COWF ACCELERATOR L.A.
 ACTION TOWARDS SOLVING poverty & HomelessNESS 

 

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"Homelessness in all its forms, including family homelessness, has been left behind in the global debate"  

For the first time in its history, the united nations is addressing the issue of homelessness and affordable housing during a set of meetings that began Feb. 10 and conclude Feb. 19 2020. The meetings are at the center of the annual convening of the U.N.’s Commission for Social Development.


COWF's Founder, Amel Najjar, represented the Los Angeles and the greater COWF global coalition, participating in “homelessness and family” discussions at the 58th session of the Commission for Social Developme...More

For the first time in its history, the united nations is addressing the issue of homelessness and affordable housing during a set of meetings that began Feb. 10 and conclude Feb. 19 2020. The meetings are at the center of the annual convening of the U.N.’s Commission for Social Development.

COWF's Founder, Amel Najjar, represented the Los Angeles and the greater COWF global coalition, participating in “homelessness and family” discussions at the 58th session of the Commission for Social Development. 

Amel spoke about the unintended consequences of new policy and the lack of targeting the roots causes of homelessness, stressing that "Homelessness should not be normalized."

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Accelerated Action and Transformative Pathways: Realizing the Decade of Action and Delivery For Sustainable DevelopmentLess

Accelerated Action and Transformative Pathways:
Realizing the Decade of Action and Delivery For Sustainable
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At the heart of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development are the 17 development objectives to be achieved by 2030. These interconnected objectives address all development issues found in the world: climate, biodiversity, energy, water, poverty, gender equality, prosperity, economy, peace, agriculture, education. These global goals have been developed to ensure peace and prosperity, now and in t...More

At the heart of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development are the 17 development objectives to be achieved by 2030. These interconnected objectives address all development issues found in the world: climate, biodiversity, energy, water, poverty, gender equality, prosperity, economy, peace, agriculture, education. These global goals have been developed to ensure peace and prosperity, now and in the future, for the planet and all its people.

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COWF ACCELERATOR LA, A LOS ANGELES BASED INITIATIVE, TAKING ACTION TOWARDS SOLVING AND ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY.
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COWF ACCELERATOR LA, A LOS ANGELES BASED INITIATIVE, TAKING ACTION TOWARDS SOLVING AND ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY.

Poverty and homelessness is a complicated phenomenon that has been inadequately addressed, and its prevalence continues to rise at a rapid rate. Homelessness is attributed by many factors, such as public mandates and failed policy that paint a broad brush on how homelessness is categorized and addressed. Additional underlying and unaddressed reasons also inc...More

Poverty and homelessness is a complicated phenomenon that has been inadequately addressed, and its prevalence continues to rise at a rapid rate. Homelessness is attributed by many factors, such as public mandates and failed policy that paint a broad brush on how homelessness is categorized and addressed. Additional underlying and unaddressed reasons also include the lack of affordable housing options, health insurance coverage for mental illness, as well as the lack of streamlined recordable digital identity and social resources . The most vulnerable of the homeless population are unsheltered, and are without equatable opportunities, discriminated against, have substance abuse impairments, among other multifactorial causes. Previous policy and measures put in place have been ineffective and costly due to their inability to address the multiple elements that contribute to homelessness. Transformative and accelerated action can only be accomplished by simultaneously addressing multiple SDGs. Prevention based projects and research targeting the root causes as well as streamlining services collectively will drive change. The COWF Accelerator LA aims to bring multiple entities such as social service providers, education and research institutions, civil society, interest groups, and the entrepreneurial & startup community together to collectively work on finding solutions, targeting the root causes and addressing the systematic failures that prohibit access to lessening poverty and subsequent homelessness

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COWF U.N. SDGS ACTION PLAN

At the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are the 17 Development objectives to be achieved by 2030. These interconnected objectives address all development issues found in the world: climate, biodiversity, energy, water, poverty, gender equality, prosperity, economy, peace, agriculture, education. These global goals have been developed to ensure peace and prosperity, now and in the future, for the planet and all its people.

