In Your Community
Witness: A closer look at Watts
WATTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The landscape and culture of Watts is changing, proving there's more to the community than the riots that occurred there nearly 50 years ago.
Watts Labor Community Action Committee
Since 1965, the Watts Labor Community Action Committee has operated as the key anti-poverty agency in South Central Los Angeles. The WLCAC was founded shortly after the Watts Riots by Civil Rights Activist Ted Watkins [Watch video].
Alma Reaves Woods
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) is a state-chartered public agency. It provides the largest stock of affordable housing in Los Angeles. In Watts, HACLA is spearheading the redevelopment of the Jordan Downs Housing Project [Watch video].
The redevelopment includes the Families First Initiative, which helps its residents develop personal responsibility, accountability and employability. Two of these programs are Motivated Mothers of Jordan Downs [Watch video] and Project Fatherhood [Watch video].
Verbum Dei High School
Verbum Dei High School is a Catholic, Jesuit college and career preparatory school serving young men of Watts and the surrounding communities. The school has become a model for success in education in Los Angeles. Part of the curriculum includes real-world work experience for its students through corporate internships [Watch video].
Urban Compass was formed in partnership with Verbum Dei High School and 112th Street Elementary School to combat poverty and violence and make a difference in the lives of children in Watts. The non-profit organization provides after-school programs, field trips and tutoring.
Computers for Families: Los Angeles OIC
Los Angeles Opportunities Industrialization Centers provides education, training, employment, healthcare and housing services to economically disadvantaged people. One of its marquee programs, Computers for Families, distributes computers donated by corporations to residents of the Jordan Downs Housing Project in Watts.
Watts Healthy Farmers Market
Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center
Since 1967, The Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center has offered Watts-area children and their parents free educational, counseling, and child development services.
Ted Watkins Memorial Park
The Ted Watkins Memorial Park was named after the local activist who founded the nation's most successful anti-poverty program in Watts [Watch video].
Watts/Century Latino Organization
The Watts/Century Latino Organization (WCLO) was formed in 1990 to help improve the quality of life for all Watts area residents and to address the needs of the growing Latino population.
Watts House Project
Watts House Project is an artist-driven neighborhood redevelopment organization which brings artists and design professionals together with Watts Towers area residents to employ art as an economic and community development engine to enhance the quality of residential life in the Watts neighborhood [Watch video].
See the complete list of all of the places featured on this episode of "Witness: Watts, an Eyewitness News Special."
[Original air date: Oct. 2, 2011]
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