Reading Partners is a national program that helps children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. Last year, 81 percent of students participating in Reading Partners Los Angeles met or exceeded their literacy growth goal.

If you're interested in becoming a Reading Partners volunteer and dedicating at least one hour a week to one-on-one, virtual tutoring to help students improve their reading skills, fill out this volunteer interest form.

$15,000 Winner: Los Angeles Audubon promotes the enjoyment and protection of wildlife through outdoor education programs, bird-watching activities, and hands-on conservation initiatives.

LA Audubon has an abundance of virtual resources on urban nature available on its website. You can find everything from tips on native yard-scaping and bird-friendly tree trimming to a directory of wildlife rehabilitation resources if you encounter injured animals. On October 14 at 7:15 pm, join LA Audubon for The Journey of Birds Across Space and Time, a virtual event.

$10,000 Winner: CARECEN promotes the human and civil rights of Central Americans and all immigrant communities through educational services, legal services, advocacy, and organizing to transform educational, immigration, and labor policies.

In response to COVID-19, CARECEN created the Immigrant Families Fund to raise and distribute crucial funds for food, housing, and basic needs to a population often left out of government relief programs. Contribute to the fund and check out CARECEN's COVID-19 community resources.

COVID-19 Virtual Learning Guide

Posted October 5, 2020 by LeAnn Kelch

Free and low-cost resources to support at-home learning.

Resources For Students, Families, and Caretakers

Internet access and technology:

Spectrum provides low-cost Internet Services and low-cost computers for those who participate in a designated Federal assistance program.

Human-I-T is a nonprofit, charitable organization that provides low-cost technology and internet access to low-income individuals and households.

The City of LA's Get Connected portal helps Angelenos find options for low-cost internet services, access to computers, and digital literacy services in their zip code.

At-home learning:

Child360's Home Grown program helps parents take everyday moments and turn them into creative ways to support young children's early development.

Pediatric Therapy Network has created dozens of videos with at-home activities for children with and at-risk of developmental delays and disabilities to practice motor skills, sensory regulation, and other abilities.

The Los Angeles Public Library's “Library at Home" site features digital educational content and virtual events for kids, teens, and beyond.

MIND Research Institute is offering no-cost access to its ST Math instructional program for families with students in grades K-8.

PBS SoCal has curated digital content for parents and caregivers to entertain and educate their at-home learners.

Storyline Online has an online video library of children's books read by prominent public figures.

The Los Angeles Public Library Student Zone is offering homework help for K-12 students. Virtual Student Zone Helpers are available to help students during 25-minute appointments, Monday to Thursday 3:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

Other resources:

LAUSD's Family Resources page has information about Grab & Go Food Centers, student and family wellness, and navigating the challenges of online learning.

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools published an in-depth resource guide with food, medical, mental wellness, and legal resources for families.

The City of LA Department of Recreation and Parks is offering safe structured learning centers and after school programs for elementary and middle school students at sixty recreation centers. The centers include supervised learning spaces, free internet access, recreational activities, and more.

Resources for Educators

Virtual curricula:

The Los Angeles Maritime Institute is offering its “Virtual Voyage" science curriculum for free. The lessons align with K-12 standards and address topics such as the water cycle, the physics of sailing, and ocean pollution.

Two Bit Circus and Annenberg Learner have developed more than 150 free lesson plans for STEAM-based projects for K-12 students.

Centervention has free social emotional learning resources to help students learn to cope with this challenging time.

The Smithsonian Digital Learning Lab has resources, training, and support to assist caregivers, teachers, and students as they face new learning challenges. Its free, interactive platform allows students to discover millions of authentic digital resources, create content with online tools, and share in the Smithsonian's expansive community of knowledge and learning.

The Civics Renewal Network offers a wide range of content for teachers on important topics in civics and government with options for grades K-12.

Epic! Library has free books in English and Spanish for educators. Children can read them or listen and follow along!

Newsela has age-appropriate news articles for students about current events.

CommonLit has free reading and writing lessons for grades 3-12, including texts recommended for National Hispanic Heritage Month or about the 2020 Election and the Supreme Court. has a guide for teaching its computer science curriculum via virtual classrooms.

Professional development and other resources:

Annenberg Learner has a library of professional development videos on a variety of different topics and subject areas.

LACMA is providing K–12 teachers with professional development opportunities and curricular resources that foster creativity, inspire personal growth, and enhance classroom learning online. Check out its Evenings for Educators program!

