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24th Street Theatre

24th Street Theatre’s mission is to engage, educate, and provoke LA’s diverse community with excellent theatre and arts education. 24th Street Theatre is a first class Arts Organization and a Public Benefit service provider, which uses art as a tool with which to positively impact our world. 24th Street Theatre educates kids, teachers, and artists with the myriad programs and resources they offer, including: professional development workshops for teachers, Arts Ed school workshops, workshops for artists, free after school arts enrichment programs, Teatro Nuevo Latino Initiative projects, a music series, an outreach programs for at-risk teens, and free community events. http://www.24thstreet.org/

 

Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere – Los Angeles (AWARE-LA)

An alliance of white anti-racist people working together to combat racism within ourselves, local communities, and the world. We collectively develop our anti-racist practice and tools for nurturing anti-racist practice among white people and working in transformative alliance with people of color. We take collective action to build white anti-racist and multiracial alliances to challenge the white supremacist system. Our mission is to work toward the abolition of the white supremacist system and all systems of supremacy through building communities of Radical White people in solidarity with people of color in the larger movement for racial, social, economic, and environmental justice. www.awarela.org

 

Amplifier Foundation

Our foundation is a visual media experiment dedicated to amplifying the voices of grassroots movements through art and community engagement. We do this by funding collaborations between these movements and contemporary artists so that their messages can reach a wider audience. Our goal is to flip artists into activists and observers into participants. Download free posters highlighting issues in climate and environment, indigenous resistance, mass incarceration, feminism and gender, and immigration and migration. Theamplifierfoundation.org

 

Black Women's Network LA

 Gives access to resources and networking opportunities for professional and entrepreneurial women, as well as those seeking to develop, start, or transfer careers. www.blackwomensnetwork.net

 


Casa 0101 

Casa 0101 has established itself as a leading arts venue for Los Angeles’ East Side, currently offering year round theatrical productions and classes in dramatic writing and acting to youth and adults. Through storytelling and theater and other art forms Casa 0101 is committed to exploring the world and oneself, the good and the bad, the light and the darkness of our soul and our world to the point where there are no borders. CASA 0101 is dedicated to providing vital arts, cultural, and educational programs -- in theater, digital film making, art and dance -- to Boyle Heights, thereby nurturing the future storytellers of Los Angeles who will someday transform the world. http://www.casa0101.org/ 

 

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles- Immigration Services

Catholic Immigration Services of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. (CCLA) provides support and advocacy to individuals and families, helping them to legalize. www.catholiccharitiesla.org/immigration-services

 

Center for Media Literacy 

Is an educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development, and educational resources nationally and internationally. The Center for Media Literacy is dedicated to promoting and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating and participating with media content, CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture. The website also offers the CML MediaLit Kit for Educators - an accessible, integrated, research-based teaching strategy needed to assist schools and districts in organizing and structuring teaching activities using a media literacy lens. http://www.medialit.org/ 

 

The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

The Central American Resource Center is an immigrant rights organization that empowers Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice, and promoting cultural diversity. www.carecen-la.org

 

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

CHIRLA's mission is to achieve a just society fully inclusive of immigrants. CHIRLA organizes and serves individuals, institutions and coalitions to build power, transform public opinion, and change policies to achieve full human, civil, and labor rights. www.chirla.org

 

Deaf West Theatre 

Deaf West Theatre, Inc. (DWT) was founded in 1991 to directly improve and enrich the cultural lives of over 1.2 million deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who live in the Los Angeles area. DWT is recognized as the premier sign language theater in the United States. In DWT productions, spoken English and American Sign Language are interwoven for both hearing and deaf cultures into a 'third language' creating a unique theatrical event. DWT's productions and internationally acclaimed educational programs have contributed significantly to the vibrancy of deaf culture and American theater. In addition DWT offers workshops and an outreach program to increase literacy levels and raises awareness about Deaf culture with the Los Angeles school system. http://www.deafwest.org/

 

Echoes & Reflections

The award-winning curriculum developed by the Anti-Defamation League, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, and Yad Vashem, includes everything educators need to teach the complex issues of the Holocaust to today’s students. Website includes downloadable curriculum materials and information for teachers on training institutes to bring this program into your classroom. http://echoesandreflections.org/

 

The Educational Video Center

Founded in 1984 and based in New York City, The Educational Video Center is a non-profit youth media organization dedicated to teaching documentary video as a means to develop the artistic, critical literacy, and career skills of young people, while nurturing their idealism and commitment to social change. Tools for educators available on their website include may social issue documentary videos created by youth, research articles, study guides, Youth Powered Video curriculum guides, and evaluation materials. EVC also hosts a conference called Youth Powered Video Institute, which is an experimental professional development opportunity that provides teachers with a repertoire of proven teaching techniques and basic production skills to engage students in learning and increase their literacy and academic skills. http://www.evc.org/

 

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project

A public interest legal organization serving some of the most vulnerable immigrants in the Los Angeles area. At Esperanza, we believe that immigrant rights are human rights. www.esperanza-la.org

 

Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History’s website offers extensive educator resources that are searchable by theme, sequence or time and place. Examples of materials include lesson plans, teaching strategies, online modules, podcasts and videos on a variety of topics such as the civil rights movement, bullying, and Holocaust Survivor testimony. This organization also offers professional development seminars and workshops. http://www.facinghistory.org/resources 

Through a rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust, as well as other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students in a Facing History class learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge.