At the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are the 17 Development objectives to be achieved by 2030. These interconnected objectives address all development issues found in the world: climate, biodiversity, energy, water, poverty, gender equality, prosperity, economy, peace, agriculture, education. These global goals have been developed to ensure peace and prosperity, now and in the future, for the planet and all its people.

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People in los angeles county are experiencing homelessness, the numbers continue to climb at a faster pace than ever before.

People in los angeles county are experiencing homelessness, the numbers continue to climb at a faster pace than ever before.

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Increase in people aged 62 and older in los angeles country are experiencing homelessness.

Increase in people aged 62 and older in los angeles country are experiencing homelessness.

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3 out of 4
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People experiencing homelessness remain unsheltered.

People experiencing homelessness remain unsheltered.

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150,000,000+
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Approximately 2% of the worlds population are homeless.

Approximately 2% of the worlds population are homeless.

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 cowf accelerator la governing board, advisor, interns and acting implementers currently in early stage recruitment and development
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 cowf accelerator la governing board, advisor, interns and acting implementers currently in early stage recruitment and development
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Christina Pascucci has traveled to all seven continents to tell the world’s untold stories.


From interviewing the world’s spiritual and political leade...More

Christina Pascucci has traveled to all seven continents to tell the world’s untold stories.

From interviewing the world’s spiritual and political leaders, to exposing and prompting change of corrupt policies, Christina’s passion for uncovering the truth transcends borders. The Emmy award-winning journalist, licensed pilot, Spanish speaker, and humanitarian has worked as a reporter and anchor for ktla, the #1 news station in Los Angeles, since 2011. The la press club recently nominated her as journalist of the year following her work on the Mexico City earthquake.

Christina is wildly passionate about ocean conservation and the environment. She has highlighted the issue from Antarctica, and dived with hundreds of sharks, including great whites, to expose the shark finning industry. She traveled to Palau, an island nation near the Philippines to sit down with president Thomas Remengesau and discuss how other countries can emulate what Palau is doing on the front lines of climate change. The 2017 report went viral with more than 1m views, and the president of Palau appointed Christina as goodwill ambassador to the country. Christina’s investigative reporting into the wasteful water-use policies of the Los Angeles department of water and power resulted in the agency changing its policy to save millions of gallons of water at the height of California’s drought. One of her most memorable KTLA reports was when the Dalai lama invited Christina to his palace in india for an exclusive interview.

While on assignment, Christina met a young afghani girl who was receiving life-changing surgery after stepping on an ied near her war-ravaged home. The explosive device blew off her arm and part of her face. The children of war foundation made the surgery possible, and Christina was immediately drawn to get involved. She now serves as director of communications for the organization and has traveled to the middle east on missions for them. She was in the operating room in jordan as Baghdad-born boy's skull was sliced open and repaired. The 17-year-old had been a victim of a roadside bomb and lost 20 percent of his brain, and now wants to advocate for other children of war.

Christina is an ambassador to 88 bikes, an ngo that fights child sex trafficking around the globe. She trekked through the Cambodian jungle with them to highlight the work they are doing to rescue girls as young as four. She took what she learned abroad to her work with the Los Angeles police department, when she went undercover with them to target pimps.

As a licensed pilot and the only woman on la county’s aviation commission, which essentially runs the five airports in Los Angeles county, Christina believes in breaking barriers and showing young women what’s possible. She has been a big sister in the big brothers big sisters mentor program the past decade, and was recognized by the city of Los Angeles for her work, and awarded California's big sister of the year.

Because her role as a journalist has allowed her to expose corruption and change policy, Christina has developed a burning desire to make policy. As a member of junior league of Los Angeles’s state public affairs committee, she works with America’s lawmakers to push forward legislation that supports the state’s foster youth and supports families. She is also working on legislation to fight the homelessness crisis.