PBS SoCal has professional development resources, content suggestions, and more available free for teachers. For example, check out the article: “An Educator's Guide to Cultivating a Digital Presence with Purpose."

Watch a recording of the United Way of Greater LA's panel “ Transforming Education in a Time of Distance Learning"

The California Department of Education's CTE Online has published a wide array of distance learning resources for teachers.

​Snap Foundation Funds the Future of LA's Creative Economy

Posted September 23, 2020 by Team LA2050

A few months ago, we announced that the Snap Foundation was partnering with the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by pledging additional support to projects that develop pathways to the creative economy for underrepresented youth in Los Angeles. We are delighted to announce the Snap Foundation's five grant recipients.

True to its mission to elevate the voices of young people in the creative economy, the Snap Foundation relied on its Youth Advisory Council (YAC) to guide its grantmaking decisions. The YAC, composed of eight young leaders of color between the ages of 18 to 24 who are passionate about the arts and social impact, spent several weeks reviewing proposals from this year's My LA2050 applicants. They then presented their top recommendations to the Snap Foundation Board.

After careful consideration, the Snap Foundation YAC and Board are proud to award a total of $310,000 in grant funding to the following organizations investing in LA's creative future:

Shawn Kravich, Executive Director of the Snap Foundation, shared:

“In this especially challenging time, it's been so encouraging to see creativity and hope showcased in the work of each of the My LA2050 applications. We're so grateful to the Goldhirsh Foundation and all of the applicant organizations for letting us partner in this year's challenge!"

Thank you, Snap Foundation, for your partnership! We're so grateful for your dedication to the creative economy and the deep action of the Snap Foundation Board, YAC, and leadership.

​Meet the CREATE Grantees!

Posted September 22, 2020 by Team LA2050

The CREATE category envisions an LA that empowers all its residents to harness their talents in creating art and contributing to economic thriving. By the year 2050, Los Angeles will play host to the largest concentration of working artists and high-quality arts establishments. Our region will be an international leader in technology and innovation and a center for entrepreneurship that creates jobs and generates wealth for a diverse, inclusive workforce.

$100,000 Winner: Las Fotos Project elevates the voices of teenage girls through photography and mentorship, inspiring them to use cameras to explore their identity, advocate for their community, and create their future careers.

This Saturday, September 26 and next Saturday, October 3 from 10 to 11am, join Las Fotos Project on Grand Park LA's “Easy Mornings" live streams to learn helpful photography tips and tricks! Plus, check out their talented students' virtual photo exhibitions on the Las Fotos website.

$50,000 Winner: Lost Angels Children's Project (LACP) provides at-risk youth with educational programs and vocational skills trainings in classic car restoration and the arts to promote critical thinking and team-building.

In August, LACP graduated its first cohort from GOOD+LIFE Manufacturing Social Enterprise. GOOD+LIFE provides vocational training and paid apprenticeships in the industrial arts for young adults who are experiencing or at-risk for homelessness and unemployment. Check out the GOOD+LIFE catalog to commission a piece from LACP apprentices.

$25,000 Winner: LA Sanitation and Environment (LASAN) applied to My LA2050 with a groundbreaking proposal to create a centralized recycling hub where material byproducts from businesses can be repurposed instead of going to landfills.

It's true, LASAN does much more than garbage collection! The Department also runs a number of conservation and education programs to ensure that our City is sustainable and thriving, from offering free street trees and leading composting classes to educating residents about how and what to recycle.

$15,000 Winner: Grid110 provides free accelerator programs to early-stage founders, connecting them to a growing community of fellow entrepreneurs, mentorship opportunities, and critical resources.

Grid110 and partner Pledge LA are now accepting applications to the Fund for South LA Founders. They'll select 20 companies to join their Winter cohort and receive three months of tailored training and support, mentorship from other LA founders and investors, and $25,000 in non-dilutive funding. Apply now through October 9.

$10,000 Winner: Flintridge Center supports and provides opportunities to individuals of high-risk, high-need circumstances from various communities in LA County.

Since 2007, Flintridge Center has provided economic opportunities to the formerly incarcerated. The organization recently graduated the 36th class of Apprenticeship Preparation Program (APP) which integrates trauma-informed care and workforce development to prepare formerly incarcerated individuals for union construction careers.

