Project Description

In 2010, I participated in the development of a groundbreaking project in Jordan Downs, one of the poorest communities in Los Angeles – which reports an employment rate of 50% and extensive gang crime. Given this history and the prevalence of youth violence, I worked with Children’s Institute, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) and local community activists to establish Jordan Downs “Project Fatherhood,” part of a national program designed to both teach and empower marginalized, previously incarcerated, and gang involved fathers to effectively parent their children. Elder Mike Cummings and I lead the weekly group, recruiting young fathers and building case management services to meet their needs.