First Win for Boyle Heights for Youth Campaign!
On May 25, 2016 Legacy LA youth, along with over 200 youth, parents, educators and community members, led a march down First Street to bring awareness to the Boyle Heights for Youth Campaign. The rally included eye-catching posters and banners, powerful chanting, and an amazing march to the Ross Valencia Pocket Park in Boyle Heights.
As a result of the successful advocacy efforts and Invest in Youth Rally, Councilman Jose Huizar introduced a motion asking for a City report on all youth programs and funding!
Here is some of the language from the motion:
"I therefore move that the City Administrative Officer (CAO) and Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA), with the assistance of all necessary departments, to report on the City’s programs in service to Los Angeles youth by all affected departments, annual funding provided, cumulative citywide funding amount for youth services, number of youth served annually, and any existing efforts to coordinate youth services among City departments."
This is a huge win for the campaign, Boyle Heights youth, and their supporters!
"Our decision to continue to work with and pressure Councilman Huizar has paid off. This is a small first step, but it helps to get our campaign on the City's radar and it will give us the opportunity to start conversations with other Councilmembers and City departments." - Lou Calanche, Legacy LA's Executive Director
What is the Boyle Heights for Youth campaign?
A campaign to promote the idea that youth are our future and our city's best asset.
The goals of the campaign include:
1) Strengthening political and community engagement and building capacity among Boyle Heights residents to provide input on youth development decisions made by the City of Los Angeles.
2) Increasing funding for youth development in the City budget.
3) Changing public perception from “youth are a community liability” to “youth are a community asset”
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