Upcoming Events

HOLA on YouTube

  • Building a Healthier Community
  • Bob Mintzer Leads Jazz Master Class
  • AmeriCorps VISTAs Expand HOLA’s Capacity
  • Students Attend Women’s Leadership Luncheon
  • YOLA at HOLA Youth Leadership Activities Underway
  • College Success Team Hosts Super Saturday
  • Winter Session STEAMs Ahead

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, […]

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 […]

YOLA at HOLA Youth Leadership Activities Underway

YOLA at HOLA’s leadership students had a busy start to the winter session. The leadership program recently started their “Book Buddy” project. The project partners 5th Graders with a 1st Grade Music Buddy. The older students help the younger ones practice their reading skills. While the initial focus is on improving literacy skills, eventually, the program will evolve to focus on practicing music notation. String musicians are also working on peer-to-peer teaching, with students from the HOLA Youth Orchestra strings section pairing up with students […]

College Success Team Hosts Super Saturday

For the second year in a row, HOLA’s College Success Department hosted “Super Saturday,” a Cash for College Workshop providing FREE, one-on-one assistance to students submitting (or re-submitting) their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Applications (for eligible AB540 students). The financial aid applications are forms that must be submitted for a student to be eligible to receive federal and state financial aid. A total of 35 students participated in the workshop, including HOLA seniors, alumni and students from the […]

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 […]


Tony’s Blog on Why HOLA? »

Combating Persistent Poverty

Combating Persistent Poverty

Every child has strong foundational needs that must be met to ensure healthy human development. Parents and/or guardians bear the primary responsibility for meeting these needs – responsive caregiving, safe and secure environments, positive... read more »



Bard College

"Bard and HOLA share an unwavering belief that students from all backgrounds deserve an education rich in the arts, humanities, and sciences. HOLA is central to our community teaching residency, preparing teachers to build strong, personal, learning relationships." Stephen Mucher, Director, Master of Arts in Teaching Program


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.