I am BLOOM is a new website and online community for young Black men, launched as part of a larger effort by the BLOOM initiative to raise awareness and support for Black male youth who are or have been involved with the county probation.
IamBLOOM features the profiles of the young Black men, who are turning their lives around through the BLOOM initiative, as well as resources and opportunities for the community to express their support, volunteer, donate, or pledge jobs and educational opportunities.
BLOOM is a five year initiative to create a more positive and productive future for 14-18 year old Black males living in South L.A. who are or have been under the supervision of the L.A. County Probation Department. The goal is to serve 2,000 youth by the year 2017 and re-direct them toward improved educational and employment opportunities. With input from South L.A. community members, the initiative was developed by the California Community Foundation (CCF) staff and an advisory committee representing philanthropy, education, community activists, business and service providers.
BLOOM is important and urgent for everyone in Los Angeles County
Black youth make up a disproportionate percentage of youth on probation and in prison. While they represent 10 percent of the youth population of Los Angeles County, they comprise approximately 30 percent of all youth under probation supervision. Black male youth are less likely to graduate from high school and attend college and more likely to be unemployed or incarcerated than any other segment of the population.
BLOOM plans to change the trajectory of these Black male youth by improving education and job opportunities through:
BLOOM will serve as a catalyst for a movement resulting in an overall reduction in the number of Black male youth under county probation supervision during the next five years. BLOOM’s target is to serve 2,000 youth over the next five years.
Please complete the following form to be considered to volunteer as a mentor, tutor or in some other capacity for one of our BLOOM service partners.
Please complete the following form if you’d like to offer a job, internship or apprenticeship opportunity for a youth.
Click here if you’d like to make a financial gift to BLOOM. While each $2,500 will support one youth move toward better educational and/or employment opportunities, all donation amounts are welcomed and appreciated.
This section allows you to communicate with other members as well as follow general news and opportunities regarding the organization.
Please log in with your student code as your username and the password you have been provided.
All BLOOMers already have pre-made accounts, which have been setup by the site administrator. If you have not done so already, your must first claim your account by going to the Claim Account page and following the instructions. Please DO NOT make a new account as your account is already on file and tied to your student code.
Note: After logging in, you will also be able to access the private forums, which are not visible unless you are logged in.
Please create an account / Register to be able to post topics in the forums.
If you have any leads or needs as far as learning opportunities are concerned, please share them here. Seminars, classes, job shadow opportunities are what we hope you will share here!
URGENT NEED: No Experience Required
Business & Employment Services Specialist
South Bay One-Stop Business & Career Centers
110 South La Brea Avenue, Suite 270
Inglewood, California 90301
Office: 310 680 3799
Fax: 310 680 4098
TTY: (310) 674-6054
BLOOM will be hosting several events throughout the year. These events are designed to provide BLOOMers with opportunities to learn about education and career options available to them. If you have an event you would like to make available to BLOOMers, please Click here to tell us more.
Monday, September 16, 2013
6:00 – 8:00
Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Exposition Park Environmental Services Center (Training Room)
Administrative Offices East
700 State Drive, Los Angeles CA
Please click here for the details.
Join the community for this important event: The Million Father March
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Registration/Check-in/Light Breakfast is at 8AM
Workshops and cook-out from 10AM – 2PM
For more information, click here.
Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men.
BLOOM is a five-year initiative housed at the California Community Foundation geared toward redirecting Black male youth (ages 14 – 18 years old) who have been involved with the L.A. County probation system toward improved educational and employment opportunities. BLOOM is the ONLY philanthropic initiative in the country of its kind.
BLOOM intends to serve 2,000 Black male youth by the year 2017. The goal is for 60 percent of them to complete their high school education and 50 percent of them to obtain employment earning taxable income. BLOOM plans to change the trajectory of these Black male youth by improving education and job opportunities through:
Black male youth ages 14- 18 years old, living in South L.A. who are, or have been, under the supervision of the L.A. County Probation Department. Estimates indicate there are approximately 4,800 Black male youth falling into this category. Of these young men, approximately 43 percent (or 2,100) are not considered “hardcore” offenders and do not pose a significant threat to public safety.
You can access BLOOM by contacting one of our community partners. Please click here to see a list of our service partners.
BLOOM is an initiative housed at the California Community Foundation (CCF). CCF is investing $2.5 million over five years in BLOOM. Another $2.5 million is being secured from other sources such as local and national foundations, corporations and individual donors.
BLOOM has several investment partners and more are coming on board. To date, these partners include: Weingart Foundation, Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation, Union Bank Foundation, Annenberg Foundation and several others.
BLOOM represents a landmark effort as it is the ONLY major philanthropic initiative in the country specifically focused on Black male youth involved in the juvenile delinquency system. It represents an opportunity to address the persistent poor outcomes for Black male youth related to economic opportunities, education and emotional support. There are sufficient counter examples to suggest the life chances of Black male youth can be positively altered through effective service interventions. From a fiscal standpoint, taxpayers stand to save millions of dollars. Specifically, it costs more than $100,000 to house one youth in an L.A. probation camp for one year. At $5 million over five years and a target of 2,000 youth to be served, BLOOM costs only $2,500 per youth. Additionally, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education, California’s economy would accrue an additional $40 billion in savings if one year’s worth of California’s high school dropouts could be converted to graduates. Not only can tax dollars be saved, producing more skilled, employable young men will result in a new segment of taxpayers generating more local, state and federal revenues.
You can support BLOOM in a number of ways:
BLOOM awards grants to local nonprofit organizations annually. For 2013, CCF will release a Request for Proposals (RFPs) in February 2013 to actively solicit applications for consideration of support. Grants will be awarded in June 2013. If an organization is unable to receive a full grant, there may be other special opportunities to support specific projects. To explore opportunities, please contact BLOOM Initiative Director Robert Lewis at RLewis@calfund.org or call 213-413-4130.
Phone: (323) 750-9087