INITIATIVES AND PROGRAMS
Ex-Offender Action Network (EAN) – a project of LAM – provides leadership development, community organizing, employment assistance, referrals for social support to formerly incarcerated persons. EAN sponsors two initiatives:
- REEODP (Re-Entry Options Demonstration Project)
- Peer-based HIV/AIDS Education for Ex-Offenders
The ARTT (Answers, Resolution, Tools, Technique) of Fatherhood - a program designed to increase fathers participation in lives of their children; to instill a value in their role as father; and to foster healthy relationships with the mothers of their children. The project includes fatherhood responsibility classes, Father – to – father Mentoring, team parenting, and alumni support group.
Youth Educating & Advocating for Health (YEAH) – a youth program that targets children, ages 8 to 15, of incarcerated persons. Children work with peer educators who engage the youth in substances abuse and HIV education and prevention activities.
Parent Resource Centers – This project works in partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District. LAM member congregations house information and resources for parents to help them successfully support their children’s education.
Healthy African American Marriage & Family Counseling Coalition – This project trains local congregations in the area of healthy marriage, responsible parenting, and economic stability. The program will include men’s groups, family counseling, and marriage/relationship and parenting education workshops among others.
One Church One School Initiative (OCOS) – An adopt-a-school strategy whereby local congregations adopt a neighboring school and provide support through church-based after-school programming and parent support. This initiative is designed to organize congregations, parents, and community members in an effort to close the achievement gap among low achieving African American students in LA Unified School District.
Faith-Based Voter Education & Engagement – LAM organizes congregations to engage in non-participation voter activities that include: voter registration, voter education efforts, candidates’ forums, community canvassing, and phone banking during elections.