Act2Connect

submission by ltbrady

Organization Name

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South Bay Center for Community Development

Website

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www.sbaycenter.com

Indicator

Please select the one indicator that is most relevant to your project or organization: Social Connectedness

What is your idea and how will it impact your indicator?

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The South Bay Center for Community Development (SBCC) aims to develop tools and solutions that can be owned and operated by community residents themselves. If programs addressing social concerns like economic development, early education, and community safety are like a kind of “social software,” then SBCC's approach differs from the standard practice of installing off-the-shelf products on every system (i.e., neighborhood). We see ourselves instead as open source developers, creating a basic framework for innovation (a project or initiative), then offering training and support in that framework to independent developers (community residents) operating on their own to solve their own unique problems.

Given this philosophy of change, our idea is not a surprising one, but one that we believe has the capacity to improve lives, families, and whole communities. Building on the power of networked relationships to “crowd-source” solutions to seemingly intractable social challenges, we will identify 10 key communities across Los Angeles County that we believe are primed to enter a positive feedback loop of relationship-driven social capital-building, creating a neighborhood infrastructure that amplifies and intensifies the potentials and resources already present in the community to support wellness, safety, and further connectedness. This feedback loop can be broken down into three phases:

* Phase 1: Connect to Plan

* Phase 2: Plan to Act

* Phase 3: Act to Connect

It is in the final phase—Act to Connect—that the core innovation of our approach takes place. Having built a network of community relationships in order expand the possibilities for effective action, having planned an action in collaboration with neighbors, and having successfully carried out that action, a neighborhood group finds itself in a strengthened network of relationships. This intensified network is both an end in itself (effective, supportive social relationships are a primary indicator of overall quality of life within the emerging methods of measuring the “wellness index” of a place or community), and a means to further, more effective and larger-scale action. We believe that this “feedback” stage is the critical, and too-often overlooked, component in any agenda for lasting social change. For this reason, we have adopted it as the name of our overall initiative, which we call Act2Connect.

Crucial to achieving effective feedback is a long-term investment in neighborhood relationships themselves, which SBCC has been making for more than 5 years in communities across L.A. County, working with neighborhood groups to establish a solid network of relationships, habits of trust, and expectations of mutual support. Many of the low-income communities in which we work are characterized by highly transient populations, large numbers of recent immigrants without their own social support and kinship networks, and the high “opportunity costs” associated with underdeveloped social capital: underutilization of supportive resources, overpayment for basic financial and consumer services, lack of access to job and economic opportunities, etc. Thus, helping individuals and families in these communities navigate a path to social connectedness is a valuable end in itself.

In 10 communities selected for high levels of development among these resident groups, and for a self-identified focus on issues of community safety and violence prevention, SBCC will deploy the resources of an LA 2050 grant to take the next crucial step in this process. Residents in each community will leverage their network of relationships to plan a project focused on community safety and/or violence prevention, carry that plan into action at a neighborhood level with the assistance of leadership development coaches and community organizers, and use the base of participants in the project to expand overall participation in the community network.

The choice of community safety and violence prevention is not an arbitrary one. Unsafe and violent communities, streets, and homes are problems that grow in the context of social isolation. By collaborating to establish community safety teams, collective commitments to non-violent streets, and trusted neighbor-listeners to help move families suffering from abuse out of the shadows, these projects will achieve two key objectives:

* Contribute to safer communities, thus increasing another crucial element of the neighborhood's “well-being index,”


* Build more extensive, more effective social networks, leading to expanded trust, higher levels of civic participation and engagement, increased community-wide knowledge of and access to resources and public forums for action, and a greater sense of investment in the community leading to lower levels of transience and the building of durable neighborhood traditions and resident-controlled institutions

What are some of your organization’s most important achievements to date?

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SBCC has achieved significant community-level and countywide impacts in areas including:


Economic Development: For nearly 20 years, SBCC's career training and placement programs have opened up access to living-wage employment for residents of low-income communities. Over the past 5 or more years, these programs have provided training and placement assistance to more than 150 individuals per year in employment sectors including energy, renewables, digital arts and media, film and video production, and K-12 teaching. Placement rates exceed 75%, and 24-month community college completion and transfer rates have been as high as 90% (as compared to statewide, 6-year rates of less than 30%).

SBCC has adapted this approach to youth entrepreneurship with our innovative Streetcraft LA project, which supports at-risk youth as they develop and market their own lines of apparel and accessories. Additional projects in community-based agriculture, food service, and neighborhood financial services are currently in development.

Finally, SBCC has used our community organizing project's extensive reach into low-income, immigrant-dense communities to launch a highly successful Deferred Action initiative, placing young adults on the path toward legal residency and full participation in the legitimate economy.

Healthy Childhood and Early Education: SBCC's Community Doula program mobilizes community advocates for women during pregnancy, birthing, and in the post-partum months. These doulas help new mothers navigate the medical system, form healthy attachments with their infants, promote good nutrition and breastfeeding, and engage from birth onwards in activities that support children's cognitive, social and emotional development. The program has proven effective at eliminating infant mortality, significantly increasing rates of breastfeeding, and significantly reducing numbers of low-weight births.


Our Preschool Without Walls program works with families in these communities to address critical gaps in early learning and preschool resources. PWW brings early learning experiences to more than 500 parents and children in community institutions and locations that serve as learning and development resources. In homes and neighborhoods, parks, libraries, and community centers, the program engages parents and children in a shared early learning experience leading to improved child development and school readiness through supporting parents' role as their children's primary educators.

In all of our work, our primary commitment is to develop community capacity to address education, economic development, and other issues in an ongoing way. Provision of high-quality direct services is necessary, but does not go far enough: what is needed is the growth of leadership and ownership within communities themselves to carry these initiatives forward on a self-sufficient, sustainable basis.

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.

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The only collaborating partner identified in advance for the full scope of the project (i.e., participating across all 10 neighborhoods) is the evaluation team identified above. Individual neighborhood collaborators may include schools, community centers, faith organizations, local social service nonprofits, regional offices of County of City of Los Angeles public agencies, and law enforcement agencies. Determination of these partnerships will be one of the planning goals of the project development phase outlined in our program plan above, and will vary with each individual neighborhood group.