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Matthew Hammoudeh has extensive experience as an attorney, consultant and executive manager in health and human services, commercial transactions, as ...More

Matthew Hammoudeh has extensive experience as an attorney, consultant and executive manager in health and human services, commercial transactions, as well as government operations and complex business process management. In addition to 10 years of experience in state government, serving as in-house counsel and senior policy advisor for state agencies, including the human rights commission, department of employment security and central management services (cms), matt worked with the governor’s office of management and budget, as well as the department of human services to implement and monitor aggressive change management in health and human services to strengthen outcomes, increase efficiency and fiscal due diligence for business transactions. In that effort, matt served as a senate confirmed cabinet member, specifically as assistant secretary of operations for the department of human services from may 2011 to march 2015. As assistant secretary, matt managed health and human service operations for one of illinois' largest agencies, with more than 13,000 employees and an annual budget of over $6 billion.

Matthew successfully achieved millions in efficiencies while ensuring adequate and safe access for the approximately three million people that rely on idhs’ programs for medicaid, food, shelter, employment support and other human services at over 120 local offices, 14 state developmental and mental health centers and 3 residential schools. Matt also served as an appointee on the health facilities and services review board and managed business transactions for approximately 2000 health and human service providers, covering about 3500 agreements, contracts, and intergovernmental agreements for health care, substance abuse, mental health and other services. In that role, he restructured operational work-flow and processes to facilitate management of a $2 billion portfolio of commodity, health care and service contracts.

Since march 2015, matt has served as an attorney and consultant for private for-profit and non-profit community-based health providers as well as the safety-net hospitals they work with in chicago. In that role, matt presented proposals and executed agreements with those hospitals and community-based providers to foster healthcare network development, evolve clinical models and product offerings to align with the new healthcare landscape of value and outcomes versus volume. 

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hanifa mezoul, ph. d.
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A native of Algeria who has worked with the United Nations for the past 25 years, Dr. Mezoui holds a Doctorate in french linguistics, an ma in french ...More

A native of Algeria who has worked with the United Nations for the past 25 years, Dr. Mezoui holds a Doctorate in french linguistics, an ma in french literature, and a diploma in business administration from the university of aix-en-provence in southern France. She is currently chief of the MGO section of the department of economic and social affairs (ECOSOC), where for the past 10 years she has successfully implemented the secretary general’s policy of greater NGO participation in the work of the un and “opens doors” for ngos by helping them to achieve consultative status with ecosoc. During the past eight years, her commitment to the implementation of the millennium development goals has led her to establish an outreach programme (un-ngo-irene) to mobilize civil society for a global campaign to achieve the un development agenda.

Dr. Mezoui has extensive knowledge of and expertise in all dimensions of un human resources management, including general administration and financial issues. She has also served in the panel of counsel, advising and guiding appellants on administrative questions and opting for conciliatory measures whenever possible. She regularly lectures at universities around the world to explain the united nations system and its internship program, which provides youth with the opportunity to access the united nations. Dr. Mezoui also serves as the current secretary general of the “association culturelle francophone” (acf), where she has accepted the challenge of promoting knowledge and understanding of cross-cultural diversity between 55 countries of the united nations that share common values in culture, human rights, peace, and development.

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Yosem Companys has worked continuously in Silicon valley for over 20 years.


At the Stanford technology ventures program, Yosem helped pioneer elements ...More

Yosem Companys has worked continuously in Silicon valley for over 20 years.

At the Stanford technology ventures program, Yosem helped pioneer elements of what has become the lean startup model of high-technology entrepreneurship. With renowned venture investors and serial entrepreneurs, Yosem taught, coached, and mentored many entrepreneurs. 

With Stanford professor terry Winograd — a pioneer of artificial intelligence and a father of computer-human interaction — and other Stanford professors, Yosem co-founded liberation technology, now one of the world's largest cybersecurity communities. 

