Alliance for Community Empowerment (ACE) is a nonprofit community-based organization in Canoga Park, California. We envision empowered and thriving communities where barriers have been overcome.
Our mission is to empower marginalized communities by providing education/vocational programming, personal enrichment, and supportive services through collaboration and community action.
ACE hosts multiple programs that serve as layers of support for young people to address the various issues facing our communities: RUTH YouthBuild, Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD), and ACE’s Career Academies. All programming is FREE for participants.
VISION: Alliance for Community Empowerment (ACE) envisions empowered and thriving communities where barriers have been overcome.
MISSION: ACE’s mission is to empower marginalized communities by providing education/ vocational programming, personal enrichment, and supportive services through collaboration and community action.
Alliance for Community Empowerment (ACE) was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2013 in response to community need. Canoga Park was identified as an under-served community with high rates of poverty, high school dropouts, and a significant level of unemployment amongst transitional aged youth (ages 14-25). ACE’s founder and President, Mrs. Michelle F. Miranda, used both her life experience of service and community relationships to fill this gap. Our organization currently provides support and services to young people and communities across the West San Fernando Valley and remains one of the few community non-profits that specialize in serving this particular demographic segment.
ACE’s RUTH YouthBuild and GRYD (Gang Reduction -Youth Development) programs have received recognition from political officials and other community organizations. ACE has been recognized by officials, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilman Bob Blumenfield, and U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman for leading and increasing voter registration, community clean up, and youth development.
ACE’s Founder and President/CEO has received the following awards for ACE’s in the community: Inspiration Woman of the Year (2015), Pioneer Woman of the Year (2016), and several recognitions from community entities and leaders of Los Angeles. ACE’s work has been highlighted in Exito Latino (magazine), Si Se Puede (radio show), Huffington Post (online), Channel 5 news (TV).