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Sponsored Organization of the Month, December: USC Penny Harvest

ECCLA acts as a fiscal sponsor for over 20 organizations here in South Los Angeles. Being a fiscal sponsor means we handle these organizations’ finances so they can do what they do best, serve the youth members of our community! We think our sponsored organizations are so awesome that we’ve decided to highlight one each month on our website. Our goal is to show the variety of ways our sponsored organizations enrich our community.


USC Penny Harvest  

Penny Harvest is a national organization started in 1991 that introduces school-aged children to philanthropy. Children raise money by collecting pennies, and then donate it to community organizations. Students from five local elementary schools involved with USC Penny Harvest collected $5200 last year and made donations to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries, the Pasadena Humane Society, and many more! 

USC Penny Harvest Webpage 

Penny Harvest National Webpage


USC Penny Harvest

Image courtesy of USC Penny Harvest

Announcing the 2014 Fall Essay Contest

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Monday November 3rd, 2014

ECCLA, with the support of USC Government & Civic Engagement, invites students to submit essays on the theme, “What I want most that money can’t buy.” Students from 6th-8th and 9th- 12th grade are eligible to enter the contest. Cash awards for each category will be given as follows:

  • 1st Place – $100
  • 2nd Place – $50
  • 3rd Place – $25

Essays must be from 1-3 pages in length, typed on a computer, and include a completed cover sheet with the student’s name, grade, teacher and school. This information must also appear at the top of each page of the essay. Entries must be submitted by Monday, November 3rd by email to or delivered/mailed to:

ECCLA, 2801 S. Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Please see the official flyer and classroom cover page below.

Fall 2014 Essay Contest Flyer

Essay Contest Classroom Cover Sheet

2014 ECCLA Teacher Resource Fair Gallery

On Tuesday, September 30th, ECCLA hosted its annual Teacher Resource Fair. The event was generously hosted at the California Science Center Annenberg Building.

Please Join Us For ECCLA’s Annual Teacher Resource Fair

Once again, we will be partnering with local museum, college, and community resources to host this event for educators. Come meet with their representatives and find out what resources they have to support your students’ education. Additionally, this is a great opportunity to network with fellow educators in Central and South LA!

Teachers, please RSVP with our online form here

Date: September 30th, 2014
Location: Kresa Educator Resource Hall, Wallis Annenberg Building, California Science Center, Exposition Park 
Time: 5-7pm (Please feel free to drop in at any point throughout these two hours.)
Light refreshments will be provided.
Parking: Parking will be provided. You will access the parking lot on Exposition Park Drive off of Figueroa; see red arrow on map below. You will park in the lot highlighted by the red box on the map, and follow the path shown by the green arrows to the Wallis Annenberg Building, where you will check in for the event in the lobby. 


California Science Center Map

Science Center Parking Map

2014 Teacher Awards Gallery

Photos taken by Flip Cassidy