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  • You Can Be the Change
  • HOLA Honored by LA City Council
  • ICE Sets Up Residency at HOLA
  • HOLA Awarded NEA Grant
  • HOLA Welcomes Ziggy Marley
  • HOLA Celebrates 25 Years!
  • High School Students Take Annual Tour of NorCal Campuses

You Can Be the Change

In neighborhoods often overrun by poverty, crime and a feeling of hopelessness, Heart of Los Angeles invests in youth to build stronger 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 programs in […]

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 […]

HOLA Welcomes Ziggy Marley

On a beautiful fall afternoon, Heart of Los Angeles was thrilled to welcome Reggae icon Ziggy Marley to the HOLA campus. Ziggy stopped by to lend his gardening skills, planting fruit trees and vegetables with our SmartStart elementary students. The kids are all part of HOLA’s Healthy Cooking Program, led by Chef Alex. The group planted broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, herbs, and a variety of fruit trees. In addition to getting their hands dirty, the group also discussed the importance of healthy eating. Once the fruit […]

HOLA Celebrates 25 Years!

In a manner that is fitting for a 25th anniversary, Heart of Los Angeles celebrated 25 years with over 600 guests at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The sold out event was a smashing success, bringing us close to our goal of raising $1 million. Members of the HOLA senior class were on hand to welcome the guests and share their experiences. The Honorable Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, and Ziffren Brittenham LLP, a pre-eminent entertainment and media law firm, were both honored for their […]

High School Students Take Annual Tour of NorCal Campuses

This fall, HOLA high school seniors had the opportunity to visit 10 Northern California college campuses. HOLA’s high school staff and College Success Director took 17 students to visit UC Merced, Sacramento State, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Cal State East Bay, San Francisco State, UC Santa Cruz, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC Santa Barbara. HOLA alumni at each campus led tours, answered students’ questions and gave them insights into college life at each campus. Campus tours included classrooms and […]


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Reflecting on 25 Years

Reflecting on 25 Years

Over the past couple of months, we have been hard at work putting together all of the pieces of our 25th anniversary celebration. During this time, I have had the opportunity to reconnect... read more »



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