2022 Grants Challenge

Community Intersections “Where Safety, Creativity & Civic Engagement Meet”

Where Public Safety, Creativity, Civic Engagement and Economic Opportunities meet to create, develop, and implement community-based strategies to address local challenges with ground level solutions.


Please list the organizations collaborating on this proposal.

• LA Commons • Los Angeles Walks

What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

Community Safety

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

South LA

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

LA2050 seeks to address Community Intersections and Inclusive Narratives that GUIDE community-driven solutions to TRANSFORM lives, EDUCATE & ADVANCE local leadership, and CREATE positive, sustainable outcomes. By a lack of intentional space allocated for community stakeholders to collaborate, be educated, provide input, and develop actionable plans there is a shortfall in long-term CHANGE. This deficit effects residents, agencies, and local businesses. By learning from others new channels of communication and partnerships are opened resulting in a greater LA. Addressing it now, fosters more efficient resource use, improved life quality for residents, and better revenue opportunities. W.I.N. uses research and 13yrs grassroots experience, to support partnerships for progressive communities. Ground-level solutions that bridge communities through public safety, creative economics, civic engagement, and inclusion are executed better as partners than by one solo group

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

Resident participation process, support from governing agencies (SD2, CA 64 & Congresswoman) use youth to develop communication tools to raise awareness, gather input for placemaking and economic development opportunities.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

WIN’s work will result in Community Dialogue & Education, Arts & Cultural Policy, Creating a Creative Economy, Historic Preservation, Career Exploration & Training, Higher Engagement Rates & Greater Inclusive Activities. The vision is for this project to serve as a model for expansion through-out LA County. WIN will engage/impact roughly 800 people towards changing the narrative of the Willowbrook area. This will be accomplished through initiatives centered around art, safety, youth development, community building and healing. Short-term it will impact the Willowbrook community by providing opportunities to explore, create, develop, and implement community-based solutions public safety strategies. Long-term is to use this model on an ongoing basis to address any challenges

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

Community Based Public Safety - Community Safety: LA County Trauma Prevention Initiative supports Street Outreach/Community Violence intervention.WIN provides safe passage activities for local parks/schools.LA County PLACE / Willowbrook Pedestrian Plan. WIN has a 3yr contract with LA County and program partner LA Walks for outreach and engagement on Unincorporated Willowbrook and W. Rancho Dominguez. The PLACE Program fosters policy change that supports development of healthy, safe and active environments for all LA County. WIN Safe Passage & Art Mural Project: promote walkable and safe passageways in for local stakeholder through civic engagement. WIN Art Academy: Instruction for artists that are required for professions, academics, and the sciences as well as those who want art as a career trade or profession WIN Willowbrook Art Hop: celebrate local community artistic expression in parks and open green spaces, community lead workshops and other programs in art making activities.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 800

Indirect Impact: 5,000

Describe the specific role of the partner organization(s) in the project, program, or initiative.

LA Commons • Mission is to engage communities in artistic and cultural expressions as a basis for dialogue, interaction, and a shared understanding of LA • Responsible for: Community Outreach/Engagement, Art Education, Creative Artist Workshops, and Story Gathering • Unique value is an established network of local collaborators who have built deep wells of trust, leveraging art education and cultural approaches to create positive change LA Walks • Vision is to activate and mobilize historically disinvested communities in LA to transform streets into safe, accessible, and vibrant walk mobility • Responsible for: Community Outreach & Engagement, Pedestrian Planning, Mapping Workshops, Safe Routes Input • Unique value is existing, active, Long-standing work in Safe Street Infrastructure