How We Work
SLATE-Z is a breakthrough and historic collaboration between 50+ partners working together for the greater good. Committed partners include seventeen elected officials (among them Mayor Eric Garcetti, Congressmembers Karen Bass and Lucille Roybal-Allard), UCLA, USC, California State University Dominguez Hills, LA Trade Technical College, LA Chamber of Commerce, the Labor Federation, LA Unified School District, eleven high schools, a network of health clinics, three community-based coalitions, seven job coordination centers, four small business incubators, twenty-six nonprofits (Community Coalition, Brotherhood Crusade, Coalition for Responsible Community Development, and others) and residents.
Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) serves as the lead agency and anchor institution to SLATE-Z under the Promise Zone designation. Laurence B. Frank, LATTC President, serves as the chair of the SLATE-Z Steering Committee. President Frank formed an Operations Team, also known as the "Backbone Team" to operationalize SLATE-Z, in line with best practices for creating large-scale social change. As noted by StriveTogether, a national network of cradle-to-career partnerships in 70 communities, “Investing in programs alone has not led to the desired population-level impact” for issues such as community health, safety and economic opportunity.
A collective impact framework offers an alternative to isolated interventions of individual organizations. Using this framework, the SLATE-Z Operations/Backbone team convenes and coordinates the SLATE-Z Steering Committee, five Work Groups, project activities, and partners. The Backbone keeps partners focused on the big picture, the long-term and the interconnected nature of the goals over the life cycle of the initiative.
Key Operations/Backbone personnel include the Executive Director, Program Manager, and Executive Assistant, as well as five AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers.
Additionally, SLATE-Z prioritizes authentic resident engagement, led by partner organizations Community Coalition and CDTech, through grassroots mechanisms such as CoCo’s People Power Assembly and social media. SLATE-Z future plans include the formation of a Resident Advisory Committee in FY2018-19, which will in turn elect two Steering Committee members.