The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles proudly congratulates the winners of the 2017-2018 ChangeMaker Challenge:

Reading Partners
Partnering with local elementary schools and volunteers to assist students struggling with reading.

Center for Council
Bringing together Los Angeles law enforcement officers and community activists to explore how storytelling can improve local community-police relations.

Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network
To assist in closing service gaps in the juvenile justice pipeline and ensure more consistent tracking and evaluation of service provision and impact.

Karsh Family Social Service Center
Expanding the mobile food pantry bringing groceries to 50 poverty-level families in Koreatown and the addition of a licensed nutritionist.

Our Children LA
Adding new features to the WIN (What I Need) app that currently assists homeless and resource-insecure youth in connecting with over 1,800 free or sliding-scale, low-cost service providers located around the county.

South Central Family Health Center
Creating a curriculum to address the health literacy gap in South Los Angeles to assist parents of patients in learning information on well-child health and tools to better communicate with providers.

Stepping Forward LA
Assisting foster youth in finding work after they leave the foster care system through vocational support and mentoring.


The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles proudly congratulates our previous winners of the ChangeMaker Challenge:

Latino Resource Organization, Inc.
For the past six years, the Latino Resource Organization (LRO) has offered a Youth Literacy, Tutoring, and Mentoring program. The program has been increasingly successful both in its results and in its partnerships with organizations such as United Way and the Robert L. McCormick/L.A. Times Foundation. One key component is a summer “camp” — now full-time and nine weeks long — that emphasizes education in a relaxed, informal setting. Participants rotate every 90 minutes among active learning, arts, and physical fitness stations.

New Beginning Outreach Foundation
New Beginning Outreach Foundation improves the lives of participants and prevent crime in the community by training individuals to make right choices and decisions, to change negative behaviors into positive behaviors, to learn and accept responsibility, to acquire independence, to gain self-confidence, and to give and recieve respect. NBOF takes an employment centered approach that incorporates housing, mentoring, trainings, education, self-help, auxiliary, and other comprehensive services to assist the offender in integrating safely back into the his/her community and society.

Safe Place for Youth
The HOMIE! Program is a new mentorship program at S.P.Y designed to connect young people seeking housing with caring individuals who have successfully navigated the housing search. For young people seeking services at S.P.Y, their current housing interests represent their first time searching for and securing an independent place to live. The challenges are enormous and the search can be a true barrier. The program is designed to create ties between housed and unhoused neighbors, and offer a meaningful volunteer opportunity in which a community member can have a concrete impact helping to move a young person off the streets.

Shomrei Torah Synagogue
Shomrei Torah Synagogue has teamed with Imagine LA, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that for the last 10 years has worked with faith-based organizations to reduce homelessness in the city. Imagine LA fights homelessness by matching teams of mentors with families who are struggling and who need some support and guidance to stay on track. Ten of STS’s congregants have committed to training and to serving as mentors — one to each member of an Imagine LA family for at least a year and perhaps for as long as two years. Mentors meet in person with their mentees at least once every two weeks, and stay in contact by phone, text or email during the in-between weeks as well. 

University Synagogue
University Synagogue has committed to a focused Tikun Olam agenda to address homelessness and hunger in LA. In partnership with St. Joseph Center, we are focusing on Education, Advocacy and Action. The Community Garden Project is a pinnacle of our work together. Our garden produces fresh, organic vegetables that are delivered weekly or semi-weekly (depending upon harvest) to the St. Joseph center food pantry in Venice. The garden is sustained and the food is harvested and delivered by a multi-generational group of congregants.



Popstheclub.com, Inc.
National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles
People for Parks Los Angeles
Youth Business Alliance


A Wider Bridge
The Advot Project
The Bruin Experiment
Goldhirsh Foundation
Koreatown Youth and Community Center
Mayor’s Volunteer Corps – Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
Organization of Chinese Americans – Greater Los Angeles
Swipes for the Homeless
Urban Guild Policy Institute


West Angeles Community Development Corporation
Proyecto Jardin, a project of Community Partners
Freedom School Partners
IKAR, in partnership with LA Voice-Pico
B’Nai David Judea
Bridge to a Brighter Future
Robert Duke
Pico Union Project
Camp Chesed
Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA
LA Voice
Come Together Youth Conferences