Making a Difference West Edition

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: 2nd Call offers second chance to those who need one

By Dorany Pineda Contributing Writer In the late 1980s, Los Angeles’ midtown and Arlington Heights communities saw a spike in gang-related shootings and homicides. For more than 20 years, the violence persisted. After the Rodney King Riots of 1992, Bo Taylor, a resident of Arlington Heights, decided to do something to change the turbulent conditions Read More…

Making a Difference West Edition

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: LeadersUp helps young people find — and keep — jobs

By Dorany Pineda Contributing Writer Although Jeffery Wallace has seen many success stories since LeadersUp launched in 2013, Emmanuel stands out more than anyone. Emmanuel (only his first name is being used here for privacy) was a young man pursuing his dreams in college, but he had to drop out to look for work when Read More…