Photo by Unique Jenkins

Watts Leadership Institute


UCLA social welfare Professor Jorja Leap and project partner Karrah Lompa founded and oversee the Watts Leadership Institute. They provide active, ongoing leadership development, focusing on the use of communication technology, fundraising diversification and strategy, as well as development board leadership and capacity building.

The goal of the Institute is to train the first cohort of nonprofit leaders who will then share their knowledge with future generations in Watts.

GRoW Support

The GRoW in Watts Community Garden, conceived in partnership with L.A. City Council Member Joe Buscaino, is empowering the Watts Leadership Institute to implement the Farm to Table: GRoW in Watts Community Garden and Cooking Program. The program is an embodiment of the concept of “Food Justice” — communities exercising their right to grow, sell and eat healthy food that is fresh, affordable, culturally appropriate and grown locally.  A community garden for Watts residents addresses a pressing need for nutritious vegetables in this neighborhood.

Watts residents partnered with the I Heart Watts collaborative to plant and maintain a community garden behind the Watts/Century Latino Organization building and learn how to prepare nutritious meals with the fruits and vegetables grown onsite. This community-wide program will engage organizers, gardeners and cooks of all ages.

The Watts Leadership Institute is an initiative of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

To learn more, visit UCLA.


Video: Watts Leadership Institute and many volunteers help cultivate the GRoW Community Garden at the Watts/Century Latino Organization.

Watts Institute founders and cohort volunteer at the Watts/Century Latino Organization’s GRoW @ Annenberg Community Garden. Photo by Unique Jenkins

Arturo Ybarra, Executive Director of the Watts/Century Latino Organization. Photo by Unique Jenkins

Volunteers rake mulch at the Watts/Century Latino Organization’s GRoW @ Annenberg Community Garden. Photo by Unique Jenkins

Volunteers in all sizes help plant the first seeds and flowers at the Watts/Century Latino Organization’s GRoW @ Annenberg Community Garden. Photo by Unique Jenkins

Watts Institute founders and cohort volunteer at the Watts/Century Latino Organization’s GRoW @ Annenberg Community Garden. Photo by Unique Jenkins

Arturo Ybarra, Executive Director of the Watts/Century Latino Organization. Photo by Unique Jenkins

Volunteers rake mulch at the Watts/Century Latino Organization’s GRoW @ Annenberg Community Garden. Photo by Unique Jenkins

Volunteers in all sizes help plant the first seeds and flowers at the Watts/Century Latino Organization’s GRoW @ Annenberg Community Garden. Photo by Unique Jenkins


 

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