Please explain how you will evaluate your project. How will you measure success?

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SBCC will work with independent evaluators, Dr. Todd Franke and Dr. Jorja Leap of UCLA, both of whom have extensive experience evaluating the impact of community-based social networking, capacity-building, and relationship development initiatives for clients including First 5 LA, the LA County Department of Children and Family Services, and The California Wellness Foundation.

Evaluators will design survey, interview, and focus group evaluation instruments based on Dr. Franke's existing “Protective Factors Survey.” These instruments will measure from baselines established when the organizing initiative began in the targeted communities, and will re-measure at or near the start of Act2Connect project planning, and at 6-month and 12-month intervals, for five individual, family and community “protective factors” which provide indicators of neighborhood well-being. These assessments will be conducted with participants in the Act2Connect action groups, community members participating in their actions and projects, and family members and peer network members not directly involved in the project. These factors are:

* Social connections: Number and intensity of supportive relationships
to other individuals and families in the community.


* Access to and utilization of concrete support in times of need: Families
need to meet their basic needs (shelter, food, clothing, health care) in
order to ensure their own stability and the healthy development of
children. This factor is linked to social connection, as families with
active networks and community relationships tend to access more
resources.


* Parental resilience: Capacity to creatively problem-solve parenting
challenges. This factor is strongly linked to optimism and belief in self-
efficacy, which are in turn linked to social connections.

* Knowledge of parenting and child development: Ability to create
nurturing and healthy family environments; strongly linked to
involvement with resilient, parenting peers.

* Social and emotional competence of children: Children's ability to
interact positively with others, self-regulate their behavior and
effectively communicate their feelings. This factor is strongly linked to
parental resilience which (as indicated above) is in turn linked to social
connection.

We hope to establish through this evaluation that overall levels of social connectedness in the community:

* increase over the one-year Act2Connect project cycle


* increase for participants as well as for the broader community


* are linked in time to key project milestones (completion of project
planning, and completion of project);


* increase following the project; and


* are sustained for several months beyond project completion

How will your project benefit Los Angeles? Please be specific.

Our project is anticipated to have short-term, measurable impacts on levels of violence and features conducive to community safety (traffic planning, street lighting, etc.) in the neighborhoods we target. Increased rates of early disclosure and assistance for domestic violence and child abuse—among populations that are often extremely difficult for more traditional social-services approaches to reach effectively—may be another key beneficial outcome.

However, while these outcomes are worthwhile on their own, we believe that the most significant neighborhood-level change (and one that could provide a template for a broader, L.A. County-wide set of practices) will be found in increased levels of social connection in neighborhoods often characterized by precisely the opposite: transient populations, physically dense but largely anonymous living and housing patterns, very low rates of voting and civic engagement, low rates of volunteerism, and pronounced disengagement between generations. By mobilizing a core group of resident volunteer leaders, setting in motion and supporting a project development approach in which they themselves develop and intensity a network of social relationships in the community, and tying this network to a series of safety outcomes explicitly related to neighbor-to-neighbor trust and support, and to engagement with public institutions and systems, we hope to establish a self-sustaining, growing movement toward connection in each of our 10 targeted neighborhoods.

We know from data and evaluation (both our own, and a growing research literature) that networks of effective and supportive social relationships are the “keystone” factor among a group of characteristics variously called “protective factors,” “well-being indicators,” or “components of resiliency.” The presence of these characteristics are what sets successful communities apart from others, even in cases where more traditional indicators of community vitality (wealth and income, levels of educational attainment, etc.) are low. To put it simply, even economically “poor” neighborhoods may be experienced by their residents as desirable places to live and interact if these other factors are present in high levels.

Demonstrating the effectiveness of an approach to promote these connectedness-related factors at the neighborhood level could have far-reaching impacts in L.A. County. Approaches to community safety, economic development, and civic engagement rooted in enforcement, job training, and formal education will always have their place. However, addressing and moving beyond the limits of these approaches—and thus producing real and lasting change in some of the most intractable issue areas facing our under-resourced communities—becomes possible only through reliance on strategies mobilizing resident-to-resident networks of trust and mutual support. These small-scale, resident-led institutions are the future of a safe, vibrant, healthy, and just Los Angeles County.

What would success look like in the year 2050 regarding your indicator?

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Thirty-seven years from today, the children of Act2Connect participants will be nearing fifty. Many will be parents themselves. Some will be grandparents. Three generations of active, engaged, invested community members will have sustained and deepened the strategies and community-led institutions developed in the project. Neighborhoods will continue to face many of today's challenges. But these neighborhoods' capacity to address and productively answer these challenges will have undergone a complete transformation:

* At the neighborhood middle school, a fight breaks out between students. Teachers convene a meeting of the school's Student Justice Team, which provides a mediated resolution of the conflict and restitution of injuries. This community service involves the previous adversaries in the activities of:

* The Neighborhood Co-operative Economic Council, whose projects include a network of community gardens whose produce is distributed through a CSA box service. Subscribers can pay cash, or use a local scrip currency accepted throughout the:

* Local Trading Network, a barter-based system of consumer economics designed to allow for full participation by those employed in the wage economy as well as those who for various reasons (stay-at-home parenthood, undocumented immigration status) do not conduct all of their economic activities on a monetary basis. Clothing, food, household repairs, bulk-purchased staple commodities and more are available, along with many of the services of:

* Community worker-owned co-ops, providing employment opportunities beyond traditional job development programs, and equally accessible to the documented and undocumented. Services include landscaping and gardening, baking and catering, financial services, and:

* A neighborhood childcare co-op, informed by current best practices in child development and making full use of the neighborhoods public spaces and buildings. These public spaces are accessible through:

* A robust network of bike and pedestrian lanes which converge on a neighborhood “core” incorporating a creative arts block, youth development programs, and community entertainment and convening spaces. Travel to and from events in these spaces is made safe by:

* A community volunteer Street Team, trained in conflict de-escalation and connected to restorative justice councils in the neighborhood as well as a:

* Domestic violence and abuse prevention drop-in center, providing a safe space staffed with trusted neighborhood members in which community residents can seek referrals for help, shelter, mediation and legal services, all before involving:

* The public child welfare system, which, like other public institutions, now coordinates its work with resident volunteer organizations in the neighborhood, learning from them, leveraging their local knowledge-base and trust relationships, and responding quickly to the resident concerns that they raise.

