The Partnership held its 6th annual Donor and Partner Convening on March 23, 2017, at Jordan High School in Watts. The event was a great way to update the broader Partnership family on the progress at our schools, and bring our network together to share insights and next steps. This year, we were happy to highlight the progress at Jordan and Griffith Joyner Elementary, and hold a panel featuring Dr. Akida Kissane-Long, Joyner’s Principal, Kate Sheehan, the Director of UCLA CARES, and Tanya Franklin, our own Director of School Culture and Restorative Communities. We also had lunch catered by Locol – Roy Choi’s new restaurant in Watts just down the street from Jordan.

We ended the day with final reflections and four calls to action:

  • Watts – Let’s concentrate our collective efforts on Watts and communities like it, and let’s stay the course.
  • Arts Pipeline – Let’s take the idea of Watts as the future educational epicenter of the arts community and run with it. Wouldn’t it be a beautiful thing if we built a true pipeline from our talent-rich Watts schools to our arts-rich Los Angeles professions!
  • Stay Restorative – Let’s always be restorative in our approach, which entails making decisions with the people who are impacted, not for them, and which means staying asset based, knowing our students and families have faced incredible challenges, but have also demonstrated incredible courage and resilience.
  • Elevate our Allies – Finally, let’s lift up each other because it’s the only way to the finish line. With that in mind, please know that any success we have had really does belong to our partners.