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Watts Leadership Institute


An initiative of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the Watts Leadership Institute (WLI) uses an innovative cohort-based model to develop and promote capacity building among community-based organizations and leaders in Watts.

Nourishing Community-Based Leadership

UCLA social welfare Professor Jorja Leap and project partner Karrah Lompa founded and oversee the Watts Leadership Institute, an initiative of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. In recognition of the Watts community as a hub for nonprofits and community-based leaders, the WLI was created to provide active, ongoing support and education around capacity building, specifically focusing on fundraising diversification and strategy, board leadership, and organizational technical assistance. In this way, WLI works to maximize the impact that community leaders and organizations can have in this historic community.

The Watts Leadership Institute is currently working alongside a cohort of six organizations. The goal of the Institute is to train leaders in the initial cohort so they can pass along their knowledge and skills to a new cohort of organizations from within the Watts community.  

The 2016 cohort members and organizations include:  

GRoW Support

GRoW supports WLI and individually funds the members of WLI’s first cohort.

2018 – Underwriting WLI Dinner at the Annenberg Community Beach House

2018 – Event- Black Panther Screening at the Aero Theatre with American Cinematheque

2018 – GOS- East Side Rider’s Bike Club

2018 –  Programmatic Support- We Care Outreach Ministries

2018 – Mother’s Day Luncheon – Loving Hands Community Care, Inc.

2018 – General Operating Support – Watts Century Latino Organization

2018 – General Operating Support – Urban Compass

2018 – General Operating Support – East Side Riders Bike Club

2018 –  General Operating Support- Urban Peace Institute

2017 – Programmatic Support – We Care Outreach Ministries

2017 – Programmatic Support – Urban Compass

2017 – Mother’s Day Luncheon – Loving Hands Community Care

2017 – General Operating Support – East Side Riders Bike Club

2017 – General Operating Support – Watts Century Latino Organization

2017 – Programmatic Support – GRoW Community Garden at Watts Century Latino Organization

To learn more, visit UCLA.


Video: Watts Leadership Institute and many volunteers help cultivate WLI’s GRoW Community Garden located at Watts/Century Latino Organization

Watts Institute founders and cohort volunteer at the WLI’s GRoW Community Garden located at Watts/Century Latino Organization. Photo © GRoW @ Annenberg.

Arturo Ybarra, Executive Director of the Watts/Century Latino Organization. Photo © GRoW @ Annenberg.

The Watts Leadership Institute (WLI) cohort members, including WLI co-founder Karrah Lompa and Elder Mike "Big Mike" Cummings, visited the UCLA campus on Feb. 7, 2018. A group of 47 elementary school students met with UCLA Social Welfare faculty member and WLI co-founder, Jorja Leap, who joined them on a UCLA "Cub" Tour. Photos by George Foulsham (GF) and Les Dunseith (LD)

At cohort Kathy Wooten's 2017 Loving Hands Mother's Day Luncheon, Jorja Leap, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, Kathy Wooten and East Side Riders Bike Club's Founder and WLI cohort, John Jones III. Photo © GRoW @ Annenberg.

Watts Institute founders and cohort volunteer at the WLI’s GRoW Community Garden located at Watts/Century Latino Organization. Photo © GRoW @ Annenberg.

Arturo Ybarra, Executive Director of the Watts/Century Latino Organization. Photo © GRoW @ Annenberg.

The Watts Leadership Institute (WLI) cohort members, including WLI co-founder Karrah Lompa and Elder Mike "Big Mike" Cummings, visited the UCLA campus on Feb. 7, 2018. A group of 47 elementary school students met with UCLA Social Welfare faculty member and WLI co-founder, Jorja Leap, who joined them on a UCLA "Cub" Tour. Photos by George Foulsham (GF) and Les Dunseith (LD)

At cohort Kathy Wooten's 2017 Loving Hands Mother's Day Luncheon, Jorja Leap, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, Kathy Wooten and East Side Riders Bike Club's Founder and WLI cohort, John Jones III. Photo © GRoW @ Annenberg.


 

 

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