 

Homeboy Industries

Homeboy Industries assists at-risk and formerly gang involved youth to become positive and contributing members of society through job placement, training and education. Started by Father Greg Boyle as a jobs program offering alternatives to gang violence in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Homeboy assists at-risk, recently released, and formerly gang involved youth to become contributing members of their communities through a variety of services in response to their multiple needs. Free programs -- including counseling, education, tattoo removal, substance abuse and addiction assistance, job training and job placement -- enable young people to redirect their lives. http://homeboy-industries.org/

 

Immigration Center for Women and Children 

The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) is a non-profit legal organization providing affordable immigration services to underrepresented immigrants in California. www.icwclaw.org

 

Inner City Arts

Elementary, middle and high school students work with professional teaching artists in well-equipped studios, receiving hands-on instruction in a range of subject areas within the visual, performing and media arts. Equally essential to Inner-City Arts' mission, the Inner-City Arts - Annenberg Professional Development Program provides experiential training for educators, graduate students and others dedicated to bringing high-quality arts education to students of all ages and backgrounds. http://www.inner-cityarts.org/what-we-do-programs-educators.php 

 

IRIS- Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Services

Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service, IRIS, is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that offers refugee resettlement assistance, employment placement services and immigration legal aid. www.iris.ladiocese.org

 

LAUSD -- Office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity

The Office provides support services for local districts and schools. It builds collaborative relationships and proactively reduce intra and intergroup bias and violence through educational and social-emotional strategies. The office assists in crisis recovery and community restoration. We provide consultation and comprehensive trainings on a variety of human relations topics. The website contains a wealth of useful links and resources including anti-bullying and LGBTQ resources. http://notebook.lausd.net/portal/page?_pageid=33,1124448&_dad=ptl&_schema=PTL_EP

 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Our mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. NAACP has a wealth of programs in civic engagement, environmental/climate justice, federal advocacy, community health, and more. www.naacp.org

 

National Coalition of 100 Black Women

This organization advocates for black women and young girls, and promote leadership development and gender equality in all aspects, such as education, health and career opportunities. Their goal is to give the next generation of women an opportunity to live in a world where inequality does not exist. www.ncbw.org

 

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives is the oldest active Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning (LGBTQ) organization in the United States and the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE Archives currently houses over two million archival items including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records and personal papers. The collections at ONE Archives are open to the public and conducting research is free. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives promotes the collection, preservation, documentation and understanding of LGBTQA history and culture. This organization also holds events, exhibitions and other activities. http://www.onearchives.org/

 

reDiscover 

reDiscover is a non-profit organization that promotes creativity in early childhood and elementary education while encouraging environmental responsibility. reDiscover recycles everyday discarded materials (fabrics, plastics, cardboard and wood is every shape, size and color!) donated by business and gives them new purpose as hands-on learning materials. reDiscover’s space is used as community art center, reuse warehouse, and gallery. They offer classes, workshops, field trips, and exhibitions.
http://rediscovercenter.org

 

Rethinking Our Schools

Rethinking Schools began as a local effort to address problems such as basal readers, standardized testing, and textbook-dominated curriculum. It has grown into a nationally prominent publisher of educational materials and while the scope and influence of Rethinking Schools has changed, its basic orientation has not. Most importantly, it remains firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race. It is an activist publication, with articles written by and for teachers, parents, and students. http://www.rethinkingschools.org/index.shtml 

 

Self – Help Graphics & Art

Is a nationally recognized center for Latino arts that develops and nurtures artists in printmaking. SHG seeks to advance Latino art broadly through programming, exhibitions and outreach to diverse audiences in East Los Angeles and beyond. SHG seeks to identify and engage young and emerging artists from the community in all aspects of its activities. See website for latest news on their community workshop events. http://www.selfhelpgraphics.com/

 

SisterLove

Sisterlove is an organization that promotes "Healthy loving is healthy living" and advocates human dignity with equal protections regardless on a person's race, health, social, political, and economic standings. www.sisterlove.org

 

Street Poets Inc.

Is a non-profit poetry-based peace-making organization dedicated to the creative process as a force for individual and community transformation. Street Poets Inc. sponsors poetry workshops, community open mic nights, a performance group and peace mediation workshops. See website for recent publications and upcoming events. http://streetpoetsinc.com/

 

Teaching Tolerance

Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children. It provides free educational materials to teachers and other school practitioners in the U.S. and abroad. Teaching Tolerance’s website offers the following materials for teachers to access free of charge: two issues of the self-titled magazine, classroom activity ideas searchable by topic or grade level, professional development articles, and teaching toolkits on a range of social justice topics. http://www.tolerance.org/

 

youTHink

Offered by the Zimmer Children’s Museum, youTHink School Services provides arts-based lessons in Los Angeles area public schools (upper elementary through high school) along with professional development opportunities for teachers. The organization utilizes the power of art to foster critical thinking about local and global contemporary issues. Bringing students from different walks of life together, this program helps students learn about the legislative process and empowers youth to find and use their voices to take action for positive social change. http://youthink.org/