Discussion
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I SUPPORT ACT2 CONNECT 110%

by celestedurazo@yahoo.com
almost 3 years ago

I 100% support Act2Connect!!!!

by monica.houston.351
almost 3 years ago

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almost 3 years ago

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by monica.houston.351
almost 3 years ago

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almost 3 years ago

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almost 3 years ago

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almost 3 years ago

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almost 3 years ago

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by monica.houston.351
almost 3 years ago

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by monica.houston.351
almost 3 years ago

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by monica.houston.351
almost 3 years ago

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by monica.houston.351
almost 3 years ago

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by monica.houston.351
almost 3 years ago

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by monica.houston.351
almost 3 years ago

I support Act2Connect for the community at large!

by le.nancy25
almost 3 years ago

1 more day!

by Ddrjones
almost 3 years ago

Me encanta la idea :-)

by Alma Patricia
almost 3 years ago

I voted and shared on my Facebook wall!!!

by reginapalacioramirez
almost 3 years ago

We want stronger communities for a better future...... This is great!

by Delarosaj
almost 3 years ago

This is a great opportunity to get the community together

by sgisela
almost 3 years ago

I like to see people interested in helping the community for a better future...

by Et Bernaudo
almost 3 years ago

This is great!!

by Idania360
almost 3 years ago

Juntos podemos hacer un futuro mejor

by Lorena62
almost 3 years ago

Tienen mi voto

by Alejandra Cristobal
almost 3 years ago

I support Act 2 Connect

by rosarionorthhills
almost 3 years ago

SBCC needs this grant

by villagrana
almost 3 years ago

La haremos!

by sandrayanirecuerdoturostro
almost 3 years ago

Estamos a solamente dos días , la haremos?

by aymaribelmaribelita
almost 3 years ago

we can absolutely make this happen!

by claudiadenorthhills
almost 3 years ago

We can do this!

by sandrathetalllady
almost 3 years ago

Go SBCC, go!

by celiamirandedenorthhills
almost 3 years ago

Esta organización merece obtener una de las diez becas

by marianellymitocaya
almost 3 years ago

DOs días más para votar

by angelicadeuncp
almost 3 years ago

2 more days

by narimanlookshispanicbutsheisnot
almost 3 years ago

Go SBCC! Ganaremos

by marthayanoviene
almost 3 years ago

Yes, ganaremos Martha

by anitalaflaquita
almost 3 years ago

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by marthayanoviene
almost 3 years ago

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by marthayanoviene
almost 3 years ago

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by marthayanoviene
almost 3 years ago

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by marthayanoviene
almost 3 years ago

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by marthayanoviene
almost 3 years ago

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by marthayanoviene
almost 3 years ago

together we can

by ginaprettyglasses
almost 3 years ago

we can do it

by blanquitalachinita
almost 3 years ago

this is awsome

by maricelita
almost 3 years ago

absolutely possible, we need everyone's vote!

by oneofthesisters
almost 3 years ago

yes Mariana la cuidadora! we will! Esa es la actitud, positivismo :)

by theresasuperyoungmom
almost 3 years ago

LETS DO THIS WE WILL WIN!!

by marianalacuidadora
almost 3 years ago

We can get this!

by mirnasellsatthesapmeet
almost 3 years ago

we,the people,deserve this grant

by chiofanofdollartreestore
almost 3 years ago

I am glad to be part of a community group. I feel empowered!

by domingasellsmarykay
almost 3 years ago

i support u SBCC!

by almitaisaball
almost 3 years ago

i support u SBCC!

by almitaisaball
almost 3 years ago

We are working community members getting together to make a difference in our neighborhoods!

by isabelitadecarlossantana
almost 3 years ago

SBCC rules!Lets go get that grant!

by josefinaiscool
almost 3 years ago

I support Act2Connect

by brendamomoftriplets
almost 3 years ago

Come on people, let's get this grant!

by patitadefamiliasunidas
almost 3 years ago

Come on people, let's get this grant!

by patitadefamiliasunidas
almost 3 years ago

Sbcc is a great nonprofit organization

by adrianalovesthewanted
almost 3 years ago

SBCC will get to the top and win that grant!

by erenikthebarbieball
almost 3 years ago

SBCC will get to the top and win that grant!

by erenikthebarbieball
almost 3 years ago

go SBCC!I support u

by valeriaisawsome
almost 3 years ago

a mi me gusta esta idea yo soy parte de el grupo y merecen tu voto

by judithlovesonedirection
almost 3 years ago

This is SOOOO worthwhile and deserves your Vote!!

by monica.houston.351
about 3 years ago

This is SOOOO worthwhile and deserves your Vote!!

by monica.houston.351
about 3 years ago

This is SOOOO worthwhile and deserves your Vote!!

by monica.houston.351
about 3 years ago

This is SOOOO worthwhile and deserves your Vote!!

by monica.houston.351
about 3 years ago

This is SOOOO worthwhile and deserves your Vote!!

by monica.houston.351
about 3 years ago

Si se puede!

by Flor Aceves
about 3 years ago

We enjoyed the "Guess whose story is this"?

by luvylovesgaragesales
about 3 years ago

A mi me gusta los rompehielos, aunque a veces los encuentro parecidos :)

by erikafanof99c/store
about 3 years ago

Me gusta los ejercicios de construcción de equipo. Son muy divertidos

by natividadsellsandreashoes
about 3 years ago

Let's make this happen!

by danielasellsprincesshouse
about 3 years ago

ya vote!

by carmendenevada
about 3 years ago

We support Act2Connect=NACs

by isabellaqueyanosedejaver
about 3 years ago

just 5 more days

by teresitademichoacan
about 3 years ago

I also agree: WE need this grant!

by giovannajusthadababyat44y/o
about 3 years ago

We, the people from the grass root communities, need this grant. I support ACT 2 Connect

by quietmaria
about 3 years ago

Come on people,let's vote for ourselves!

by GiseladeCuba,chica!
about 3 years ago

We need this grant!!!!

by francisquita
about 3 years ago

My mom invited to join her NAC a year ago, and ever since I come as much as I can. This community group helps immigrant members in Glendale to be part of a group and for me it helps me to understand better a generation that is not mine but man! I have learned to respect them quite a lot!

by smartteenagerdeglendale
about 3 years ago

Count me in to support and vote Act2Connect!!!!!!

by venuzzza
about 3 years ago

I support ACT2CONNECT!!

by aalvara620
about 3 years ago

SBCC is dedicated to making a positive impact in the community! You have my vote!

by ccuevas
about 3 years ago

SBCC truly cares. They have my vote!!!l

by jcj929503
about 3 years ago

SBCC has my vote!!!

by Jsalinas
about 3 years ago

SBCC's vision for community residents to empower themselves through meaningful collaboration and partnerships is right on for LA 2050.

by otterdog
about 3 years ago

South Bay Center for Community and Development tienen mi voto :-)

by Maria Cristobal
about 3 years ago

SBCC is doing great things in the community! You have my vote!

by angie_p
about 3 years ago

We just finished our project in January about safety! The kids love it!

by AdriActress
about 3 years ago

We just finished our project in January about safety! The kids love it!

by AdriActress
about 3 years ago

Great vision for 2050 with Act2Connect.

by ninah
about 3 years ago

Me encanta mi NAC, y tengo mucho carino a mis companeras del grupo!

by Belencita
about 3 years ago

I support ACT 2 CONNECT 2 !!!

by ihinzo1@gmail.com
about 3 years ago

I support ACT 2 CONNECT 2 !!!

by ihinzo1@gmail.com
about 3 years ago

SBCC demonstrates keen insights into the needs of our community with special attention to the under-served population. SBCC's unique focus - through enabling others to be responsible, contributing members of society - honors the value and dignity of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".

by tlinnert
about 3 years ago

I love this project!

by Natalie Lazo
about 3 years ago

SBCC is doing a great thing...

by Macrina Jaramillo
about 3 years ago

Gracias pensar en la comunidad

by Maria Celio
about 3 years ago

esto nos va a servir a ninos y adultos a desenbolvernos y convivir con los demas

by nleticia
about 3 years ago

SBCC's powerful outreach programs significantly impact the communities it touches. I am proud to support such a fine organization!

by Kristena Leigh
about 3 years ago

SBCC's powerful outreach programs significantly impact the communities it touches. I am proud to support such a fine organization!

by Kristena Leigh
about 3 years ago

I support ACT 2 CONNECT 2 !!!

by hardlastnamezamarripa
about 3 years ago

We, the people from the communities, are also very happy to support ACt 2 Connect!

by zamanrripathehardlastname
about 3 years ago

Happy to support the proposal from this fine organization that clearly has the interests of its community in the forefront of its mission.

by john.sparks.372
about 3 years ago

Happy to support the proposal from this fine organization that clearly has the interests of its community in the forefront of its mission.

by john.sparks.372
about 3 years ago

Y seguimos subiendo!

by anitalahuerfanita
about 3 years ago

Yes, yes 17th!!!

by creativeaura
about 3 years ago

We are working on a NICE project

by irmalaexmonja
about 3 years ago

Place 18th and going up up

by karlathehyper
about 3 years ago

Yes, well done!

by elsablancayrojacomoyo
about 3 years ago

Well done

by gmooney
about 3 years ago

Yes, we can do it!

by jesuspatty'sson
about 3 years ago

si si puede!

by anagalvan
about 3 years ago

This project needs to continue in many more communities.

by juanitain
about 3 years ago

gracias a SBCC por todo lo que a hecho!

by blancarodriguez
about 3 years ago

sigan votando!

by elsaflores
about 3 years ago

way to go sbcc!

by pathenson
about 3 years ago

yay 19!!

by veniceforrest
about 3 years ago

Yes! Puesto 19 y seguimos subiendo

by rociolainquieta
about 3 years ago

Puesto 19!!!

by angelicadeuf
about 3 years ago

we are working in the activities !

by yusinauf
about 3 years ago

I am now in the downtime in my NAC

by anacelithetalllady
about 3 years ago

Come on people, wake up! 8 more days to vote

by elvirauf
about 3 years ago

SBCC is now in 24th place!

by rosavr13
about 3 years ago

Estamos subiendo como la espuma!!!

by ritalamamadetriplets
about 3 years ago

8 more days!

by anitaladelmoñito
about 3 years ago

Si SBCC logra el grant, haremos una gran celebración a nivel de todo el Condado, se imaginan?

by sonrientelupita
about 3 years ago

CLaro que sí, el cambio es inevitable, pero el grant no caería nada mal a todos los NACs :)

by margothdepanoramacity
about 3 years ago

CLaro que sí, el cambio es inevitable, pero el grant no caería nada mal a todos los NACs :)

by margothdepanoramacity
about 3 years ago

Ya se armo!!! Claro que vamos a ganar… ¡No solo por ganar pero porque el cambio es importante!

by ya se armo
about 3 years ago

SBCC rules!

by mariposadepanoramahills
about 3 years ago

Yes Rosa not so quiet, I also think we should support ACT 2 Connect!

by celsaladelavozbonita
about 3 years ago

I support Act2connect from Lake LA

by Rosa-not so quiet
about 3 years ago

I support SBCC

by mayramakesupalot
about 3 years ago

I would love SBCC to win this grant! We would do many things at our NACs for our communities if we did

by margaritathefighter
about 3 years ago

I am also very glad to be part of my NAC in Panorama City

by rosaritodepanorama
about 3 years ago

I am glad to be part of a NAC, I have made many friends and we learn from each other. My vote from LAKE L.A.

by BilingualClaudia
about 3 years ago

I am proud to participate by voting, and support SBCC from East Lancaster. I support Act2connect, because many families can benefit from the NACs.

by Sweet Grandma
about 3 years ago

I know my vote counts as my ideas on my projects, so here is my vote from Little Rock.

by Griselda_healthy Little Rock
about 3 years ago

SBCC has my vote. I want to do more for my community but I can't do it alone, so lets vote people. we support you SBCC from East Lancaster.

by mom_fighting_autism
about 3 years ago

I share the same enthusiasm too Rosarito. I am glad to be able to make new friends, and help my community too. I support SBCC from East Lancaster.

by Lovely aunt
about 3 years ago

I share the same enthusiasm too Rosarito. I am glad to be able to make new friends, and help my community too. I support SBCC from East Lancaster.

by Lovely aunt
about 3 years ago

I love the NAC meetings! Today I prepare enchiladas for the group!

by rosaritodepanorama
about 3 years ago

Yes, they should be one of the winners

by mariakarategirl
about 3 years ago

I think SBCC will win this grant

by adrianalasuperactiva
about 3 years ago

Absolutamente de acuerdo Sonia, estas son las organizaciones que necesitamos!!!

by blanquitalamorenita
about 3 years ago

SBCC is a great organization that improves the lifes of families and comunities! This project wiill empower community residents and will create great leaders within the cities. I am a true supporter for SBCC.

by GabbyCruz
about 3 years ago

organizaciones como esta necesitamos mas

by sonialopez
about 3 years ago

SBCC has already proven to positively impact at-risk neighborhoods. Let's give them more support!

by eman0376
about 3 years ago

Este proyecto tiene todo mi apoyo....

by angel6159
about 3 years ago

SBCC has my vote!

by Karena Rodriguez
about 3 years ago

SBCC completamente, tiene mi voto.

by nenasigala
about 3 years ago

I'm trying to support a great cause!

by Nohemi Alba
about 3 years ago

SBCC has my vote. I support Act2!

by jramos108
about 3 years ago

el pertenecer a un grupo nac es lo mejor que ha pasado en mi vida.

by Lourdes Frausto
about 3 years ago

el pertenecer a un grupo nac es lo mejor que ha pasado en mi vida.

by Lourdes Frausto
about 3 years ago

el pertenecer a un grupo nac es lo mejor que ha pasado en mi vida.

by Lourdes Frausto
about 3 years ago

el pertenecer a un grupo nac es lo mejor que ha pasado en mi vida.

by Lourdes Frausto
about 3 years ago

el pertenecer a un grupo nac es lo mejor que ha pasado en mi vida.

by Lourdes Frausto
about 3 years ago

The video gave great insite to the work and the vision.

by Ddrjones
about 3 years ago

Gracias por pensar en la comunidad

by victoria lucero
about 3 years ago

SBCC has my vote

by llamameilda
about 3 years ago

I get to vote in my group,

by mynameislucero
about 3 years ago

I am so excited we are about to choose our group name!

by anadepanorama
about 3 years ago

From the facilitation discussions, I am learning to agree and disagree .

by callmelucia
about 3 years ago

Go SBCC!

by theonewhospeaksenglish
about 3 years ago

this is the kind of group I was looking for!

by elidepanorama
about 3 years ago

I enjoy the relationship building phase!

by claudiadepanorama
about 3 years ago

From Panorama City Act2 Connect has my vote

by maridepanorama
about 3 years ago

I support SBCC and ACT2connect

by whenwewereinvannuys
about 3 years ago

:) :) :)

by judidelosojoschiquitos
about 3 years ago

:)

by normalaronca
about 3 years ago

This will be a great resource for everybody especially for the children.

by nicsarmiento
about 3 years ago

this is just great!

by liliadelascejastatuadas
about 3 years ago

Act2Connect Will win!

by anitadecanogahills
about 3 years ago

Wake up everybody.Let's vote!

by marthalaqueyanosedejaver
about 3 years ago

sí, 10 días más. A votar se ha dicho!

by cuquitalaquemehacecafe
about 3 years ago

10 more days!

by laquehablabajito
about 3 years ago

I also support the Act2connect

by susanitalacalladita
about 3 years ago

Yes Nic, specially for them :)

by hohohodecanoga
about 3 years ago

I hope this proposed 'open source developer' goes through the four corners of the neighborhood !

by berlinsarmiento
about 3 years ago

This could be the start of making a community self-reliant, knowing that they are the main key in the realization of a common good.

by csarmiento
about 3 years ago

Imagine what the world could be if all the neighborhood members will act as a true member of a community: connected to the solutions of a problem at hand--- and knows his resources to combat the hardships that may engulf the community.

by deesarmiento
about 3 years ago

I salute SBCC for pioneering this amazing concept of self reliance. This is a start!

by ajsarmie
about 3 years ago

I support Act2 connect because my friend is doing an amazing job at her community of East Palmdale.

by Friendly_sandy
about 3 years ago

you are right bro......helping others makes you feel useful, and my father is the best example. Always looking for ways to help others. The NAC groups is all they talk when they meet with their friends.I support the ACT2 connect.

by Pablito de palmdale
about 3 years ago

We have being connected to other agencies, and help our neighbors and friends. Social connection is happening at our community and we need to support it.

by Mauricio179
about 3 years ago

I am proud of my mother because she takes care of us and she makes time to help others. SBCC made this possible through the NACS.

by cesarin
about 3 years ago

yes guys...my mom is happier than ever, let alone the proud she feels in our community of East Palmdale

by sassy_kayla
about 3 years ago

you are right dude...my mom is always talking about events and how many people she is meeting.

by soccer18sam@gmail.com
about 3 years ago

SBCC my mother is so proud of the events she is able to plan. She is a great role model for our generation.

by youthcrew_18@yahoo.com
about 3 years ago

Great job in connecting communities SBCC. You have got me out of social isolation.

by maria.cruz1345@gmail.com
about 3 years ago

Go SBCC we support you from West palmdale.

by proud grandma Gloria
about 3 years ago

I am glad to be part of a big change in West Palmdale. ACT2 Connect is much needed that is why we support you all the way.

