Rooted Friends Project Center is a vital pillar for developing community members in the Los Angeles County area with an overarching global goal to advance social and public welfare. Our mission is to empower underrepresented youth by providing access to resources in Career Services, Sports and Fitness, Nutrition, The Arts, Childcare, Mental Health, Cultural Development, and Inclusivity.
Our vision is to create a safe haven for children and youth, where they can access resources and opportunities to grow, learn, and thrive. The center will serve 3,000 children and create 325 living wage jobs. Our programs include:
Career Services Program: Provides several resources for youth development, including personal mentoring, academic tutoring, and educational workshops from career professionals and speakers spanning a variety of different industries and fields.
Sports and Fitness Program: Offers a wide array of exposure to both team and individual athletic activities including but not limited to beginner boxing, gymnastics, fencing, archery, and horseback riding. Currently, classes are being offered outdoors weekly at a park.
Nutrition Program: Features a full kitchen for children to learn how to make healthy and balanced meals. Youth are able to prepare meal plans to take home with ingredients provided by Rooted Friends Project, aiming to not only promote the importance of balanced nutrition but also alleviate issues of food insecurity prevalent in the serviced area. Through a partnership with other nonprofits, we will be able to provide food to the local community. Currently, classes are being offered online, and food is disbursed through a pantry when a location is available.
Arts Program: Encompasses the fine arts, music, performing arts, and visual arts for children to develop their creative interests. Provided classes include but are not limited to cosplay, acting, and ceramics. Classes are offered once every other week via GoogleMeet at this time.
Childcare Program: Promotes the social skills development of young children before they enter the education system and provides quality childcare for low-income families. This is currently pending funding for location and staff.
Mental Health Program: Provides informational sessions from speakers and healthcare professionals to educate and uplift youth in mental health topics, while providing professional referrals to those in need. Sessions are offered once every other week via GoogleMeet.
Cultural Development Program: Exposes youth to the outside world through diverse cultures and experiences outside their own personal upbringing. Program events include camping trips, museums, amusement parks, and out-of-state travel as the budget allows.
Outreach Program: Aims to teach youth the importance of giving back to the community through book drives, food pantries, and community events.
Inclusivity Program: With classes focused on ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion among diverse community members.
By donating to Rooted Friends Project, you are helping to change the lives of whole communities by empowering them with resources to thrive. Every donation, no matter how small, can have a significant impact on our ability to achieve our mission. As a registered non-profit, all donations are tax-deductible. Please consider making a donation today and supporting our efforts to create a safe haven for underrepresented youth.
Thank you for your generosity and support.