​Wildfire Season: Resources and Ways to Help

Posted September 19, 2020 by Team LA2050

Wildfire Season Resources and Ways to Help

It's just the beginning of this year's fire season, and wildfires are already raging in LA County and much of California. Below, we've compiled some resources to help you stay up to date on the fires and containment efforts in California and ways to help those impacted. If you have additional resources that you think might be helpful to share, email us at [email protected].

AQI Health and Safety

For the next few months, we'll all need to be more aware of the air quality in our area and take precautions when necessary. An air quality index (AQI) of greater than 100 means that sensitive groups should avoid spending time outdoors (primarily older adults, children, and people with asthma). When there's smoke in the air, you should stay inside when possible, avoid vigorous exercise, and be sure to stay hydrated. Read these tips for protecting your lungs during fire season and more.

Find up-to-date information on the current air quality in your area.

Wildfire Updates

Local fire updates and recovery efforts in the City of Los Angeles.

Local fire updates and recovery efforts in Los Angeles County.

Statewide fire updates and recovery efforts in California.

Follow @CAL_FIRE and @LACoFDPIO on Twitter for live updates on the wildfires.

Evacuation and Emergency Resources

For information on how to prepare for a potential fire in your area, check out Ready for Wildfire.

Follow this home evacuation checklist if you need to evacuate.

Know where to go when you evacuate and find the temporary evacuation point in your area.

Find information about Public Safety Power Shutoff events in California and register for emergency alerts.

Head to the LAFD website for updates and locations of designated Smoke Relief Centers.

To find roads and highways that are impacted by the fires, head to the CalTrans website.

Ways to Help

Donate to Global Giving's California Wildfire Relief Fund.

Donate to California Fire Foundation

Donate to California Community Foundation's Wildfire Relief Fund

Contribute to the California Fire Foundation's Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program, which brings immediate, short-term relief to victims of fire and other natural disasters throughout California.

Make a donation to Airbnb's Open Homes Program or sign up to offer your space as free, temporary housing to those displaced by disasters.

Check out the California Community Foundation's regional relief efforts:

​Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month in Los Angeles

Posted September 16, 2020 by Team LA2050

National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month takes place each year from September 15 to October 15, paying tribute to the historical and cultural legacy of Hispanic/Latinx people in the US. In honor of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, we've curated a list of resources to help you learn more about this legacy and opportunities for you to safely engage in virtual events.


Browse the website of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and learn about its history from the founding of El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles in 1781 to the present time.

Discover the Latinx history of LA's Eastside from the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Check out the UCLA Library's collection of Latina and Latina Oral History recordings.

Watch this PBS film and learn about the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943.

Read the Natural History of Museum's collection of stories celebrating Latinx Heritage Month.

Read this article, “ Latino Identity in South Los Angeles – Across the Generations," on KCET about the findings of the 2016 study “Roots|Raíces: Latino Engagement, Place Identities, and Shared Futures in South Los Angeles."


Participate in the Los Angeles Public Library's bilingual English-Spanish Los Angeles Libros Festival on September 26 from 10am to 5pm, live on Facebook and YouTube.

Attend "Searching for Your Indigenous Roots in Mexico" a virtual lecture from John Schmal via the Los Angeles Public Library on September 24 at 4pm.

Join one of this month's En Casa con LA Plaza Zoom Sessions

  • September 16 at 7pm | The Independence of Mexico: 210 Years of Heritage Between Two Nations with Jose Antonio Aguirre and Margarita Medina, Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles
  • September 21 at 3pm | Polvorones Tricolor Baking Demonstration with Eliceo Lara
  • September 22 at 7pm |Mexican-American History Makers with Armando Durón and Julio Vallejo
  • More on the LA Plaza website

Experience this month's New Filmmakers Los Angeles (NMFLA) Film Festival, "InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema" on September 26.

On October 15 at 11am, join All Raise for Latinx VCs Talk Pathways into Venture and the Future of Work.

​Meet the CONNECT Grantees!

Posted September 9, 2020 by Team LA2050

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 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 local decision-makers. Our voting rates and volunteerism will lead the nation, and an expanded network of transportation options 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.

$100,000 Winner: Ready to Succeed supports and empowers youth impacted by foster care with the resources, relationships, and 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 committing your organization as 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.

$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.

$25,000 Winner: LA Forward provides Angelenos with the resources and training they need to take constructive action and 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.

$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.

