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C.U.S.P. (Commited to Uplifting Single Parents)

C.U.S.P. Newsletter

Our Mission: It is our mission to empower and assist single parents with the difficult challenges of parenthood through a range of financial and social services which will allow them to provide safe and loving homes for their children. 

About Us: C.U.S.P. (Committed to Uplifting Single Parents) a  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing connections to resources, social services and wealth building programs for single parent families in the Los Angeles area and its surrounding communities.                                    
As we celebrate our 6th year of service, we would like to thank you for your love and your continued support.


12 Free Apps to Help Your Budget

Smart phones are increasingly becoming an integral part of our daily lives. In 2016 people downloaded 17.2 billion apps worldwide. That’s about 47 million apps a day! With all these apps that help us communicate, share, create, and play there should be apps that help us save. Fortunately there are many apps designed to help people save, invest, and become more savvy shoppers. This article offers 12 free apps to help you with your budget.  Continue Reading




Tips and Advice For The Coming Year

by Joe Difazio

The dog days of summer are quickly waning and the start of school is just around the corner. Getting back into the swing of things can be tough as students transition out of beautiful summer days and into the rigors of class work. The following are tips and advice to achieving the most successful possible.

1. Have the right supplies.

One way to eliminate stress is to have the right supplies. Coming prepared helps you stay organized rather than spending time trying to get the correct supplies together. As for text books, this applies to education at any level: Having the book on time means staying on top of readings and course work. 

2. Have a plan and set goals.

Students often have a busy calendar and must balance school work, family time, friends, sports, extracurricular activities and dozens of other obligations. A good way to efficiently navigate a full school work load while maintaining a healthy life balance is to plan. To-do lists and calendars take the guess work out of daily activities. 

Another way to feel invested in your own education and personal growth is to set goals. Goals give a student something to work towards and something to measure achievements against. More Tips


Talking About School
‘How was school today?’ ‘OK.’ Every afternoon, parents across America get the same frustrating one-word answer. Here are some ideas to get your child talking about school.

Why talking about school is hard

‘How was school?’ is a big question. To answer, your child has to sum up a whole day, and that’s hard for children (and even grown-ups!) to do.

A child might really want to say, ‘My day was so jam-packed with ideas and classes and social stuff that I don’t know where to start’. So it’s easier just to say, ‘OK’.

Why talking about school is important

Talking with your child about the school day shows you’re interested in what’s going on in his life. This interest boosts his mental health, happiness and well being. It can also have a very positive effect on your child’s behavior and achievement. It shows your child that you value school and education, which encourages him to value it too.

Talking together about school also helps you get to know more about what’s expected of your child at school, how she learns and how she handles challenges. It can help you understand when she’s feeling less interested in school or having problems.

When you’re in touch with your child’s feelings about school, you’re more likely to see problems before they get too big. This way you can work on overcoming challenges together.

And talking about school issues like school projects or friendship problems is also a great chance for you to express your family values about things like teamwork, respect for self and others, friendships, relationships, problem-solving and so on. Continue Reading

School Problems
Celebrating your child’s school highs is important, but so is being aware of the signs your child might be having problems. When you pick up on school problems early, your child has a much better chance of getting back on track. Here’s what to look for.

School problems: what to expect

Ups and downs at school are part of life for many young people. A good relationship with your child’s school and teachers can help you head off problems. If school problems do come up, it’s important that you quickly recognize and address them.

School problems can show up as poor academic performance, lack of motivation for school, loss of interest in school work, or poor relationships with peers or teachers.

School difficulties range from minor to severe, might be very short-lived or last for longer. Even short term school problems can have a negative impact on how young people feel about school and themselves. Continue Reading


Homework can have many benefits although your children might not think so! Apart from anything else, it helps children learn useful organisational skills. Here’s how to make the most of homework.

Homework: the basics

Homework can take many forms. For example, your child might be asked to do a worksheet or project, to do some reading or writing, or to collect interesting objects to share with the class.

Academic benefits of homework? 
In the early school years, there’s no clear evidence that doing homework helps your child do well at school.

As children get older, homework does have academic benefits – there’s a strong link between homework and achievement for children in secondary school.

Other benefits of homework 
In general, homework can help your child:

  • practise skills learned in class
  • get ready for the next day’s work
  • work on an ongoing project that needs extra resources, like the library, the internet or a parent’s help
  • learn time management and organisational skills, like working to a deadline in class and at home, and finding a balance between work and play.

Homework has benefits for parents too, it gives you the chance to see what your child is learning about at school. It also gives you the chance to let your child know your views and values about learning and education by showing interest in and helping with homework.

Making homework work

Find the right time
For some children, the best time to get homework done will be straight after school. Others might need a break to play and unwind first. No matter what, the best time is when you can be around to supervise and give your child a helping hand if needed.

Most children can concentrate for only about 15 minutes at a time before they need a brief break. Get your child to do some neck stretches, arm shakes and finger wriggles or play outside for a few minutes. Continue Reading



In accordance with our mission to provide you with the best in support services, we are very excited to tell you that C.U.S.P. has partnered with Apprisen.

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C.U.S.P. continues to strive to connect you with resources that allow you to live YOUR BEST LIFE! We are happy to have these partnerships and look forward to your success. 


Across South Los Angeles and neighboring cities, people just like you are proving you can start small and think big. South LA Savers are setting financial goals, tracking their spending and taking control of their financial future. Our tips and tools can help you set goals, develop strategies to reach those goals, and start saving. Now is the time! Take financial action today! “Start small, think big” and make your dreams a reality! Enroll in South LA Saves today!

Inner City Youth Empowerment (ICYE): A youth empowerment initiative of C.U.S.P. Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, CA. ICYE utilizes a variety of strategies to engage youth and young adults ages 12-25. ICYE will provide classes, seminars, conference, and collaborate with other community organizations on programs and events. We will also share tools, tips, and resources.
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Jr. Innovation Camp
August 18th & August 19th

The Junior Innovation Camp is compiled of free workshops that engage the students in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Exciting courses such as coding, film making, game development, D.I.Y. projects and entrepreneurship will all be explored. Come join the enthusiastic youth of today and see where their minds can take them as they start to explore the many opportunities that lay ahead.

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Clearing Your Criminal Record

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 6:30 pm Attorney, Merissa V. Grayson will host a seminar on clearing your criminal record, knowing the laws and rights surrounding your criminal record, and how to prevent the past from ruining your future. 

This is a seminar you cannot afford to miss! It's free and open to the public, but space is limited...RSVP is required. 

Beauty, Brains & Bling
Beauty, Brains & Bling - An EmpowHERment Session is designed as an intimate, interactive and inspiring environment for girls 7 - 11 years old. Through age appropriate topics that allows for discussion and discovery, attendees will engage in lively sessions that build, develop and boost a SmartHER, BrightHER and LoveHER concept as a roadmap to success.  
More Information           Register Here

G I R L  L I F E
Girl Life Confidential engages impressionable teen girls + women creatives and influencers, sharing untold "confidential" truths about the life of being a girl, bridging the gap between generations and connecting with a "girl like me" for solutions, answers and resolutions to life's occurrences.
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