COMMUNITY CONNECTION GROUPS

Community Connection Groups (CCG) are social groups formed by Resident Outreach Coordinators (ROCs) that help build relationships among residents, and introduce them to Best Start.  The groups are based on a common interest like knitting, walking, cooking, and so forth.  Groups meet weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly and are facilitated by an identified leader of the group. 

Individuals are informed about Best Start in these meetings and invited to attend Best Start gatherings.  The purpose of the Community Connection Groups is to get them more connected to Best Start and have them identify as participating in Best Start. 

 

The single most important factor in the success of the Best Start Community Connection Groups is a strong resident leader that facilitates the group and motivates their fellow residents to participate in the CCG.  Based on this fact the Community Connection Group Process has a resident leader at the core with the ROC playing the supportive connector role.  

 

The CCG is started when a resident expresses an interest in sharing their Gifts and Talents with other residents in the community.  Once a resident leader has been identified they leader and the ROC plan a recruitment which is an opportunity to invite others to join the CCG. 

 

Community Connection Groups are living up to their name, effectively connecting people to one another and to resources, and strengthening their connection to the Best Start Movement.  Social connection is a mediator to important outcomes like decreased depression and stress for the individual, and greater unity for the community.  Participants reported several other encouraging outcomes of their involvement for themselves, their families, and their communities.  The resident-run Community Connection Groups, albeit with motivational support from the ROC, are seen as a promising model for involving others in the community.  The flexible design of the program encourages a feeling of ownership and greater commitment.  Participants do understand that the Community Connection Groups need to grow and are meant to be a conduit to Best Start.  Overall, the Community Connection Groups are a positive intervention offering benefits at multiple levels.

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Lancaster

  • Bowdacious Divas – Every Thursday 9-11 a.m. Linda Verde Wellness Home 44848 Rodin Ave., Lancaster CA 93535

  • Crafty Cards – Tuesdays 9-11 a.m. Linda Verde Home 44848 Rodin Ave, Lancaster, CA

  • Walking Divas – Wednesdays 9-11 a.m. AV College Agility Course 3041 West Avenue K, Lancaster, CA

  • Save AV- Every other Saturday from 9-11am Piute Wellness Home 45534 5th St East, Lancaster, CA

  • Hiking – Every other Saturday from 9-11 a.m. Piute Wellness Home 45534 5th St East, Lancaster, CA

  • Learning Spanish – Every other Thursday 4-6 p.m. Piute Wellness Home 45534 5th St East, Lancaster, CA

  • Urban Arts Dept.- Fridays from 5-7 pm Piute Wellness Home 45534 5th St East, Lancaster, CA

  • Mothers & Daughters Makeup- Mondays at 3pm Cedar Center 44845 Cedar Ave, Lancaster, CA 93535

  • Madres en Acción- Every other Thursday 10-11:30am Rancho Mirage Mobila Home Park 43850 20th St. East, Lancaster CA 93535

 

Palmdale

  • Artist Expression– Every 4th Wednesday of the month 4-6 p.m. Manzanita Neighborhood Center 38627 32nd Street East, Palmdale, CA  93551

  • Mother’s with Power- Fridays 10-11:30 a.m. Manzanita Neighborhood Center 38627 32nd Street East, Palmdale, CA  93551

  • Healthy Moms – Tuesdays 9-11am Manzanita Neighborhood Center 38627 32nd Street East, Palmdale, CA  93551

  • Alphabet Soup: Fridays 9-11 a.m. Manzanita Neighborhood Center 38627 32nd Street East, Palmdale, CA  93551

  • Healthy Cooking Class- 2nd and 4th Fridays of month, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Manzanita Neighborhood Center 38627 32nd Street East, Palmdale, CA  93551

  • ASL (American Sign Language)-2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month 4-5:15 p.m. Manzanita Neighborhood Center 38627 32nd Street East, Palmdale, CA  93551

  • ESL- Mondays from 6-7pm 110 Taintor St. Palmdale, CA 

 

Panorama City

  • Padres por la Nutrición y Salud- Thursdays 11-12:30 a.m. Fireside Room 15435 Rayen St. North Hills, CA 91343

  • Yes We Walk! - Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-9 a.m. Cardenas Recreation Center 14740 Blythe St, Panorama City, CA 91402

  • ESL Group- Mondays 10-12pm Casa Esperanza 14705 Blythe St. Panorama City, CA 91402

 

Northeast Valley & Pacoima

  • Yoga Group- Tuesdays 8-9 a.m. 13812 Filmore St, Pacoima, CA

  • Senior Group-Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m. San Fernando Gardens 10896 Lehigh, Pacoima, CA

  • KoritaKitchen- Saturdays 1-2 p.m. San Fernando Gardens 10896 Lehigh, Pacoima, CA

  • Creative Ideas- Varies

  • Bumble Bee Preschool – Varies

 

El Monte

  • Little Picasso’s Creative Arts & Crafts- Thursdays 2:30-4:30 p.m. San Gabriel Valley Service Center 1441 Santa Anita Ave, SEM, 91733

