Northeast Valley Best Start Social Resources Project
and Her Vaga Bound Roots present:
Vagando Towards Empowerment
We are thrilled to share that Her Vaga Bound Roots (HVBR) was recently awarded Los Angeles Education Partnership's Northeast Valley Best Start Social Resources Project NEV $45,000 grant and will be launching ‘Vagando Towards Empowerment’ this Fall 2021. HVBR will execute four workshops that are centered on education equity & mental health awareness, and will also be awarding 21 academic scholarships totaling $28,000 dollars in scholarships to BIPOC women community members of the Northeast Valley in pursuit of their academic dreams.
The Northeast Valley Best Start Community: Participatory Budgeting Social Resource Project awarded four applicant agencies/organizations a one-year grant of $45,000 in community funding. NEV’s Social Resources Project is focused on providing families in the communities of Pacoima, San Fernando, Arleta, and Sylmar with programs that will help meet their needs via workshops, new projects, and professional services. The funds will be used to meet the following identified needs: Education, Mental Health, Technology, and Wellness.
Project Background and Description
"The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a nonprofit organization that empowers people to decide together how to spend public money, primarily in the US and Canada. PBP is the lead organization advancing participatory budgeting (PB) across the United States and Canada. They have empowered more than 400,000 people to directly decide how to spend $300 million in public funds in 29 cities. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over real money.
The Best Start Communities in the San Fernando Valley have been on a journey to implement the Participatory Budget process since September 2020. The Northeast Valley Best Start Community: Participatory Budgeting Social Resource Project is introducing a funding opportunity for organizations providing services in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. NEV’s Social Resources Project is focused on providing families in the communities of Pacoima, San Fernando, Arleta, and Sylmar with programs that will help meet their needs via workshops, new projects, and professional services. We also look to community schools as partners in providing resources that will have a bigger impact on families.
The goals of this grant are to 1. strengthen the relationships between NEV Best Start parent leaders and organizations 2. build the community’s power to influence systemic and policy changes. Applicant organizations are invited to work closely with community leaders in the proposal development phase. NEV Best Start will be awarding four projects from a one-year grant of $45,000. Awarded organizations will provide impactful new projects or workshops for the families and children of the community. Proposals should reflect the needs of the residents of the Northeast San Fernando Valley and have a community voice present. It is highly encouraged to co-create the proposal with community members."
Education Equity Series
October 2021: College Application & Personal Statement Virtual Workshop
November/December 2021: Financial Aid Empowerment
Mental Health Series
March 2022: Destigmatizing Mental Health
April 2022: How to identify Depression and Anxiety and developing heathy coping skills
21 scholarships awarded to scholars in the NEV area (Sylmar, San Fernando, Pacoima, Arleta)
College Application & Personal Statement Virtual Workshop
Our guest speaker, David Melena. A College Prep Counselor, David Melena has over 8 years of experience in higher education access as a former director of college readiness at both College Track and The Foundation for Hispanic Education. He is also a former assistant director of undergraduate admissions at UC Berkeley where he read and evaluated both freshman and transfer admissions application. Currently, David is a college counselor at Bellarmine College Prep a Jesuit high school in San Jose. David cites his experience as a first generation college bound student and son of immigrants from Mexico as a foundation for his pursuit to be a resource to future generations of BIPOC and first generation college bound students.
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