VALLEY GLEN, CA – Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, 46th California State Assembly District, secured a California State Budget Carve-Out of $800,000 to enable the LAVC Family Resource Center (FRC) to expand its services for students who are parents.
The Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) held a special reception to honor Assemblymember Nazarian and his support for the college’s FRC on Thursday, November 29, 2018. LACCD Board of Trustee member Andra Hoffman, Marianne Haver Hill of Propel L.A., college officials and employees and dozens of representatives from local non-profit agencies were in attendance.
The $800,000 carve-out will allow the FRC, which was awarded the State Chancellor’s Student Success Award in 2016, to both expand the physical footprint of its current facility as well as create a satellite location on campus so it can serve more student parents, workforce training participants and other vulnerable students. Community social service agencies will also be located at the satellite FRC.
The LAVC Family Resource Center (FRC) is an award-winning model of a public/private partnership, and is the first and only Family Resource Center on a community college campus in California. Established in 2000, it provides support to student parents at Los Angeles Valley College as well as the community. The FRC has evolved to support other vulnerable populations such as food and housing insecure students and workforce participants going through short-term training.
It currently offers a menu of supportive services for LAVC student parents including after-school child care, a kid-friendly study lounge, a lactation room, playgroups for infants, toddlers and preschoolers (ages 0 – 3.5 years old), child clothes exchange, parenting workshops, a computer and print lab, textbook library, school supplies, academic counseling, and more. In addition, its Infant and Toddler playgroups, and Creative Activities playgroups for kids 2.5 to 3.5 years old are also available to the community.
“The Family Resource Center at Los Angeles Valley College is so lucky to have the support of Assemblyman Nazarian, who knew from the second he visited the FRC, that helping student parents holistically is part of ensuring their student success,” said LAVC President Dr. Erika Endrijonas. “His efforts in championing state funding benefit the work of the FRC, which serves student parents as well as other vulnerable populations, including food and housing insecure students and workforce participants.”
“The old adage, ‘Give a person a fish and they’ll eat for a day. Teach a person to fish, and they’ll eat for a lifetime,’ is perfect to describe why investing $800,000 into the Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource Center is so critical to ending the cycle of poverty for students,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. “We need to support students who are working hard to earn a college degree that will increase their workforce potential.”
Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource Center Founder and Director, Marni Roosevelt added: “We are so grateful to Assemblymember Nazarian and how we will be able to better support the needs of student. Many of students come to us with the responsibilities of raising kids and supporting families, so by better supporting those students we can not only help improve their lives, but the lives of their children.”
Amber Angel, LAVC graduate and FRC program coordinator, also shared her story. “As a single mother and a first generation college student, I am so incredibly lucky to come to LAVC because there is a social support network here. I would not have been able to successfully transfer to CSUN without the resources at Valley College that are available to students parents like myself.”
Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian presented a symbolic check for $800,000 to Los Angeles Valley College President Dr. Erika Endrijonas, LACCD Board of Trustee member Andra Hoffman, FRC Founder and Director Marni Roosevelt, FRC Program Coordinator Amber Angel, and LAVC Adult/Community Education and Workforce Training Dean Dr. Doug Marriott to celebrate the California State Budget Carve-out.