When Team USA arrived in Munich for the 1972 Summer Olympics, only 84 of the 400 American athletes were women. Fast-forward to Rio in 2016: women outnumbered men 294-264, and outmedaled them 61-55. Had our female athletes competed as their own nation, they would have placed third overall, and tied for first in the gold medal count. That extraordinary success means one thing: we cannot stop fighting for equal representation in youth sports, because more girls – especially in our lowest-income communities – need to be empowered to pursue their own athletic greatness.
Each journey to the medal stand begins somewhere – summer camps, varsity teams, endless nights on neighborhood courts – and thanks to Title IX, discrimination doesn’t have to stand in the way of those dreams. So for our annual Title IX Day celebration, the Getty House Foundation teamed up with Nike – as well as three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor, Olympic bronze medalist fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, USA Track & Field All-American Angela Davis, and actor Gina Rodriguez – to help hundreds of middle school girls be fearless, have fun, and find their inner champion.
Ten years from now, the world will turn its eyes to Los Angeles for the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad – and in 2028, we want to showcase a city where no child is left on the bench because of her gender, race, ZIP code, or physical challenges.
To learn more about girls’ sports programming in your community, visit laparks.org/sports/gpla.
Each day, Angelenos all over the city take time out of their lives to serve meals to homeless women, clear trash from the banks of the L.A. River, tutor children at a local library, and perform countless other acts of selfless generosity to make our city better, our people healthier, and our communities more beautiful.
Here at Getty House, we know that taking our work to the next level means harnessing L.A.’s inclusive and dynamic spirit and nurturing a culture of service. We also know there are Angelenos who want to get involved, but don’t know where to start. And we believe that finding a way to make a difference should not require a lot of research and effort.
That’s the challenge Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Volunteer Engagement (MOVE) is tackling today: channeling the passions of Angelenos toward meaningful action. Today the Mayor, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, the Getty House Foundation, and an army of volunteers celebrated the launch of VolunteerLA – a web platform and mobile app that allows Angelenos to scroll through volunteer opportunities led by the City and its partners, then easily sign up. VolunteerLA will help accelerate some of the most important work being done in the City right now, from ending homelessness to beautifying our public spaces.
After hearing from community and nonprofit leaders, attendees of the VolunteerLA launch participated in a range of activities – from assembling ReFresh hygiene kits for people in desperate need, to writing encouraging messages to homeless children who participate in School on Wheels.
Looking for volunteer opportunities near you? Visit volunteer.lamayor.org.
- Karen Baker, Chief Service Officer, California Volunteers
- Catherine Meek, Executive Director, School on Wheels
- Greg Good, Chief of Legislative and External Affairs, Mayor Garcetti’s Office
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted over 200 faith leaders for the fifth annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast. This year, attendees broke bread, joined hands, and shared how they were working together to end the great moral and humanitarian crisis of our time: homelessness.
After a panel discussion featuring faith leaders, community advocates, and City staff, attendees participated in a resource fair where they could seek guidance on how to best support the Mayor’s plan to end homelessness. Service providers were on hand to explain how congregations can use their properties as bridge housing or safe parking sites, connect with Neighborhood Councils and Homelessness Liaisons for support in engaging their communities, and lobby state leaders to allocate $1.5 billion to solving homelessness in California, among other actions.
Whether you have one hour or one minute, here’s how you can help.
- Emily Kantrim, Program Coordinator, Safe Parking LA
- Tommy Newman, Director of Public Affairs, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
- Arthi Varna, Principal City Planner, City of Los Angeles
- Christina Miller, Senior Project Manager for Homelessness Strategies, Mayor Garcetti’s Office
- Kirkpatrick Tyler, South Los Angeles Field Representative, Mayor Garcetti’s Office