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  • Building a Healthier Community
  • Winter Session STEAMs Ahead
  • Alumni Reunion 2014!
  • The Holidays Came Early to HOLA
  • HOLA Honored by LA City Council
  • ICE Sets Up Residency at HOLA
  • HOLA Awarded NEA Grant

Building a Healthier Community

In neighborhoods often overrun by poverty, crime and a feeling of hopelessness, Heart of Los Angeles invests in youth to build stronger and healthier communities. Heart of Los Angeles gives some of the city’s most vulnerable youth a chance to succeed in life. From what started with just a handful of kids in an old gym, 25 years later Heart of Los Angeles now serves over 2,300 youth, ages 6-24, in a safe and supportive environment. HOLA’s mission is to provide underserved youth with exceptional […]

Winter Session STEAMs Ahead

HOLA’s Winter Session is in full swing and there are so many exciting opportunities for the more than 500 students who walk through our doors every afternoon. From academic enrichment classes, focused on reading, math, science and history, to digital media and 3D product design, students are exploring ideas that take them way beyond what they are doing in school. Along with old favorites like Healthy Cooking and Girls on the Run, this winter there are many exciting, new STEAM-focused offerings. The PAT program is […]

Alumni Reunion 2014!

Over 90 Heart of LA alumni returned to HOLA during the Christmas break for a day of panels and workshops. The theme of the full day program was (Re)Connecting our Spaces: From our Community to the Workforce. HOLA staff and volunteers hosted booths and led workshops. The booths provided information about scholarships and FAFSA updates, in addition to some fun activities. The alums had their choice of several workshops, including “Don’t by Shy – Networking for Introverts,” “Taxes 101 for College Students,” and “Let’s Talk […]

The Holidays Came Early to HOLA

It was another wonderful holiday season at Heart of Los Angeles. With the support of so many generous donors, every child at HOLA (and lots of siblings too) brought home a holiday gift. For many of our kids, this is the only gift they will receive this year, so an extra special thank you to Liz Levitt Hirsch and our friends at Burberry, the LA Phil Associates, the PTA at Grand View Elementary School and UTA. Each department held a holiday party with food, drink, […]

HOLA Honored by LA City Council

Heart of Los Angeles was honored by the Los Angeles City Council in recognition of HOLA’s 25 years of service to the community. A special presentation was made by City Council President Herb Wesson and Council Member Gil Cedillo, with a special message delivered by Council Member Tom LaBonge. Mitch Moore, Tony Brown and HOLA alumna Daniela Ojeda accepted the honor on behalf of HOLA. HOLA’s community campus spreads over two City Council Districts, and as a result, we have the good fortune of being […]

ICE Sets Up Residency at HOLA

Students in the YOLA at HOLA Wind Ensemble recently had the extraordinary opportunity to engage in a series of workshops led by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) during a three-day residency at HOLA. Together with seven members of ICE, the students explored composition, improvisation and performance of contemporary music. Activities included musical games, the creation of graphic scores and immersion in works that were performed during the culminating concert. The group explored works by a variety of composers, including Lewis, Wolf and Rzewski, and the percussionists even created […]

HOLA Awarded NEA Grant

For the third year in a row, Heart of Los Angeles has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to support the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) at HOLA program. YOLA at HOLA is a partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is directly inspired by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel’s formative experience with El Sistema, Venezuela’s youth orchestra movement. Now in its fourth year, YOLA at HOLA serves nearly 250 local youth ages 6-16. Two hundred students spend over 15 hours […]


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