What would it take to have 35,000 children living in the neighborhoods within the 5-square mile/500 blocks of the Magnolia Catchment Area in Los Angeles, California break all records of success in their education and their health, and the quality of nurturing care and the economic stability they receive from their families and community?

That question is the driving force behind the Magnolia Place Community Initiative where more than 70 county, city and community efforts have united to make this dream a reality. They have participated in, and been witness to, similar efforts that have yet to achieve anything beyond limited success. They have recognized that it requires a different commitment from individuals and organizations to create the environment necessary to continously improve, align and coordinate efforts to achieve and sustain community health and well-being.

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Magnolia Community InitiativeOur Model for Success

We are creating sustainable change for families by promoting and strengthening individual, family and neighborhood protective factors through increasing social connectedness, community mobilization and access to needed services. While our targeted community faces multiple challenges, the residents have enormous assets and a strong desire to create a better life for themselves and their children. As MPCI partners and residents work and learn together, positive changes are occuring for the community as whole.

The most effective way to affect positive, long lasting change at the family AND community/neighborhood level is to strengthen the protective factors* and support families as the vehicle for transformation of the community. Protective Factors include — parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, social and emotional competence of children and nurturing and attachment.

*Research conducted by the Center for the Study Social Policy



Theory of Change