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Learn. Grow. Change.

We empower individuals to rise up, create change and help their communities thrive.

Learn. Grow. Change.

We empower individuals to rise up, create change and help their communities thrive.

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Empowering Through Education

We use education as a tool to empower communities of color to unlock their ability to change their lives and the world around them.

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Creating Thriving Communities

We work to transform neighborhood conditions by improving the built environment and expanding access to resources that enable residents to be healthy and thrive.

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Changing Systems

We build power within our communities to mobilize residents so that they can identify and challenge systems of injustice and to advance policies that directly impact their lives.

The COVID-19 Basic Needs Intake Form

Families are experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re responding to this crisis by doing what we’ve done for over a decade: helping families close disparities. SJLI has established a Basic Needs Response Fund and may be able to provide direct financial support, access to services and/or referrals to providers. However, given the current crisis, our resources are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. In cases where we are not able to provide direct support, we will do our best to connect you to service providers in the area. Please use the intake form below to be connected with an SJLI team member for relief support and guidance.
The COVID-19 Basic Needs Intake Form

Houston Winter Storm Response Form

The unprecedented winter storm that hit Texas has left many of our Houston Urban Scholars, families and surrounding communities without power, heat, water, food and stable housing. As a social justice organization committed to creating access and equitable circumstances for people of color, we have established a Houston Climate Response Form and may be able to provide direct financial support, access to services and/or referrals to providers. However, given the current crisis, our resources are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. In cases where we are not able to provide direct support, we will do our best to connect you to service providers in the area. Please use the intake form below to be connected with an SJLI team member for relief support and guidance.
Houston Winter Response Form
Times are hard right now. I have a family of six and I lost my job due to COVID. Things are not the way they used to be. These produce pickups are important; they help the whole family.

Inglewood Resident

Every Friday we partner with Food Forward to distribute up to 16,000 pounds of produce to Inglewood Unified School District families and hunger relief agencies that serve South Los Angeles residents facing food insecurity during COVID-19.

“I'm proud of making it through high school, and having the opportunity to travel to Sacramento to advocate for bills that address problems impacting my community."

Ahmir Bates, Urban Scholars Alumnus ’18

Graduates from our Urban Scholars program have pursued further education at 32 campuses throughout the nation.

"I've learned that I have the power to mobilize my neighbors to advocate for policies that address the needs of our community."

Sara Santos, Member of the Uplift Inglewood Coalition

We anchor a growing coalition of residents, businesses, community and faith-based organizations working to advance housing justice in Inglewood.

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