The James Irvine Leadership Award is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for not-for-profit institutions.  On February 27th, the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade was selected as a 2014 recipient of the award for, among other things, its pioneering work in changing the narrative for boys and men of color.  Not coincidently, the awards ceremony took place when President Barack Obama was announcing his historic “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. Brotherhood Crusade’s selection underscores the necessity of the President’s initiative and profoundly demonstrates the importance and potential of such intentional focus with respect to improving quality of life for all citizens nationally. Brotherhood Crusade salutes the President for having the courage and audacity to do what is right and necessary as opposed to what is popular.

 In their ninth year, the awards recognize and support individuals who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant challenges in California. The Weavers are being recognized for helping at-risk youth achieve in school and beyond through a unique set of academic, sports and enrichment programs.

This year, the foundation recognizes six recipients, including three leadership teams. Read more about the other recipients and watch a video of the Weavers here:

The Brotherhood Crusade is proud of the Weavers’ accomplishments and their efforts to help the young men and women in their community. Feel free to share the news with your networks by liking the Facebook posts at and retweeting the tweets from @IrvineFdn and @BCrusade.


Lakers Star Changes Lives by Launching Swaggy P Brigade during Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month and as a demonstration of his support for well-deserving young men and women of color throughout the year, Lakers star Nick “Swaggy P” Young hosted 60 South Los Angeles youth from four Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade youth development programs in three Staples Center suites on Sunday, February 23, 2014 when the Los Angeles Lakers played host to the Brooklyn Nets.

Young, who played for Cleveland High School in Reseda, California and earned All PAC-10 First Team honors while playing for USC, understands and appreciates the resiliency and strength South Los Angeles youth demonstrate as they navigate all too familiar challenges on a daily basis.  It is this ability to overcome and thrive that the Lakers star desires to lift up and highlight by launching the Swaggy P Brigade, a collection of young people who are engaged in self actualization and self improvement programming in order to maximize their opportunity to succeed in school and in life and, simultaneously, serve as change agents and social justice advocates in order to help their families and their peers do the same.

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