A Vehicle for People Power
New InnerCity Struggle Youth & Community Center in Spring 2019
For more than two decades, InnerCity Struggle has served as a powerful voice for Eastside residents. We’ve developed hundreds of leaders, redirected millions of dollars toward greater public investment in the Eastside and have helped undo policies that criminalized immigrant and Latinx families.
It’s safe to say we’re here to stay. But as our organization has grown, our facilities have yet to reflect this growth.
We believe in everyday people power. And a key part of that strategy is an elimination of any barriers that can prevent civic participation. In fact, we want to take it one step further. We want to motivate. We want to inspire. We want to make community participation even more engaging.
That’s why we’re creating our own state of the art, Youth & Community Center to serve as the vehicle for community organizing in the Eastside.
We believe the new Community Center will not only increase participation amongst Eastside residents, but will inspire our current leaders to take our campaigns and leadership development to the next level.
Until now, we have operated out of a leased facility which have at times presented physical barriers to leadership development and community organizing. Without these obstacles, our opportunities are limitless.
Youth Technology Center - A state of the art workspace for youth and adult leaders will include computers and tablets for research, homework and college applications.
Community Room - A common space with a kitchenette which will offer healthy meals and snacks for youth to “hang out.” This room also doubles as a space for child care during parent meetings and events.
Multipurpose Room - A gathering space to host town hall meetings, press events, trainings and much more.
Academic Services Room - An academic space to cultivate a college-going culture amongst for youth leaders.
In January 2018, we held a groundbreaking ceremony with more than 200 supporters.
We’re proud to work with the following partners:
- Architecture: Barrio Planners Incorporated
- Project management: Red Hook Capital
- General contractor: H.C. Olsen Construction
Thank you to our supporters:
Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar
LAUSD School Board President Monica Garcia
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis
Thank you to our generous donors:
Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department
W. M. Keck Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
The California Endowment
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
The Ahmanson Foundation
Marguerite Casey Foundation
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
Women Helping Youth
The Whitman Institute
Thank you to our generous lenders: