Building a community of Big Citizens

submission by bethbayouth

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Big Citizen HUB

Organization(s) website(s):

Organization(s) twitter handle(s):

Organization(s) facebook handle(s):

Organization(s) instagram handle(s):

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


We are a little league for civic action, uniting middle school and high school youth from across L.A. to address pressing social issues while gaining valuable leadership skills through significant service experiences with local organizations.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


We are working with a diverse group of young people from across Los Angeles who have talents, ideas, and energy that are waiting to be activated. We empower these youth to take action on issues in their community that are important to them. This proposal supports the expansion of our reach and impact in 2016, as we increase the size of our middle school program from 75 to 100 youth and launch our high school program with 75 youth.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics? (check all that apply)

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located near transit)

Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.


Big Citizen HUB, a project of Community Partners, brings together youth from different neighborhoods, providing a common culture with which to relate, common experience with which to connect, opportunity for dialogue that explores differences in experience and perspective – all while learning important life skills and leadership skills that are necessary for success in school and the workforce. This type of opportunity currently does not exist in our city, where young people can come together from all over and meet new people through positive experiences.

In addition, the success of our program is based on partnerships with organizations that serve and address our most pressing community issues. In our first program year we engaged with 32 external partners across Los Angeles. Aside from learning from, serving with, and connecting on the issues these organizations address, there is one very important outcome that we expect to see over time from this type of engagement: Adults begin to see youth as thoughtful, engaged, and valued participants in our communities. In turn, this change in perception allows youth to gain motivation to succeed in school, participate in their community, and feel optimistic about the future.

As Big Citizens grow and mature they’ll become voters, business leaders, social entrepreneurs, public officials, teachers, and parents. They’ll support public transportation, utilize social media in new and powerful ways, and will regularly connect with others outside of their neighborhood. Big Citizen HUB will be the best place for youth in Los Angeles to learn about issues that affect our local and global communities, to practice the skills needed to solve problems, and to connect with and feel comfortable with people of different backgrounds.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


In our first year of implementation we measured the experience of Big Citizens through mid-year and end-of-year surveys to identify participant assets and growth areas and program efficacy. We also used surveys to understand the experience of our team leaders, community partners, and parents. We’ve been fortunate to receive in-kind evaluation support from a team of graduate students of Positive Developmental Psychology at Claremont Graduate University School of Social Science, Policy and Evaluation. This team has chosen Big Citizen HUB to help focus our outcomes and evaluate our program in our second year of implementation. We are working with this team on recommended evaluation techniques, but expect some to remain consistent with our first year of evaluation. We expect our outcomes in 2016 to include increased ability to work on teams, increased ability to relate to peers of different backgrounds, increased self-confidence, and increased life-satisfaction and positive emotions.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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We so proud,,I know you will get far on Doing it

by anaesandoval10
6 months ago


by eunice46
6 months ago

BIG Citizen Hub is THE best place to connect youth with service. I support this project because it is the best way for youth to connect to their city and each other. Go BCH!

by emily.baeza.7
6 months ago

Good luck BCH!

by moonlitvalley
6 months ago

Thank you so much for your support!

by bethbayouth
6 months ago

Thank you!!

by bethbayouth
6 months ago

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