The Los Angeles County Coordinating Councils records document the activities of the Los Angeles County Coordinating Councils
(later the Federation of Community Coordinating Councils of Los Angeles County) and Coordinating Councils, Inc., an organization
directed by members of the Board of the LA County organization. The records contain meeting minutes, correspondence, and reports,
1930-1952, created by all three organizations, and as such give a detailed view of the activities of these related organizations.
Coordinating Councils, or voluntary neighborhood councils interested in community social welfare, were a national phenomenon
during World War I. The Councils typically were concerned with the maintenance of community morale, the prevention of juvenile
delinquency, and the promotion of wholesome recreation and character-building group activities for young people. As advisory
rather than functional bodies, their effectiveness depended on the cooperation of community social service agencies, schools,
parent/teacher associations, and law enforcement personnel. In Los Angeles County the first Coordinating Councils were launched
in 1932 with the formal sponsorship of the Juvenile Court and the County Probation Office. The volunteer members of the Coordinating
Councils attempted to cope with severe community dislocation during two world wars and a prolonged depression.
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