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The Mission of the CDF is to promote economic empowerment and self-reliance among children and families who live in County public and Section 8 housing communities.
The CDF is the nonprofit partner to the County of Los Angles Community Development Commission/Housing Authority. It has the responsibility for developing public and private sector partnerships that are committed, through goodwill and philanthropy, to programs that engage youth as agents of social change through leadership training and development, and that raises the awareness of public housing residents, while empowering them to take charge of their own futures. The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and have an annual operating budget of approximately $200,000. Programs include: • The Growing Experience, a landscape training and urban garden program that has been recognized by the John F. Kennedy School of Government as one of the most innovative public sector programs in the United States. The project is a collaboration between the County and the University of California Cooperative Extension. • Youth In Focus, an award winning youth photography program that uses image technology to help youth express their creativity while learning about the rich, diverse community of people and cultures that make up Los Angeles County. • The Youth Leadership and Health Advocacy program, which trains and mobilizes youth using the Assets Building and Community Development (ABCD) process to establish strong, youth driven leadership and community health programs. • The Urban Telemedicine and TeleHealth project, a partnership between Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, the County of Los Angeles. The technology employed allows a physician assistant at any of the centers to examine patients electronically, for real-time review by physicians at Drew.
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