These initiatives – among others – have changed the lives of thousands of inner city families and businesses, the capacity of community serving organizations and, in the process, they have been instrumental in testing and modeling new economic development approaches and technologies.
A nonprofit organization with 20 years of experience in South LA, CDTech combines grassroots participation with strategic policy understanding. Our community members canvass door-to-door to engage, listen and educate their fellow residents on vital issues. Leveraging this connection, CDTech creates community development and economic development programs that incorporate deep insight into the actual needs, desires and capabilities of South LA.
CDTech places special emphasis on the development and utilization of local human capital, fostering leaders and organizers in the community and leveraging them in CDTech programs. Collaborative, inclusive education and training cultivates residents’ ability to act effectively today and to think strategically about emerging opportunities and challenges. Our activities help communities to build their capacity for action and focus on what will have the most long-term impact.
CDTech’s approach to fighting the economic and social impacts of poverty also recognizes an important truth: that community development and economic development activities are interdependent and must be pursued simultaneously to effect significant change. To achieve this scope, CDTech often partners with Public Allies, LA Trade-Tech, UNIDAD and other organizations. These partnerships extend our reach and leverage our expertise to help create a vibrant, economically viable and empowered South LA.