City of Carson

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City of Carson Mayor Jim Dear represents the City of Carson and is joined by Toyota Staff volunteers Candace Mackey and Jane Cooke at the Class of 2011 MMF Leadership Development Institute Graduation & Certification Awards Ceremony at CSUDH as he commends graduates for their commitment to seek the higher education and professional tools through MMF to make a difference in their communities.

TThe City of Carson provides annual funding to enroll and support college bound Carson youth (ages 18-24) from low to moderate income households into the MMF Leadership Development Institute. City of Carson serves as hosting City to this State-of-the-Art program, as training services are administered on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills annually over a 6 month period. The Mayor, along with the full City Council, City Parks & Recreation Department, and other City departments are fully engaged in supporting the program, both financially, as well as lending staff volunteers to serve as trainers, mentors, and providing career guidance to Carson youth enrolled in the program.

Located in the South Bay section of Los Angeles County, Carson has grown from a population of 61,000 in 1968 to 94,826 in 2003. Over the years, three annexations have increased the city's size to 19.2 square miles. Steady and continued growth has enabled Carson to become a city of regional significance. In fact, in FY 1997/1998, Carson's assessed valuation grew by the greatest percentage of any city in the county with an assessed valuation of $7.3 billion. By FY 2002/2003, the assessed valuation on secured and unsecured properties has grown to $9.6 billion.

While Carson is well known as an industrial center with unparalleled access to transportation and the Pacific Rim, it is also a culturally diverse community that is attractive place to live and work. The city has more than 120 acres of park land divided into 12 parks, 2 mini-parks and sports/recreational facilities that include 3 swimming pools, a boxing center, a state-of-the art sports complex and the Carson Community Center. These facilities allow the residents of Carson to enjoy a variety of sports, recreational and cultural programs. The city's educational needs are served by Los Angeles Unified School District, and the community has access to 47 church organizations.

City of LA

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Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti commends Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc. for pioneering work in the area of reaching, training, and employing youth from the City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti served as Honorary Co-Chair of the MMF Leadership Development Institute and personally sponsors youth to enroll in the program to benefit from state-of-the-art leadership development training service delivery. Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel annually sponsors youth into the MMF Leadership Development Institute given her commitment to advance youth with skills needed to succeed in the workforce. In March of 2007, Los Angeles City Councilmember Janice Hahn partnered with Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc. to bring an expanded pilot of the Leadership Development Institute to the community of Watts, an unincorporated area in South Los Angeles. Services targeted residents, aspiring & current college students, and young professionals in the region. In the summer of 2007, the Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar partnered with Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc. to provide professional development planning curriculum to college students and young professionals, targeting East Los Angeles for service delivery and participants were provided training that focused on developing their personal professional development plans. In the summer of 2006, the Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Herb Wesson partnered with Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc. to provide similar services targeting Crenshaw District and areas of South Los Angeles.

We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming support provided by the City and their steadfast commitment to embrace the critical need to educate and professionally develop aspiring leaders that seek to reinvest their education and practical talents toward improving the quality of life in their diverse communities through a career in public service.


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MMF Founder & CEO Jason L. Seward is joined by Sanford Riggs, Director of the Housing Services, at the Housing Authority of the City of LA (HACLA) to commend some of the distinguished students from Rancho San Pedro Housing Development that recently graduated from the 2010-2011 MMF Leadership Development Institute.

MMF has served as one of the leading providers of leadership development training for the Housing Authority of the City of LA, the second largest Housing Authority in the United States. MMF has served over 400 of its low income college bound youth (ages 18-24) in preparing them to effectively transition to higher education and/or the workforce. MMF serves Nickerson Gardens, Imperial Courts, San Fernando Gardens, Rancho San Pedro, Jordan Downs, and other housing developments in the City of LA annually through an MOU with the agency which sponsors youth into the institute each year from all housing sites. MMF has most recently further expanded its partnership with HACLA to launch an innovative initiative, the "Millennium HACLA Ambassadors Project", which positions MMF to empower housing development youth residents that have graduated from the Leadership Development Institute, to recruit and provide ongoing peer support to youth from their same housing developments enrolling into the current year program.

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles is a State-chartered public agency that provides the largest stock of affordable housing in the Los Angeles area. The Housing Authority gets the majority of its funding through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, the Housing Authority has also built numerous key partnerships with City and State agencies, nonprofit foundations, community-based organizations, as well as private developers. One of the largest public housing authorities in the nation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) has provided quality housing options & supportive services to the citizens of Los Angeles since 1938.

The Resident Relations Department assists public housing residents and Section 8 clients to become better educated and economically self-sufficient by creating pride, respect and stability through job training, job placement and educational, cultural, and recreational programs. The goals of this department include the following;

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles operates three major housing programs throughout the City of Los Angeles: Conventional Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Assistance, and Property Management.

The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, Executive Director, and staff have been ongoing and instrumental partners with Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc. to bring quality educational and leadership development services to the residents of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and are to truly be commended for their support, participation, and partnership.

City of Compton

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City of Compton recognizes distinctive students graduating from the 2009-2010 MMF Leadership Development Institute, receiving leadership development training, employment skills training, mentoring, and other supportive services. Southern California Edison's Constance Turner joins, representing program sponsor.

The City of Compton serves as one of the leading municipal city partners of Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc., providing support annually to fund college bound youth (ages 18-24) in the MMF Leadership Development Institute from low to moderate income households.

As one of the first cities to be incorporated in Los Angeles County, the City of Compton is deeply rooted in the history of the region. It is home to almost 100,000 residents who know that Compton is a great place to live, work, invest and raise families. Recognized as the "Hub City" because of its unique position in the center of the county, Compton is a passageway for 25 percent of all U.S. waterborne international trade.