by Beautiful Lorenza
about 3 years ago

Thanks SBCC for ACT2 connect, I am ready to give back to my community using my gift and talents.

by yolandita
about 3 years ago

Thanks SBCC for ACT2 connect, I am ready to give back to my community using my gift and talents.

by yolandita
about 3 years ago

ACT 2 Connect all over Los Angeles

by camilita
about 3 years ago

We support SBCC too

by jacquelinita
about 3 years ago

I also do many good things for my community in North Hills tocaya!

by jennydecarlossantana
about 3 years ago

I am glad to have fun and do great things in my community of Lake LA.Thanks SBCC we support you.

by jenny.tejada@aol.com
about 3 years ago

act2connect hurray

by josesito
about 3 years ago

We need programs like yours that bring out the best in us through the gift and talents exercise. We support you from lake la.

by maryin.talbert@aol.com
about 3 years ago

SBCC thanks to you I have a great group of friends at lake la.

by maricela.vasquez@aol.com
about 3 years ago

SBCC you have done an amazing job with our community.

by rosa.garcia@aol.com
about 3 years ago

SBCC you have done an amazing job with our community.

by rosa.garcia@aol.com
about 3 years ago

SBCC you have done an amazing job with our community.

by rosa.garcia@aol.com
about 3 years ago

SBCC you have done an amazing job with our community.

by rosa.garcia@aol.com
about 3 years ago

SBCC you have done an amazing job with our community.

by rosa.garcia@aol.com
about 3 years ago

From LAkela we support you SBCC

by Delia.santana@aol.com
about 3 years ago

Thank you!

by elizabethdeglendlae
about 3 years ago

Vamos SBCC

by chioperez
about 3 years ago

Go SBCC!

by zulemitadeglendale
about 3 years ago

From Glendale my vote is for Act2Connect!

by anitadeglendale
about 3 years ago

Sí lo lograremos!

by normitadepanorama
about 3 years ago

Go SBCC

by egdelindepanoramacity
about 3 years ago

From Panorama City, SBCC has my vote

by Lanidepanorama
about 3 years ago

Yes, I agree!

by ednitadepacoimahills
about 3 years ago

Sí, todos juntos podemos hacerlo!

by aracelitadepacoima
about 3 years ago

Necesitamos apoyar esta buena causa. Pasa la voz!

by CarolinaG038
about 3 years ago

Desde hace 4 años trabajamos por Pacoima

by glenditadepacoimita
about 3 years ago

Pasa la voz!

by maritadepacoima
about 3 years ago

Yo también :)

by blancadevalleyregion13
about 3 years ago

Apoyo a SBCC

by mariag007
about 3 years ago

From North Hills I support ACT2Connect!

by marlenita
about 3 years ago

Little steps by little steps we will make a huge step! Go SBCC!

by valeritadesimivalley
about 3 years ago

Yes, we can!

by anitadepacoimahills
about 3 years ago

Sí se puede!

by yolitadepacoima
about 3 years ago

Espero que SBCC saque una de estas 10 becas

by marianadepacoima
about 3 years ago

SBCC necesita esta beca

by ruthdepacoima
about 3 years ago

Act2Connect needs this grant!

by luisadepacoima
about 3 years ago

Connect to Plan to Act2connect. Let SBCC begin the cycle!

by arlenesarmiento
about 3 years ago

I hope SBCC gets this grant

by reinadecanoga
about 3 years ago

Estamos trabajando en "Seguridad Cibernética"

by roxanadecanoga
about 3 years ago

We are in our 4th project!

by anadecanoga
about 3 years ago

I loved the circle of hands activity!

by elisdepanorama
about 3 years ago

I am with SBCC

by wendydepanorama
about 3 years ago

Estoy aprendiendo a valorar y trabajar mis propios dones y talentos

by marthadepanorama
about 3 years ago

My vote is for SBCC

by pattydeglendale
about 3 years ago

Thanks SBCC

by mariadeglendale
about 3 years ago

Gracias SBCC

by berthita
about 3 years ago

I support this nonprofit organization because it values me as a community member.

by marlenita
about 3 years ago

Le agradezco a SBCC por el trabajo que hace en mi comunidad del Este de Los Angeles. Gracias a su trabajo, dedicación y recurso yo he sobresalido en mi analfabetismo. Gracias por creer en mi! Adelante SBCC!

by IreneFamilias2
about 3 years ago

Esta organización realmente trabaja con la comunidad y para la comunida. Apoyo que se le otorgue esta beca/fondos.

by BerthaFamilias
about 3 years ago

In working to eliminate social isolation, SBCC truly strengthens underserved communities by giving people a voice. Keep up the great work, you have my support!

by Paola Contreras Theil
about 3 years ago

13 more days and counting!

by mariamorenita
about 3 years ago

SBCC you have my vote!

by marijime
about 3 years ago

I just found out about this wonderful project SBCC has been working on through a friend. I hope you all win this grant so you can continue doing the great work you've been doing!

by leo.omth
about 3 years ago

I've been sharing this grant with family and friends and they all said they plan to vote and all believe this is such a worthwhile cause. SBCC is reaching so many residents. Keep up the GREAT work!!!

by monica.houston.351
about 3 years ago

Yo creo en el poder que nosotros los miembros de la comunidad tenemos para mejorar nuestros barrios. Yo creo en mí misma y en mi capacidad de crecer.
Gracias SBCC.

by lourdita
about 3 years ago

I just voted for me, my family, my community, my County! I feel so empowered!

by Cirita
about 3 years ago

I feel proud of myself, my family and my community, Thanks SBCC, you have my vote!

by almita
about 3 years ago

SBCC has been a wonderful resource to those in need. This grant will allow those struggling to continue to get the assistance they need to move forward with their lives. The tremendous support from staff and group members has motivated and helped me believe in myself during difficult times. I now know that their is a beautiful light on the other side. Please help us get this grant!!!!!

by eramirez.sw
about 3 years ago

Desde North Hills SBCC tiene mi voto!

