City Impact Breakfast Discusses Opportunities for Change in the Los Angeles Community

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Loyola hosted the City Impact Breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The networking event focused on gathering young Los Angeles residents in their twenties and thirties from the metro L.A. area. Loyola High School alumni Neal Anderberg ‘98 and John Bwarie ‘98 of City Impact Lab, in conjunction with Director of Community Service Tom Zeko, hosted the event. This breakfast allowed for these young men and women to discuss with other like-minded individuals in the areas of government and nonprofit agencies.

Bwarie said, “The City Impact Lab is a program that brings together Angelenos who want to share strategies and are inspired to bring change to Los Angeles. People from education, nonprofit, and government jobs alike share a passion in this movement.”

Loyola will have guest speaker, alumni Paul Freese ‘73. Freese is the Vice President of Public Counsel, a public interest law office serving the Los Angeles County Bar Association and Beverly Hills Bar Association and the largest provider of pro bono legal services in the United States.

“Paul’s presentation was impactful and his stories were moving, especially the ones concerning Opioid addiction and homelessness in Los Angeles,” said attendee Juan Carlos from the Special Needs network, a group founded to raise public awareness of developmental disabilities and to impact public policy.

City Impact has been working for over a year to get a chance to host their event at Loyola. With two Loyola alumni leading the way, their goal finally came to fruition.

Anderberg said, “Finally getting it done was a great relief and getting the amazing speakers we did was equally amazing. It was also great to see the number of Loyola staff that attended and shared a little about themselves. We have been running this program for three years and to finally bring it home was awesome.”

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