GO GREEN Youth, Family & Community Programs

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Basic Information

Address: Budlong Elementary School 5940 S. Budlong Ave LA CA 90044
Phone Number: 310-885-1409
Director: Jamila Banks

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Youth, Environment, Family, Social Services, Commuity, At Risk
Population Served: at risk, low income, youth and families
Ages for Volunteer: 13 years and older
Hours of Service: 9am-9pm daily
Minimum Hours Required: 2 hours per event or workshop
Days of Service: Monday through Saturday
Mission Statement:

Foster& Banks Walk in Faith Foundation seeks to create a life-long meaningful connection for “at-risk” youth and their families by establishing an environmentally conscious, one-stop, networking hub that offers services and support while providing accessible navigation through Los Angeles’ comprehensive social services system.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We pledge to take care of the Earth, Others, and Ourselves!

Program History:

At the core of our Foundation lies our commitment and dedication to Environmental Sustainability, and all our programs are implemented around encouraging environmental awareness, responsibility, and accountability for today's youth, adults and communities, while creating meaningful connections for "at risk youth" and families, by providing hands on services & resources.

Foster & Banks Walk in Faith Foundation works to restore the village mentality in inner city communities by providing quality, hands on supports, services and resources. We believe that everyone has their own gifts, talents, stories, testimonies, and their own Walk in Faith, and by sharing our journeys with others, we bring true wealth to ourselves.

Help us bring healing and hope to our youth, families, and communities. In your service to others, we hope to simultaneously ignite your own fire to began, re-start, or to continue your Walk. Contact us today to get involved!

In March of 2009 I awoke in the middle of the night with a dream still fresh in my mind. I had envisioned myself surrounded with friends, family, and business professionals cutting the red ribbon off a newly constructed building housing my new business. In this dream their were thousands of children, families, and community members cheering me on in recognition of the services soon to be provided.

What venture did I dream of starting you ask? After years of working in different systems set up with the intentions of helping youth and families, I had become disheartened with the amount of children and parents that I'd personally worked with who were suffering because of inherent flaws in California's social services systems. Programs are concerned with the increasing number of children,adolescents, and young adults experiencing crisis as well as those with developmentaland learning disabilities. Parents are concerned with the lack of funding,inappropriate levels of service and the increasingly restrictive service modelsseen in most US-based social service programs.

My dream was of building something to help parents bridge the gap and navigate through the many different systems of support and programs established to help youth and families in need. My hope was to create a networking hub to assist in connecting families with availableinformation on programs established to help at risk youth, children with special needs and disabilities, and their families while providing in house hands on services to support them in their development.

From this dream, I began to research, write my business plan, and network with the community to establish the Foster & Banks Walk in Faith Foundation. What makes the Foster & Banks Walk in Faith Foundation so exciting, yet necessary, is that not only can the organization exist and co-habitate with other non-profit and for-profit organizations in this space but it provides additional resources and better hands on services to a highly underserved demographic of children, adolescents, and young adults considered to be "at-risk", and those with developmental and learning disabilities.

Over the past 5 years my family and I have taken steps to reach our goals by engaging in numerous community outreach efforts, talking with youth and families to find out what their needs are, and networking with other non-profits and businesses, to assist in building our core programs and services. From April 2012 to July 2012 we subleased our first building to aide in the start-up of our foundation. In September of that same year we began to implement youth programs at Budlong Elementary School and Lou Dantzler Preparatory Charter Elementary School and are working tirelessly on giving the community the access to services and supports vital to survival.

Since operations began in 2012, community fundraisers, personal donations, and smallgrants have been the primary source of financial support the Foundation has received. We have been able to successfully run all programs, workshops and events with the help of amazing Community Partners and Volunteers. The Foundation also receives gift cards and small monetary donations frombusinesses and community members during vendor events and also seeks corporateand business sponsorships for our free events and workshops. To date, we have worked with or helped over 5,000 students and parents, have successfully run over 200 fundraisers, raising over $20,000 to be able to offer all our services for free or low cost. We have also received small seed grants from The Pollination Project and Walmart. Our Board has invested over $30,000 of our own personal income into making this vision a reality.

We have hosted book fairs, given away food, clothes, and school supplies to low incomestudents and families and work tirelessly each month to address the needs ofour community. We have over 15 Community Partnerships, have engaged in numerous community outreach efforts throughout Los Angeles County and host several events and fundraisers year round.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to find out who we are, and what we are about!

Jamila Banks


GO GREEN Back to School Drive
GO GREEN Youth After-school enrichment program
GO GREEN Youth Earth Club
GO GREEN Youth Book club
Read to Succeed Literacy Event
Rock the School
Teaching Youth Song Writing & Music Workshop
Community Drives (Food and Clothing/Shoe Drives)