Today, we take you into South Central Los Angeles to People for Community Improvement (PCI), a youth outreach center dedicated to enriching the lives of hundreds of inner city Angelinos. PCI focuses on gang intervention, mediation, and rehabilitation, along with dozens of programs for local neighborhood kids including sports programs, field trips, retreats, mentorship, and counseling. Through these basic, yet vital activities, PCI offers hope and healing to their community on South Figueroa in Los Angeles.
Through partnerships with several other non-profits including A Better LA (founded by former USC football coach Pete Carroll), Ernst & Young, and A Foundation for Kids, volunteers came to bring some much needed color the center—or in the words of one of the project leaders, “make the gray go away.” Kids helped to decorate the interior of the center with colorful murals depicting the four seasons. Outside, teens graffitied the walls with their own original artwork based on their favorite holidays. Other volunteers helped to beautify and touch-up the center with even more paint. With help from community members from all over Los Angeles, the center transformed into a place the entire neighborhood could take pride in.
Check out more about Big Sunday on our home page, and see more videos from the event itself on The Hope Chronicles Blog.