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South Los Angeles/West Athens

Best Start South Los Angeles/West Athens

The West Athens community is often described as part of the broader South LA region. While more resources and infrastructure are typically found in communities to the north of West Athens, it does share some regional service providers, capacity and infrastructure. Within West Athens, and in the South LA region overall, community leaders have come together around issues such as child welfare reform and public safety. There are also several active collaboratives working to improve services for pregnant women, financial literacy skills for residents and resources for families with young children. The South LA region has significant resident participation in these collaborative efforts and developing local leadership is seen as a priority.

Community leadership in the South LA region, which includes West Athens, is described as “dedicated, passionate, hardworking, grassroots, invigorated against all odds and strength-based.”

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News and postings

Creating a Structure for Change in Compton

A diverse team of concerned community members have collaborated to lay the foundation for much of the work that will be undertaken by Best Start Compton/East Compton in the upcoming months. Over a nine-month period, parents, residents, community-based organizations (CBOs), stakeholders and representatives from Best Start created a governance structure, the framework that will determine [...]

Tot Parks Are the Way to Play This Summer

Keeping little kids active in the summer can be tricky when school’s out. Staying around the house provides too many sedentary temptations. Even preschoolers have been known to stake out a spot on the couch in front of the television or become mesmerized with the games on a smartphone. They’re too young to send to [...]

VIDEO: Best Start Highlights: Compton, South El Monte/El Monte and East LA

Partnership members across all 14 Best Start communities are excited for what is to come in terms of action towards community change under the Learning By Doing Process. They are currently refining their understanding of the challenges children and families face in their community. Watch as Best Start members from Compton, El Monte/South El Monte, [...]

11th Annual Inner City Mini-Marathon & Health Festival

June 7th, 2014. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE event Spanning throughout South Los Angeles, Watts and Inglewood area, this event will be held at Darby Park in Inglewood. Following the Mini Marathon, participants are invited to enjoy the free outdoor festival and health fair. City Lites Network Inc. encourages families, youth, seniors, and those with physical [...]

Community Member Spotlight: Severiana Pablo

Severiana Pablo has lived her 58 years by one simple creed: “One might have a little but we still have to share what we have.” Severiana has done just that as a participant in Best Start Panorama City & Neighbors. Since 2011, Severiana has given whatever she can to help ensure children in her community [...]

Groundbreaking for New Tot Park in South LA

First 5 LA and Best Start celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Avalon and Gage tot park for children and families in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 3. The 1/3-acre park, which will be completed in October, will feature play equipment focused on helping to improve children’s motor skills, social play and sensory development. “The [...]

VIDEO: Central Long Beach Embarks on “Learning by Doing” Journey

Throughout Los Angeles County, Best Start Community Partnerships have embarked on the “Learning by Doing” journey – Best Start‘s approach to Community Capacity Building. Partnerships are collectively moving through the decision making points that will ultimately lead to engaging in results focused activities to strengthen children and families in their community. Watch the video below [...]

A Dynamic Duo in Broadway-Manchester

While First Lady Michelle Obama’s health and fitness campaign “Let’s Move” is helping focus the spotlight on raising a healthier generation of kids, Priscilla Melendez and G. JoAnn Smith are leading the charge in their Los Angeles community to educate families about healthy eating and cooking habits. Moved by the strong sense of community shared [...]

Best Start Families Framework Rolls Out

First 5 LA has recently undertaken the rollout phase of the Best Start Families Framework, or BSFF, at each of the 14 Best Start Communities, marking a significant step in the initial implementation of the BSFF. Approved by the First 5 LA Commission in November, the $4.9 million, six-month BSFF implementation plan represents a place-based [...]

A Most Welcome Visitor

Ruby Morua was worried. As a young woman in her first pregnancy, she was concerned about her breast milk. “It wasn’t coming out like regular milk,” said the 19-year-old from Palmdale. “I asked if it was normal.” The answer – “Yes” – came from a home visitation professional with the Welcome Baby program who had [...]