JVS SoCal was founded in 1931 to address and positively impact urgent societal needs that persist to this day. To achieve our vision of providing hope and economic opportunity for all we must monitor pending legislation and actively and persistently engage in the shaping of public policy.

How Does Public Policy Impact Our Clients and Our Work?

Public policy can determine access, funding and eligibility for programs and services for people in need. Additionally, public policy impacts how the services are delivered and by whom.

Where Does Public Policy Come From?

Public policy originates with a governmental body, such as a federal agency, the U.S. Congress, the state legislature, workforce development boards, city councils, county supervisors, state commissions and the governor’s office.

We regularly update our legislators and their staff about our impact in the community but to be truly effective, it is essential that we work in collaboration not only with our elected officials but with our partners in other organizations and as a member of coalitions.

Systemic Change

The most important product of public policy advocacy is the creation of sustainable changes to social systems, since many of the barriers to employment are a result of public policies.

Our Issues

The JVS SoCal Board of Directors has adopted the following initial list of priorities:

  • Workforce Development
  • Immigration/Refugee
  • Economic Development
  • Veterans
  • Local, County, State and Federal Administrative Laws/Regulation
  • Housing
  • Women and Girls
  • Homelessness
  • Youth
  • Full Cost Recovery
  • Disability
  • Transportation

How We’re Involved

National California Los Angeles County
National Skills Coalition California Workforce Association Culver City Chamber of Commerce
Jewish Political Action Committee Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Los Angeles
Southern California Workforce Association Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce
West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Get Involved

There is nothing more powerful than collective effort. To learn more about our work and to find out how you can get involved in JVS SoCal advocacy campaigns, write to us at advocacy@jvs-socal.org.

“All advocacy is, at its core, an exercise in empathy.”
–Samantha Power