• Bridges Students Excel in Mock Trial
  • High School Students Become Savvy Chefs
  • Youth Facilitators Wrap Up an Exciting Summer
  • H is for HOLA
  • The Heart of Heart of Los Angeles
  • It Takes a Village
  • Photography Students Are Now Camera Ready!

Bridges Students Excel in Mock Trial

During the last week of summer programming, ten Bridges middle school students participated in a mock trial in the courtroom of Federal District Court Judge James Otero. The trial was the culmination of a ten week class led by attorneys from the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP, including HOLA’s Board President Warren Rissier. During [...]

High School Students Become Savvy Chefs

This summer, HOLA partnered with Culinary Arts Kids Eat (C.A.K.E.) to run a pilot entrepreneurial program with a group of PAT high school students. During the one week program, students had the task of creating and developing a culinary arts based product, writing a business plan to substantiate it, and then selling the product to [...]

Youth Facilitators Wrap Up an Exciting Summer

For the past several months, a core group of HOLA high school students have been working with Loren Rubin, Director of Leadership and Summer Programs, training to be facilitators in the Play for Peace Leadership program. Play for Peace brings together children, youth and organizations from communities in conflict, using cooperative play to create laughter, [...]

H is for HOLA

HOLA is thrilled to share H is for HOLA, a beautiful book written by HOLA mom Ariadna Sanchez, with illustrations by Rufina Luis Gomez. The ABC book is written in both English and Spanish and features quotes from HOLA students, parents, staff and volunteers. Ariadna is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico and is proud to promote [...]

The Heart of Heart of Los Angeles

Heart of Los Angeles is 25! As we begin a year of celebration, we will answer the question “WHY HOLA?” in a number of different ways, but the best and only way to begin is with the answer: “Because of Mitchel Moore!” With just five kids and a basketball, Mitch started something that has had [...]

It Takes a Village

Heart of Los Angeles and Fallen Fruit have been collaborating over the past several months to create LA’s first Urban Fruit Trail. The Urban Fruit Trail is transforming the MacArthur Park neighborhood with over 150 fruit trees, combining both public and private planting opportunities. Once planted, the trees will be sustained, nurtured and harvested by [...]

Photography Students Are Now Camera Ready!

HOLA’s Visual Arts Department recently received an incredible donation of over 20 cameras and accompanying equipment from Yoni Yunger, Director of Creative Affairs at Millennium Films and David Neyman, head of Creative Partnerships & Video Development at Pop Sugar. The two stopped by HOLA to surprise the photography class with the cameras. With them, they [...]


Tony’s Blog on Why HOLA? »

Reinventing the Wheel

Reinventing the Wheel

I recently had the privilege of delivering a TEDx talk at Loyola Marymount University (my alma mater). The theme of the conference was “Reinventing the Wheel,” building on last year’s theme of “Better Together.” The... read more »



USC Brain & Creativity Institute

damasio "Our partnership with HOLA and the LA Phil provides us with a rare opportunity of discovering the effects of musical training on emotional, social and cognitive aspects of development as they actually occur. We are just in year two of our five year study, but already we're seeing a number of exciting findings. " Dr. Antonio Damasio, Director

Our Kids »

Volunteer Profiles »

Alumni Updates »


HOLA provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities.


Heart of Los Angeles is a 501(c)(3) charity. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. law.

Heart of Los Angeles will never sell, rent or exchange your email address. See our Privacy Policy for more information.