Incorporated in 1988 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Day One was formed by a handful of committed local resident activists concerned by a dramatic increase in cocaine and other drug use in Pasadena and Altadena, especially among youth. Under the direction of 4 Executive Directors over a 25 year span - Founder Fran Neumann, Michael Browning, Tahra Goraya, and Christy Zamani - the organization has actively promoted healthier communities and lifestyles in the City of Pasadena and beyond.
Day One has also grown significantly over the past five years, expanding its environmental prevention services to the greater San Gabriel Valley. From Pomona to Pasadena, Duarte to South El Monte, San Gabriel to Sierra Madre, Day One staff are currently working on a range of projects to create lasting, sustainable, and healthy change in our region. Whether it be advocating for more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly communities, improving the food environment via healthy food vending/procurement policies, underlining the nexus between health and land-use planning, or protecting residents of multi-unit housing from exposure to secondhand smoke in their homes, Day One is actively engaged in projects that help make healthier choices and lifestyles easier for the community as a whole.
Throughout this time, the involvement of middle-high school aged youth in public health issues remains central to the organization's work. Indeed, Day One staff are passionate about empowering youth and helping develop the next generation of informed, engaged, and civically-involved citizens. Our Youth Advocates not only help learn about pressing public health issues, they help set our agenda and projects (e.g., Block9), keep staff up to speed on youth issues, and active engage in the process by providing public comment and the often-lacking youth perspective at City meetings and helping organize agency events such as Cherishing Children, Day One's annual holiday celebration and toy give-away.
Many thanks to all who helped make our 80s event a success by volunteering, purchasing program space, attending, and/or giving a donation. Your support helps make our work possible, and for that we are very grateful!