Keeping the Dream Alive | Photo by Joey Wong

We Care Outreach Ministries


We Care Outreach works directly with at-risk youth in the Watts community to reduce gang-related violence, keep kids in school, provide safe passages to the local schools and secure brighter futures for the community at-large.

Making Dreams a Reality 

In early 2018, We Care Outreach Ministries hosted a program called Keeping the Dream Alive. Elder Michael Cummings, founder of We Care Outreach Ministries, hosted a group of fifth graders from Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School in Watts for this full day program meant to orient them in the next steps for their education. They first visited the local middle school and high school, where they met with leaders and with administrators.  Following those visits, they toured the UCLA campus, where they learned about UCLA’s campus itself, as well as widespread opportunities in higher education. Over the course of this inspirational program, students were exposed to the steps required to fulfill their dreams to pursue higher education.

Ensuring Educational Opportunities for Youth

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.  

GRoW Support

We support a variety of services offered by We Care Outreach Ministries, including Keeping the Dream Alive, Basketball Peace Truce Games and Safe Passages to School: a program that ensures the safety of students walking to and from school every day, by positioning staff and volunteers along students’ walking routes. Additionally, the program provides mentorship opportunities and guidance in conflict resolution. 

To learn more, visit We Care Outreach Ministries


Keeping the Dream Alive UCLA tour 2018. Photo by Joey Wong

Elder Cummings, widely known as "Big Mike", walks students home safely from David Starr Jordan High School. AP Photo|Reed Saxon

Elder Cummings stops to mentor youth in the Watts neighborhood. AP Photo|Reed Saxon

We Care Outreach Ministries was founded in 2000 by Elder Michael Cummings and his wife Sauna Cummings. Photo courtesy of We Care Outreach Ministries.

Keeping the Dream Alive UCLA tour 2018. Photo by Joey Wong

Elder Cummings, widely known as "Big Mike", walks students home safely from David Starr Jordan High School. AP Photo|Reed Saxon

Elder Cummings stops to mentor youth in the Watts neighborhood. AP Photo|Reed Saxon

We Care Outreach Ministries was founded in 2000 by Elder Michael Cummings and his wife Sauna Cummings. Photo courtesy of We Care Outreach Ministries.


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