We have found that the programs with the greatest likelihood of success are developed by leaders who have deep experience with their target community. Luz Rivas, founder of DIY Girls, grew up in Pacoima where she launched her program at the elementary school she attended. Rick Nahmias founded Food Forward in the San Fernando Valley where he lives. Durfee receives many applications from well-meaning people who have an idea for a program that they believe will improve the quality of life for others. Often, the applicants do not have direct experience with the community they wish to serve, but believe that since so many areas are under-resourced, their program will be useful. That may be true, but Durfee believes that the most relevant programs arise from within the community rather than being imported from outside.