Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Livinghistories-Us

  • Long Beach, CA
  • www.living-histories.us

Mission Statement

We
envision a world in which service, social justice and global awareness
are critical components of education for youth everywhere, creating a
generation of young people who think of ‘service’ as an integrated part
of their day to day existence and lead initiatives in their communities
that improve lives.

Living Histories is based on the principle
that all young people should have the opportunity to learn and live up
to their fullest potential, and that education is a tool to improve the
quality of life. LH reconceptualizes education, defining it as the
primary tool through which youth and students engage in and change
their communities.

 Living Histories (LH) is an independent 501(c)3 that partners with local school districts, community organizations & agencies to provide after school programming to disadvantaged youth.  The mission of Living Histories is to use the power of art, literacy, creativity & technology to help youth learn about themselves, discover their unique voice & seek out ways to transform their communities.

Main Programs

  1. School gardens
  2. Art and service learning
  3. Digital arts
  4. Creative Writing

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Service Areas

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California

Living Histories provides nation wide training, programs and curriculum, but primarily serves disadvantaged youth in the Pasadena and Los Angeles regions of California.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Brande Jackson

Keywords

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afterschool, art, literacy, culture, community service, service learning, school gardens

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Also Known As

Living Histories

EIN

20-0154445

 Number

7423741327

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Living Histories targets urban youth who struggle with poverty, community violence and a sense of hopelessness about their futures. Many of these youth do not respond to traditional after school programming focused on tutoring and homework helserving approximately 250 children and youth in grades K-12.

LH uses the power of the arts to engage students in project based, service learning. Youth engage in thematic lessons that incorporate art and writing with technology, community service and cultural awareness. These projects strengthen in-school learning and help students identify their unique voice. Each class utilizes independent journaling, discussion, and writing in addition to art. For the 09-10 school year, LH is focusing its program on the concept of 'ecosystems', with projects connecting art and service to environmental concerns.  Students at the elementary schools are creating their own school gardens that incorporate art, writing and entrepreneurship,  high school students are engaged in a digital art class that will enable them to use their skills for the betterment of their community.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

School gardens

Living Histories is currently engaged in a campaign to create school gardens at our partner sites, using them to create project based programs integrating garden and environmentally themed art with science and community service.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 2

Art and service learning

Living Histories uses an integrated approach to teaching our art curriculum. Our students learn a huge spectrum of art mediums in a project based setting. Themes of our lessons include indigenous art, community, etc. Students will learn about art as it applies to their larger theme, and then create their own art as a reflection of what they have learned. Each course also includes a community service component reflective of grade level and program budgets.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

Digital arts

One of Living Histories most popular programs is our Digital Arts program, in which students learn about graphic design, digital photography and film making, blogging and web design, and apply their skills towards self driven community project initiatives.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 4

Creative Writing

All of Living Histories programs incorporate creative writing at many levels, but we also have specific programs, often 'Writers Clubs' at our high schools, the emphasizes and develops creative writing skills. Often these programs are structured in a service model that has students teaching writing to younger students as well.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Living Histories provides nation wide training, programs and curriculum, but primarily serves disadvantaged youth in the Pasadena and Los Angeles regions of California.

Funding Needs

Living Histories is currently seeking funding for the following projects: 1. Expanding our school and community gardening programs. 2. Funding to allow us to provide our service learning art programs to sites that can not afford to hire us as a partner provider. 3. Acquiring equipment and means to expand our digital arts program. 4. Capital funding to allow us to open a physical location that would serve as a place to hold community classes for both youth and adults, an art gallery, and demonstrative garden and our offices.

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Principal Officer

Brande Jackson

BIO

In addition to her role at Living Histories, Brande Jackson is the founder and executive director of Lokahi. She has had extensive experience creating and managing outreach campaigns in communities, on concert tours, and on college campuses, and has run the day-to-day operations of Lokahi since starting it in 2002.  Her and her team have recruited over half a million supporters for their partner organizations in recent years, creating entire field and marketing campaigns and providing the on the ground activation and management for these massive efforts. The teams she leads have also created training models for, and have trained well over 5,000 volunteers on concert tours, college campuses, and communities across the country.

Brande has been involved in the after school movement since 2001, primarily teaching elementary aged youth, and as the author of the K-12 curriculum that Lokahi uses.

Her work as an organizer, teacher, and social entrepreneur is motivated by the idea that education comes in many forms and is key to social change, and that equality and innovation in education is one of the key ‘cornerstones’ of culture that needs to be prioritized in order to create sustainable, long term progress as a society.

In addition to her work with Lokahi, Brande is a documentary filmmaker, writer and photographer, and owns a small retail nursery. She holds a BA in film from USC, and a Masters in American Studies from Cal State Fullerton.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Living Histories has a ten year history of creating and implementing
award winning programming and curriculum that helps youth find their
own voice, and in turn, encourages them to use that voice for the
betterment of society as a whole. As we enter into our second decade,
Living Histories is excited to be connecting with another generation of
students through our art and literacy based project learning models.

We have grown into an organization that not only educates
youth, but also acts as a catalyst: linking community resources,
students and agencies together, training teachers, and fostering a
community of individuals committed to the idea of social justice and
equality through education. We are eager to move forward with bigger,
broader and bolder strokes that make a lasting, positive impact in the
communities that we serve."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Andrew Lohmann

CSULB

Term: Jan 2010 - Dec 2010

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