In October, KYCC launched a new Prevention Education program, Building Stronger Families in Metro LA (BSF). Edith Bedolla, formerly KYCC Prevention Coordinator, is the manager for this program, which will support families with children ages 0-5 who are exposed to violence inside and outside the home. By partnering with other organizations throughout Los Angeles, BSF hopes to improve living conditions for families that do not have a stable living environment.

“KYCC and our partners are very excited to work along with Best Start Metro LA  on this community initiative,” says Sam Joo, KYCC Director of Children and Family Services. “The issue of violence was identified the by the BSF parents as a critical issue that impacts the well-being of families in our neighborhoods.”

Through training with community members, partner organizations and participants, BSF hopes to deter violence within the home, improve family interactions and social connections/relationships, and address daily experiences with fear, feelings of powerlessness, and stigma.  BSF aims to promote a culture of respect by identifying, understanding, and practicing family and community values that impact positive family and community interactions.

KYCC is the leading partner for this initiative. BSF’s other partners include: All People’s Community Center, California Science Center, Center for the Pacific Asian Family, Children’s Bureau, Esperanza Housing Corporation, KFAM, Pathways, Peace Over Violence, and Worksite Wellness LA.