by mariateresa
about 3 years ago

He participado como voluntario con esta organisacion y he sido testigo de los cambios que han beneficiado a muchas de las comunidaders y ademas de los padres de famila que participan en los eventos por favor sigan apollando esta organisacion en verdad hace mucha diferencia la existencia del mismo. Gracias

by alfa1967
about 3 years ago

Yo vivo en Pacoima y soy miembro de un grupo comunitario allí. Es de mucha importancia para mí pertenecer a un grupo en mi comunidad porque no solamente hacemos proyectos basados en nuestros dones y talentos sino que además nos mantenemos comunicadas, conectadas, y cada vez que alguien del grupo necesita de una de nosotras, sabemos que podemos confiar en ella, ya sea para recoger a nuestros niños de la escuela, para cooperarnos en cocinar o sencillamente para escuchar nuestros problemas. Gracias SBCC, espero que ganen esta beca para que todoas en Pacoima ( Broadous) nos beneficiemos!!!

by leti2
about 3 years ago

Yo soy miembro de uno de estos grupos y me a ayudado mucho. Aprendemos mucho y nos da esperanza que nuestra comunidad siga creciendo con todos los vecinos junto. Siento que soy parte de un grupo muy importante.

by BelenRoldan
about 3 years ago

Yo soy miembro de uno de estos grupos y me a ayudado mucho. Aprendemos mucho y nos da esperanza que nuestra comunidad siga creciendo con todos los vecinos junto. Siento que soy parte de un grupo muy importante.

by BelenRoldan
about 3 years ago

The idea of creating a basic framework for innovation, training and modes of support, to empower community residents to solve their own unique problems is an excellent way to start creating effective and intentional change. These skills will be embedded in the neighborhoods and tighten the supportive web that will be meaningful for community members. Great vision to create leaders within the cities!

by le.nancy25
about 3 years ago

Me da mucho gusto saber que nuestras voces tambien cuentan para trabajar por mejores comunidades dentro de nuestras ciudades, agencias como estas hacen un gran esfuerzo para apoyarnos, gracias!

by Maria Perdomo
about 3 years ago

Hay que apollar a la gente que quiere ser escuchada en nuestra comunidad.

by Cecilia Mariche
about 3 years ago

Si queremos hacer grandes cambios en nuestras comunidades es bueno apoyar causas como estas.

by Erendira Orozco
about 3 years ago

I think that SBCC has really change the life of many people in the community. We need more connection between the members in our community to be able to have a better place to live and raise children that are going to care for others and may become leaders and be able to make this a better place for all of us.

by Paola Tirado
about 3 years ago

Increasing awareness, providing opportunities, connecting people in order to build a strong network support, and most importantly, taking into consideration that communities would be doing all of this by joining forces, is what fascinates me about the amazing and humble work SBCC has done all these years and is planning to continue doing. Casting a Vote is the least I can do!

by SRAMITOS
about 3 years ago

Esto es lo que necesitamos en la comunidad!!

by nancysalgado
about 3 years ago

I love all the hard work that SBCC does for the community, helping people to increase their self-esteem, achieve their own goals like a group. It's always good to give a helping hand when someone needs. If we come together we can make a big impact with the community, let's do it!

by Julia Cabrera
about 3 years ago

SBCC is a wonderful organization that meets community at its level. People have the opportunity to work in an environment that they best know. Once the achieve their first planning event they become advocate for their communities as a result families become stronger and and connected. It is wonderful to feel part of a big change in the LA County.

by msanchez1x5
about 3 years ago

SBCC does wonderful work in the LA Community and this grant will allow them to continue and increase the work they are doing to help those who need the help to change their lives for the better!

by Jeana Marie
about 3 years ago

Sounds great! got my vote!

by Maria13
about 3 years ago

Emotion creates motion and that's what SBCC has done with our LA Community. SBCC's dedication to self empowerment is like teaching a man to fish, LA will be able to feed itself through this support.

by osalcedo05
about 3 years ago

I think this is exciting. It is a novel approach that continues to bring voice to those that are the engine of our society. It's opportunities like this this that empower everyday people to be the change they want to see in their neighborhoods...

by damonoliver
about 3 years ago

It is GREAT to see people gain better self-esteem and work together in their community.

by MRios
about 3 years ago

SBCC has a humanistic approach to connect and empower the people living in the grater Los Angeles. It is about time to work for the improvement of our communities by working for togetherness , connectedness and cohesion to create a safe environment for women and children victimized by daily acts of violence. Connecting with each other will make us feel safe, and that we belong to our community ! I am a true supporter for SBCC, and I hope they can be granted to implement a great project.

by chocolatina
about 3 years ago

It is amazing how SBCC gives community members the opportunity to use their talents to create positive and social changes in their communities. It is so inspiring how SBCC empowers the community and creates real community leaders. This Excellent concept is a winner.

by miguelito03
about 3 years ago

How empowering it is to see residents coming together to create social change from the ground up! The bond and relationships they have with eachother makes for a powerful force that can move mountains and create true impact and better the communities they live in!!! They are inspiring!!!

by gabby bradley
about 3 years ago

SBCC has such a unique approach to improving social connectedness across Los Angeles County. This is what most impresses me about this organization because they not only focus on one community, but 10 key communities across Los Angeles County! I agree that "what is needed is the growth of leadership and ownership within communities themselves to carry these initiatives forward on a self-sufficient, sustainable basis". This is amazing and empowering! VOTE FOR SBCC, they for sure have my vote :)

by lizarivera
about 3 years ago

WOW all these GREAT comments is so wonderful!

by monica.houston.351
about 3 years ago

It's truly amazing to see how neighbors in a community can build such close bonds and ties, bring all their gifts and talents to the table and do such huge impact within their families, neighborhood and community. Residents and community members who are so dedicated and can come together for the changes "they" want should be continued to be supported as much as possible. The possibilities for these kinds of community groups are endless and its absolutely refreshing to see how SBCC works hard to help such groups to become possible.

by JordanE
about 3 years ago

This is definitely a winner in my eyes! This is an AWESOME concept in empowering people and their communities. I will be voting for this project!

