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Causes: Children & Youth, Family Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Neighborhood Centers, Youth Centers & Clubs

Mission: All Peoples Community Center (All Peoples) is an all-encompassing neighborhood center whose mission is to provide social services and programs that empower individuals and promote community, respect and self-determination for all.

Founded in 1942, All Peoples has served as a true safe haven, and a beloved and trusted place for low-income children, youth, and families in South Los Angeles for over 75 years. Started prior to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s-60’s, All Peoples Community Center was a revolutionary concept as described in the organization’s 2008 Strategic Plan: “All Peoples is a non-profit, non-sectarian community center located in the very spot where it was originally founded in 1942 – in South Los Angeles. All Peoples has made incredible strides since it was first envisioned… as a place in the inner-city where people from all ethnicities, races, and religions could unite under one roof to share a vision for a stronger, more self-reliant community and to help turn the dreams of struggling local youth & adults into reality. At a time when de facto and de jure segregation were still an everyday reality in Los Angeles, the establishment of All Peoples, a multi-ethnic and multi-racial community center, was not just path-breaking, it was revolutionary.” Originally launched by pastor Dan Genung as a mission center of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), All Peoples evolved and was incorporated as a separate entity from the church in 1966.

Today, All Peoples provides a myriad of social and educational services to more than 6,600 people per year in its 20,000-square-foot center located in a residential area of South LA’s Vernon-Central neighborhood, immediately south of downtown Los Angeles. Services are designed to achieve the following goals: to help children succeed at each stage of development; to strengthen and support individuals and families and build community; to prevent violence and crime in the community and the home; to address the root causes of gang involvement; to provide job training and create job opportunities; and to help seniors stay active and engaged.

All Peoples is a vibrant hub of activity for children, youth, and families six days a week, year-round. Services include licensed extended day childcare, after school programs, academic tutoring, a computer lab, summer camp, summer jobs, workforce development and career assistance, financial literacy and education, parenting classes, domestic violence support groups, food distribution, a community micro-garden, a senior volunteer program, and more. These services are intentionally designed to address poverty and educational needs, which are the root causes of challenges such as gang involvement and crime in the community.

Target demographics: Youth and Families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6,600 Individuals

Geographic areas served: South Los Angeles Vernon-Central

Programs: All Peoples reduces barriers, increases opportunity, & meets essential needs for low-income families, including immigrants, in the areas of (1) education, jobs, & economic opportunity; (2) health & safety; & (3) community engagement & coalition-building as follows.

EDUCATION, JOBS, & ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY: For children age 2-5, All Peoples provides on-site, licensed, subsidized childcare & pre-school in partnership with the 103-year-old International Institute of LA using the research-based HighScope curriculum to promote literacy & cognitive learning. For school-age children through age 17, All Peoples provides FamilySource services to: (1) assist in-school youth to improve academic achievement; & (2) help their parents increase family income. Services include: after-school services (“Tomorrow’s Leaders” program) including STAR reading & math assessments; tutoring; arts; summer camp; workshops to support transitions to middle & high school; college tours, financial aid, & college admissions support; computer literacy; summer jobs; mentoring; & mental health counseling. For younger children age 10-15 at risk of gang recruitment, All Peoples offers evidence-based prevention services for the City’s Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) Zone in the LA Police Department 77th Street Division, as subcontractor to Asian American Drug Abuse Program. While GRYD services assist a relatively small number of youth, All Peoples intentionally delivers a full suite of services to a larger number of youth and families to address poverty and educational needs, which are the root causes of gang violence and crime in the community. FamilySource services for parents include: immigration services & legal assistance onsite in partnership with CARECEN; linkages to the local Homeless Family Solutions Center funded by LA Homeless Services Authority; fair housing & renter’s rights workshops; English classes; citizenship classes; employment services with best-practice financial coaching; multi-benefit screening & enrollment for programs such as CalFresh/food stamps; free income tax preparation; parenting classes, mental health counseling, & mothers support group. All Peoples also serves as a subcontractor & satellite site for the YouthSource Center operated by Coalition for Responsible Community Development to help out-of-school, out-of-work youth increase their education and employability. For adults age 18 & older, All Peoples employs a bilingual Spanish Career Coach to provide employment services as a subcontractor for the Vernon Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College WorkSource Center, operated by Coalition for Responsible Community Development. All Peoples also serves as a site for individuals to fulfill court-mandated or school mandated community service hours.

