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“Opening the Doors to Change” Door Design Contest Winners Announced – All Entries on Display in Norwalk ReStore

Local Youth Advocate for Affordable Housing with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles during Act! Speak! Build! Week

13703279725_6310a7ca6c_zLos Angeles, CA – April 9, 2014: In line with this year’s theme, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) sponsored “Opening the Doors to Change”, a design activity and competition to kick off a national youth advocacy program, Act! Speak! Build! Week (ASBW), April 6-12, 2014. Students were asked to decorate a common door in a creative and artistic way to bring attention to the need for affordable housing and ASBW. Entrants submitted photos to Habitat LA and the winners were announced Saturday, April 5th during a special reception held at the Norwalk ReStore.

“Today’s youth are incredibly passionate and connected, so engaging them to spread the message about the need for affordable housing is extremely powerful,” said Erin Rank, president and CEO, Habitat LA. “We continue to be impressed by the creativity we see during Act! Speak! Build! Week and this year is no exception.  All the participants are winners as far as we are concerned!”

With the help and support of LA’s Best After School Enrichment program and other local schools, more than 1,200 youth participated in the door design activity entering a total of 43 doors. A panel of artists, affordable housing advocates, and volunteers judged the entries based on creativity, artistic quality, and originality. All of the doors will be on display at the Habitat ReStore in Norwalk throughout the week. Photos of entries are also available online here.

First place in age group 13-18 from Stephen M. White Middle School grades 6-8:

Alysa Banker

Eden Del Santos

Jose Fuentes

Owen Ibanez

Liliana Monforte

Jeret Ranches

Ana Retana

Alexis Rodriguez

Terry Ross

Isabel Serrano

First place in age group 5-12 from Valley View Elementary School grades 3-5:

Jasmine Alas-Castillo

Issac Amiel

Anthony Bekaryan

Arieh Belyavskiy

Sara Burke

Maxwell Carson

Damian Centeno

Marilyn Centeno

Maxwell Davila

Nathaniel Davila

Andrew Escobar

Zairi Giron

Edgar Hernandez

Sydney Manrique

Alexander Mkhitaryan

Sean Saavedra

Addam Saavedra

Joseph Salim

Kaiden Schroeder

Mia Teta

Silas Thorpe

Jordan Tolmaire

Second place in age group 5-12 from Leo Politi Elementary School in grades 3-5:

Kenia Andrade

Kevin Benitez

Sharon Cruz

Dilan Flores

Madeline Gonzalez

Emely Herrera

Tanya Herrera

Lily Herrera

Oscar Linderos

Giselle Patino

Joshua Pimentel

Jesua Rodriguez

Anderson Rodriguez

Celeste Santos

Abraham Victoria

Cristhian Montie

Third place winners in age group 5-12 from EstrellaElementary School in grades 4-5:

Brenda Aviles

Jacsary Cortez

Stephanie Enlanche

Abdias Juan

Loraine Severino

Briana Vasquez

“Opening the Doors to Change” encouraged students to participate in ASBW, to advocate for affordable housing, and to urge California legislators to create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing. This year, Habitat LA is encouraging students to advocate for the passage of The California Homes and Jobs Act (SB391) and other bills that support and spur the creation of affordable housing.

ASBW is a national, student-initiated, advocacy program that empowers young people ages 5-25 to educate themselves about affordable housing issues and take action. Local schools and universities participate with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) by planning and hosting an event or activity focused on ending poverty housing, raising social consciousness, and changing housing policy.  More info about ASBW and becoming involved is available online.

Habitat for Humanity was founded on the premise that everyone deserves a decent, affordable and sustainable place to call home. Hardworking families and individuals are offered a hand up, not a hand out and must invest sweat equityhours to build their home, as well as qualify for a zero interest mortgage.  Every five minutes a Habitat for Humanity home is built or renovated somewhere in the world.

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About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated more than 900 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. Habitat LA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner and has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-Star rating awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at



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