Spearheaded by the Goldhirsh Foundation, LA2050 is a community-guided initiative to drive and track progress toward the future of Los Angeles. With tens of thousands of Angelenos, LA2050 has defined five broad goals and more than 60 metrics that will make Los Angeles the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.

We believe that Angelenos hold the solutions to our region’s challenges--and that by working together, we can inspire the change that will make LA a more equitable, thriving metropolis.

Through the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, LA2050 encourages Angelenos to dream up the best and brightest ideas that will impact the LA2050 goals to move the needle on the LA2050 metrics. Since the first challenge in 2013, the LA2050 community has fearlessly met that call, submitting more than 800 ideas.

In 2015, nonprofits, social enterprises, and innovative government agencies submitted 302 ideas to shape the future of LA. 70,000 individuals showed their support for these visions of change by participating in a public vote.

In total, $1M in funding was awarded through ten $100,000 grants to the most creative and innovative ideas to make the vision of a better LA a reality. And throughout 2016, the audacious vision set out by the LA community was met by the successful implementation of those winning ideas.

300 pieces by 100 Los Angeles writers and artists were disseminated to more than 2,000,000 unique viewers

Los Angeles Review of Books has helped increase the profile of LA's creators to audiences across the US and globe. Their project profiled the work of at least one LA-based writer or artist every day, culminating in the release of a 140-page quarterly journal fully dedicated to LA's creative sector.

This is LA’s moment.

LA has long been a bustling, sprawling, uniquely diverse metropolis, but it is now emerging as an global cultural capital. LA Review of Books is helping lead the way.

More than 27,000 Angelenos have been educated about water conservation

With winter rains dampening LA, there’s never been a more important time to ensure Angelenos are conserving water. Launched in 2016, Heal the Bay’s Know the Flow campaign has increased water literacy, informing Angelenos about the current sources of water for LA, 86% of which is imported.

Developed in partnership with Pacoima Beautiful and Pacific American Volunteer Association, Heal the Bay successfully piloted a multi-language curriculum that was disseminated digitally and at events.

Test your water knowledge at knowtheflow.la

Using their assets to amplify and spread the message, Heal the Bay produced a video that was featured at their Santa Monica Pier Aquarium which attracts 65,000 visitors every year.

The campaign has educated Angelenos about challenges associated with our dependency on imported water, a step to influencing policy that will create a more resilient Los Angeles and achieve the goal of 50% locally sourced water by 2050.

Visit knowtheflow.la to learn more

Increased park access for 30,000 Angelenos

People for Parks has opened six new Community School Parks (CSP), bringing park access and intergenerational play opportunities within walking distance to 30,000 residents in dense pockets of Los Angeles including Pico Union, West Lake, Central Alameda, and East Hollywood.

People for Parks also piloted an incubator that trains local parents to activate and take ownership of the park. This empowerment strategy will help sustain the activation of the new play spaces beyond People for Parks' involvement.

Activating public spaces makes Los Angeles safer.

The presence of the community school parks has improved perceptions of public safety in local communities. Participating schools reported a drop in criminal activities like vandalism since the opening of CSPs.

"We love that our kids have this big open space to run and jump and play. They see that school isn’t just about reading a book, but playing and relaxing.”

--Manuel Alvarez, Los Angeles Elementary School

“I have a very active 6 year old who I often can’t keep up with. She can’t live without the CSP. It’s where she runs and gets tired and happy.”

--Karla Vilchis, 20th Street Elementary School

“The best part of this program is that both children and parents are leaving their electronics at home and coming to the CSP to have some good old-fashioned fun!”

--Jessica Sanchez, Esperanza Elementary School

People for Parks was awarded $75,000 in matching funds by the Funders’ Network to expand their work and open three more community school parks.

Today's Young Ethnographers are tomorrow's civically engaged leaders.

The LA Promise Zone's Young Ethnographers program surveyed 1860 residents living in the Promise Zone to assess resident’s attitudes, inform policy, and offer program recommendations that will better address local needs and enhance government responsiveness.

The program was a vehicle to enhance social connectedness by highlighting shared perspectives and lived experience between residents and the youth surveyors. The pilot program has created a framework for future surveys of the Promise Zone over the 10-year federal designation period, and with a developed program guide and survey instrument, the program's implementation may be possible for 2019!

Check out the Y.E. Voices blog to learn more about their experiences

"I just feel like if we were to go out into our community and help those in need more often, it would be a better economy and place for people struggling with homelessness."

--Deborah, student surveyor in the Young Ethnographers Project

View LA Promise Zone's guide book with best practices and strategies for pairing community development and youth empowerment

Creating a one-stop shop for veterans in Greater LA

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America's (IAVA) Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) is groundbreaking for veterans organizations, reaching populations that no other organization can. In 2016, IAVA expanded RRRP to Los Angeles, serving as a central portal to help post-9/11 veterans access community support systems.

