On Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in the Tom Bradley room at Los Angeles City Hall, 25 members of the Los Angeles community were honored for their foundational work to make a positive impact in our city.
PLEASE MEET A 2016 IMPACT-MAKER TO WATCH:
...through her programs which operate YouthBuild they are able to give students the opportunity to change their future, but also change their peer’s futures in the community.
— Bob Blumenfield, LA City Council District 3
Michelle Miranda is the founder of Alliance for Community Empowerment (ACE). ACE was established in 2013, with a mission to strengthen the San Fernando Valley by helping struggling youth rebuild their life and their community. ACE operates the west valley’s only YouthBuild program and GRYD (Gang Reduction Youth Development) program where youth can receive education, valuable job training, leadership development and supportive services. Michelle serves on the board of the Canoga Park / West Hills Chamber of Commerce. She has created mentoring opportunities for business owners to mentor youth as they pass on knowledge to our future businessmen and businesswomen. She also sits on the board for the City of Los Angeles’ Canoga Park Neighborhood Council. Her work on the council has opened opportunities for youth to be involved in city government, bring awareness to both the community as well as city government of the need to invest in workforce development. In addition, she is the Vice Chair for the Los Angeles YouthBuild Collaborative, Advisory Council Member for California State University-Northridge’s Neighborhood Partner’s in Action initiative, as well as, a Business Advisory Member for Build WorkSource and Former member of the California Employer Advisory Council. Michelle has been instrumental in bringing government agencies, businesses and organizations together to create strategic collaborations that are bringing forward positive change and hope in the lives of the San Fernando Valley community.