The City of Carson has been named a 2015 All-America City by the National Civic League in large part thanks to the role the California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Male Success Alliance (MSA) plays in the community.
Members of MSA, including Acting Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs William Franklin, were in Denver last week for a three day 2015 All-America City Award conference that showcased the 16 finalist and culminated with the the announcement of the 10 winning cities. This year’s award focused on community efforts to engage and support vulnerable young men and boys, aligning with efforts such as The White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.
MSA’s mission mirrors the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and aims to reverse alarming high school dropout rates and improve access to higher education, retention, and graduation rates among young African American and Hispanic men through academic support, professional development, and mentoring.
“This award recognizes MSA as one of the most stellar organizations in the country,” said Franklin.
The two other community-driven projects for which the City of Carson got the All-America City Award for were the city’s Gang Diversion Team, and the Joseph B. Jr. and Mary Anne O’Neal Stroke Center.
“Vision is the ability to see beyond the limits of your past and present, and visualize the unlimited potential of an ‘Unlimited Future’. Having grown up in Carson, I have seen our City and its residents create an innovation in areas where it was unimaginable,” said City of Carson Mayor Albert Robles.
“At a time when the challenges facing our communities can seem overwhelming, places like the Carson community are a critical reminder of the good work being done all across the country,” said Gloria Rubio-Cortes, President of the National Civic League.
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