No Guns Allowed

ABLA friend and supporter, Snoop Lion, speaks out about Gun Violence with his “No Guns Allowed” campaign. He is using this movement and his song by the same name as he says, as a “call to action for people everywhere to come together and help end the senseless gun violence that claims lives every day.”

Along with MTV and Jewelry For a Cause, Snoop has created a one-of-a-kind bracelet in order to raise money and awareness for gun violence. The bracelets are engraved with the serial number of an illegal firearm recently turned in through the Newark, NJ gun buyback program.

Snoop will be joining Congresswoman Maxine Waters and others to further discuss the subject at BET’s No Guns Allowed: Disarming Violence in Our Community roundtable discussion on June 29. Snoop encourages you to use the #NoGunsAllowed hashtag on social media to share their stories about gun violence.

Read the article here and hear his new song with Drake and Daughter Cori B.

LA County Gun Buyback

LA County held a gun buyback this past Saturday, June 15, from 10AM to 3PM in the Belvedere Park parking lot.

The buyback yielded 152 weapons including assault rifles, handguns, and shotguns. The return of firearms is an anonymous exchanged for gift cards redeemable at Target and Ralphs. The breakdown in prices for various firearms was: $200 for an assault weapon, $100 for a rifle or shotgun, and $50 for a gun that does not work. The gift cards were purchased with narcotics forfeiture funds.

Gun buybacks began in 2005 in Compton and have since expanded into other communities. The most recent buyback resulted in the collection of 1,000 firearms. 11,151 guns in total have been collected in the past few years.

From LA Times

Snoop Lion & A Better LA working together

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This past Saturday, A Better LA was pleased to work alongside the Snoop Youth Football League to put on a day filled with football, family, and fun.  Coach Snoop Lion and Pete Carroll worked together to instruct the 400 youth participants not only in football, but the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and education.  Saturday’s activities also offered a cheer workshop to help cheer on participants.  After the football session filled with technique and drills, the kids and parents enjoyed food and music for the afternoon.

A special thanks goes out to many people for making the day such a success: Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks Cornerback for helping with the football side of things, to Jim Veregge from United Grocer who helped provide the delicious food, Scott Obler for our fantastic photos, Mark Chow and his family for volunteering their time, and Nanci Chambers for making the day come together so smoothly.

Snoop Lion found the Snoop Youth Football League in 2005 to provide an opportunity for kids to “learn the values of character, integrity, discipline, and teamwork through football and cheer. ”  Since then, the league has allowed children to travel, learn, and have fun all through the love of a game.

Check out the Football League’s post about the day of fun!

More photos of the event...

Packing Change

Packing Change

Help support A Better LA’s student volunteer Ella with her Backpack Project.  Ella approached our CEO Rowan Vansleve with her dream of giving back to her community through educational inspiration.  As a result, along with ABLA and our funded partner APUU, Ella has embarked upon her very own grassroots campaign to collect backpacks and supplies to donate to students and schools in need.  Please read the personal letter from Ella below to find out more about how you can help her encourage kids to pursue their own educational goals:

My name is Ella and I am a 15 year old student in my senior year at New Community Jewish High School. Thanks to my parents, who struggled at a young age because they did not have access to the luxuries and opportunities that many more fortunate children had, I realize how important and how passionate I am about having a voice and helping my community.

This summer I am using my voice to contribute to at-need elementary students and teenagers in south Los Angeles. I have partnered with the non-profit organization, A Better LA. A Better LA, my committee of fellow students, and I are working together to organize a back to school event and community festival, Ella’s Backpack Project, to take place on August 24, 2013 in the community. Together, with your help, we will supply and donate 2,000 backpacks with school supplies to underprivileged children so they can prepare for the upcoming school year. Something as simple as a backpack can encourage youth in these communities to focus on school and stay away from gangs and negative influences.

Please help us with packing change by spreading the word and donating to this project in order to give these inner-city teenagers a path to success.

For more information, find us on Facebook or Twitter, and donate here to A Better LA.

Thank you for your support! We really appreciate anything that you can do!

PCI Job Fair

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PCI is a non-profit community center that is a funded partner of A Better LA.  PCI’s mission is to help young people recognize their potential and to help them express themselves in a positive way.  They work daily to provide Socioeconomic Resources and solutions to disenfranchised communities.

People for Community Improvement (PCI), a funded partner of A Better LA, held its Quarterly Job Fair on June 6, 2013.  The PCI Job Fair invites a wide range of employers/agencies like Costco, Sam’s Club, Credit & Contractors Unions, Local Food Markets, Military & College recruiters to set up and assist people in the community with their job search.  Flyers for the job fair are circulated at the Urban League, Work Source, local & churches schools, community stores, and at their weekly Task Force Meetings in order to raise awareness within the community for those seeking employment.  Approximately 100-200 job seekers take advantage and attend the fair.  Keep an eye out for the next Job Fair scheduled for September of 2013.