If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are a leader.John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States

Dear Friends,

For nearly 110 years, Children’s Institute, Inc. has been a recognized leader in the field of children’s services. This past year, we provided critical services to more than 28,000 children and family members across Los Angeles County, helping them heal from trauma, break through the barriers of poverty and grow up to lead healthy, productive lives.

Our guiding vision has always been to help the city’s most vulnerable children dream more—to help them envision a future where the possibilities are endless. Our services are designed around the whole child and the entire family, empowering caregivers to learn more and acquire the skills necessary to be the best parents they can be. Our model programs like Project FatherhoodSM have been recognized nationally for their impact and success in helping men do more to become better fathers. And now we are on the precipice of our next great evolution.

We are raising the bar on our success, pushing forward with bold, new plans for expansion into one of Los Angeles’s most challenged neighborhoods—the historically underserved community of Watts. Frank Gehry, the world’s greatest living architect, has put his creative energy into designing a beautiful facility—pro-bono—that will enable CII to serve 5,000 children and families in the area with our unique blend of clinical, youth development, family support and early childhood programs. We have launched a comprehensive fundraising campaign called Building on Success to help us reach our goal.

This is no small feat. But we are prepared to tackle the challenge and rise to this monumental occasion.

We know we couldn’t do this important work without the incredible generosity and support of our donors, support groups, volunteers, and community partners. With you by our side, CII can become more than we ever imagined—a safe space for healing, a resource for parents, a community hub for families, and a leader in helping our most vulnerable children excel—no matter where they live.

As we move forward together we thank you for your continued support and belief in our mission.

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    Mary M. Emmons
    President & CEO
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    Charles P. Diamond
    Chairman, Board of Trustees
Mary Emmons

Mary Emmons
President & CEO

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