NANDC is a self-governed, self-directed and independent organization empowered by the Los Angeles City Charter. This charter offers neighborhood councils a role in the City's decision-making process. We as citizens are given the opportunity and obligation to stay involved with developments in our area that affect us. Come get involved! After all, it's your community!
Take a few moments to find out who we are, what we do and how you can become involved.
We promote public participation in city governance and decision making processes, to make government more responsive to our local needs and requests, creating more opportunities to build partnerships with government and private entities to create more opportunities for our neighborhood. We work with stakeholders to make a difference in the community with such projects as I Hablo U, the Pet Park Project, and the Community Involvement Program.
Anyone who lives, works or owns property in our boundaries is welcome to get involved. View the Boundary Map. Opportunities include:
Come to a meeting! We meet First Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Park gymnasium, 39th and Western Avenue, the building just south of the Exposition Park Library, entrance on the south side.
Join a committee: Go to the Committee list under What We Do on the top menu
Contact a board member
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Our mailing address is:
PO Box 77367
Los Angeles, CA 90007
NANDC was the premier sponsor of the DeDe Dance 1st annual Debutante ball in May 2009.
According to the DeDe Dance website, DeDe Dance is a youth & community based organization in South Los Angeles that works to empower youth through:
- multicultural performing arts
- educational enrichment
- brotherhood/sisterhood programs
The dance studio serves as a transformational environment for children to develop self-esteem, tenacity and aspiration to become leaders of their generation.
The debutante ball is held for its sisterhood and brotherhood branches. Princess Club (girls with ages 5-12), Ladies First (girls with ages 13-18) and Noble Men (boys with ages 5-18) are all girls/boys clubs that help the youth in redefining positive images of men and women.
Moreover, the programs instill in youth decorum and dignity to name a few and foster role-models of their respective communities. In July 2008, they inducted 20 young girls and 20 young boys into their clubs and members have partaken in several programs that collectively helped mature them into the respectful ladies and righteous gentlemen.
The purpose of the annual ball is to culminate the experiences of the participants in Princess Club, Ladies First and Noble Men. The debutante ball gives young girls and boys of the community another outlet to express themselves in positive & creative ways. It gives the youth the opportunity to exhibit their admirable qualities (etiquette, responsibility), moreover maturation from young girls to young ladies and young boys to Noble Men.
The early Eighth District Empowerment Congress, created by now Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was a community-based education and mobilization program. It has been acknowledged as the model for the Los Angeles citywide neighborhood council system created by the change City Charter.
We still proudly carry the early moniker in our name as the 'Empowerment Congress North Area Neighborhood Development Council'. You may call us NANDC for short!
NANDC is located in West Adams, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, with most of its buildings erected between 1880 and 1925. It was once the wealthiest district in the city, with its Victorian mansions and sturdy Craftsman bungalows home to Downtown businessmen and professors and academicians at USC. In the 1990s, three areas of West Adams were designated as Historic Preservation Overlay Zones by the city of Los Angeles, in recognition of their outstanding architectural heritage.