THE XX FUND is proud to present the 2020 grantees, organizations doing incredible work on the front lines of social change, all worthy of awareness and support.
Alexandria House provides safe and supportive housing for women and children escaping homelessness, domestic violence, or trafficking, helping them in the transition from emergency shelter to economic stability and permanent housing. Alexandria House receives 1000 calls per month and houses 11 mothers and 24 children at present time; in 2018 they served a total of 76 families including 140 children. More than 92% of the women who have moved through the Alexandria House program have succeeded in securing financial stability and permanent housing.
Black Women for Wellness is committed to the health and well-being of Black women and girls through health education, empowerment, and advocacy. BWW organizes innovative and relevant programs for reproductive justice, environmental justice, access to quality prenatal, maternal, and child health care, voter mobilization, and civic engagement. BWW is increasing its voter engagement work, continuing advocacy to salon owners on environmental health, and holds an annual major conference on reproductive justice each year.
CHIRLA’s mission is to achieve a just society fully inclusive of immigrants. As the largest immigrant rights organization in the state of California, CHIRLA has achieved several strong wins for immigrants: healthcare for undocumented children age 0 to 19, the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, implementation of driver’s license legislation for undocumented immigrants, and the California Dream Act which give access to in-state tuition and financial aid support to undocumented college students, and wage theft legislation in Los Angeles. In the tumultuous political climate following the 2016 presidential election, CHIRLA has served as a beacon of support to immigrant and mixed status families in Los Angeles County. In 2017, CHIRLA helped nearly 900 immigrants file for citizenship, and completed over 1,500 DACA applications, compared to 681 and 944 applications respectively in all of 2016. CHIRLA completed 339 Know Your Rights Workshops and educated 83,028 community members about their civil and constitutional rights as immigrants. Also, CHIRLA provided information about the City of Los Angeles’s wage theft and minimum wage ordinance to 7,152 low-wage immigrant workers. CHIRLA has also been assisting young people by working with the LAUSD and other school districts in the county, providing guidance to teachers searching for information to protect and empower their undocumented students—and to encourage them not to be afraid to fill out their financial aid FAFSA forms. In 2018, as a membership-based organization, CHIRLA has been working to increase membership by 4,000 new members and mobilize 18,000 members to participate in CHIRLA’s campaigns and outreach, and contact 256,000 voters by the November 2018 election, with a primary focus on engaging low propensity Latino voters, new voters, young voters, and new American voters.
The Garment Worker Center (GWC) is the only center in Los Angeles and the state dedicated entirely to garment worker issues, a field predominated by women workers (75% of their members are women and 80% of their member leaders). GWC’s mission is to organize low-wage garment workers in Los Angeles in the fight for social and economic justice, addressing the systemic problems of wage theft, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, and the abusive and inhumane treatment faced by workers on-the-job.
JDI is the only organization in the world dedicated exclusively to ending sexual abuse behind bars. One of JDI’s core strategies is to work closely with corrections officials and inmates inside detention facilities to stimulate meaningful and lasting culture change. At the California Institution for Women (CIW), JDI revamped and provides ongoing support to a sexual abuse peer education program, established confidential professional trauma support services, created the inmate-run Council for Inmate Wellness to improve leadership and community-building, and launched a series of art workshops that the inmates named ‘Blooming Within These Walls.’
New Village Girls Academy was the first tuition-free, all-girls charter school in the state of California. It provides an empowering and highly supportive learning environment for young women living in urban communities throughout Los Angeles.
Students engage in project-based learning, competitive internships, highly personalized academic curricula, and mentorships in the classroom and in their community. New Village Girls Academy aims to provide an education equivalent to that of the best high schools in Los Angeles, an often unattainable goal for young women living in traditionally underserved areas. New Village is located in the Rampart/Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Students learn about it from current and former students, case managers at St Anne’s (home for female foster youth), probation officers, social workers, therapists at Children’s Hospital, and community organizations. The XX Fund 2016 grant was used to underwrite operating expenses during the 2016-2017 school year, helping close the 33% gap between government charter school funding and the actual cost of the program. New Village served 182 students throughout the school year, with an average of 80 percent daily attendance. Seventy students participated in STEM research classes, 75 percent of students completed an internship placement, and all students received focused wellness education and access to free medical care, child care, and mental health therapy through their social worker and community partners. New Village students are embracing the opportunity to enroll in community college classes, and New Village sponsored college visits to seven universities in Northern California. A makerspace and curriculum in design production (low- to high-tech tools and machinery) is planned for 2017-2018.
The mission of MOSTe (Motivating Our Students Through Experience) is to mentor and empower girls from underserved neighborhoods of Los Angeles County to become the next generation of college-educated women. From 7th grade through college, MOSTe provides programming that combines personal growth with academic skill-building, believing that change happens at the individual level, with one girl at a time. MOSTe serves 265 girls each academic year and has three phases: middle school, high school, and college and beyond. In the middle school phase, scholars are recruited to apply and are interviewed in cooperation with MOSTe’s six partner Title I middle schools.
Trans Can Work is located in Los Angeles, California and is committed to advancing workplace inclusion through innovative training strategies and workforce development. As transgender leaders working to advance inclusion in the public, private, and non-profit sectors across the country, Trans Can Work provides guidance on workplace culture, training, assistance in recruiting, job training and workforce development for transgender individuals, job seeker support services, and a jobs network of inclusive employers. They grew from 300 clients to nearly 1000 in the past few months—98% of their work is currently focused on LA.
The Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN) provides early childhood mental health care and comprehensive basic supports to families with young children aged 0-5 facing substantial trauma, particularly low-income families who lack insurance and cannot get care anywhere else because of migration status and other barriers. WIN is the only program in Los Angeles providing intensive, in-home child-parent psychotherapy and in-home individual parent/caregiver therapy paired with health, social service, and early education programming – regardless of the child of family’s immigration status or ability to pay.