The Community Scholars Program was launched in 1991 to bring together community leaders and UCLA students to study pressing policy issues in Los Angeles. Using applied research, participants develop a product that aims to impact local policy to further social justice. In the past, students have worked on projects related to banking, immigration, housing, health in South Los Angeles, and green jobs. Each Community Scholars cohort addresses an important policy challenge and formulates solutions that incorporate the expertise of community-based change agents and UCLA student researchers.
The 2022 student participants collaborated with community change-agents, including people who were formerly incarcerated and people who were formerly employed in California’s juvenile justice system. Together, with racial justice organizers and systems leaders, they finalized projects to advance ‘Youth Justice Reimagined,’ LA County’s road map to transform the youth justice system from punishment to healing.
For information about the 2022-23 Community Scholars course, please click here.