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Kedren’s rich history is founded on its commitment to the residents of the community.

Kedren's Community Involvement:

When Kedren, along with local community-based agencies, honored Mark Ridley-Thomas for his long-term mental health advocacy during 2009, the luncheon was held at Kedren.


When Anthem Blue Cross wanted to provide community health screenings during 2008 and 2009, it chose Kedren as a site for its Health Fair Bus, providing over 200 screening to community residents and agency staff.

When the African American and Korean communities wanted to create a cultural bridge in 1994, the Korean Consul General, Hang-Kyung Kim, arranged a meeting with Kedren, resulting in inner city children served through Kedren’s programs visiting Korea, enhancing their cultural awareness.

When former Mayor Richard Riordan announced in 1998 that $300 million owed to Los Angeles as part of a nationwide tobacco settlement should be used to repair the city’s sidewalks, he spoke in front of Kedren’s administrative Head Start/State Preschool site.

When the African American Community Advisory Committee on Redistricting wanted to meet to prevent a decline in black elected officials in 2001, they met at Kedren.

When the Los Angeles Police Department needs to reach out to the community, it chooses Kedren as its community meeting place. When Police Chief Bernard Parks addressed the community during a town hall meeting to unveil the new computer system in 1998, or the Police Commission discussed gun measures in 1999, or the LAPD solicited community input on how to select the next police chief in 2002, the meetings were held at Kedren.

Kedren is Home to the Civic-minded: 

Dr. Kerby Alvey served as Director of Children’s Services at Kedren, and went on to become the founder of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring. Dr. Alvey stated that his interest in parent education was sparked by his experience at Kedren.

Kedren employees and volunteers have gone on to serve the community. Attorney Alban I. Niles served as Kedren’s Director for 12 years in the 1970s and later went on to become a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, and later a State Bar Court hearing judge.

After a tenure as the assistant director of Kedren Head Start, Dr. Bette R. Bradshaw left in 1979 to become the director of Project INVEST, a community-based volunteer group working in the Inglewood Unified School District.

James M. Woods, Sr., was active on the Kedren Board of Directors for years while also being an active leader in the Los Angeles business community since the 1940’s.

Students who attended Kedren Head Start have gone on to become lawyers, engineers, educators, administrators, health care practitioners, film directors, and social workers, among other professions, and many have become employees of Kedren’s programs.

Kedren is a Source of Community Information

When the Los Angeles Times reported on the U.S. Senate subcommittee hearings on drug and alcohol abuse in the article entitled “A ‘Kind of Hell’: Actress Tells Senate Panel of Alcoholism” (September 28, 1969), the founder of Kedren, Dr. James L. Jones, provided an expert opinion of alcoholism’s affect on the Watts community.

When the Los Angeles Times wanted an expert opinion on the rise of the drug PCP for its October 19, 1986 article entitled “PCP on Rise, but This Time Mixed with Other Drugs”, Director of Clinical Services, Dr. John H. Griffith was interviewed.

When an August 23,1993 Los Angeles Times article entitled “Gregory’s File: A Childhood of Neglect, a Life of Crime”, sought to explain to its readers the challenges inner-city youth face, the newspaper again came to Kedren’s Director of Clinical Services, Dr. John H. Griffith.



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