TCDC operates a Computer Literacy Training Center (CLTC) which provides a hands-on laboratory that accommodates 30 students. The Center offers a 10-week course for first time computer users as well as a course for those moving to an intermediate level. The CLTC offers free classes on basic operation and utilization of computers for personal, school and home use as well as job skills improvement. The program is offered at two levels. The Level I (Beginner) Class is are designed for persons with minimal or no knowledge of using computers. The Level II (Intermediate) Class is designed for persons who are familiar with basic computer operation and are seeking to improve their computer skills. A complete course requires 20 hours of class instruction. Classes are conducted weekly on Saturdays at 8:30am and 10:30am.
The targeted population groups are youth (12 – 18 years of age) currently enrolled in grades 8 - 12, and adults, including senior citizens. Classes are initially structured according to those age groups. For example, initial classes, which were conducted from 2005 – 2007 focused primarily on senior citizens at Level 1.
The training focus is on understanding and use of the Microsoft Operation System and MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook/Outlook Express); use of the Worldwide Web (WWW), and home networking.
The tutorial and mentoring programs are implemented through the Excellence in Academics Program (EAP) - partnership with Trinity Baptist Church. EAP provides volunteer tutoring for students in grades K – 12 in mathematics, reading, English, and science. The Excellence in Academics Program has been in operation since 1996 and provides tutoring for students during the school year. Currently tutoring is offered in the language arts (english, reading, writing, english literature), science (biology, chemistry, physics, physical science), and mathematics (general, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus).
The Excellence in Academics Program is currently housed in two rooms provided by the Trinity Baptist Church and has operated with all donated instructors, equipment, and support. Classes are held on Saturdays at 10:00am.
For several years Trinity has been the center of collaboration with the Los Angeles Police Department, Jefferson Park Community Association, and other community churches and organizations in addressing issues associated with gang activity within the Jefferson Park Community.
An affordable Senior Housing Facility is being planned for implementation in the near future.
TCDC sponsors three health and wellness initiatives:
Prostate Cancer Screening and Education.
From 2004-2009, TCDC partnered with The Real Men Cook Foundation (RMCF) to conduct a very successful annual free prostate screening for men at Trinity Baptist Church. RMCF provided the primary funding for the Trinity event as well as several other screening events throughout the year. Medical support is provided through a partnership with the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and other physicians in Los Angeles and the use of certified clinical testing laboratories. In 2010, RMCF made a business decision to discontinue these screenings and to focus exclusively on another health issue - obesity. TCDC made a commitment to continue to provide this vital service to our community. We rely on corporate and foundation grants, in-kind donations, and individual contributions, to conduct these free screenings. These screenings are essential, are relied on by underserved men in the community, and will be continued as a key TCDC community program. The event is traditionally scheduled for the Veterans Day weekend each year.
Body and Soul Program.
In partnership with the American Cancer Society, launched the “Body and Soul Program” in the Jefferson Park Community to encourage the eating of fruits and vegetables in an effort to combat obesity and diseases that disproportionately affect African-Americans. Our plans are to supplement our nutritional education efforts with structured fitness programs.
Weigh Down Program.
TCDC is planning to implement a “Weigh Down” Program to address the problem of youth obesity through measured exercise and nutrition education. Program participants will receive services from the following disciplines: dietetics, nursing, sociology, and medicine including psychiatry. Since a critical component of weight loss is physical activity a personal trainer will be a prominent part of the program. This program will build on our existing weekly aerobics program.
The Trinity Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a comprehensive employment internship program, which provides paid work experiences for youth in the community. Youth are placed in entry-level positions at companies representing a cross section of careers including banking and finance, information technology, telecommunications, local government, transportation and utilities, and recreation. Eligibility requirements include students in high school who are entering their sophomore year and college students through their senior year, ages 14-22 years. Students receive pre-employment mentoring and tutoring as well as career and character conferences/seminars throughout the employment period.