May 13, 2013
for Immediate Release
Contact: Debbie Washington
Building Self-Sustaining Communities Project
Special May Impact Awards
The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable announced 8 special May Impact Awards on Monday, May 13. The special awards are to the Passage Program at Los Angeles Southwest College, Ability First, and Bad Kiss Productions founder Mack Hopson. The awards are part of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable’s Building Self-Sustaining Communities Project. The Project supports organizations and individuals working in underserved communities in Los Angeles and other cities on need and self-help programs. The Southwest College program, Ability First, and the BK production company have through their sustained efforts to promote education, wellness and the cultural arts has markedly enhanced the educational and cultural well-being of their communities.
“Budget cutbacks and the on-going struggle of small community service groups for funding have made it more imperative that we help fill the funding gap to boost them in their efforts to build community sustainability in under-served communities,” says Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson, “The Building Self-Sustaining Communities Project aims to further community self-reliance and independence. This is the pathway to citizen empowerment.”