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By Social Justice Learning Institute, 03/18/2020

Urgent COVID-19 (coronavirus) updates

Latest updates and guidance for SJLI community members.

As our communities work together to keep you and your family safe, we would like to reassure you that your health and well-being are top priorities for us as well. As a community-based nonprofit organization, the Social Justice Learning Institute cares deeply for the program participants we serve and the many donors, volunteers, impact partners and team members that allow us to help others in our communities every day.

SJLI recognizes that the necessary public health measures to address COVID-19  are very disruptive to our normal business operations as well as to members of our community. From the postponement and cancellations of core activities and fundraising events to the closure of public facilities and services which are vital support for our communities; these disruptions reveal our incessant duty for social systems to address needs in a sustainable, inclusive, and equitable way.  

In order to provide continuity of service to our community, the students, their families, and residents we serve, we are exploring new innovations and technologies for program delivery.

Educational Equity

In lieu of delivering our Urban Scholars Program in school sites, we have adapted a virtual learning environment through TalentLMS. This platform provides the following services:

  • Online tutorials
  • Live stream discussions on class assignments
  • Scholarship assistance
  • FAFSA assistance
  • College application assistance
  • Career readiness assistance
  • Transcript review for students
  • High school graduation assistance
  • Social-Emotional Support

Health Equity

In an effort to streamline food distribution to our partners and community members, SJLI has developed a mobile distribution toolkit:

  • Hudnall Elementary School will serve as a centralized hub for emergency food providers to collect produce every THURSDAY and distribute to communities. Please contact Sarah Chang at to get involved.

  • SJLI will be providing bags of fresh produce, in conjunction with IUSD providing meals to families every THURSDAY at Hudnall Elementary School

SJLI is continuing our advocacy at the highest level to ensure equitable solutions statewide. We will continue to diligently catalogue pertinent infor­ma­tion and communicate concerns reported by our community members. 

  • Transitioned from neighborhood canvassing to phone banking
  • CENSUS 2020 telephone assistance
  • Workshop webinars
  • Organizing with statewide advocates on eviction moratorium/mortgage relief
  • Calling residents directly to share info about community resources and updates related to surrounding schools

We will continue to monitor and make efforts to keep our spaces safe as well as abide by the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and  the use of preventative measures. In the meantime, please review this COVID-19 Los Angeles Mass Resource List for additional, categorical information related to your individual/family needs. 

We are in an environment that is constantly changing and we appreciate your flexibility. We will continue to update this page  as new information becomes available and to keep you apprised of changes. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate these changes together.

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