$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 launches the newest, virtual cohort of its Art Attacks program. Art Attacks uses drawn art, spoken word poetry, and more 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 Art Attacks and Creative Acts' other programming.

Happy 239th Birthday, Los Angeles

Posted September 5, 2020 by Team LA2050

Today, Friday, September 4th, the City of Los Angeles turns 239 years old!

Last year, on LA's 238th birthday, we asked local leaders to share their wishes for our city. While not all of the wishes have come true (yet!), LA continues to make progress towards its future.

In 2020, LA has faced a unique set of challenges and opportunities, from the COVID-19 pandemic to Angelenos taking the streets for racial justice. As LA begins its 240th year, we asked our incredible grantees, who work all across our city with a diverse range of communities, to share what they wish to see in LA's future.


“Los Angeles is so much more than its stereotypes. It's full of amazing people from all different parts of the country and the world, a rich kaleidoscope of culture and humanity. Amid the pandemic, its resilience is being tested more than ever before.

For the 239th birthday of the City of Angels, LA Forward is wishing for government officials to rise to the scale of the enormous challenges we face. We've already seen an unprecedented surge of civic participation as Angelenos demand racial justice and a path to a just economic recovery that invests in communities, rather than leaving them burdened with debt. That's why we're part of the Healthy LA coalition of 330 organizations. And that's why we're using our LA 101 series of initiatives to support the people of LA in taking control of the systems that shape their lives. We're starting with engaging educational guides that make local issues accessible and civic teach-ins tailored to the moment."


“We believe that the fate of Los Angeles should be decided by those who dwell here, no matter how much money we have or where we come from, because our vibrant and diverse community has been built by all of us.

In these troubled times, our birthday wish for our city is to stop evictions and cancel rent; no one should be without a home when home is the safest place to be. Housing should be as much of a public good as roads and schools and streetlights and parks. Los Angeles has led the world as a creative force in many fields, and we should now turn that creativity towards constructing solutions to the pressing issue of housing, ensuring that everyone has a safe, affordable and healthy home in the city that we love."


“Happy Birthday, Los Angeles! 9 Dots' wish for the year ahead is that we unite and learn from the many challenges we face during COVID-19 and remote learning. We wish that all students in elementary education in Los Angeles have access to a quality computer science education, preparing them for tomorrow's best jobs. With only 9% of California's elementary schools offering computer science courses, let's ensure that Angeleno students are prepared to become leaders in the tech industry in the years that follow. Let's support our educators who are putting in incredible work to continue providing education to students virtually.

This year, 9 Dots is continuing to work with 20 schools, over 270 teachers, and over 8,000 students to provide CS education virtually. We are thrilled to continue to share the joy and creativing of coding each year. Together, let's make Los Angeles a leader in CS education."


“The strength and resilience of Los Angeles is rooted in its diversity and interconnectivity. However, not all Angelenos are granted the dignity of safe and affordable housing. It can be difficult for our most vulnerable community members to thrive here. At Union Station Homeless Services, we believe in the ability of our people to innovate and fearlessly execute new solutions to end homelessness in LA County. Through our Community Allies Program, we prioritize human connection as we match volunteers to work closely with people experiencing homelessness. This shared humanity enriches the lives of both the participant and the volunteer equally, as they grow and learn from one another, truly embodying the heart of Los Angeles. We are proud to provide permanent solutions to get individuals and families off the streets for good.

Our birthday wish is to end homelessnes, and to further connect our community. Happy Birthday, Los Angeles!"


“Dear Los Angeles—2020 is the year to return to our foundations, so we may grow yet again. Back in 1781 when LA was founded, it was common practice to cultivate the land as a means of lifestyle and advancement. Now in 2020, we see the need to get back to those ways, not only for food security, but also environmental responsibility.

So from our gardeners at Crop Swap LA, we wish the City to have a healthy return to its agricultural roots, where local water is used creatively for food production, and jobs naturally develop as big opportunity meets big need. We remain committed to cultivate unused land, including residential front yard spaces, so we can create a local and sustainable food production infrastructure for the masses. We harvest unwanted fruit from backyard trees, and aim to educate the community on ways they can become self-sufficient by growing food at home.

Together, we can revive the spirit of this City, and it begins in the soil."


