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, […]
Reflections by Annie Berman, Americorps Communications VISTA at HOLA: Last weekend, I caught my first glimpse of Hollywood while attending the opening gala of the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles. A New England resident until very recently, and now car-less in LA, this city’s most iconic and mobbed neighborhood had seemed too much of a hassle to visit. The drive over was typical: While the historic Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre stood only a few miles away, Elizabeth Curtis, HOLA’s Development Director, and I sat in a standstill. As we waited in […]
A new school year is sure to bring new faces and new friends together here at HOLA. But until students know each other, it is natural for them to gravitate towards familiar faces – people they already know. While that isn’t necessarily overt bullying, it can be contribute to feelings being hurt or creating an uncomfortable environment. To squash all those potential negative outcomes, our Bridges’ teachers begin every year with a workshop about the importance of being intentionally inclusive and kind to one another. Emmanuel Martinez, Bridges middle school teacher, says that most […]
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!
8 employees from Yahoo’s media department dedicated their Volunteer Day to HOLA’s Visual Arts Department for the second year in a row! Their project combined Mayor Eric Garcetti’s drought plan and the expertise of everyone’s art skills and this is what it looked like: The employees were thrilled to be back and… …teach the kids about drought-resistance and water conservation.”Isn’t water our friend?” Yahoo asked. “Let’s turn this one-sided relationship around.” […]
A few weeks ago, I attended our annual college send-off party for HOLA’s most recent alums. Before heading off to their college campuses, HOLA staff and alumni formed a circle and tossed a ball of yarn from person to person, each naming someone who changed our lives and helped us get to where we are now. By the end, everyone’s name had been honored, and the yarn crisscrossed the entire circle, connecting us all. Though these accomplished young people are now embarking on their own paths, taking them to 24 different colleges across the […]
Highly motivated and focused, our high school students are persistently college-bound. Despite their determination, they are met with a bit of shock as the moment they have been waiting for arrives: college application season. While this process is thrilling, it can also feel quite overwhelming, especially for students who will be the first of their family to go to college. Yet here at HOLA, we know what it takes to fulfill our mission to our students, at every stage. For our high school seniors, we’ve learned that the most effective way to guide them through the higher education portal […]