About Us
Mission Statement
Los Angeles Communities Advocating for Unity, Social Justice, and Action (LA CAUSA) engages historically disenfranchised young people and their families from East Los Angeles to take action against the injustices that impact low-income communities of color. LA CAUSA fosters a commitment to social justice and nurtures a variety of skills necessary to act as agents of resistance and community transformation. LA CAUSA fulfills this commitment through the creation of an inclusive and supportive community where we utilize culturally relevant instruction within our educational, vocational, housing and leadership development programs.
Values Statement
LA CAUSA believes that young people are key actors in the struggle to create a more just and equitable society.

LA CAUSA practices an asset-based approach to leadership and community development as the central feature of all of its programming.

LA CAUSA activities operate under the tenet of direct action, community organizing and experiential learning.

LA CAUSA believes the act of learning is fundamentally liberating and empowering.

LA CAUSA ascribes to collective leadership and decision making that involves all members of the community.

LA CAUSA considers itself part of the larger social justice movement and practices inclusiveness (race, ethnicity, sexual preference) in all its programs and activities.
YouthBuild

LA CAUSA is part of YouthBuild, a national nonprofit organization that works to unleash the positive energy of low-income young people to rebuild their communities and their lives.

With the support of our Educational Partner, John Muir Charter School, LA CAUSA YouthBuild offers individualized, group, and culturally relevant instruction for high school diploma completion.

LA CAUSA YouthBuild utilizes construction training as a means to offer youth concrete job skills that lend themselves to addressing the deplorable housing conditions in their community. While providing them with a valuable skill set that can help young adults earn a living wage. Our vocational instruction also offers young people the opportunity to develop the community building skills necessary to work within the non-profit sector.

Our Youth Development strategy assigns each participant a Program Manager that supports the development of self-discipline, responsibility, entitlement, empowerment and commitment. We support and assist with personal development of life skills through the creation of individualized action plans carried out in private monthly meetings. Weekly trainings are provided that emphasize the development of leadership. In sum, by providing an encouraging and supportive community through the coaching of youth, LA CAUSA is committed to helping participants become actively engaged in the formation of self determined goals and in creating and implementing consequential activities to address community needs.

 

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Education

In partnership with YouthBuild Charter School, LA CAUSA offers individualized, group and culturally relevant instruction for high school diploma completion, utilizing innovative teaching techniques and advanced computer technology to engage students. Our emphasis is to nurture a critique of oppressive relations of power and how they impact our participants’ lives.

 

High School Diploma

College Prep

Culturally relevant curriculum

Study skills development


For more information contact: Tizoc Brenes Lead Teach, Science Tizoc@lacausainc.org


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Team Management and Youth Development
Our comprehensive Youth development strategy assigns each participant a Program Manager that supports the development of self-discipline, responsibility, entitlement, empowerment and commitment. We support and assist with personal development of life skills through the creation of individualized action plans carried out in private monthly meetings. Weekly training is provided that emphasize the development of Leadership skills foster a Critical knowledge-base of challenging issues faced by the community such as racism, sexism, the Prison Industrial Complex, globalization, child care, distressed housing conditions, and lack of access to appropriate health care. In sum, by providing an encouraging and supportive community through the coaching of youth, Program Managers are committed to helping participants become actively engaged in the formation of self determined goals and creating consequential activities to address community needs. 

Leadership/Life Skills Training

Support Services

Multi-dimensional Consciousness raising

Individual Service Plans


For more information contact: Frank Alvarez


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Leadership & Life Skill

As a leadership development program, LA CAUSA believes that our community needs more diverse, effective and homegrown leaders.  Therefore, it is important for young adults to have experiences that allow them to develop and use leadership skills, and develop a consciousness that is socially aware of issues affecting the community.  As members of LA CAUSA, each young person participates in weekly leadership trainings and commits to completing at least 500 hours of meaningful community service.  Members are also offered the opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps Scholarship.        

 

LA CAUSA’s Youth Development strategy assigns each participant a Program Manager that supports the development of self-discipline, responsibility, empowerment and commitment. By providing an encouraging and supportive community through the coaching of youth, LA CAUSA is committed to helping participants become actively engaged in the formation of self determined goals and in creating and implementing consequential activities to address community needs. Members participate in bi-monthly Life Skills trainings designed to provide members with knowledge and information on basic life and work situations and to better help them cope successfully with these issues.


For more information contact: Amy Ruvalcaba Americrops Coordinator Amy@lacausainc.org


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College Development / College Placement

Each LA CAUSA member is expected to participate in a variety of activities designed to increase their employability after graduation. These will include, but are not limited to, Job Skills workshops, hands-on training, goal setting and strategizing meetings with LA CAUSA staff. Members also receive placement services from partner organizations such as the East LA WorkSource Center. Youth will visit local colleges and universities in an exploration of higher education opportunities. All members receive assistance in college enrollment and in filling out financial aid forms.


For more information contact: Rogelio Medina Director of Post Secondary Education Rogelio@lacausainc.org


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Construction
LA CAUSA utilizes construction skill development as a means to offer youth concrete skills that lend themselves to addressing the deplorable housing conditions in their community, while providing them with a valuable skill set that can help young adults earn a living wage. As part of this program, we offer hands-on training at construction sites for all phases of construction, such as framing, finish carpentry, basic plumbing, electrical, roofing and tile setting. In addition, program members can earn a National Center for Construction Education and Research Certification.

For more information contact: Art art@lacausainc.org

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Green Building

As part of the program, we offer hands-on training that teaches young people green building practices including the use of recycled materials, low-toxic products and incorporates techniques that improve energy efficiency and water consumption.

 

View or Download YouthBuild Bulletin Special Green Edition.


For more information contact: Tony Bautista Sustainability Director Tony@lacausainc.org


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