“Los Angeles has been the birthplace of our work for social justice and transformation of the “justice" system. The unique intersection of the Arts & social justice positions LA as a leader in the radical reimagining of how America treats people who are systems-impacted. In LA County, approximately 500 children are currently incarcerated. Our work uses the Arts as the vehicle for them to understand their power and how to use the tool of voting to make change in the communities targeted for incarceration. Our birthday wish for our city is that we pull out the roots of injustice—systemic racism and inequity—and that we center the Arts and those most impacted in the process.

Creative Acts is an organization that seeks to transform urgent social justice issues through the revolutionary power of the Arts; to heal trauma, build community, raise power, and center the voices of those who are or have been incarcerated."


“As we join in celebrating Los Angeles' birthday, the Natural History Museum's wish is that all Angelenos have equal access to science, nature, history, and culture. With classrooms and field trips looking very different for the coming year, we are committed to meeting this challenging moment and finding new ways of engaging the community. Our new, free Virtual Classroom designed for school districts throughout the County, including the 735,000 students and teachers in LAUSD, will ensure access to the museums' world-class collections, exhibitions, and engaging programming.

We are thrilled to share our outdoor Nature Gardens and Butterfly Pavilion once again with the public beginning on September 11, and look forward to when we will be able to welcome visitors back to our indoor spaces as well. In the meantime, stay safe Los Angeles! And thank you for making our museum one of the County's most beloved destinations for 107 years and counting."


“Jenesse is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and addressing the multi-faceted barriers to safety and self-sufficiency that are experienced by victims of domestic violence in South Los Angeles.

On its 239th Birthday, Jenesse wishes LA to become a city in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive. Jenesse's culturally sensitive programs and services not only transition families from crisis to self-sufficiency, but transform the lives of clients and the community at large by offering education, referrals and resources that go beyond shelter. Removing a victim from a violent home is just the first step in our care continuum. Jenesse's trauma-informed and culturally appropriate programs and services include a 24-Hour Hotline; Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing; Fully Staffed Legal Service Center; Children/Youth Programs; Mental Health Services; Workforce Development Programs; and Medical, Housing, and Public Benefits Advocacy."


“Los Angeles' college students are dealing with pressures that no one has dealt with before; but their resilience and dedication to their own futures and that of their communities are lessons for the rest of the city. We must support them!

Organizations across the city have joined forces to launch Let's Go to College LA. This campaign connects students to a virtual hub where they can find timely information, valuable resources, and virtual workshops to navigate college during COVID. Let's Go to College LA is here to serve students through these times and make their success a priority for our city. Our students are our future. Let's dedicate this birthday to them!

We invite you to celebrate the City's birthday by encouraging any college student you know to visit and follow @gotocollegeca on Instagram and Twitter!"


“The ocean and coastline of Los Angeles are iconic features, invaluable natural resources, and critical economic drivers of the City. Yet, geographical, economic, psychological, and social inequalities in the City create barriers that keep many of its population from the benefits of these extraordinary public resources. It is well-established that outdoor education and recreating in nature lead to positive social and emotional development and improved academic learning in children. Now more than ever, it is critical that young people get opportunities to enjoy and learn from nature in the City's outdoor spaces.

The Los Angeles Maritime Institute wishes Los Angeles a Happy Birthday and a future where EVERY child in LA has an equal opportunity to access the educational, recreational, and spiritual gifts the ocean and coast have to offer."


“Happy Birthday, Los Angeles! As you celebrate your 239th birthday, here at Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN), we're celebrating our 24th birthday!

In the fall of 1996, a group of therapists and parents created our center with the mission of leading the way in helping children, families, and communities reach full capabilities through innovative therapy, research, and education programs. At PTN, we believe every child, regardless of their socioeconomic status or diagnosis, can achieve their fullest potential through early identification, early intervention, and early education. We know you believe that too, Los Angeles, which is why we're so proud to call you home.

Our birthday wish for Los Angeles is the same wish for PTN—that every child be given the opportunity and the tools to succeed because with that the future will look bright indeed!

Happy Birthday LA, from your friends at Pediatric Therapy Network!"


“Our wish for LA is for our youth to realize that there are opportunities out there, and jobs! Don't be discouraged.

Out here in Lancaster, CA, Lost Angels Children's Project has partnered with the City of Lancaster, Los Angeles County Office of Education, and America Job Corp Center to train and employ youth who are just entering the workforce. Our program is called Good Life Manufacturing, and our goal is to make sure that Lancaster has a skilled labor force to fill living-wage careers in the manufacturing, aerospace, vehicle assembly and related industries. We call it "Good Life" because we believe that if you work hard, that's what you'll get: "A Good Life!" Stay strong, LA, and Happy Birthday!"


