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The Crown Cities Community Development Corporation (CCCDC) was founded in 2004 through the Pasadena/Altadena Black Male Forum. This was the result of a vision by the charter membership dating back to 1989. The CCCDC was the culmination of ideas and concerns of the community its membership had worked in, lived in, and created.

Our emphasis is on dysfunctional families in the African-American community, especially regarding the African-American male. We focus on proactive and innovative programs, projects, and events relevant to our youth and young adults. We are always adding and modifying programs to keep up with the times, so to speak, and are seeking programs that benefit our community both economically and socially. We encourage projects that make use of today's technology to produce effective tools for visual learning. We love to sponsor events that simultaneously raise the consciousness of our youth and young adults while providing wholesome entertainment.

With the lack of programs geared toward this population, the Crown Cities Community Development Corporation has researched the needs of this particular group and is actively seeking organizations, businesses, and individuals that can fill this void.

We currently administer four programs: New Directions Family Services, the Community Leadership Development Council, Black Male Forum Volunteer Group, and the Akoko-Nan Parent Group.

The New Directions Program has been serving the Rosemead and Garvey school districts since 1989 and is currently providing services at Marguerita School (Alhambra Unified School District and Edison Elementary (Pasadena Unified School District). The Proactive Awareness component, in collaboration with Rhythms of the Village Charter School and "Teen Futures" afterschool program, is scheduled to begin in the spring 2007.

The Community Leadership Development Council, founded in September 1997, raises funds to provide training for teenagers and other future leaders in the community to help those in need.

The Black Male Forum Volunteer Group provides volunteers throughout the Pasadena/Altadena area to assist with projects, programs, and events that require volunteers.

The Akoko-Nan Parent Group opened on October 28, 2004 at Planned Parenthood on 1045 N. Lake Ave. in Pasadena and is currently located at 1141 N. Fair Oaks Ave. at The Kings Villages Learning Center.

These collaborations with organizations like Day One, Mustangs on the Move (The Flintridge Foundation), The Metropolitan Community Action Services Corporation, the City of Pasadena Parks and Recreation Department, El Centro de Acción Social, Inc., and The Pasadena Unified School District afterschool programs enable the CCCDC to provide a network to cover the diverse needs of the communities we serve.

The CCCDC also serves as a community partner with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), which refers its parenting clients to the Akoko-Nan Parent and Education Support Group. The CCCDC began collaborations in June 20, 2006 with the City of Pasadena Black Infant Health Program and the National Order of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE) to coordinate the "Fatherhood Summit." There were more than 100 participants in attendance to hear panelists from the DCFS, the District Attorney's office, and the Black Male Forum.

Board of Directors

Gary L. Moody, MBA Chief Executive Officer
Larry Root Chief Financial Officer
Horace Williams, PhD Mentoring
Micah Brodie Youth Development
Kenneth Ellison Family Services
Jarvis Emerson City Liaison
William Syms Event Planning
Mario Leonard Ex Officio