Community Projects and Event Beneficiaries
OUR SIGNATURE PROJECT:
THE ORANGEWOOD ACADEMY (2006-2016)
The JLOCC is proud to support The Academy, the Orangewood Children’s Foundation’s college-preparatory public charter high school. The Academy’s mission is to provide a transformational learning environment to foster under-served teens and will serve as both a home and educational facility for foster and at-risk youth in Orange County, giving the students consistency, stability, and support. The school is located on over seven acres in Santa Ana, and will accommodate 320 students, including 80 who will live on-site. Members of the the JLOCC will have many hands-on volunteer opportunities on The Academy campus. While the exact extent of these projects are still being clarified, our involvement with The Academy will positively impact the lives of foster youth while creating new and exciting programs that will broaden our member’s training experience.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS AND EDUCATION CAMPAIGN (2012-2015)
Due in large part to the resort industry in Anaheim, Orange County has become a hub of human trafficking in California. Much of this trafficking is domestic with victims relocated to Orange County from other parts of the United States. Foster children are particularly vulnerable to human traffickers in that they often lack a stable home life and support system. The issue of human trafficking is still being researched and is in the early stages of being addressed in Orange County and currently the most impactful effort the JLOCC could make is furthering public awareness and education. The JLOCC will expand existing community-based education and communication programs about human trafficking in Orange County and how to identify victims. This training will be developed with input from and delivered to health care workers, social workers, law enforcement, teachers, child care workers, and JLOCC members.
BEAR HUGS AND BEAR NECESSITIES PROGRAM (2010-2015)
JLOCC sustaining members have partnered with the Orangewood Children’s Foundation to reach out to teenagers emancipating from Orange County’s foster care system. Over 300 teens emancipate yearly, and many lack the support system to help them finish high school and plan their future. To ease the transition into independent living, the Bear Hugs and Bear Necessities program provides emancipated teens with a duffel bag full of essentials, such as toiletries, towels, a blanket, stationery supplies, an inspirational book, calling cards, maps, a flashlight, and an alarm clock. In addition, the Bear Hugs and Bear Necessities program supports the Orangewood Resource Center (ORC) through their Independent Living Program (ILP) and the Rising Tide Community Program to provide support services focusing on employment, education, health, and housing. JLOCC members volunteer at ILP events such as “Independent City,” which educates teens on the basic skills they need to live in the outside world.
RESOURCES IN MOTION (2011-2014)
In partnership with The Raise Foundation, the JLOCC is working to prevent child abuse by strengthening families. Through Resources in Motion (RIM), The Raise Foundation provides critical services and basic needs assistance including parenting skills classes, nutrition classes, and counseling, via a mobile unit to families who live in neighborhoods with limited or no access to these services and are at high risk for domestic violence and child abuse. The JLOCC will join with RIM to expand the current services by assisting The Raise Foundation in organizing and facilitating weekend “Family Fun Days” in these at-risk neighborhoods.
DOWN SYNDROME FOUNDATION OF ORANGE COUNTY (2012-2015)
The Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (DSF) serves people with Down syndrome through educational, social and support programs delivered in partnership with individuals, families, professionals and communities. DSF focuses on parental support, educational best practices and advocacy with the goal of building a world in which people with Down syndrome live as valued members of their communities. The JLOCC will partner with DSF to implement new services to possibly include a lending library, teen support center and parent support group.
BLIND CHILDREN'S LEARNING CENTER (2012-2017)
The Blind Children’s Learning Center (BCLC) provides early intervention, education and services for blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind children and their families to empower independence. The JLOCC will embark on a multi-faceted partnership with BCLC to increase the impact of the current services by: (1) developing an extensive sports program to help students strengthen their balance and mobility and bolster their confidence; (2) expanding the current music program at BCLC, which would increase the children’s exposure to and appreciation of music; (3) improving on already established “Parents’ Night(s) Out;” and (4) developing a parent support group to include educational programs in an emotionally supportive environment.
CRITTENTON SERVICES FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES (2009-2014)
Crittenton Services for Children & Families has developed a Job Readiness Program to help prepare young women for employment. The adolescent girls at Crittenton are in dire need of the training and skills necessary to be able to seek, obtain and be successful in a work environment. The JLOCC provides speakers, role models and resources to assist the young women participating in the Job Readiness Program at the Crittenton Fullerton Campus where many of the women in the program are pregnant or already mothers to young children. It is essential that these young women quickly develop the skills to be able to work and enable themselves to have a self-sufficient future.
IMPACT ORANGE COUNTY (Annual)
Impact Orange County responds to immediate needs in the community by researching and implementing "done-in-a-day" projects
and events within the JLOCC focus areas.
and events within the JLOCC focus areas.