In Action

Our initiatives

The Change Reaction looks for the most effective organizations that are making the greatest impact in the lives of those they serve. We sometimes take on larger-scale initiatives that have a direct impact on our neighbors. The following are examples of collaborative initiatives with which we are involved.

Operation: Bring our heroes home

We have partnered with No One Left Behind to provide former interpreters and their families with grants to pay for flights out of Kabul and into the United States. We recognize that Los Angeles is home to many immigrant communities, and we welcome our Afghan neighbors with a generous spirit and open arms. You can learn more about No One Left Behind by clicking here.

Every child deserves a bed

Every child needs a safe place to sleep and every child should have their own bed. In partnership with DCFS and CarePortal, The Change Reaction provides physical items like beds and dressers needed to ensure that children involved in the child welfare system can be placed safely and quickly with a relative caregiver. When children are placed with caring relatives, they experience more stability and long-term success than those placed outside of the family.

Unstoppable dreams

California is home to more than 183,000 DACA recipients. Of these, nearly 80,000 reside in Los Angeles. The Change Reaction is proud to partner with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) to provide 2,000 college students with grants to pay for DACA fees.

Project Elevate

Spearheaded by Councilmember John Lee (CD12), Project Elevate is designed to provide participants the opportunity and resources to manifest their career goals. By funding key components of an applicant’s training and licensing, Project Elevate can be the catalyst for moving from a state of inactivity and despair to productivity and hope. Project Elevate awards will cover the partial or full cost of their process.

The Fostering Resilience Project

Friends of the Children Los Angeles developed the Fostering Resilience Project (FRP) supports the successful transition of 300 Black boys, ages 12 – 18+, in foster care in South Los Angeles to improve educational and life-course outcomes while preventing and reducing youth contact with law enforcement. The FRP is in year one of a three-year commitment and funding has already been raised for year two. The Change Reaction Stipend Project provides encouragement and monetary rewards to young men participating in the FRP. Stipends will be awarded upon achievement of specified milestones.