Financial Institutions Owned by People of Color


Did you know that there are 28 financial institutions owned by Black people? How about that there are 33 owned by Latinos? 86 owned by Asians and 19 owned by Native Americans? If you want to use your funds to grow your community then using a financial institution owned by communities of color might be right up your alley.

Check out the whole list here.

Time to Write Competition

The City of Los Angeles and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Planning Committee Invite you to participate in this year’s “Time to Write” Creative Writing Competition
2009 Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage 

Guidelines for Entry:
• No Purchase Necessary to Enter this Contest
• Competition is open to ALL Los Angeles County public and private school students in grades 6-12
• Creative writing must be an original work and not previously published
• Entry can be a poem, a song, a narrative, an imagined story, essay, etc.
• Must NOT exceed one page
• Entry must be TYPED 􀁹 Handwritten entries will NOT be accepted
• Entries will be judged by representatives of the City of Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable, The Walt Disney Company and other members of the Asian- and Pacific Islander-American Heritage Month Planning Committee. The judges will base their decisions on originality in interpreting the figure or movement chosen; creativity; clarity of the writing; and knowledge of Asian-/Pacific Islander-American History

Only one entry per person (Previous Heritage Creative Writing winners in calendar year 2008 are ineligible for 1st Place)

Each entry must have the following information: Submit essay(s) to:
1. Title of entry Department of Cultural Affairs
2. Student’s full name & visible grade level Attn: Youth Arts and Education
3. Student’s home mailing address 201 N. Figueroa St., Suite 1400
4. Student’s home phone or cell phone Los Angeles, CA 90012
5. School’s name & address email:
6. Teacher’s full name, telephone number & e -mail Deadline: Entries MUST arrive in our office by 9:00 am on Monday, May 11, 2009 (This is NOT a postmark date)

Emailed entries as an attached word document are encouraged. Submit to

Prizes: All winners will receive tickets to Disneyland 1st Place: 2nd Place: 3rd Place

Division I: 6th-8th Dell Laptop Computer 6 mos Free Road Runner Cable Pkg 3 mos Free Road Runner Cable Pkg

Division II: 9th-10th Dell Laptop Computer 6 mos Free Road Runner Cable Pkg 3 mos Free Road Runner Cable Pkg

Division III: 11th-12th Dell Laptop Computer 6 mos Free Road Runner Cable Pkg 3 mos Free Road Runner Cable Pkg

Winners will be notified by phone the week of May 11, 2009. Further details of the awards ceremony will be provided at this time. The winning student along with their class will be invited to attend an awards ceremony to be held the week of May 18th. All entries become the property of the City of Los Angeles. The City has the right to reproduce or publish the materials in any medium for current or future use in educational materials and programs. Selection of winning entries by the judging panel is final.

Participants may be required to provide proof of parental consent in form and substance suitable to Sponsor, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, in order to be confirmed as a prize winner. The Contest is solely sponsored by the City of Los Angeles. All questions and concerns related to the Contest should be directed towards the City of Los Angeles. The Sponsor has the right to disqualify an entry for any reason. Road Runner prize will only
be awarded to the parent or legal guardian of the winner, and such parent or legal guardian must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to accept the prize. To qualify for a Road Runner prize, the parent or legal guardian of the winner must qualify for a “standard installation” as defined by the franchise agreement granted by Los Angeles, CA and must sign a standard subscription agreement.”

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE COMPETITION PLEASE CALL (213) 202-5565 or Email: Purpose: To celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander American heritage and promote greater access to the arts in Los Angeles Theme: Spirit, Dreams, and Hope Flows to the Future

To participate in the Creative Writing Competition, it is required that you choose one of the following movements from Asian or Pacific Islander American history and connect how the movement has inspired you or how it has affected you personally. Below are examples of the events or people that have helped shape these movements:

• Asian-/Pacific Islander-American contributions to Early American Infrastructure: Maya Lin; Transcontinental Railroad
• The role Asian-/Pacific Islander-Americans have played in the U.S. Military: 100th Infantry Battalion; Maya Lin
• Japanese American Internment Camps
• The Civil Rights Movement and the Voting Rights Act: Philip Veracruz, AWOC, and UFW; Grace Lee Boggs; Yuri Kochiyama;
U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark
• The Long Fight for Equal Education in America: 1968 Asian Student Strike at San Francisco State University; 1885 Tape v. Hurley
• Asian-/Pacific Islander-American Influence on Music and the Arts: Sessue Hayakawa; Anna May Wong; James B. Leong
• The Role of Asian-/Pacific Islander-American Community-Based Organizations Past, Present, and Future
• The Road to Public Service: Joseph Cao; John Chiang; Patsy Mink; Saqib Ali;

$10,000 Scholarship for Student Committed to Community Service

Applications are now being accepted for The Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to reduce tobacco use among what the American Legacy Foundation calls “Priority Populations.” Priority populations are those populations who are disproportionately targeted by the tobacco industry, or who often lack the tools and resources to combat smoking in their communities. Identified priority populations are Native Americans/Alsaka Natives, Hispanics, African Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Low SES, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

The Adams scholarship will award a total of $10,000 annually for up to two candidates to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. The scholarship, named for founding Legacy board member, Dr. Alma S. Adams, will be awarded to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to community service or used the visual arts or media to convey culturally-appropriate health messages on behalf of a disadvantaged population.

Applications will be accepted from December 15, 2008 until April 30, 2009. Awardees will be notified by June 30, 2009.

Awardees will be notified by June 30. For more information,