  • Nutrition Group- 1st and 3rd Wednesday 8:30-10:30 p.m. San Gabriel Valley Service Center 1441 Santa Anita Ave, SEM, 91733

  • Knitting Group- 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month 10:30-11:30 p.m. San Gabriel Valley Service Center 1441 Santa Anita Ave, SEM, 91733

  • Knitting Group- Thursday 9:30-10:30  3917 Penn Mar, El Monte, CA

 

Watts & Willowbrook

  • Compton Elementary School Sewing- Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 p.m. Compton Elementary School 1515 E 104th St, Los Angeles, CA 90002

  • Compton Elementary School Exercise- Monday through Friday 8:30-9:30 a.m.  Compton Elementary School 1515 E 104th St, Los Angeles

  • Jordan Downs Arts Crafts- Wednesdays at 10am Jordan Downs Community Center 2101 E. 101st St.  90002

  • Jordan Downs Walking Group- Fridays at 8:30 am Jordan Downs Community Center 2101 E. 101st St.  90002

  • Jordan Downs Knitting Group- Fridays at 10am Jordan Downs Community Center 2101 E. 101st St.  90002

 

Compton

  • Gifts and Talents Group- Friday 9-12 p.m. St. Albert the Great Catholic Church 804 E Compton Blvd. West Rancho Dominguez, CA

  • Education Group- Fridays 8:30 to 11 a.m. Compton

  • Nutrition & Fitness Group- Tuesdays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Compton

  • Grupo de Nutricion- Wednesdays from 10-11am Compton

  • Golf Group- every Thursdays 9-10 a.m. Campanella Park 14812 S Stanford Ave, Compton CA 90220

  • “Cuidado Misma”- Wednesdays 9-12 pm Compton

  • Fitness: Walking Group- Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:45 pm Carver Elem. School 1425 E. 120th St. Los Angeles, CA 90059

  • Zumba Group- Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30 a.m. Carver Elem. School 1425 E. 120th St. Los Angeles, CA 90059

  • Aqua Aerobics- Saturdays from 11-12pm  Jesse Owens Pool 9835 S. Western, LA, 90047

  • Exercise And Community Run- Wednesdays and Sundays at 7 p.m. Wilson Park 123 N. Rose Ave Compton, CA 90221

  • Healthy Blendz- Sundays at 1 p.m. 1630 N. Rosecrans Compton, CA 90220

  • Gifts & Talents- Tuesdays 10-12 pm Kelly Elementary School 2320 Alondra Blvd. Compton CA

  • Gifts & talents- Wednesdays 10-12

  • Fitness- Mondays and Wednesdays 6-7pm

  • Gifts & Talents- Mondays 11-12pm Davis Middle School 621 W. Popular St. Compton, CA 90220

  • Zumba- Tuesday and Thursdays 9:30-10:30 am

  • Belleza- Every other Wednesday 11-12 pm

  • Nutrition- Every other Wednesday 9:30-10:30 am

  • Gifts & Talents- Friday 10-11am Compton Library 240 W. Compton Blvd. CA 90220

  • Fitness- Tuesday & Thursdays 8:30-9:30am Mona Park 2291 E. 121st St. Compton CA 90222

West Athens
•    Fitness And Health- Everyday 8:30-9:30 a.m. West Athens Park 12603 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90061
•    Mi Mamá y Yo –Every last Friday of the month, time varies, Helen Keller Park 1045 W. 126th St. Los Angeles, CA, 90044
•    Zumba- Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 8:30-9:30am Woodcrest Elementary-Parent Center 1151 W. 109th St. LA, Ca 90044
•    Arts & Crafts- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-9:30am Woodcrest Elementary-Parent Center 1151 W. 109th St. LA, Ca 90044
•    ESL- Monday, Wednesdays, Fridays from 8-9 am 10327 S. Normandie Ave #7 LA, CA  90044
•    ESL- Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 5:30-6:30am 1012 W. 119th St. LA CA 90044
 
Broadway/ Manchester
•    Home Arts & Crafts- Fridays 9:30-10:30 a.m. 200 E. 111th Pl. Los Angeles, CA, 90061
•    Fitness Movement Group- Thursdays 8:30-9:30 a.m. Parent Center 330 E 93rd St. Los Angeles, CA, 90003
•    Nail Design Talent Group- Wednesdays 8:30-9:30 a.m. Parent Center 330 E 93rd St. Los Angeles, CA, 90003
•    Knitting Group-  Wednesdays 9-10 a.m. Parent Center 330 E 93rd St. Los Angeles, CA, 90003
•    Festive Cards Arts & Crafts- Mondays 8:30-9:30 a.m. Parent Center 330 E 93rd St. Los Angeles, CA, 90003
•    Ted Watkins Park Fitness Group- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Tuesday of the month 8:30-9:30 a.m. Ted Watkins 1335 E 103rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90002
•    Dymally Fitness Step Group- Wednesdays 8:30-9:30 a.m. Dymally High School Fitness Room  8800 S San Pedro St. LA, CA 90003
•    Nail Talent Group- Mondays 9-10 a.m. 9624 Wadsworth Ave, LA, CA 90002
•    Hair Styles Talent Group- Monday 9:30-10:30am 99th St. School Parent Center 9900 Wadsworth Ave, LA, Ca 90002
•    Zumba- Thursdays 9:30-10:30am 99th St. School Parent Center 9900 Wadsworth Ave, LA, Ca 90002
•    Knitting Group- Wednesdays 8:30-9:30am Locke High School-Parent Center 325 E.  111th St. LA, CA 90061
•    Self-Care Make-up- Wednesdays 9:30-10:30
•    Piñatas- Fridays 8:30-10am 826 E. 101st St. LA, CA, 90002
•    Fitness- Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30-9:30am Ted Watkins Park 1335 E. 103rd St. LA, Ca 90004
•    Healthier Me Fit Club- Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm Magic Johnson Park 905 e. El Segundo Blvd. LA, CA 90059
•    Dignify Divas Book Club- meets once a month 12-1pm 
 
