The Nissan Foundation Awards South Central Charities
8 July 2000
GARDENA, Calif. - In keeping with its corporate philosophy to support the growth and prosperity of communities nationwide, Nissan North America, Inc. will award 10 organizations with programs impacting the social and economic quality of life in South Central Los Angeles through The Nissan Foundation. The Foundation's eight-member board of directors and a community advisory committee, carefully selected local organizations representing diverse backgrounds, histories and cultures, whose programs carried strong programs in healthcare, employee readiness, job placement, academic advancement, economic development and youth encouragement. The total corporate contribution is $275,000. The Nissan Foundation's contribution will be shared amongst the following organizations: South Central Family Health Center, For Women Only, Inc., Para Los Ninos, The Accelerated School, Watts Health Charities, A Place Called Home, Southeast Symphony Association, The Salvation Army, Woman & Youth Supporting Each Other and Making the Right Connections, Inc. "By providing financial assistance to organizations serving the South Central area, we can positively affect lives now, and hopefully improve the quality of life for generations to come," said Bucky Kahl, president of The Nissan Foundation. "Nissan's social contribution philosophy is grounded in the simple belief that when people are empowered with education, social and economic equity, their communities grow and prosper. Our contribution to South Central Los Angeles is only one example of how Nissan provides for local communities." The Nissan Foundation is part of the company's philanthropy program, Nissan Neighbors. This company-wide, community-focused initiative is dedicated to addressing a multitude of challenges facing communities across the country. The Nissan Neighbors program focuses on the following: 1) promoting understanding of culture and the arts; 2) supporting youth involvement in science, technologies and the environment; 3) strengthening our communities and encouraging youth; and 4) encouraging safe driving. The Foundation was established in 1992 as a five-year, $5 million endowment following the civil unrest that shook South Central that year. It provides assistance solely for collaborative programs among local organizations that impact South Central Los Angeles. Through its philanthropic efforts, Nissan seeks to reinforce its commitment to corporate citizenship by making positive and visible contributions to our American neighborhoods. In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. The Nissan Foundation Recipients 2000 South Central Family Health Center strives to improve the quality of life for the diverse community of inner city Los Angeles, by providing affordable and comprehensive family health education and care in a culturally familiar environment. The Nissan Foundation's grant will support The Center's Teen Peer Counseling Program. For Women Only, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides employment-readiness training and job-placement assistance to minority and low-or-no income women with alcohol/substance abuse or domestic violence issues. The Nissan Foundation's grant will help For Women Only, Inc. to meet program improvement and expansion challenges. Para Los Ninos aims to create positive opportunities for at-risk children and youth through education and support involving families and communities. Their work includes crisis intervention, childcare and youth services. The Nissan Foundation's grant will help Para Los Ninos support the South Central Los Angeles program, implemented in 1998. The Accelerated School in an innovative charter school in South Central Los Angeles, redefining public education to help students realize their intellectual, social, emotional, physical and creative potential. The Nissan Foundation's grant will enable The Accelerated School to provide a summer of innovative academic and enrichment initiatives to the South Central community, through Academic Summer Camp 2000. WATTShealth Charities children's program at the WATTS Domestic Violence Transitional Center, is designed to assist victims of domestic violence and their children in restructuring their lives following the decision to leave an abusive relationship. This program is the first transitional housing shelter for women in Los Angeles, who suffer domestic violence combined with substance abuse, AIDS or mental illness. The Nissan Foundation's grant will support the WATTS Domestic Violence Transitional Center. A Place Called Home (APCH) is a youth center located in the inner city of South Central Los Angeles that provides programs in the areas of gang prevention and intervention, recreation, the arts, education, job training and placement, and community outreach. Its mission is to enable inner city, multi-ethnic youth (9-20 years old) to find dreams and lead a more self-reliant life. The Nissan Foundation's grant will help with the expansion and implementation process of APCH's new Computer Education Program, which will occur over the 2000/2001 year. The Salvation Army is a nonprofit organization providing services to families, seniors, young people, the homeless and the general community. The Southern California division operates over 40 programs and corporations targeting inner city children and youth, teenage mothers, runaway youth and homeless adults, elderly persons, families with HIV/AIDS, the disabled, and indigent or disadvantaged communities. The Nissan Foundation's grant will support the ongoing efforts of The Salvation Army South Central Los Angeles Youth Center. The funds will enable The Salvation Army to continue to provide structured youth development activities for students during their off-track period and after-school hours. SouthEast Symphony Association, Inc. is a community-based, nonprofit, tax exempt organization whose purpose is to promote musical talents of youth through training and exposure, as well as to educate, enhance and raise the cultural consciousness of the Los Angeles community. The Nissan Foundation's grant will enable the Southeast Symphony Association, Inc. to sustain and maintain their present services and institute a summer session. Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (W.Y.S.E.) is an after-school curriculum-based mentorship program that provides young women with resources, information and support necessary to make responsible decisions about relationships, sex and their future. The Nissan Foundation's grant will help W.Y.S.E. to build the capacity of and expand their South Central branch comprised of mentors from USC serving girls at John Adams Middle School. Making the Right Connections, Inc. (MTRC) seeks a contribution to provide direct support to the MTRC Gang Prevention Summer Programs of 2000. The purpose of the program is to help the younger brothers, sisters, relatives and friends of known gang members (as well as other "high risk" children), to choose family, church, school and community connections over any type of gang associations. The Nissan Foundation's grant will help MTRC to support and expand this program. Total amount contributed to nonprofit organizations: $275,000.