by poli24
about 3 years ago

This is an example of GENUINE community building through socal connections! SBCC working side-by-side with residents who are the ultimate experts of their own communities and play an critical part of designing and implementing their own projects, is simply a breath of fresh air. Im inspired...You have my vote!

by xcornejo
about 3 years ago

Seeing the Impact and empowerment that SBCC has done all over LA county has been amazing and us community members appreciate it! vote for this!

by Ddrjones
about 3 years ago

Thanks to everyone for all the great feedback & support!!

by khop
about 3 years ago

SBCC is doing an amazing job in our communities!! The model they follow empowers people to be their own leaders. I am amazed at all that they have accomplished! Keep up the good work.

by RamirezE
about 3 years ago

SBCC's approach to social connectedness is both unique and inspiring. I have no doubt that the lives of the community will be improved for the better and that people will feel more connected to each other. This is an amazing grant and awesome opportunity for residents to have a positive impact in their communities. GREAT WORK BEING DONE HERE!!!! You have my vote 100%!!!

by monica.houston.351
about 3 years ago

Great work being done here

by Lopez_maye@yahoo.com
about 3 years ago

What an absolutely amazing program! SBCC truly does have a unique approach to improving social connectedness across Los Angeles County. After receiving this grant I have no doubt that their work will continue to touch and improve the lives of even more families and children. What an already impressive list of achievements that still has so much potential to grow with the help of LA2050! Thank you for your help to our communities, SBCC, you have my vote!

by GordonJS
about 3 years ago

What a great concept! I will definitely vote for this project, I

by Alejaco84
about 3 years ago

I see what SBCC do with communities in Los Angeles County. I wish they could get many more grants to change communities in other Counties too, like Ventura County :)

by peruana
about 3 years ago

It's incredible to see all the great things SBCC does to empower our communities. I love how they believe that residents are the key to change and that supporting them in their efforts is the best way to create a positive impact. This is amazing work!

by d_alvarez85
about 3 years ago

It

by d_alvarez85
about 3 years ago

Reduction in violence and social connectivity among community residents, especially among neighbors is something I believe is vital to building healthier and more functional communities. These days people seem to be getting more socially disconnected and distant from one another. It's about time that we start hearing more about projects like this. I hope to see this model implemented across my city! Great job!

by marcomartinez@alumni.usc.edu
about 3 years ago

What an interesting and different proposal. The vision is total community transformation, but all done through the interests and passion of the local residents. This seems like an ideal model and I love the creativity of supporting an alternative economic system based on neighborhood needs and culture.

by RGoldberg
about 3 years ago

I was not born in this country. When an immigrant comes to a foreign place, there is a sense of isolation, of not belonging.Neighborhood Action Councils actually work as a social connector that links you to the USA system, and mainly to the community you live in. Empowering residents is a tool that benefits not only the individual, but the family and mainly the society . Feeling welcome and included is what makes stronger and more active community members. This is one of the reasons I believe SBCC should get this grant!

by mamacamila
about 3 years ago

This is amazing opportunity for our community! As a mother of 3 ( from ages 2-15), this really speaks to me. I can see the impact that this will make not only in our communities, but in the lives of those that it effects. It will generate a community of civic minded people and create a fan affect in their community that will truly impact lives! So exciting!

by Tanya Juarez
about 3 years ago

Thanks for all the great feedback!!

by khop
about 3 years ago

WOW! This Project is all about Community! all about Residents! love it! How can I vote for this PROJECT?

by reasonla
about 3 years ago

As a Community Pastor who cares about residents I would like to say that South Bay Center for Community Development is truly an amazing organization in that they do not just talk the talk but they walk the walk. I know if awarded this grant they will continue to make an impact in changing people`s lives by giving them the tools to empower themselves and change their communities

Believing in you SBCC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by ekidd82
about 3 years ago

i REALLY LOVE HOW THIS PROJECT IS ABOUT COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT AS I WAS READING THIS PART REALLY SPEAKS TO ME> "By mobilizing a core group of resident volunteer leaders, setting in motion and supporting a project development approach in which they themselves develop and intensity a network of social relationships in the community, and tying this network to a series of safety outcomes explicitly related to neighbor-to-neighbor trust and support, and to engagement with public institutions and systems, we hope to establish a self-sustaining, growing movement toward connection in each of our 10 targeted neighborhoods.-"

I HOPE THIS PROJECT GETS PICKED.

by ekidd82
about 3 years ago

SBCC does AMAZING work in the communities (all throughout LA County) and there is no doubt that they will continue to do so, if awarded this grant. The organization doesn't just talk the talk, they walk the walk. I really like the "Connect to Plan, Plan to Act, Act to Plan" theme in your grant submission! Good luck!!!

by Cathy1207
about 3 years ago

Thanks oreo_nija!! SBCC believes in the gifts and talents that all community members have and how these assets can be used to better all neighborhoods!

by khop
about 3 years ago

SBCC is an amazing non-profit organization. I have observed them helping many communities and helping their members believe in themselves.

by oreo_ninja
about 3 years ago

Thanks nicoleperr2003!! SBCC truly believes that only through people connecting and acting together can communities change and that the change must come from the residents and not institutions.

by khop
about 3 years ago

SBCC is a great organization that truly changes people

by nicoleperr2003
about 3 years ago

thank you, nic for your comment

by arlenesarmiento
about 3 years ago

I agree! The work being done in these communities is unique and it is awesome what community members have accomplished. I look forward to seeing what the future brings for SBCC!

by MejiaER
about 3 years ago

@Lopez_maye You are so right! Moreover, it is so great that they are so motivated to do even more in order to change even more lives. I am so excited to see them put their theme of "Connect to Plan, Plan to Act, Act to Plan" into even further action across the County of Los Angeles!

by GordonJS
about 3 years ago

I'm not sure if my entire comment got entered in or not. It went something along the lines of "SCC is a great organization that truly changes people and our community around us. he organization's project is involved and amazing. Not only that, I couldn't think of a better team to implement it. They will definitely put the grant money the best use!

by nicoleperr2003
about 3 years ago

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Winner Announced
Wednesday, May 08, 2013