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  • Building a Healthier Community
  • Hip-Hop Legend & Filmmaker RZA Lends Wisdom to HOLA Youth
  • HOLA’s Artists Go Public in MacArthur Park
  • Bard and Longy MAT Students Graduate
  • 2015 Community Graduation
  • HOLA Welcomes 10 Summer Associates
  • Tony Brown Named to Town & Country’s List of the World’s Top 50 Philanthropists

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, […]

Hip-Hop Legend & Filmmaker RZA Lends Wisdom to HOLA Youth

“Ready to give up, so I seek the old earth / Who explained working hard may help you maintain / To learn to overcome the heartaches and pain. / We got to stick up kids… Leave it up to me while I be living proof / To kick the truth to the young Black youth.” Robert Diggs aka RZA shared the first song he ever wrote — at age 16 — called  “C.R.E.A.M.” with YOLA at HOLA kids yesterday. RZA (de facto leader of the Wu-Tang Clan) also […]

HOLA’s Artists Go Public in MacArthur Park

MacArthur Park will be abuzz with music and art on Sunday, since it will be the venue for HOLA’s latest public art event. Thanks to this year’s Public Artists in Residence – including members of The Distance Plan and Vincent Ramos – our artists have had the pleasure of integrating new techniques and philosophies into their own art. THE DISTANCE PLAN TEACHES CREATIVE SUSTAINABILITY   Joe Hoyt, Neil Doshi and Amy Howden-Chapman are HOLA’s Public Artists in Residence who are representing The Distance Plan. Consisting of a rotating group of artists and designers, this larger art collective […]

Bard and Longy MAT Students Graduate

Bard College and the Longy School of Music of Bard College held a joint celebration for the 2015 Masters of Arts in Teaching graduates. The Longy program is offered in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, preparing musicians to become agents of change. The program is located on HOLA’s campus and provides the MAT candidates with an integrated graduate music program with hands-on learning experiences at both the LA Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) program and in urban public schools throughout Southern California. The […]

2015 Community Graduation

On a beautiful June evening, Heart of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks held the 5th annual Community Graduation, celebrating the accomplishments of elementary, middle, high school, college AND graduate school graduates in the Rampart District of Los Angeles. This year, 63 young men and women graduated from HOLA’s high school program and 95% of the graduates will be heading this fall to colleges and universities all over the country. Matt Toledo, the Publisher and CEO of the […]

HOLA Welcomes 10 Summer Associates

This summer, HOLA is thrilled to welcomes 10 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates. Six of the 10 VISTAs are HOLA alumni themselves, returning to give back to their community. The VISTAs will be supporting HOLA’s academic programs, working with students in the SmartStart, Bridges, PAT and Scientific Arts Programs. The VISTAs will focus on reducing summer learning loss and assist with academic remediation, working individually and in small groups with the highest need students. Research shows that without continued academic support underserved youth will lose critical […]

Tony Brown Named to Town & Country’s List of the World’s Top 50 Philanthropists

We are thrilled to announce that Tony Brown was recently named to Town & Country’s second annual list of the World’s Top 50 Philanthropists. The list includes influential donors, nonprofit heavyweights and thought leaders, including Eli & Edythe Broad, Bill & Melinda Gates and Diane von Furstenberg & Barry Diller. Tony was recognized for giving more options to underserved kids in LA. Click here to read the entire list, or better yet, the magazine is now available at your local newsstand. Congratulations, Tony!


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"The moment I met Tony Brown and his dedicated, inspired team at HOLA, I knew I’d found an organization that truly believes in the full potential of young people. As the key partner in our new Los Angeles operation, they deliver immeasurable value to our students, programs and mission. I hope someday they open up shop in New York City!" Joe Hall, Founder/President, Ghetto Film School

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