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Pukúu Cultural Community Services

strengthen family and youth continuity

aka PUKUU   |   San Fernando, CA   |  http://www.pukuu.org

Mission

Pukúu Cultural Community Services' mission is to invest in sustainable programs that bridge and improve opportunities for American Indians in the Los Angeles County with culturally-based community services now and for future generations.

Notes from the nonprofit

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Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Pamela Villaseñor

Main address

1019 Second Street Mailbox 2

San Fernando, CA 91340 USA

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EIN

95-4657130

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contrary to popular belief, not all American Indians are wealthy casino or land owners; most urban American Indians are actually well below the poverty line. Typically, the statistics show the rate of poverty in the American Indian community at about two and a half times greater than the non-Hispanic white community (22.5% vs. 8.5%). The fact is that American Indians have the second lowest health ranking among all ethnic groups. In comparison to other ethnic groups, American Indians ranked poorly on measures of material lifestyle and health. American Indians have a premature death rate, dying 20 years earlier than their Caucasian counterparts. Alcoholism, diabetes, suicide, and motor vehicle accidents contributed to this high premature death rate (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2007). Poverty also hits American Indian children hard. Approximately three out of ten Indian children will find themselves and their family in crisis.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pukuu's One Stop Emergency Service Center

Pukuu's One Stop Emergency Service Center (OSES) was founded two decades ago to tackle economic disparities that low-income Native Americans face across Los Angeles county. OSES provides:
-rental assistance
-rent burden subsidy
-hotel shelter
-nutrition
-utility assistance
& more.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
American Indians
Alaskan Natives

The Fatherhood Journey program works to create a more secure, stable environment for our children. Utilizing well-known methods and cultural beliefs, Pukúu has tailored the program to help our fathers create stronger connections with their kids, building meaningful bonds that impact our families for the rest of their lives.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Multiracial people

Through the TUTCINT Programs, Pukuu creates social justice Leaders by reclaiming our Indigenous Knowledge and focusing on the holistic approach to well-being. The word “tutcint” derives from the Serrano Language and means “youth”.

TUTCINT staff offer direct services to youth participants and consulting to community organizations, school, and governmental agencies. These youth services include tutoring, case management, leadership development, cultural enrichment, and skill-building activities- as well as nature walks and environmental stewardship opportunities.

PROGRAM 1- Tutcint Youth Empowerment: TUTCINT is available to all youth in the northeast San Fernando Valley between the ages of 13-17, with emphasis places on indigenous practices, teachings, and methodologies.

PROGRAM 2- Tutcint Indigenous Health Youth Leadership: Engaging Indigenous Youth in social justice advocacy via transformative youth organizing.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Adolescents
Indigenous peoples
Young adults

The first tribally-led conservation corps in Los Angeles, the TCC provides on-the-job training and certification for 18-26 year old AIAN/Indigenous youth for outdoor careers.

https://resources.ca.gov/Newsroom/Page-Content/News-List/California-Celebrates-Launch-of-Tribal-Conservation-Corps-Program

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
At-risk youth

Pukuu offers scholarships to our Native students pursuing their higher educational goals. Pukuu offers the Tomiar Rudy Ortega Sr. Scholarship to all Native students- mainly in Southern California, who are advancing their educational pursuits in college. The Caitlin Gulley Scholarship supports students, including non-Native students, who are part of fields related to cultural resource management. Finally, the Austin Martin Leadership Scholarship helps to support our students who take active leadership roles in some capacity in their schools and local communities.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Indigenous peoples

Haramokngna sits on Red Box Saddle in the Angeles National Forest. It sits in the middle of the Gabrielino National Recreation Trail, historically named for the Native populations who were relocated to the San Gabriel Mission. The area was a resting spot on the trek from the desert to the sea or vice versa through which trade was accomplished. Contemporaneously, Haramokngna offers cultural workshops, educational opportunities on past and current Native uses of the land, hiking, environmental stewardship opportunities, and overnight retreats.

Population(s) Served
Families
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Awards

Certificate of Appreciation 2008

City of Los Anges

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.)

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Pukúu Cultural Community Services

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Samantha Ortega, CCS-P

Concentra, a division of Select Medical

Term: 2019 - 2021

Samantha Ortega, CCS-P

Concentra, a division of Select Medical

Miguel Mendivil

Los Angeles Unified School District

R. Tolteka Cuauhtin

Los Angeles Unified School District

Leon Worden

Santa Clarita Public Television

Natalie Bodle

Self-employed

Cathy Salas

Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians

Valerie Vasquez

self-employed

Lauren van Schilfgaarde

UCLA

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/13/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/13/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.