HEALTH & SAFETY: All Peoples offers health education workshops (family planning, STD’s, and HIV prevention); exercise classes; basketball, soccer, & volleyball (South Central Sports League); annual Health Fair with free health screenings; and weekend family camp in the mountains. All Peoples has a micro-garden, nutrition classes, & a free food distribution program, which has been evaluated & shown to increase the number of fruits & vegetables eaten by participants. In addition, All Peoples offers the evidence-based Project Alert program (developed by RAND) to promote substance abuse prevention for 7th-8th graders. To promote safety at home & in the streets, All Peoples is an approved monitor of parent visits with children placed out of the home by the LA County Department of Children & Family Services. All Peoples leads a domestic violence support group including safety planning. All Peoples is an active member of LA Police Department-Newton Division’s Community Police Advisory Board.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & COALITION BUILDING: All Peoples is a formal member of the South LA Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z), a 10-year anti-poverty strategy & Promise Zone led by LA Trade Technical College. All Peoples signed the SLATE-Z Memorandum of Understanding & is a member of the education work group & subcommittee on summer youth jobs including policy advocacy. All Peoples engages youth in addressing local issues such as homelessness, recycling, and pollution. All Peoples engages seniors in the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer) Program - a program of the federal Corporation for National & Community Service - placing 375 volunteers in 16 South LA nonprofits and public agencies. All Peoples hosts community meetings such as South Central Neighborhood Council, block clubs, Best Start-Metro LA community’s parent leadership groups, and a Congressional immigration forum.

Community Stories

106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Adrian R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working in education for about 15 years now and I have to say that this center has a strong backbone; communal love. It's the immediate and genuine love that people in this center have for each other. The family from ALL Peoples Community Center have a fundamental drive; motivation. I have seen the motivation that many of the staff members have for each other and for others that are naturally welcomed. I love to see this daily!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My parents were looking for childcare and brought me to All Peoples. All Peoples is about relationships and community. If you have a problem All Peoples will help you . I have so many memories of going to camp, learning to play sports, cooking . . . This place will be a part of my life forever

Client Served

Rating: 5

All Peoples is a second home for me. I've been at All Peoples since 1995 and I must admit I love this place. There is no place like ALL PEOPLES!!!

Edith R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be placed at APCC to do my internship back in 2002. I worked as an intern working in the LA BRIDGES program. Once I graduated I was lucky to get a position as Case Manager. APCC became my second home and that's were my experience and strong foundation was gain. The director Sandy treats her staff like family and always has an open door. She truly focuses on providing to the community and the youth with quality services. With the recent budget cuts many services were affected and some terminated. I wish In a near future I can see the center back up with so many services that every room is full and there is a full staff on board. I thank APCC because I was given the opportunity of personal and professional growth. Thanks to the many people that changed my life and to the life long lasting relationships that were born there.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

All People's Christian Center has been a wonderful community partner. They welcome agencies to come into the center and offer much needed resources to the families in their community and maintain relationships for ongoing collaboration.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experince here at APCC has been most exciting. All the people i have incounted here are driven by the joy of adding this community. I am glad inhelping this orginazation in its quest to make the comunity a better place for all. They give a helping hand in ways i could not have imagen. For example they provide food,toys, and all basic food producs in a common house hold. I feel that they go out of there way to help any one who ever needs a helping hand.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteerimg here at All Peoples Community Center has been a rewarding experience. The people here are really nice and helpful and you can count on them for anything. I love volunteering here becaue the atmosphere is welcoming and warm. My job is to take care of the children who come to the summer day program. The children have so much fun when they come here, they want to stay as long as they can!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As previous employee, I have personally seen how effective All Peoples programs are and the amazing things they do for the community. All Peoples changes lives on a daily basis!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been involved with All Peoples Christian Center in one way or another for over 30 years. They really take their name seriously having multiple cultures, religions, classes,and creeds represented on their Board , staff, administration, volunteers, donors, and most importantly those in need who they serve. I've been a volunteer, and advisor. The people there are loving, disciplined, generous and talented. I've seen the difference they make. If you want to make a difference, I can't think of a better way to do it than to support this endeavour. Once, when I was there to clean up after a family fun night for local low-income families, it stuck me how the young staff member in charge that night could be out on a date, watching TV, or spending time with friends, but was expertly delegating authority with a smile to deal with a building full of fun-loving kids. The people at the center do the little things that lead to big results. With a smile.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with various nonprofit and community organizations in the South Central area of Los Angeles over the years. All People's is by far one of the best organizations in the community. The people are genuinely caring and dedicated, and the people that I have referred to All People's for assistance have all been very pleased and grateful. Its a wonderful organization.