Filling a vital need by serving a unique population of veterans

🇺🇸 20% of their clients are female 🇺🇸 Many have “other-than-honorable” discharges from the military, often as the result of undiagnosed PTSD or other service-related injuries 🇺🇸 A number are LGBTQ.

IAVA has revolutionized the veterans’ aid landscape, pairing technology and digital communications with services while creating a safe, tolerant, culturally-competent environment that understands the needs of the modern veteran.

Image courtesy of The Architects Newspaper

PAPER AIRPLANE takes flight in Grand Park

With the help of 3800 Angelenos, Grand Park selected and installed a functional, culturally relevant art project, providing much-needed shade to the park’s one million yearly visitors.

The project captured the interest of Angelenos across the region, with a truly creative design that adds new character and interest to the park while helping to make the space safer and more accessible for visitors young and old to play. The success of the project has encouraged Grand Park to make the shade structures mobile, to serve other areas of the park space.

"Paper Airplanes" concept art

Social-emotional learning for healthy communities

Citizens of the World-Los Angeles (CWC) piloted an assessment system to help students strengthen their social-emotional learning skills, sharing the value of SEL to 1,600 current students and 260 staff members.

SEL has lead students to take on greater civic leadership and build empathy

CWC Hollywood increased leadership opportunities for students and created the Junior Coach Peacemaking and Leadership Program. CWC Silver Lake deepened the implementation of their Active Citizens Program. CWC Mar Vista introduced a new program to focus on cultivating youth empowerment.

"SEL programming has lead to students being more empathetic and inclusive of the students from co-located LAUSD schools."

According to recent studies, students who participate in SEL programs showed an 11 percentile-point gain in academic achievement compared to students who did not participate in SEL programs. These students also showed improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and better attitudes about themselves, others, and school.

The CWC program has evolved to emphasize race and equity by building capacity among teachers through professional development and a two-day training facilitated by national experts for 200 staff. CWC is now working to develop rubric dispositions for CWC graduates.

"The ability to pilot initiatives allowed experimentation with different strategies that met needs of our unique school communities."

CWC leveraged their grant to obtain a generous Instructional Innovational Grant from The Riordan Foundation for expanded SEL programming and piloting of race and equity capacity building at CWC Silver Lake (grades TK-5).

Developing the next generation of diverse biotech entrepreneurs

To increase the pipeline of diverse biotech entrepreneurs, LA Bioscience Hub launched the Biotech Leaders Academy, a first-of-its-kind program to match local community college students to internships at biotech companies throughout the region.

The program supported a cohort of 10 ethnically diverse students, including six women, who were exposed to one of LA’s most promising industries for well-paying jobs.

LA's next biotech leader is a community college student of color

The employers, most of whom had not worked with community college students, reported that the participants in the Biotech Leaders Academy were amongst the best of the company’s current and past interns. At LA BioMed, one intern became the only student without a PhD to be paid to work during the school year.

This program not only serves as a model for investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs, but also shines a light on the presence often untapped talent that exists within Los Angeles’ community college system, which currently has 135,000 students enrolled.

Doubling the number of advocates fighting for LA's most vulnerable foster youth

In 2016, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Los Angeles recruited 260 new volunteers to serve as court-appointed special advocates who have provided intensive advocacy to 870 foster youth in Los Angeles County.

In 2015, the LA County Department of Social Services identified 24,354 children in need, 9,432 of whom had to be removed from their homes because it was detrimental to remain. These children urgently require the support and services that CASA volunteers provide.

CASA has focused its efforts on recruiting from populations whose best reflect the youth served. Volunteers include individuals who represent Spanish-speaking, Latino, and African-American communities, as well as men and volunteers from a wider array of professions and age groups. Through LA2050, CASA LA has doubled the number of volunteers in 2016.

Helping LA's girls do more than imagine a career in STEM

GALA redesigned a classroom into a Makerspace to allow girls at LAUSD’s first all-girls public STEM school do more than simply imagine being engineers. The space has become a laboratory for the girls to practice their STEM skills with real, modern world technology.

Serving 160 girls in grades 6 and 9, the Makerspace features a 3D printer, flight simulator, underwater robotic rovers kits, laser cutter/engraver, and production equipment. The equipment has been fully integrated to embed STEM in the curriculum, including in English and Social Studies.

The programs in the space have been complemented by close partnerships with leading LA companies and city officials in the STEM field, including Two Bit Circus, 72 -U, engineers from the California High Speed Rail Authority, and the Disney company.

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