Yosem also helped launch diaspora, a private, secure, and distributed social-network that to take on facebook raised the largest kickstarter crowdfunding round ever (with Mark Zuckerberg as a donor). Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jim Dwyer featured Yosem’s work in the book more awesome than money. 

Under the auspices of internet co-inventor Vint Cerf, Yosem worked as a subject-matter expert with the research and development corporation (RAND) to draft the recommendations adopted by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (fema) to rebuild puerto rico’s technical infrastructure post-hurricane María. 

At the AI Fund Venture Studio, Yosem helped google brain and Coursera co-founder Andrew ND build ai startups from the ground up. 

Yosem is also co-founder of Techlantis, one of the few minority-owned, high-tech companies in silicon valley. Techlantis is a product-development shop specialized in artificial intelligence and cyber-security that custom-builds technical teams of Stanford phd "Superheroes," innovators from the department of defense and the intelligence community, and the world’s best international talent to develop affordable, game-changing products. 

Before tech, Yosem worked in brand management, marketing, advertising, and public relations at procter and gamble, and in investment banking and corporate finance at bank of America Merrill lynch and Goldman Sachs. 

Yosem’s doctoral research at sSanford pioneered applications in machine learning and data mining that garnered the attention of the U.S. Department of defense. 

Yosem holds a bachelor's degree from Yale, a master's degree from Harvard, and a Ph.D. In engineering from Stanford.

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Kayla is a junior usc, majoring in global health on the pre med track.. She has been a cowf intern since freshman year of high school,, when her famil...More

Kayla is a junior usc, majoring in global health on the pre med track.. She has been a cowf intern since freshman year of high school,, when her family chose to host one of cowf’s very own international surgical, then 6yo old abdul, who traveled from afghanistan to losangeles for long term surgical treatment.

Kayla kickstarted a cowf high school chapter @cowf_club_mchs in her hometown of manhattan beach . She volunteered at many cowf events, represented cowf with interning, shadowing, observing and working on research at children's hospital la, shriners hospital, dignity so cal, operation smile and un75 youth. Kayla became a member of the cowf youth delegation participating in the sdg decade of action” at united nations ecosoc forum, un youth plenary. 

Kayla plans to go to medical school and continue to build and develop cowf's mission.  

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julia houshmand
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julia houshmand

Julia is a first year medical student at university of miami miller school of medicine. She is an immigrant from france but spent life moving around. ...More

Julia is a first year medical student at university of miami miller school of medicine. She is an immigrant from france but spent life moving around. Julia has a b.S. In molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, as well as a minor on global health from university of california los angeles. At the ucla, julia worked on a couple of global development projects, and was a finalist in the apru international global health competition.

Julia is a member of the cowf youth delegation participating in the sdg decade of action” at united nations. 

Julia is leading a cowf medical education through technology initiative at the university of miami miller school of medicine as well as expanding our network & ongoing haiti outreach as part of a larger global health and education program using vr and remote technology to further our reach.

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sandra gadella
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Sandra gadalla is a fourth year sustainability studies major on the pre med track student university of california riverside. Sandra joined cowf her s...More

Sandra gadalla is a fourth year sustainability studies major on the pre med track student university of california riverside. Sandra joined cowf her senior year of high school when completing a senior project on cowf. She also started a chapter at ucr and has been mentored by cowf doctors and healthcare staff. Sandra is a member of the cowf youth delegation and representatives at the united nations 75th ecosoc forum and youth plenary. Sandra also represents cowf interning for dr. Pedro sanchez, working on research and nih study. She wishes to go on the medical school. 

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kohle jackson

Kohle jackson is a high school senior at baldwin high school in los angeles. She represented the county at chicago based hugh o’brian youth (hoby ) le...More

Kohle jackson is a high school senior at baldwin high school in los angeles. She represented the county at chicago based hugh o’brian youth (hoby ) leadership conference. Kohle is also a member of baldwin park high school national honor society.

Currently, she is a cowf junior intern and is passionate about art, design, and wishes to portray the importance of community identity and people through art.

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