Mission: To empower the Boyle Heights community through education, leadership, and service.
About the Organization: Proyecto Pastoral is a Boyle Heights-based focused on education, collective impact, community empowerment, and support for the homeless. In the belief that effective solutions to community challenges must be designed and implemented in close partnership with community residents, the organization combines community organizing, service delivery, and strong, reciprocal relationships with residents and partners to advance social justice on the Eastside of Los Angeles.
Current programs: The organization's education programs include Early Childhood Education Centers that provide neighborhood children between the ages of 18 months and five years with a nurturing social, emotional, and cognitive environment. Each center holds monthly workshops for parents with the aim of fostering greater participation by parents in their children's education as well as authentic parent engagement in parent-school partnerships. The organization's youth development program, IMPACTO, includes four components: afterschool programming; academic case management to ensure that students at greatest risk of dropping out receive the support they need to get back on track to graduate; a free full-day summer camp that provides K-8 students with opportunities for academic enrichment, arts, sports, and field trips; and sports and recreation programming at the Aliso Pico Recreation Center. Proyecto Pastoral also serves as the backbone organization for Promesa Boyle Heights, a collaborative of local public schools, community-based organizations, and residents working to build cradle-to-college and careers pipeline that support every youth in Boyle Heights.
The organization's community organizing and civic engagement efforts include Comunidad en Movimiento (Community in Action, CEM), which promotes safety, health, and leadership within the community. A core group of community leaders comprising CEM's Education, Safety, and Community Development committees collaborate with residents to identify areas of need and develop solutions in partnership with local schools, law enforcement, and local government. And the Guadalupe Homeless Project provides meals and nightly shelter to men and senior-aged women and manages Proyecto Pastoral's Distribution Center, which provides gently-used clothing to local residents at affordable prices and free clothing to shelter residents.
COVID-19 response: In response to the public health emergency, Proyecto Pastoral has launched a COVID-19 Solidarity Fund in partnership with the Netflix series Gentefied, which follows the story of "three Mexican-American cousins and their struggle to chase the American Dream." The Boyle Heights community has been dramatically impacted by the pandemic, and Proyecto Pastoral has responded with a food distribution site, an expansion of its homeless shelters, and childcare services for children of essential workers; the organization currently faces a $430,000 budget shortfall.
Funding: Proyecto Pastoral is supported by individuals, foundations, and corporations.