Culture & Civic Life
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 a...
The Harold Robinson Foundation was established in 2008 by Jeff Robinson, Joyce Robinson, and David Moss. Their goal in establishing the Foundation was to bring as many students as possible from South Los Angeles to Camp Ubuntu in order to experience community bonding, leadership training, and outdoor activities. The name "Ubuntu" or "I am, because we are" comes from a South African philosophy that encourages individuals to come together as a connected community. In addition to working with youth at these weekend retreats, the Harold Robinson Foundation runs Camp Ubuntu Watts, a free six-week summer camp program located in the heart of Watts in Los Angeles.
Putting the "Fun" in Fundraising
Each year, the Harold Robinson Foundation hosts Pedal on the Pier, a day-long outdoor event on the Santa Monica Pier. Over 400 participants cycle on 100 stationary bikes for 100 miles, led by renowned cycling instructors. The event draws an audience of over 1,000 friends and family members and involves celebrities, trainers, and other community members including DJs, dance instructors, and food providers. The event raises over a million dollars in one day to support Camp Ubuntu's year-round programming.
General Operating Support
Event - Pedal on the Pier 2019
Programming - Camp Ubuntu Watts
Event - Pedal on the Pier 2018