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  • Building a Healthier Community
  • Faces & Places Art Show Opens
  • USC Brain & Creativity Institute Presents Preliminary Findings
  • Russian Delegation Visits HOLA
  • Bob Mintzer Leads Jazz Master Class
  • AmeriCorps VISTAs Expand HOLA’s Capacity
  • Students Attend Women’s Leadership Luncheon

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 free, […]

Faces & Places Art Show Opens

On a beautiful spring evening, the Visual Arts Department hosted the opening of Faces & Places from the MacArthur Park Neighborhood, a show featuring the photographs of Heart of Los Angeles students. For the past six months, the students have been exploring the neighborhood through the lens of their cameras. The exhibition tells the stories of people that live and work in the community and the places where they reside. The show is made possible by a generous donation from Millennium Films. Yoni Yunger and […]

USC Brain & Creativity Institute Presents Preliminary Findings

In 2012, the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and Heart of Los Angeles embarked upon a long-term research collaboration to investigate the emotional, social, and cognitive effects of musical training on childhood brain development. The early findings of the five-year research project are very exciting and recently, LA Phil CEO and President Deborah Borda and HOLA’s Executive Director Tony Brown recently sat down with USC Brain and Creativity Institute Director Dr. Antonio Damasio, Dr. Assal Habibi, the lead investigator of […]

Russian Delegation Visits HOLA

HOLA was honored to welcome a delegation of visitors from the Russian Federation who were visiting the United States at the invitation of the State Department, as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. The focus of their visit to the States was on migration policy. With the help of a translator, Tony Brown, Silvia Velazquez (Bridges Middle School Director) and Brittany Mejia (SmartStart Elementary School Director), spoke to the group about Heart of Los Angeles and the work that we do providing free quality programs […]

Bob Mintzer Leads Jazz Master Class

Bob Mintzer, legendary jazz musician, stopped by the HOLA Music Studios to lead a Master Class with HOLA’s Jazz Band. Bob began the class by asking the students to play a piece for him. Under the direction of HOLA Jazz Band Director Jon Armstrong, the students played their take of the classic “Caravan.” Bob was very impressed with the performance and made a number of great suggestions that the students will use in their studies for years to come. He explained, through words and music, […]

AmeriCorps VISTAs Expand HOLA’s Capacity

This week the AmeriCorps VISTA program turns 50! VISTA was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. Today, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA taps the skills, talents and passion of more than 7,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty. HOLA is currently in the middle of a three-year capacity building project and we have three extraordinary young woman spending the year at HOLA as VISTA volunteers. Beka, Evelyn and Kelly are […]

Students Attend Women’s Leadership Luncheon

Four of HOLA’s high school students had the opportunity to join hundreds of young women and female leaders at the 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon at the Getty House, the official residence of Mayor Eric Garcetti and his wife Amy Wakeland, host of the lunch. The luncheon served as the kick-off event of the 2015 Women’s Leadership Series and gave hundreds of young women the opportunity to network with successful Los Angeles women. During the event, the youth were given personalized business cards, which they […]


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