Al Sharpton to keynote Empowerment Congress

The 20th Annual Empowerment Congress Summit on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at USC will feature the Rev. Al Sharpton. Register here!

Let's get a Leimert Park delegation together - let me know if you're going and we can set up a place to meet there and/or carpool over.

20th Annual Empowerment Congress Summit 

Saturday, January 14, 2012


                                 Registration OPENS: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

                                 Plenary: 9:00 am -10:30 am

                                 Breakout Sessions: 11:00 am -12:30 pm

                                 Lunch & Vendor Fair: 12:30-2:30 pm

Workshop Descriptions 


Title: Affordable Care Act (ACA): How the 2nd District is Benefiting from Health Reform
Session Description: The Health Committee invites participants to an informative session on the newly passed Affordable Care Act (the 2010 health reform law) and its direct effects on the Second District. Local community experts will provide an overview and answer questions about the Affordable Care Act and the benefits that have recently become available to Second District residents! Special emphasis will be placed on the now available LA County’s Healthy Way LA (HWLA), a coverage program available for adults meeting income and residency requirements and who do not qualify for other public programs. Community residents will also be on hand to provide testimony as to how they have already benefited from health reform.


Title: Bridging Disparities in Access to Mental Health Services
Session Description: The Mental Health Committee will convene a panel of experts that will review disparities in access to mental health services, with special focus on the needs of our African American, Latino and Asian Pacific Islander communities of the Second District. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss mental health disparities in facilitated group discussions. Discussion will focus on mental health disparities as they affect historically under served ethnic minority communities. Participants will gain knowledge of strategies and resources to overcome barriers to access.


Title: Food Stamps, Safe Sleeping and Advocacy for Foster Youth: Making a Difference in Real Time
Session Description: The Human Services Committee invites participants to take part in a dialogue focused on finding solutions! Current economic conditions have impacted our community in hard-hitting ways. Loss of income threatens the ability to feed the family. Stress and inadequate living conditions may cause tempers to flare and potential harm to children. Workshop participants will engage in an interactive dialogue to plan and execute actual interventions to address these issues and strengthen families.


Title: Getting the 2nd District Back to Work!
Session Description: The Economic Development Committee understands that providing job opportunities to Second District constituents is a community priority. This session will educate participants on how to take advantage of the “local worker hire program” for the following County projects: Martin Luther King Hospital, METRO Crenshaw Corridor line, Harbor UCLA Hospital, USC University Village Project, among others. Individuals will leave the workshop with a wealth of information and step-by-step guidance on getting hired through the each program’s “local worker hire” program.


Title: How to Reconnect: The Impact of Incarceration on Families; Is Realignment Working?
Session Description: The Public Safety Committee will present a workshop to encompass their work through the year on AB 109 (Criminal justice alignment) by discussing the effects of incarceration on families and how to help formerly incarcerated individuals get reconnected. The session will provide resources to community residents who have been impacted by the incarceration of a family member and help dispel myths or misinformation.


Title: Staying in the Groove: Seniors Living a Safe, Healthy, and Active Lifestyle
Session Description: Los Angeles County is home to over 1.5 million seniors facing common, everyday issues that can negatively impact their quality of life; the newly formed Senior Services Committee wishes to shed some light on these issues and empower the community towards positive solutions. More and more senior citizens find themselves victims of scams, abuse, poor health or feelings of isolation.  This workshop will provide simple lifestyle alternatives designed to empower seniors to be proactive in living a safe, healthy, and active lifestyle.


Title: The Benefits of Going Green for the Second District
Session Description: “Does being green matter?” This session will provide participants with an understanding of why environmental issues should matter and will encourage sustained engagement on environmental issues. The session will demonstrate the many different ways participants can be engaged and active as well as showcase the social, ethical, and financial benefits of environmental action. Let’s take action – at any scale – to make environmental issues a part of your everyday life!


Title: The Empowerment of Art
Session Description: The newly formed Arts & Culture Committee will host an interactive artistic workshop, which will include a screening, performances, and a panel discussion that will illuminate the economy behind the arts and showcase how the arts educate and inspire our communities. The committee endeavors to introduce themselves, connect, and educate people about the arts in the Second District.


Title: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Government Realignment and Its Impact on Communities
Session Description: You've heard lots of talk about state and local government realignment and its impact on local communities. If you want to get a better understanding of how realignment of government services should work and the proposals currently being debated, this panel discussion is for you. This session will discuss California's system of government and the prospects for reforming it. The various proposals for realignment of state services to local government will be discussed. In addition, realignment proposals that could appear on the November 2012 ballot, including California Forward's proposal, will be discussed at length. There is a considerable amount of misinformation surrounding realignment and this panel discussion can clarify some of those issues.


Title:  The Value of Building Community Capacity
Session Description: In this special session, nonprofit leaders, capacity builders, subject-matter experts, and participants will engage in a discussion about the role of community capacity building in the Second District. Topics include the value of integrating resources and how to increase efforts to support capacity building in communities. The session will address the role programs and services, that address capacity building, can play in producing sustainable and meaningful community outcomes.


Title: Youth Empowered: Celebrating Our Heritage, Strengthening Our Community (Youth Only, Grades 9-12)
Session Description: The Education Committee will once again convene Second District youth and provide a platform for their voices with a Youth Summit. This session is only open for YOUTH (grades 9-12). Join youth from across the Second District in an in-depth discussion centered on identity and culture. With an aim toward strengthening the collective fabric of our communities, this workshop will explore the cultural interconnectivity that exists within the Second District. With the assistance of trained facilitators, students will discuss and develop solutions for a more cohesive and inclusive Second District.


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Comment by enhager on January 13, 2012 at 1:48pm

From the EC -


Thank you for your registration to the 20th Annual Empowerment Congress Summit to be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Bovard Auditorium on the campus of University of Southern California (USC).

In an effort to ensure you have a smooth and productive day, listed below are some details regarding the 20th Annual Empowerment Summit:

Saturday, January 14, 2012
University of Southern California (USC), Bovard Auditorium - University Park Campus
Located on Figueroa Street between Jefferson Boulevard and University Park Boulevard
Two maps are attached for your reference. Summit guests can park in parking lots: PSA or PSD.

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