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...
We Care Outreach Ministries was founded by Elder Michael Cummings, or "Big Mike" as he is fondly referred to in the Watts community. A Pentecostal pastor and a gang interventionist, Mike is dedicated to elevating the lives of Watts youth while grappling with some of the most challenging issues facing that community. He is a highly revered figure, both by the law enforcement and within the community, working to understand, evaluate, and defuse tensions between rival gang members.
We Care also works to resolve conflicts through their Basketball Peace Truce Games. These Games bring together youth from all three of the major housing projects in Watts, which have long been divided by cultural barriers and historical conflicts. However, through the medium of the team sport, We Care Outreach Ministries encourages the development of leadership and team building skills, while simultaneously promoting peace, encouraging individual ambition, and providing a safe extracurricular activity for students.
Programming - Toys for Watts
Programming - Midnight Basketball League & Keeping the Dream Alive
Programming - Midnight Basketball League, Keeping the Dream Alive & Safe Passages to School