National City of Opportunity Initiative launched recently will target South Los Angeles, South Bay and Gateway cities.Â
Los Angeles, South Bay City and Gateway City Leaders JoinÂ Millennium to Launch Historical National City of Opportunity InitiativeSeward Urges City Leaders to Push it to the LimitHighly-Acclaimed celebrities, supporters, and a sea of city leaders representing Los Angeles, South Bay Cities, and Gateway Cities joined Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc. National spokesperson and actress Tatyana Ali on Saturday, August 22, in Hollywood Hills, to launch the organization's historical National City of Opportunity Initiative, a national public-private partnership initiative that promotes and funds financial aid, leadership development training, and mentoring for high school seniors, career-oriented youth (ages 18-24), and college students from low income backgrounds in targeted cities around the nation. The Southern California Initiative Fall Track will target South Los Angeles, South Bay Cities & Gateway Cities from September 2009 thru February 2010. Fueled by recent studies revealing that the Baby-Boomer generation in today's workplace will soon be retiring across the United States, the National City of Opportunity Initiative positions cities across the United States to ensure that systemic efforts are in place to train, mentor, and employ the next generation of employees that will reinvest their education and practical skills in local cities as future nonprofit organization administrators, public policy officials, government employees, public affairs & community relations executives, social service providers, and more."You have kids from all of the different cities that make up this wonderful state who want to making giving back their vocation, and they need your support", said Tatyana Ali, Actress & National Spokesperson for Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc.Among others in attendance from partnering cities, entertainment, and the community were Carson Mayor Jim Dear; Cal State University, Dominguez Hills President and Initiative Co-Chair Dr. Mildred Garcia; Carson Mayor Pro Tem Lula Davis-Holmes; Gardena City Councilmember Ron Ikejiri; Actress Tiffany "New York" Pollard; Award-Winning Actress Elise Neal; Highly-Acclaimed Producer & Actor Bill Duke; Signal Hill Vice Mayor Ed Wilson; American Society for Public Administration - Los Angeles Chapter President Stacy Mungo; Compton Mayor Eric Perrodin; Compton City Councilmember Lillie Dobson; Compton Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Arceneaux; Compton City Councilmember Barbara Calhoun; Inglewood School Board Member Trina Williams; Compton School Board Member Micah Ali; Manhattan Beach Mayor Pro Tem Mitch Ward; Lawndale City Councilmember Robert Pullen-Miles; Deputy Chief of Staff Eric Brown representing Los Angeles City Councilmember Janice Hahn; Housing Authority CEO Rudy Montiel; and several others.Some of the other Southern California Initiative strategic corporate, education, and community partners include Union Bank, Southern California Edison, City Club on Bunker Hill, American Society for Public Administration - Los Angeles Chapter, Loyola Marymount University, Cal State University Dominguez, UCLA, Pepperdine University, USC, and others."The Union Bank Foundation 's vision is to create and sustain healthy communities and I can't think of an activity more befitting of healthy communities than pouring into the lives of our young people with mentoring, tutoring, and scholarships that will help them get to the next level and do the great work in our community, so we are proud to be a sponsor", said Union Bank Senior Vice President Carl Ballton of the historical public-private initiative."This is a day that community leaders are coming together to clearly prioritize the reinvestment of our young people's education and professional skills back into the very same communities that they come from. With this in mind, I need you all to push it to the limit to open doors in your cities for those young people that want to serve their communities in the nonprofit and public sectors", said Jason L. Seward, Founder & CEO of Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc."It's important to have a healthy foundation for young people's education in America and Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc. is involved with making that happen", said Carson Mayor Jim Dear."This partnership affords our youth with opportunities to grow and become leaders in our community and we are very honored to support the program", said Compton Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Arceneaux."Grooming our young people for service is of pivotal importance, and I am proud to stand with city leaders here in the region to support and embrace this historical initiative in the South Bay as it now positions to go around the Nation", said Gardena Councilmember Ronald Ikejiri."We're going to need our young people in the 21st Century to make sure that our County and the State of California thrives, and that's why we are partnering with the Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc.", said Manhattan Beach Mayor Pro Tem Mitch Ward.