Our mission is to create pathways to college, employment, and entrepreneurship for Compton youth through engagement with education & the arts. 

HIGHLIGHTS

2008

The dream started at Willard Elementary in Compton, where Sara (Christensen) Bomani volunteered in her friend’s classroom to teach arts education to 3rd graders.  

 

2010

Community Arts: Re-Imagining Education (C.A.R.E.) was born after Bomani and Jennifer Alvarado met while working on their Master of Art Education degrees at California State University, Long Beach.  

 

2011

Bomani led over 400 hours of community service, including the painting of 70 community murals at 10 public schools in the Compton Unified School District and provided free art classes at local elementary and middle schools.

 

2012

Community conversations took place at City Church of Compton, regarding the needs of the community. After researching the statistics and witnessing the challenges surrounding education, crime, poverty and unemployment, an expanded vision seemed necessary.

 

2013

Unearth and Empower Communities was born.

1st UEC Summer Art Camp serving over 80 students

 

2014

Each One. Teach One. After School Program started with 15 families

1st Ladies of Integrity Retreat

1st Men of Integrity Retreat

1st Trip to Mexico to volunteer at orphanage

1st EntreArts Summer Internship Program learning about entrepreneurship

 

2015

1st High School Graduate & College Scholarship awarded

 

2016

Increased the number of families served to 30 at our after school program

 

2017

Awarded over $8,000 in college scholarships to graduating seniors and college students

 

2018

Students learn how to play the ukulele at our Each One. Teach One. after school program

 

2019

UEC college student teaches at Summer Art Camp

Featured in VoyageLA magazine (click to read)

 

2020

Created Houses of STEAM for Compton families to experience building projects that are related to science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Hired 1st Intern

Featured in New York Times op-ed article by David Brooks (click to read)

STAFF

Sara Bomani

Co-Executive Director

 

Barak Bomani

Co-Executive Director

 

Kora Manzano-Lopez

Paty Chew
​Houses of STEAM

Program Co-Directors

 

Jen Urquhart

Houses of STEAM Assistant

VALUES

FAMILY + FUN + LEARNING GENEROSITY + RESPONSIBILITY

BOARD

Pat Dirkse

Pastor, City Church of Compton

 

Tremonisha Watson

Finance, Southern California

 

Victor Chew

Engineer, Southern California

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