I am BLOOM

I am BLOOM

Meet the BLOOMers, the inspiring young Black men who have committed themselves to a life of learning and succeeding, in the face of the odds. They have moved beyond the system and are ready to apply their skills, passion and dedication in order to achieve their dreams. These young men embody hope.

About I am BLOOM

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.

  • Black youth have a juvenile felony arrest rate 16 times greater than that of White youth.
  • It is projected that one in four Black males will be involved with the criminal justice system in their lifetime.
  • In Los Angeles Unified School District, the graduation rate for Black males is a startling 41 percent, 23  percentage points below their white counterparts.
  • Only one in 10 Black males will graduate from a four-year college.

 

BLOOM plans to change the trajectory of these Black male youth by improving education and job opportunities through:

  • career-based mentoring,
  • support for academic and/or vocational completion,
  • promoting a pipeline of internships and job opportunities.

 

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.

  • If  the number of Black male youth under county probation supervision can be reduced by 10 percent (or approximately 480 youth), L.A. County taxpayers would save almost $50 million while producing more skilled, employable young men that will become part of a new segment of taxpayers generating more local, state and federal revenues.
  • BLOOM will cost approximately $2,500 per youth as compared to $100,000 to house one youth in an L.A. probation camp for one year.
  • There is the potential for $40 billion in savings if one year’s worth of California’s high school dropouts could be converted to graduates.
  • For each cohort of 120,000 young adults each year that become part of the population that will never complete high school, they will cost California $46.4 billion in total economic losses over their lifetimes.

 

Support

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 describe the capacity in which would you like to volunteer.

Please complete the following form if you’d like to offer a job, internship or apprenticeship opportunity for a youth.

  • Describe the employment opportunity you wish to share with BLOOM.

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.

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This section allows you to communicate with other members as well as follow general news and opportunities regarding the organization.

Instructions for BLOOMers

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.

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Instructions for Other Participants

Please create an account / Register to be able to post topics in the forums.

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      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!

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      URGENT NEED: No Experience Required

      • Need two (2) hard working individuals to apply for the Dry Wall Apprenticeship Program
      • Criminal record does not matter as long as they are willing to work hard
      • Immediate hire OJT
      • Pay Rate: start at $14.40 HR
      • Full time 40 hrs. +
      • Will get into Union
      • Must live within the service area(Carson, Redondo Beach,  Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Inglewood, El Segundo

      Contact:

      Armando Lojero

      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

      e.mail: alojero@sbwib.org

       

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Events

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.

Town Hall Meeting with Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers

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

Topics include:

  • Implementation of AB 109
  • Re-entry and rehabilitation efforts for adults and youth
  • Probation’s unique role in protecting public safety

Please click here for the details.

 

Million Father March

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does BLOOM stand for?

Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men.

What is BLOOM about?

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.

What does BLOOM hope to achieve?

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:

  • career-based mentoring,
  • support for academic and/or vocational completion,
  • promoting a pipeline of internships and job opportunities.

Who are BLOOMers?

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.

How can I become a BLOOMer?

You can access BLOOM by contacting one of our community partners. Please click here to see a list of our service partners.

Who is behind BLOOM?

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.

Who supports BLOOM?

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.

Why support BLOOM?

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.

How can I support BLOOM?

You can support BLOOM in a number of ways:

  • Go to the Support section of this website to make a financial gift/investment to BLOOM;
  • Set aside or create meaningful employment opportunities for system-involved Black male youth such as apprenticeships, internships or jobs;
  • Focus resources on supports that help Black male youth complete high school and encourage education beyond high school;
  • Integrate more positive images of Black male youth into the mainstream;
  • Engage Black male youth in neighborhood councils and other community-based campaigns to speak out about policies and laws that directly impact them; and
  • Provide concentrated resources to organizations and programs that focus on redirecting system-involved Black male youth toward healthier options.

We are a community-based organization supporting system-involved Black male youth and we have a great idea. How can we become part of BLOOM?

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.

 

Contact

Please fill out this contact form for any inquiries about BLOOM. We will be in touch! Thank you for your interest in BLOOM.

LOCATE PARTNERS

California Community Foundation

Phone: (213) 413-4130

Website: iambloom.com

Email: info@bloom.com

L.A. Brotherhood Crusade

Phone: (323) 846-1649

Website: brotherhoodcrusade.org

L.A. Urban League

Phone: (323) 600-1106

Website: laul.org

Youth Mentoring Connection

Phone: (323) 731-8080

Website: youthmentoring.org

Youth Justice Coalition

Phone: (323) 235-4243

Website: youth4justice.org

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