Donor

Rating: 4

My family is happy and honored to invest into this worthy community center (APCC) that shows results. For over 60 years this center has touched, loved, and raised a community to be accountable, resepctful, productive citizens. They offer hope to the hopeless, fathers to the fatherless and shelter to those experiencing psycho-social trauma. This center has been a beacon of hope in sometimes dark days in South L.A. Where else can children be in a safe environment and continuing their education, sports, and arts activities? Answer All Peoples!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All Peoples Christian Center is a place where you can find a lot services for the community. The staff are really helpfull and friendly with everybody. You can really feel the positive energy and I love this place not only because I feel that I am part of this family it is because I find services that can help the parents that I have in the preschool program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a former high school student at A.P.C.C. it was a very good experience for me as a result of my attendance in the high school i was able to do alot of volunteer work there and i was also able to experience my first time at a christian camp in arkansas it was really nice and i got the oppurtunity to get to know alot of new people. Thank you to All Peoples i am who i am now.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my childhood my sister and I used to come here for the children's summer day program. I decided to volunteer here since I really enjoyed and loved the experience I had here as a kid. I am a current volunteer and will continue to be as long as possible. A.P.C.C has taught me essential hard skills for my life. It is really a great environment and I would recommend parents, children, and volunteers here for the variety of program this community has to offer. The experience here is really great and everyone should be a part of it. (:

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For a non profit organization to be part of a community for 70 years, testifies of how All Peoples Christian Center has impacted and been indispensable for the people of South Central Los Angeles. As a staff, I contribute to the day to day operation of the organization, and as a volunteer in the after school program, I give back to the community in which I work. Long live APCC!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

How I found out about All Peoples Community Center was by my sister Gladys. She came here for the Central High school. Then I came here because I was missing credits for High School so then I began to attend All Peoples Community Center ever since 2009. Then I got a temporary job here twice which I loved so much. Now I'm just volunteering here all the time. To me it's just like a second home.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I remember hearing about All Peoples in my teens ( the 50's). It was amazing then, and continues to be so! I am presently a board member and am so proud of what I see in the people APCC serves. The classes AP offers are often not offered anywhere else in the area. The dedicated Staff goes above and beyond what they are asked to do. They deserve a much larger income for what they do. I thank God for Saundra Bryant's solid leadership! Congrats APCC on your upcoming 70th Anniversary!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the first place I had ever volunteered at and I must admit I fell in love with this place. Love the fact that this place has so many services to help out the community. The name All Peoples says it all! the doors are open for any one and every one in the community. They provide many free good services for people living in South Central LA!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been here for two years and the staff make me feel like i am part of the family. Everybody was ready to welcome me with open arms. It has also enhanced my knowledge and i am always eager to come and volunteer here everyday. i love it here!!!!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure being part of the All Peoples family for the past 23 years. I love being part of what All Peoples has instilled in me and most of all I love the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers who commit day after day "rain or shine" to help others in need!

Jessie C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a child of a struggling single mother of Two, All Peoples Christian Center was my Sanctuary a place where I had wonderful concerned mentors to shape my morals and self worth growing up as an adolescent with no father figure at home and a very busy mother who was too busy working to put food on the table to hear my problems at school with no education to help me with my homework. All peoples is a place that plays a crucial role in the community, in the lives of young children who really have nowhere else to turn to for mentorship and guidance. For those of you thinking where your money coul go to use.. Here is your answer!!! This center I have witnessed helped thousands of families through their caring mentors, wonderful programs. Special thanks to Sandy, Damion, Norma and & Norma II (lol) and all others involved with the program. I could truly state these people made a huge impact in my life and is reflectant upon my character and the caring respectable human being that I am today.

bosleysmomma

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm impressed with the clergy at All Peoples. She is so approachable, helpful, and funny. Quite a smart woman who is full of good, old fashioned common sense. Hats off to APCC!!!!!

