Mission: Southern California Crossroads is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that was created to assist under-served, low-income communities. Our objective is to create Healthy, Peaceful and Productive lifestyles through Counseling, Education, Employment, and other Social Support Services. 

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We focus on community development by providing various program services including: 

Mentoring, Life Skills, Counseling, Vocational Training, Employment Development,

Violence Intervention, Trauma Victim Services, Arts & Film Programs and Case Management

Crossroads Does 'Grab N Go' at Lynwood High School

Friday May 22, 2020

Crossroads hosted a 'Grab N Go' at Lynwood High School for violence intervention essential workers. The event was in partnership with Alma Family Services, L.A. City GRYD, St. Francis Center, Urban Peace Institute, St. Francis Medical Center Trauma Service, Chapter Two, and 30/30 Restaurant. 

PPE, fresh produce, non-perishable food items, lunch, and a mental health awareness week gift bag were all handed out to the workers of organizations that work as peacemakers throughout Los Angeles.  

The offices of Mark Ridley Thomas (Supervisor for District Two), Nanette Diaz Barragan (Congresswoman 44th District), and Anthony Rendon (Speaker, 63rd District of California) supported the event with donations or volunteers. 

Lynwood High School Students Walk NY Red Carpet

Crossroads film program was started in partnership wtih Tribeca Film Institute and every year our youth are invited to participate in New York's Tribeca Film Festival. This year we were able to send four Lynwood High School students to represent thier work during the screening. The four students had never been to New York and the experience was overwhelmingly positive, having the opportunity to see the Big Apple, Time Square and the rest of the famous tourist sites. 

 

They also had the unique privilige to attend a film screening inside of New York's Riker's Island female prison. TFI does tremendous work with incarcerated individuals, using film to engage them in the art of storytelling. Fore more information on our film efforts, CONTACT US HERE.

Brandon Completes Vocational Medical Billing Training at ACC

Brandon says “Growing up in the Projects… is no joke!” Brandon has moved between the cities of Lynwood, Compton, and Watts for many years.  He managed to Graduate High School from Cesar Chavez High.  Shortly after graduating, he found himself struggling to find a career path. 

 

Brandon came in to our career development program and hit the ground running, completed our Mentoring, Restorative Justice and Parent’s on a Mission classes. He also worked on PSA’s through our Film Program as a community-wide effort to reduce violence. Upon completion of the classes, we enrolled Brandon in to the Medical Billing & Coding training through American Career Colleges. The course was paid in full through grants and training dollars awarded tp Crossroads. Brandon, struggled in the beginning due to family hardship but was able to rise above adversity with the support of the Crossroads team. We continued to “Bank on Banks” as he continuously worked and strived to complete school all while working a full time job.

 

Today, Brandon has graduated from the 'Medical Billing and Coding' course and is currently working on this externship. Aside from this awesome accomplishment, he has joined the Crossroads team as a volunteer and prevention specialist, speaking to youth about his experiences and spreading hope and inspiration in his community. 

Michael Patrick Areyan was a pioneer in the field of gang violence intervention. He spent over 20 years working with individuals in schools, hospitals, and jails throughout the Los Angeles community. 

He was a strong, loyal, caring, and God-fearing man. The entire Crossroads organization will forever be indebted to him and his family. R.I.P. Mike...