PDG Consulting strongly believes that each of us has an obligation to help improve the lives and well being of people and animals in our local communities. As a company we donate significant time and resources to 5 foundations that we believe share our views and have a proven record of affecting significant change in the Los Angeles area, across the nation and around the globe. In addition to providing financial support, each of our employees is personally involved with selecting the organizations that we work with and donates substantial time to these causes
Start Rescue saves animals from being euthanized in local shelters by providing transportation to other rescue groups and no kill shelters located throughout the pacific northwest. To date start has saved more than 5,000 pets from being kill in the California shelter system.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps improve communities throughout the US by educating and providing mentors for children facing adversity. The program provides a critical support system for each child by pairing them with a caring adult who they meet with every month.
Inner City Arts, founded in 1989, helps children living in the poorest neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles by providing skills needed to succeed in both school and life. The program, focused on the connection between creativity and education, gives children the opportunity to work directly with professional teaching artists.
Mercy for Animals is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and providing compassionate food choices and policies.
DAVID STARR JORDAN HIGH SCHOOL
The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools operates sixteen schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, providing instructional support, leadership development, family and community engagement programs, and facilitation of partnerships. Our sixteen schools are all schools that were amongst the lowest performing in LAUSD during the years 2007-2011 when they joined the Partnership, and they are located in three neighborhoods that are plagued by generational poverty and underdevelopment (Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles, and Watts). PDG Consulting with the help of Partnership for Los Angeles Schools has adopted David Starr Jordan High School in their Adopt-A-School program
Watts and the surrounding areas are home to seven Partnership schools, including the iconic Jordan High School. Watts is home to four of the HACLA’s (Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles) major housing projects, accounting for a significant percentage of Watts roughly 40,000 inhabitants. The neighborhood is moderately diverse, with roughly 61% Latinos and 37% African Americans. Our schools generally reflect this demographic make-up. Roughly two thirds of adults have less than a high school education, with a median household income of $25,161. That being said, Watts has a strong culture of civic engagement, with strong political leaders and community collaboratives, such as the well-established Watts Gang Task Force, that address the community’s many needs.
Jordan High School is adjacent to Jordan Downs, one of the aforementioned housing projects, and shares a campus with a charter school hosted by GreenDOT. Jordan High School on its own serves 645 students, 100% of whom come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, with 84% Latino students and 16% African American students. Sixteen percent of students have special needs and only 8% are designated as gifted/talented.
Jordan High School is the most recent of the Partnership’s additions, having joined in 2011. Since joining the Partnership, Jordan’s graduation rate has climbed seventeen points to 51%, but there remains much work to be done. The school has seen higher gains in its Academic Performance Index (API) score, which soared 100 points since joining the Partnership. In its first year in the Partnership, Jordan made the largest gain in API for any public high school in the state of California.