Board Member

Rating: 4

APCC is an organization committed to serving the community and bringing change. The heritage of the organization's values are echoed through the staff, leaders and members' enthusiasm and persistance. I have been fortunate to be involved with this cause and the dedicated people that make it all happen.

Norma I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

All of my children, nephews, nieces and now granddaughter have been part of All Peoples Center every summer and during the school year in the GREAT after-school program since 1997! GREAT PLACE TO BE A PART OF IN SOUTH LA!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I arrived in Los Angeles with a husband and two young girls in June of 1968. I started working as a clerk at an insurance company, and found child care for my 2 and 3 year old children with a woman who had 6 children of her own and didn't really want to babysit but needed the money. Before long my husband left me and I got concerned about what might happen if my children got really sick. I applied for Medical and I was eligible for financial aid as well because I made so little. The county put me on a waiting list for subsidized child care. When I found out about childcare at All Peoples Center I called. They had openings for both my girls, and I was able to afford the cost. When the oldest was having problems, the center referred me to an agency for evaluation. The agency told me she was fine, but I needed counseling. However, they were going to charge me more than I could possibly afford. The social worker at All Peoples told me that the pastor of the church had counseling groups and I started counseling with him. I retired in 2005 after teaching for 35 years for Los Angeles Unified School District. My children are now all married and all self supporting. One is an accountant with Ticketmaster, one is a charge nurse at County USC Hospital, and my youngest daughter is a special education teacher with Los Angeles Unified. Currently, I volunteer at the Center when I am in Los Angeles. All of this is because of the support I received as a confused young mother and incest survivor at All Peoples Christian Center.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been and still am affiliated with the AP Ctr for the past 50+ Yrs as a volunteer. I served as President of the AP Board some years ago, and currently serve as President of RSVP. The services that are provided serve the Community in a phenomenal manner. The Executive Director Saundra Bryant sets the bar very high in modeling behaviour that encourages the staff to do the same. Professionalism and caring are demonstrated on a daliy basis to all those who are fortunate enough to share in this wonderful experience. I submit that if there were more organizations on par with AP this world would be a much better place. The Center seems to get stronger and more proficient with each passing year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family moved into the neighborhood when I was a preteen in the early 1960's. For me it was a scary time. I started coming to All Peoples at the age of 12 and it was the best thing ever to happen. I joined other girls in the after school program. Even during the 1965 riots we were taken out of town to Yosemite Camp Grounds to get away from the dangers in the community. After I was married and had children of my own, there was All Peoples when I was in need. Both of my sons attended the day care facilities and they also went to Camp Joe Ide and still remember their experience of going to camp for a "whole week". I'm very glad I had All Peoples in my life and I pray It will be here for others too.

Charles21

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been involved in many charitable endeavors throughout my adulthood, both religious and secular, but this is the most comprehensive community directed charity that I have had the pleasure to serve. It has served the needs for food, education, health and daycare in South Los Angeles for 70 years and It is guided by a board consisting of the top professionals from many modalities, here in the LA area, continually seeking to improve and expand its outreach as a Christian charity for "All Peoples."

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a graduate of Central High School, one of the many services offered at APCC, and the support and encouragement I received was far and beyond. Students are not only expected to do their best but to also participate in the many programs offered by the center. I love this place.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Though the years, All Peoples doors have always been open to me. I will always appreciate the willingness to let anyone come and use there facilities. We need to do our best to protect agencies like All Peoples who truly care about people.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the manager at Loch Leven I had the opportunity to witness the All People's Staff and kids during their annual summer camp experience last year. This is a remarkable program with a dedicated and knowledgeable staff. It was obvious right away this was a professional and organized group. Throughout the week, I enjoyed witnessing the interaction between staff and campers. Everyone was kept safe, my number one priority, but the intentionality of the program went much deeper. Good times while promoting positive development. I can only imagine what an awesome program it must be on a day to day basis at the Center!