Two days every week during the entire Fall session, volunteer Albert Loya worked with two SmartStart boys who were struggling in reading and math. Albert came to HOLA through an internship program that is part of his Social Services Certificate Program at Los Angeles City College. While at HOLA, he worked with both boys together one day a week and then he spent a second afternoon working one-on-one with each student. The hours he spent at HOLA far exceeded what he was required to do as part of his internship, but he was happy to put in the time. The first task he conquered with the boys was teaching them how to use a dictionary and then he focused on developing both boys’ basic skills. His work with the boys has paid off. Both boys are doing much better in school and their confidence is greatly improved.
When not volunteering or finishing up his courses for his Certificate, Albert loves to hang out with his friends and family. He likes to ride his bike, hike and walk, exploring the City with an eye towards urban planning. He lives in the neighborhood and hopes to work at a place like HOLA when he finishes school later this year.