RFK Legacy in Action

Fostering a more just society by training young people to use new media for social change.

Robert F. KennedyInspired by the social justice values of Robert F. Kennedy, RFK-LA (Legacy in Action) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to fostering a more just society by training young people to use new media for social action.

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Innovation + Education

A digital media “learning laboratory”, RFK-LA supplements the traditional classroom experience of teachers and students by providing 21st Century education programs.

Partnership + Collaboration

We bring together world-class academics, media experts and entertainment professionals to pilot modern educational models at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles California.

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope..."Robert F. Kennedy

~Our Work~

Leading-edge Partners

We work with a rapidly expanding team of collaborators, including our lead academic partners the University of Southern California Annenberg School's Media Innovation Lab, as well as the Los Angeles Unified School District and the RFK Community Schools.

With our partners, we introduce RFK-LA participants to a new language of learning. Instructors improve their teaching skills by studying how to use the latest media technologies. Students explore how to use digital media to enhance self-expression and foster critical thinking with a focus on social justice curriculum and civic engagement.

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Next Generation Tools

RFK-LA's "think and do" media lab, in the heart of the LAUSD RFK Community Schools' campus, is an independent innovation space and test-bed for new media and performance based participatory learning models for professional teacher training and student after-school programs.

We provide advanced learning opportunities in after-school-programs for interested students from a population of 4,500 at the six, k-12 RFK Community Schools, and for dedicated teachers from throughout the Los Angeles School District.

RFK-LA Projects: JUST Media and Social Change & PLANET JUSTICE™

Planet Justice, a component of RFK-LA's JUST online journal, is a learning platform providing training and social networking for young people to enhance their research and writing skills, promote critical thinking and share social justice issues that are important to them. In association with LAUSD faculty and students, Planet Justice highlights student-generated, multi-media content. By focusing on justice issues (social, environmental, economic and racial), Planet Justice contributors add their voices to the growing discussion about how to create positive social change, locally and around the world.

Robert F. Kennedy

"It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task."

Inspired by the social justice values of Robert F. Kennedy, RFK-LA (Legacy in Action) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to fostering a more just society by training young people to use new media for social action.

RFK-LA was created to affirm Robert F. Kennedy’s vision that young people, if given the opportunity, will take a positive and active role in their local communities. By providing them with media literacy skills and new media tools, we give RFK-LA participants the ability to express their dreams and inspire them to become world citizens.

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In the fall of 2010, RFK-LA and the Community schools opened on the former site of the Ambassador Hotel, where Senator Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. With our partners, RFK-LA is dedicated to transforming a great tragedy into a living tribute to Robert F. Kennedy and his social justice values.

"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why...I dream of things that never were and ask why not."


Help make dreams possible. Support furthering education.

Contribute to the development of new media learning for the 21st Century. Advance social change through social media education. Help enhance the digital skills and media literacy of young people to compete in the modern workplace. Support the next generation of pro-active citizens and human rights activists. Help create an international community of educated, media-savvy young people empowered to make the world a better place.

Our Partners

Combining unique expertise and state of the art resources across varied disciplines to support students and teachers in the development of new media literacies and networks.

The RFK-LA Team

Board of Directors

  • Steven Stamstad CEO, Founder
  • Jane
    Executive Director, Founder
  • Vicki Strauss Kennedy Board of Directors
  • Maxwell Taylor Kennedy Board of Directors
  • Paul
    Board of Directors


Advisory Board

  • Dr. Henry Jenkins Provost's Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • Dr. Charles Flores LEAD-High School Division SFUSD
  • Dr. Themistocles Sparangis Chief Technology Director, LAUSD
  • Dr. Jefferey Cole Director, USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future
  • Jason Brand, LCSW
  • Michael Rosen President, August Road Entertainment
  • Jacqueline Olvera-Rojas School Operations Manager, Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools LAUSD
  • Mike Reich Founder, CEO
    Seabourne Inc
  • Richard Clement Wu Teacher Advisor, Talent Management Division, LAUSD
  • Link Mize Instructor - Social Studies, NOW Academy Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools LAUSD


  • Rosa Wang Hohman Director of Development & Strategic Alliances
  • Victoria Hohman Program Coordinator- Research, Social Media & Technology


Contact Us

Email Jane Kagon