Cultivating. Connecting. Convening.
Victor Manalo, President-Elect
National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter
Thank you to my fellow members of the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter (NASW-CA) for electing me to serve as President-Elect of the California Board of Directors. I look forward to hearing from you and working with the Board to provide value to our membership, our clients, and our profession.
My Professional Social Work
Projects & Interests
City Collaboratives for Children and Families (CCCF) grew out of the success of the Downey Cares Collaborative. This newly-formed nonprofit organization will strengthen, support, and sustain the work of the Downey Cares Collaborative and expand the “city-based collaborative” model to neighboring cities.
In April 2014, my mother-in-law Marisa Malin was killed by a vehicle crashing into the front of a restaurant. This was not a “freak” accident. According to the Storefront Safety Council , 60 times per day a vehicle crashes into the front of a commercial building, resulting in over 4000 injuries per year, and 500 killed each year in the United States. I help educate local government officials and staff on pedestrian safety issues and solutions.
FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (CCCF)
City Collaboratives for Children and Families (CCCF) is a new nonprofit organization that was created out of the success of the Downey Cares Collaborative (DCC). CCCF will coordinate, support, and sustain the work of the DCC.
Building healthy communities for children and families.
High number of children living in the City of Downey that are evaluated for child abuse & neglect.
To reduce the number of children living in the City of Downey that are evaluated for child abuse & neglect by 10% every year for the next three years from 2020-2023.
To improve the social determinants of health in the City of Downey:
- Economic Stability
- Neighborhood and Physical Environment
- Access to Healthy Food
- Community and Social Context
- Access to Health Care
- Children and families are referred by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
- City Collaboratives for Children and Families (CCCF) staff meet with children and families to establish relationship, assess needs, and provide resources.
- CCCF staff engages the resources of Downey through the Downey Cares Collaborative (DCC).
The Downey Cares Collaborative (DCC)
The Downey Cares Collaborative is a coalition of public and private organizations, agencies, and associations based in the City of Downey, California, whose mission is to identify and coordinate resources to address the needs of children and families served by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Santa Fe Springs office.
Since 2018, the DCC has been able to address the social determinants of health in Downey for children and families served by DCFS.
- DCFS facilitated transition meetings and access to services for AB 12 foster youth in the Downey Unified School District.
- All the foster youth were identified in the Downey Unified School District and were receiving educational support services.
- The DCC supported graduating foster youth from the DCFS Santa Fe Springs office in 2019 and 2020 with graduating parties.
- The DCC provided the venue for DCFS and Downey Unified School District (DUSD) to work together to identify ILP-eligible students to provide resources to youth, to promote academic success, and to provide workshops for high school seniors to complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Distributed an estimated 350-400 toys to DCFS children at holiday parties in 2018 and 2019.
- Connected children and families to a local Backpack Giveaway event, where the organizers distributed over 830 backpacks in August 2019.
- Provided other material resources, such as cribs, mattresses, and beds, blankets for people who were homeless, Easter baskets for families, and access to prom dresses and tuxedos for teens who could not afford them, clothing, and food.
- Shared opportunities with the South East Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board for employment opportunities for foster youth.
- Courage Forward, the Rio Hondo America’s Job Center of California (AJCC), and Cerritos Community College worked together to develop a Certified Logistics Technician Training Program and Job Placement Assistance Program.
Community and Social Context
- On May 4, 2019, the Fostering Home event brought nearly 500 people to New Season Church in Downey, which represented 196 households–the largest turnout of households from all the Fostering Home events countywide. One year later, the event resulted in a total of 13 resource family approvals, the most of any event held in Los Angeles County in 2019, with four additional families still in consideration.
- DCC mental health providers and family resource centers have been able to engage directly with DMH to secure mental health services for their consumers and to provide DMH with community-based feedback about mental health needs within the community.
- On-going objectives include co-locating DMH staff directly in local schools, increasing the accessibility of mental health services to families with children aged 0-3 years, and bringing Mental Health 101 training to the Downey Unified School District and
Access to Food
- In 2018, provided 20 DCFS families with Thanksgiving meals or baskets; in 2019 referred DCFS families to home-cooked Thanksgiving meals at New Season Downey and other local churches and hosted a fully catered Thanksgiving dinner for Transitional-Aged Youth.
- Educational support and resources to promote access to higher be education
- Establishing mentorship program for youth and parents
- Increasing the accessibility of mental health services to families with children aged 0-3
- Bringing Mental Health 101 training to the Downey Unified School District
- Creating visitation centers for families reunifying with their children
- Promoting parental support and education
- Establish City Collaboratives in neighboring cities: South Gate, Whittier, Norwalk, Bellflower
I have been working with Calpipe Security Bollards to educate local government officials, including electeds and staff, about safety solutions for pedestrians in their cities. Since the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market killings in 2003, cities have been looking for ways to protect pedestrians in public and private places. In 2019, I arranged face-to-face meetings for Calpipe with 21 cities in Los Angeles County to show them how bollards can keep their cities’ residents and visitors safe from vehicle crashes.
- Reflection on the 25th Anniversary of the L.A. Riots
- Stop being so distracted!
- What does it mean to be a “change agent”: Rosa Parks
- We the People must welcome immigrants and refugees
- Using data to create social change
- Mindfulness at work
- What is our civic duty and responsibility?
- Solving homelessness is up to us
- After the mass shooting in Orlando, we must engage
- Mindful politicians?
- Change doesn’t just happen (it’s a process)
- You can’t fight city hall because you really don’t have to . . . yet
- How communities can engage with local government
Videos & Interviews
The following are peer-reviewed articles published in social work journals:
I am retired from my full-time position as Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles. I am a former councilman and Mayor of the City of Artesia, California from 2007-2018, and I am a consultant for local governments (cities, counties, school districts).
From 2002-2015, I was Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles. My area of practice and research expertise in civic engagement at the local level resulted in numerous academic publications and professional presentations. I continue to teach part-time at Cal State LA. He earned a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach.
For over eleven years, I served on the Artesia City Council. As a councilman, I was active as a Regional Council Member of the Southern California Association of Governments, Policy Board Member of the Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board, and President of the California Contract Cities Association.
I continue to serve the community as a member on the Board of Directors of the Long Beach AIDS Food Store and as an alternate member of the Board of Directors of First 5 Los Angeles.