Led by Mayor Perrodin, city administrators and Councilmembers have embarked on a Smart Growth Plan to bring "Compton's Vision for a New City" to life. The vision, drafted in collaboration with residents, policy makers and other stakeholders, will help the City boost its economic development and garner significant return on its investments. Much of the preliminary analysis and vetting was led by the Community Redevelopment Agency, which serves as the economic development arm for the City and is primarily responsible for rebuilding and generating economic vitality.

Recent accomplishments such as opening the Gateway Towne Center, developing Pocket Park and the Olson Group Townhomes are evidence of the city's commitment to realizing the Smart Growth Plan. In addition, the City has been awarded the coveted Enterprise Zone distinction, which allows greater industrial expansion and can result in attracting new business industries, creating jobs for residents and securing diversified private sector equity capital.

Compton is rapidly emerging as a large industrial center in Los Angeles County for transit, distribution, business services, high technology, home and lifestyle products, metals, financial services, and textile manufacturing. This is an exciting time for Compton, as the City is developing a wide range of economic and cultural opportunities that make the city a prime destination for residents and businesses.

City of Manhattan Beach

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Manhattan Beach City Councilmember Mitch Ward and Mayor Richard P. Montgomery accept the prestigious 2010 City of Opportunity Award from Millennium Momentum Foundation for its exceptional commitment to advancing youth through its Youth Leadership Recognition Awards.

City of Manhattan Beach is a pioneering supporter and sponsor of Millennium Momentum Foundation, through an ongoing collaboration with its Youth Recognition Awards. MMF couples the academic scholarship provided by the City with essential leadership development training, mentoring, and other supportive services through its State-of-the-Art Leadership Development Institute to ensure that youth in the City are getting both academic and professional development in reparation for a competitive workforce.

Cities like Manhattan Beach don't just appear---yet comparatively speaking the history of Manhattan Beach covers a relatively short span. The City of Manhattan Beach was incorporated in December of 1912 with a population of approximately 600. It has since grown to more than 34,000 residents who find it a great place to live, work and play. Commonly referred to as the jewel of the South Bay, Manhattan Beach is a city of lovely homes on tree lined streets, with 40 acres of beautiful beaches; a city of fine schools and places of worship; a surfer's paradise and a city of friendly folks who are proud of their town, pier and heritage.

The City of Manhattan Beach is located just 19 miles southwest of Los Angeles on the southerly tip of the Santa Monica Bay. After WWII there was an influx of people as a result of the desirability of the area for year round living along with the development of the defense industry which created an abundance of jobs. Today the City is home to more than 4000 businesses in addition to the defense industry and includes a major film and television studio.

Our City is devoted to the environment and has received National recognition as a leading proponent of green initiatives in the South Bay. The City has adopted a number of sustainability ordinances and created an Environmental Task Force to lead the way to further protect our environment.

Despite the troubling economy, through strong leadership and sound financial planning over the years the City has been able to continue to adopt a balanced budget without tapping into reserves. Along with a balanced budget the City is one of only two cities in the State to maintain a AAA bond rating from all three reporting agencies for the last eight years!

Manhattan Beach is very proud of our schools with our district placing in the top 2% in the State! Our City has a strong commitment to education and youth career development. It's with great pride that the City of Manhattan Beach through the generous donations of our sponsors has awarded the Manhattan Beach Youth Recognition Award (MBYRA) for the past seven years. The MBYRA provides scholarship opportunities for Los Angeles County students who have a strong desire to pursue a higher education, have shown a willingness to work within communities to build common good, have maintained academic and service excellence, and have a significant financial need for assistance to successfully fulfill their dream.

Though Manhattan Beach has become an affluent community it has maintained its small town appeal. Its focus has continued to be on education, fiscal responsibility, green initiatives and family events. With our centennial fast approaching we are proud of our many accomplishments and look forward to a bright future!

Workforce Investment Board

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Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc. CEO, Jason L. Seward, is greeted by Michael Dolphin, WIB Board Member & California Employment Development Department (EDD) Executive, at the Hire LA appreciation reception and commended for efforts at hand.

The City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board has been a pioneering supporter of Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc. efforts and have been recognized, along with the city itself, for their commitment to youth and young adults that seek to take advantage of the services provided by WIB throughout the City of Los Angeles.

The City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is composed of 51 innovative and dynamic volunteers representing the private and public sector. In partnership with the Mayor and City Council, the board provides vision, coordination and direction for the City's workforce development activities. The Board develops policy and strategy to ensure business has access to a trained workforce and workers have access to quality jobs.

Funded primarily through the federal Workforce Investment Act, the WIB oversees the City's $45 million system of 18 WorkSource Centers for adults and 13 OneSource Centers for youth. These centers offer a wide range of quality employment-related services to both job seekers and employers.

The workforce delivery system is the second largest in the nation and operates through the partnership of various organizations including, community-based non-profits, labor organizations, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Community College District and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

In the 2006-07 program year, the system served 128,000 individuals and 1,100 businesses. Through Hire LA's Youth, the umbrella brand for the City's youth employment programs, over 10,000 youth ages 14-24 have been placed in summer jobs, permanent employment and first-work experiences.

As part of an ongoing strategy to develop better wage and career opportunities for the local workforce, the Mayor's Office and the WIB have targeted specific industry sectors. These sector-based initiatives are effective because they leverage a variety of resources to respond to employer demand and create direct pipelines connecting workers to quality jobs. More than just training programs, these initiatives establish ongoing relationships between target industries, labor, educators, community, and government that lead to future coordination of public and private investment.