East Los Angeles
•    Walking Group- Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-10 a.m. Evergreen Cemetery 204 N. Evergreen Ave, East Los Angeles, CA
•    Nutrition Group- Wednesdays 9-10:30 a.m., location varies
•    Walking Group- Wednesdays 5- p.m. Belvedere Park 4914 E Cesar Chavez Ave. East Los Angeles, CA
•    Arts and Crafts Group- Wednesdays 11-12 p.m., location varies
•    Kids Arts and Crafts Group- 1st and 3rd Friday of the month 5-6:30 p.m. 961 Amalia Ave. East Los Angeles, CA
 
Southeast Los Angeles
•    Grupo de Arte y Manualidades- Fridays 3-5 p.m. B.G. John Anson Park 8000 Park Lane, Bell Gardens, 90201
•    Grupo de Inglés como segundo idioma- Thursdays 12-2 p.m. Bell Gardens
•    Make-up & Facials- Thursdays 1-2:30 p.m. HSA Resource Center 6423 Florence Place, Bell Gardens, 90201
•    Knitting Group- Wednesdays 11:30-12 p.m. and Fridays 10:30-12 p.m. César Chávez Library 4323 Slauson Ave. Maywood, CA 90270
•    Baking Group- One Tuesday of the month, 10-12:30 p.m. Maywood, CA
•    Grupo de Ingles (ESL) - Fridays 9-10:30 a.m.  4323 Slauson Ave. Maywood, CA 90270
•    Nutrition Grupo de Nutrición- Thursdays 11-12:30 p.m. 4801 Randolph St. Maywood, CA 90270
•    English Group- Wednesdays 9-10:30am 4801 Randolph St. Maywood, CA 90270
 
Wilmington
•    Aprendiendo Juntas- Tuesdays 4:30-6 p.m. 540 Marine Ave. Wilmington, CA, 90744
•    Los Lideres Del Futuro- Saturdays 11-12 p.m. Gym at Providence Little Company of Mary 470 N. Hawaiian Ave. Wilmington, CA, 90744
•    Healthy Baking  /Postres Saludables – Mondays 10-11:30 a.m. 540 Marine Ave. Wilmington, CA, 90744
•    Magic Hands /Manos Mágicas- Wednesdays 10-11:30 a.m.  540 Marine Ave. Wilmington, CA, 90744
•    Women Enterprising /Mujeres Emprendedoras- Fridays 10-11:30 a.m. 520 Marine Ave. Wilmington, CA, 90744
•    Exercise + Nutrition- Mondays 11:30- 12:30 p.m. and  Wednesday 11:30-12:30 p.m. Gym at Providence Little Company of Mary 470 N. Hawaiian Ave. Wilmington, CA, 90744
•    Exercise -Stretching / Ejercicio- Estiramiento- Fridays 8-9am Gym at Providence Little Company of Mary 470 N. Hawaiian Ave. Wilmington, CA, 90744
•    Golden Angels Beginners- Varies
•    Golden Angels Intermediate- Varies
•    South bay Literacy Club- 1st Wednesday of the Month 11:30-12:30pm 
•    Home Economics- 2nd Monday of the Month 9-11am Abode Communities Hall 550 King Ave, Wimington CA, 90744
 
Long Beach
•    “Little Adventurers”/Pequeños Aventureros- Thursdays 9:30-11:30 a.m. Whittier Elementary School 1761 Walnut Ave Bungalow#63, Long Beach, CA, 90813
•    “Grupo Mariposas”- Mondays 9-11 a.m. Smith Elementary School 565 E. Hill St. Rm #41, Long Beach, Ca, 90806
•    Cooking Group/Grupo de Cocinar- Tuesdays 9-11 a.m. Whittier Elementary School 1761 Walnut Ave Bungalow#63, Long Beach, CA, 90813
•    ESL Group/Grupo de Ingles- Wednesdays and Fridays 9-11am Whittier Elementary School 1761 Walnut Ave Bungalow#63, Long Beach, CA, 90813

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