A Bold Vision for the Future in Watts: Children's Institute, Inc. & Architect Frank Gehry to Unveil Design of New Watts Campus

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —   On Saturday, September 12, Children's Institute, Inc. (CII), a 109-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families in Los Angeles's most challenged communities, will team up with world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to unveil the design of the future Children's Institute Watts Campus. This special event will include the reveal of a large-scale design model of the new campus.

Children's Institute helps children in Los Angeles's most challenged communities heal from the trauma of family and community violence, build the confidence and skills to break through the barriers of poverty, and grow up to lead healthy, productive lives.

WHO: Architect Frank Gehry will be joined by a host of local political leaders, officials and community organizations who have thrown their support behind the project, including Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino and California State Assemblymember Mike Gipson, who plan to attend and celebrate the unveiling of the campus design. The event will be hosted by Accenture.

WHEN: Saturday, September 12, 2015, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Program begins at 11:15 a.m.

WHERE: CII Watts: Site of Future Campus
1522 E. 102nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002

WHY:  Headquartered near downtown Los Angeles, CII provides services to more than 24,000 children and families each year across Los Angeles County, helping them heal from the trauma of family and community violence, poverty and abuse. The organization has provided social services from leased facilities in Watts for the past eight years, and has been active in the area for more than a decade. Once completed, the new 50,000 square foot Watts Campus will enable CII to expand its comprehensive support services to more than 5,000 children and families in the area. Frank Gehry is donating his design services to CII.

VISUALS/MEDIA OP: Unveiling of Frank Gehry design model of CII's future Watts Campus. Interviews with Architect Frank Gehry, Children's Institute, Inc. Executive Vice President & COO Nina Revoyr, additional CII staff, local elected officials, community members and CII clients. Boy Scout Troop to present flag ceremony.            

For more information on Children's Institute visit www.childrensinstitute.org.

Children's Institute, Inc. (CII) helps children in Los Angeles's most challenged communities heal from the trauma of family and community violence, build the confidence and skills to break through the barriers of poverty, and grow up to lead healthy, productive lives. Established in 1906, CII now serves more than 24,000 children and families in Los Angeles County through treatment, youth development, family support and early childhood services. We also inform the larger child welfare field through the research and professional training efforts of the CII Leadership Center. www.childrensinstitute.org 

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