The Yetunde Price Resource Center (YPRC) collaborates with partner organizations to offer trauma-informed programs that promote individual and community-wide healing and resiliency. YPRC works to ensure that victims of direct or indirect senseless violence have complete access to existing resources and that where there is a dearth in services, new resources are created.
To achieve our mission we focus on core pillars:
Community Asset Mapping
Compton and the surrounding area of Southern Los Angeles offer many resources to its residents. However, if residents do not know the resources exist or face barriers and obstacles to access, the services can’t be used. YPRC is taking the lead to create a comprehensive database of assets in the community and working to remove barriers to usage.
Community-Based Systems Navigation
Working to help individuals suffering from trauma heal by guiding them to free or discounted services available throughout Southern Los Angeles. Each case is given dedicated, compassionate attention. This work is concurrent with creating a more robust database.
Through our research and in speaking to partners, there are some resources and services, which do not exist. YPRC works with our partners and funders to create new programming to fill those voids when necessary.
Partnering with schools, housing systems, police departments, health and mental health providers, social services, the justice system, civic organizations, government organizations, academia, and community leaders to provide community programs in resiliency, social problem solving, conflict resolution, preventing violence, and self-care.
Expressive Arts Therapy
Working with victims and at-risk individuals to prevent and recover from trauma through poetry, creative writing, music therapy, dance and movement therapy, and dramatic arts.
Who was Yetunde Price?
The Yetunde Price Resource Center (YPRC) was created to honor the life and memory of its namesake. Yetunde was the oldest of five sisters the youngest of whom are Venus and Serena Williams. Yetunde was every bit the older sister - nurturing and loving and always making sure others had before she did. Her compassion continued into adulthood as the mother of three and the caretaker of so many through her work and nature. When Yetunde was tragically killed by an act of senseless violence in 2003, she left behind three children, siblings, parents, and a community that mourned her. Fortunately, her children had access to resources but the Williams/Price family was well aware that others do not and in 2016 they created the Yetunde Price Resource Center (YPRC). The Center ensures that anyone who was impacted by violence, directly or indirectly, could access the resources they needed to flourish physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially.
MEET OUR STAFF
KELLEE KEMP, MA, LMFT
Director, Yetunde Price Resource Center
Kellee Kemp is a Los Angeles native, dedicated to empowering communities of color. She is a double alum of Loyola Marymount University where she obtained her BA in Urban Studies and MA in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Art Therapy. As a first generation American, she has always felt it was her duty to support the work being done by communities of color. Kellee is dedicated to social justice and passionate about empowering marginalized communities from within.
This desire has taken her internationally to support various humanitarian projects in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, and India. Locally, she has worked closely with organizations addressing literacy, poverty, and mental health disparities in Watts, Compton, Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles, and Long Beach.
Kellee is excited about the work being done by YPRC in the community. Kellee’s specialization in trauma and trauma-informed care will continue to support the mission of the organization. She will bring culturally attuned and relevant programming to the center that will address mental health, wellness, financial, physical and spiritual well-being.
Outreach & Office Coordinator, Yetunde Price Resource Center
Juan Trenado-Sandoval is the Outreach Coordinator and Office Manager at the Yetunde Price Resource Center. Growing up in a small rural town in California's Central Valley in a family of twelve taught Juan the inequalities that communities of color face and he resolved to voice these disparities. He became only the second person in his family of twelve to earn a bachelor's degree when he graduated from the University of California, San Diego, where he majored in Global Health and Biology. Before the Yetunde Price Resource Center (YPRC), he worked as a research assistant for the Health Frontiers in Tijuana (HFiT) Clinic in Tijuana, Baja California.
Juan's personal experience with tragic senseless acts of violence is what brought him to YPRC; in 2014, his youngest brother, Erain, was fatally shot by a group of young men who believed him to be a rival gang member. Erain was not a gang member and was set to start college the following fall. This experience taught Juan not only the trauma that so many people in communities like Compton face as a result of senseless violence, but how complex healing is and the mechanisms that can ease such a journey.
Juan is committed to supporting the mission of YPRC.
At YPRC we provide, and collaborate with local organizations to provide
trauma-informed programming addressing the following areas for both youth and community-wide members.
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