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California Community Foundation’s BLOOM Initiative Celebrates One Year Anniversary

The California Community Foundation (CCF) will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) initiative with a town hall meeting at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Actor and BLOOM spokesperson Larenz Tate will tweet live from the event and will take questions via twitter, @LarenzTate.

A blueprint initiative for other cities across the nation, BLOOM is a five-year, $5 million grantmaking initiative focused on black male youth between 14-18 years of age in South Los Angeles who have been involved with the Los Angeles County probation system.

“There’s a moral imperative to act on behalf of our young people,” said Robert Lewis, BLOOM Initiative Director. “Ultimately, BLOOM cannot fail. Too many eyes are watching across the country. We could light a fire for a BLOOM Detroit, BLOOM Chicago and BLOOM New Orleans.”

Information will also be available for parents, guardians, service providers and concerned citizens on how they can get probation-involved youth enrolled in BLOOM programs and help steer these youth toward educational and employment success.  In addition, a number of celebrity advocates have been invited to join this important discussion.

The CCF/BLOOM Town Hall Meeting is free and open to the public. For more information on BLOOM or to RSVP for the event, visit www.calfund.org/BLOOM. Follow BLOOM on Twitter at @BLOOMSouthLA and “like” BLOOM the BLOOM Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/BLOOM.CCF.  Los Angeles Trade Tech College is located at 1937 S. Grand Ave, North Tent, Los Angeles, 90015.

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