Sanctuary of Hope transforms front yard

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Wave Staff Report

WEST ADAMS — Sanctuary of Hope, a local nonprofit human service organization for transitional age youth, has transformed the front yard of its location at 4003 W. Adams Blvd., into an eye-catching Voter and Census 2020 call to action.

The intent of the project is to activate the community to be more engaged in the census and voting and understand the importance of both.

“Young adult voters and those voting for the first time in 2020 can be one of the most influential voting blocs in the country,” said Janet Kelly, founder and executive director of Sanctuary of Hope. “If we can get them excited and civically engaged, we can move the needle with the candidates and policies that we need to change this country.”

The Sanctuary of Hope, celebrating 10 years of service, is not only raising the message of voter engagement and census participation but will be highlighting Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October and Homeless Youth Awareness Month in November.

Sanctuary of Hope provides housing and education stabilization services to vulnerable youth between the ages of 16-25, who are homeless or in foster care in South Los Angeles and the South Bay. The agency has served over 4,000 youth since 2010.

Academy offers

songwriting class

SOUTH LOS ANGELES —White Hall Arts Academy is hosting a series on songwriting every Thursday during October via Zoom.

The session begin at 6 p.m. and is led by academy founder and music industry veteran Tanisha Hall. Confirmed guest speakers include Shanice, entertainment attorney Bonnie Berry Lamon, music administration specialist James Guss and songwriters and executives from Universal Music Publishing Group and many more.

Individuals 15 and up are able to register now to reserve their spots at

Candidates forum

planned virtually

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Tanya Ortiz Franklin and Patricia Castellanos will participate in a candidate forum where they will take questions directly from students, families and the community of Los Angeles Unified School Board District 7 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct 13.

The forum will stream live over Zoom and Facebook Live.

Castellanos and Ortiz Franklin are running to replace school board President Richard Vladovic in the Nov.  3 election.

The candidate forum will place community voices at the center of this election by featuring students and parents as the panelists as well as taking live questions from online viewers.

Virtual health

forum planned

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A COVID-19 public health forum will be conducted virtually from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

The digital community conversation with public health professionals is being sponsored by City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Charles Drew University, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Black Women for Wellness.

To register, visit

Compton College

plans Zoom meeting

COMPTON — The Compton Community College District will hold a virtual community meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 via the Zoom conferencing app.

Barbara Calhoun, a member of the Compton College Board of Truestees will host the meeting. Topics to be covered include academic and job training programs offered by the college, enrollment for winter and spring, a campus facilities update and an update on the district’s response to COVID-19.

The virtual meeting provides students, parents and community members an opportunity to learn more about what Compton College has to offer, and participate in a discussion with two members of the Board of Trustees.

To access the meeting online use the Zoom Meeting ID number 990 5568 8319.

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