Posts Tagged ‘youth’

Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum “Operation Hangar Cleanup” — Part One

Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum "Operation Hangar Cleanup" -- Part One

I’ve been working on a blog post about the Martin Luther King Day celebration we had at the Woodley Airport here in Compton.  (What? You didn’t know there’s an airport here in Compton?! Well then there’s a lot of things you still need to learn about Compton.  Cause this is not just any airport…but more [...]


A New Don for D High — the Transformation Continues

A New Don for D High — the Transformation Continues

Saturday, July 24, 2010 marked the second Compton Initiative work day dedicated to Dominguez High.  The school’s marching band started the morning off right with a musical greeting for all the volunteers.  From the first sound of the tuba to the drop of the last paint brush, the day was a success at every level! [...]


A New Don for Dominguez — Round One Results

A New Don for Dominguez — Round One Results

Hi folks — It’s been two months since I’ve posted anything.  I took some time off this summer — worked on learning (and relearning) some photoshop skills, took a lot of family photos, and ignored this blog for far too long!  However, the fall has descended quickly with so much going on — and my [...]


A New Don for Dominguez — Phase One (Before)

A New Don for Dominguez — Phase One (Before)

Back in October 2009, Dominguez High staff and students, other Compton residents, and local volunteers began a huge undertaking — the restoration of Dominguez High School. Initial Stage One plans focused on four areas — repainting the black iron fence surrounding the school, refacing the school gym, painting the admin hallway, and an extensive remodel [...]


Picture of the Week — EBA Wrap-Up

Picture of the Week — EBA Wrap-Up

I decided that while I’m continuing to work on other articles, I’m going to start posting a weekly favorite shot. This past Saturday the Educated Ballers (featured in my last article) had their final championship games.  My son’s team, the Warriors, actually won their game in overtime, to clinch third place.  Though they’d played their [...]


The EDUCATED Ballers Association

The EDUCATED Ballers Association

Teaching More Than Just Basketball My son is just finishing up his first season with the Educated Ballers Association.  Founded by Compton natives Chris Calloway and Joye Abney, the EBA has been running their spring program at the Salvation Army.  As both a parent and a community worker, I’m thrilled about the arrival of this [...]


Alma Vargas

Alma Vargas

“Just Doing Good” in the City of Compton Though located in the neighboring community of Paramount, Alma Vargas jokes about her office that, “Hey – when you walk in here, you’re stepping into the city of Compton!” No doubt many citizens of Compton would grant her that honorary residency.  As the main liaison representing the [...]


Building Community on Peck Street (Part 2)

There’s no freedom like that of a child that’s totally in the moment.  Worries and cares (and cleanliness) are all cast aside — all that matters is the joy and experience being sought at the time. That freedom makes children beautiful.  They are even more beautiful when they can hold onto that essence in the [...]


Building Community on Peck Street (Part. 1)

Building Community on Peck Street (Part. 1)

I’m pretty sure cities are transformed one family, one block, one section at a time.  Many people in Compton love this city and want to build a stronger sense of community in their neighborhoods. On Easter Sunday just passed, several such families came together to host an all-invited BBQ for their entire street!  They fired up [...]