Other Civic Support Enterprise Projects

Sola Impact 

The NDSC team assisted SOLA Impact with the design of several surveys to better understand the needs of their new tenants and how to connect them to services and potential pathways to homeownership.

A Place Called Home (APCH)

The NDSC team assisted with preparing data for APCH, an organization that has been serving South Central youth ages eight to mid-twenties and their families through education and arts programs, mental health counseling, mentorship, job readiness, college scholarships, civic engagement, and more. APCH partnered with Gray Space Consulting to telling retrospective and current stories of impact, set in the context of South Central Los Angeles community conditions as seen through data. The NDSC team helped in this effort by honing in on the types of data that would illuminate and bring to life the GIS mapping component of the project, and provided subsequent data on community conditions throughout the years including poverty levels and education levels. With this data, APCH and their partners were able to create accurate and telling maps as a background to powerful stories of client resilience. 

South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z) 

The NDSC team assisted SLATE-Z with updating the list of metrics that two of the organization’s key working groups will use to track their progress moving forward. SLATE-Z is a place-based initiative and collective impact partnership whose mission is to revitalize South Los Angeles by moving residents to economic opportunity. 

The Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program empowers the communities most impacted by pollution to choose their own goals, strategies, and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution. SLATE-Z, in partnership with a number of organizations throughout South Los Angeles, recently applied for a $35 million grant to allow South Los Angeles community members to envision a sustainable and healthy future for their community. The NDSC team supported the TCC application by providing in depth data analysis on the climate change risks and exposures facing South Los Angeles. We eagerly await news about the awarding of this grant for South LA!

Koreatown Youth + Community Center (KYCC)

The NDSC team provided detailed data on immigration, languages spoken, and LGBTQIA+ populations to the KYCC in order to help them better target their services in the right communities. KYCC was established in 1975 to support a growing population of at-risk youth in Los Angeles. Today, KYCC is the leading multiservice organization in Koreatown, supporting children and their families in the areas of education, health, housing, and finances.

Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE)

The NDSC team consulted the LACOE on the types of neighborhood data that they should use for their Community School Initiative data dashboards. These dashboards will provide LACOE staff with accessible, timely, relevant, accurate, and actionable data and provide key stakeholders like parents with the latest information of its progress.

The Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG) 

The Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG) is a body that brings cities and unincorporated areas in Southeast Los Angeles to one table to facilitate collaboration in solving regional issues, including its vulnerability to the early and ongoing impacts of climate change. The COG, in collaboration with SoCal Regional Energy Network (REN), developed funding for a pilot program for three cities within the COG’s network to build and enact a climate resiliency plan following the release of the Los Angeles County Climate Vulnerability Assessment Report. The NDSC team worked with Gateway Cities COG and SoCal REN to develop a ranking tool that assessed each of the Gateway Cities capacity in four strategic areas including energy infrastructure, critical resilience facilities, climate/heat vulnerability, and social vulnerability. Using the tool, the Gateway COG and SoCal REN were able to understand the diversity of need within their region and provide pilot funding to the three most vulnerable cities to develop climate resiliency plans where they are needed most.                                                      

Puente Learning Center 

Puente Learning Center is an organization serving Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles that provides multi-generational education services to the community. Their services include elementary and pre-school classes for young children, college and career programs for youth, and English as a Second Language (ESL) and computer essentials training for adults. 

The NDSC team worked with Puente to understand the data that they were collecting about their college and career programs among high school students. The NDSC team developed easy to understand visualizations to help Puente understand areas of success and possible improvements within their progamming and made recommendations for ways to increase efficiency in their data collection moving forward. 

The Asset Building for Communities of Color (ABC) Program

The Asset Building for Communities of Color (ABC) Program is an initiative of LISC LA, designed to “create pathways for diverse small business owners across the County of Los Angeles to grow, scale, create jobs, and fuel wealth creation.” The NDSC team offered assistance with developing a methodology for scoring applications to the ABC program that prioritizes place-based equity.

The Urban Peace Institute (UPI)

The Urban Peace Institute (UPI) is a recognized leader in the field of community safety, just policing, and systems reform to end violence and mass incarceration. For over 20  years, UPI has worked to develop and implement innovative solutions to address community violence and engage in system reform. The NDSC team recently provided data related to youth arrest rates for a youth resources mapping guide developed by UPI.

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