LetsGiveThemaShot.org

  • Our Mission: To make a difference in the lives of at-risk children
  • Together we can positively influence young lives living in poverty
  • Helping the poor, the underprivileged, the disenfranchised, the lower economic youth of Los Angeles
  • provide at-risk youth with alternatives to unhealthy behaviors; offering hope and inspiration in lieu of gangs, crimes and disenfranchisement

The Challenge

From a Dream
underprivileged, the disenfranchised, the lower economic

When Coach Derek started Let's Give Them a Shot he was sure about only one thing.. the population of the child.
This population was the poor, the underprivileged, the disenfranchised, the lower economic.
There is a church and a liquor store of every corner of this ghetto because they both sell 'hope'...

Let's Give Them a Shot was designed to give hope to as many children as possible through sports programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body.
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Every child deserves a chance.

Aware of the overwhelming negative influences facing underprivileged children in Los Angeles, Derek Locklear decided he must provide at-risk youth with alternatives to unhealthy behaviors; offering hope and a positive alternative to alienation, depression, gangs & crime.

Through this coaching and exposure to the “Coach Derek way” he was confident he could be a positive influence in these children’s lives.

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2010 California County Scorecard

How does the well-being of children living in Los Angeles County compare with the well-being of children in other counties?
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Child Poverty

disadvantaged youth los angeles
California Child Poverty to Rise in 2010

The news is worse in Los Angeles County, where researchers believe that 35% of children will live in impoverished households in 2010.


Children of Poverty are vulnerable to internet predation, sexual activity, substance abuse, depression, suicide. Let's Give Them a Shot needs to reach more of this population.
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