What would it take to have 35,000 children living in the neighborhoods within the 5-square mile/500 blocks of the Magnolia Catchment Area in Los Angeles, California break all records of success in their education and their health, and the quality of nurturing care and the economic stability they receive from their families and community?
That question is the driving force behind the Magnolia Community Initiative where more than 70 county, city and community efforts have united to make this dream a reality. They have participated in, and been witness to, similar efforts that have yet to achieve anything beyond limited success. They have recognized that it requires a different commitment from individuals and organizations to create the environment necessary to continously improve, align and coordinate efforts to achieve and sustain community health and well-being.
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Our Model for Success
We are creating sustainable change for families by promoting and strengthening individual, family and neighborhood protective factors through increasing social connectedness, community mobilization and access to needed services. While our targeted community faces multiple challenges, the residents have enormous assets and a strong desire to create a better life for themselves and their children. As MPCI partners and residents work and learn together, positive changes are occuring for the community as whole.
Dominga Pizano is a Neighborhood Ambassador with the Magnolia Community Initiative. In this video, she gives a tour of her block located on Bonnie Brae between 17th and 18th Streets in Los Angeles and efforts to keep the street clean by a group of neighbors. Dominga says there is an understanding with some of the managers of the nearby apartments about keeping those areas clean. She believes the support received from the landlords holds them accountable to keep their buildings clean. [More]