WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
BERNICE W. CLAY
In September of 1993, founder Bernice W. Clay incorporated LA, Inc. as a non-profit organization. Bernice had a vision to help underprivileged youth in areas of special education, severe emotional/behavioral problems, and speech impediments. During her 20 years as a speech pathologist for the LA Unified School District in Aphasia and Special Education, her passion for helping high-risk youth developed. Finally, in 1996, her dream was realized when the first six-bed group home opened. Bernice passed away just 3 years later, but her daughter Pamela R. Clay and LA, Inc., Board of Directors have continued her mission to help at-risk youth.
OUR LEGACY CONTINUES
PAMELA R. CLAY
Pamela R. Clay is the Executive Director inspired by the legacy of her mother. Pamela's philanthropic focus has helped LA, Inc., hone-in and grow its mission. She chose to concentrate resources on education to prevent the cycle of homelessness and unemployment that plague at-risk youth as adults. She developed programs that highlight the importance of reaching appropriate grade level competency, as well as life-shaping introduction to technology and higher education. This exposure impresses upon children the educational roads that can bring employment opportunities and a stable foundation. In her 24-year tenure, Pamela discovered that 78% of youth don't have the necessary personal vital life documents that are essential for everyday life. This includes milestones such as securing a job, a driver's license, bank accounts, or simply enrolling in school. In response, she developed the patent pending, electronic data storage program called, Electronic Lockbox or eLockbox. Pamela looks forward to having a national impact on foster children by rolling out this technology across the country. That way, no child will have to suffer the impediment of lacking vital records.