“Happy Birthday, Los Angeles! Las Fotos Project teen photographers have been documenting your beautiful people and cityscapes for the past 10 years, and we fall in love with you every time they do! The cultural intersections you create inspire our students every day. Their photographs tell their stories of skateboarding down your streets, and having birthday parties in your parks, cruising your boulevards and making memories with the friends they met in your communities.

Our birthday wish for you is for the people who make you vibrant – the artists, musicians, street vendors, young innovators and entrepreneurs – to thrive, and for your communities to find peace and justice so that you can continue to shine. <3"


“At Flintridge Center, our wish is to see a Los Angeles where families thrive, youth reach their full potential, and equality and opportunity are accessible to all. We are ready to spend LA's 240th year dismantling structural inequities by providing pathways to opportunity for justice-impacted populations. We are honored to continue this work alongside incredible, hardworking individuals and organizations making Los Angeles the city we all envision. Happy Birthday, LA!"


“Happy Birthday, LA! On our City's 239th birthday, Los Angeles Audubon Society celebrates Los Angeles and its rich biological heritage, which is imperiled by thoughtless planning and building. Our wish is that people of all ages would connect to this natural landscape and learn about the birds, plants, and nature of the city and work to protect and restore species and habitats so that they survive into the future together with us. Our programs at Los Angeles Audubon Society provide those educational and advocacy opportunities for so many Angelenos, and we look forward to what this year has in store."


“On your 239th birthday, we celebrate the city's rich history and diversity. We are proud to be from a city that leads, and looks optimistically toward progress and change. Harlem Lacrosse wishes for a level playing field, where a young person's zip code no longer determines access to opportunities. Harlem Lacrosse is addressing this gap by supporting students, growing the game of lacrosse, and starting brand new programs in South LA, Inglewood, and Compton - all places where the sport has never before been played. So many pioneering middle schoolers who join our programs are experiencing sports for the very first time.

Los Angeles has a strong tradition of college and professional sports; now it's time to ensure that every young Angeleno has the chance to PLAY!"

Meet the PLAY Grantees!

Posted August 25, 2020 by Team LA2050

The PLAY category represents our vision of a Los Angeles where people of all ages have easy access to high-quality, sustainable venues to get active, explore the outdoors, and appreciate our natural environment. By the year 2050, people of all ages will enjoy safe neighborhoods, vibrant park space, and abundant recreational opportunities.

Below, learn more about the five My LA2050 winners making LA the best place to PLAY.

$100,000 Winner: The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks enriches the lives of LA residents by providing safe, welcoming parks and recreation facilities with affordable activities for people of all ages.

Did you know? Rec and Parks manages 16,000 acres of parkland and 92 miles of hiking trails! But with facilities closed due to COVID-19, Rec and Parks is bringing its programming to your home. Head to RecConnectLA for free virtual fitness classes, educational activities, and more.

$50,000 Winner: The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) is bigger than baseball, envisioning a city where every Angeleno, regardless of zip code, has the opportunity to thrive.

LADF applied to My LA2050 for funding to support the construction of its largest project to date, installing the three Dodgers Dreamfields at Gonzales Park in Compton. The new facilities will honor baseball legend Jackie Robinson and his family. Watch this video to learn more about the project.

$25,000 Winner: The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) serves to empower youth to discover their greater potential through at-sea experiences aboard educational sailing vessels.

Teachers and caretakers of at-home learners: LAMI is providing a free “Virtual Voyage" science curriculum that addresses California K-12 standards through maritime topics such as the water cycle, the physics of sailing, and ocean pollution. Check it out!

$15,000 Winner: Public Matters is a creative studio for civic engagement, addressing the trust gap between institutions and agencies in historically marginalized neighborhoods and communities.

Public Matters has leveraged its unique talent for using the arts as a lever for social change in solving some of our region's most pressing problems, from food justice to traffic safety. Follow @publicmatters on Instagram for updates.

$10,000 Winner: Urban Warehouse teaches youth the value of education through its after-school program, where they use skateboarding as an academic incentive and incorporate art activities.

Every Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, Urban Warehouse operates a pop-up food pantry at its site in East Los Angeles. During COVID-19, the organization has partnered with LA Care to increase its capacity and serve 500 families per week. Find details on the Urban Warehouse website.

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