Heart of Los Angeles seeks to empower and enrich the lives of young people ages 6-24 by providing quality academic, arts and athletics programs. HOLA provides opportunities that these youth cannot get anywhere else, inside or outside of school.
HOLA’s youth attend overburdened inner-city schools, live in communities that are heavily impacted by illegal drug trafficking and gang violence and many are children hindered by poverty and immigration status. HOLA seeks to break this cycle by providing a structured program of exceptional academic support and enrichment through our SmartStart Elementary School Program, Bridges Middle School Program, PAT High School Program and Alumni Program.
One of the extraordinary things about Heart of Los Angeles is the longevity of so many of the staff members, a true testament to the organization. Meet Loren Rubin, a member of HOLA’s staff since 2001. He came to HOLA by way of his work at the Constitutional Rights Foundation. At CRF, Loren trained the partners involved in the LA Bridges Program, a gang prevention and intervention program funded by the City Council. At that time, HOLA was collaborating with a local middle school and […]
This fall, HOLA high school seniors had the opportunity to visit 10 Northern California college campuses. HOLA’s high school staff and College Success Director took 17 students to visit UC Merced, Sacramento State, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Cal State East Bay, San Francisco State, UC Santa Cruz, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC Santa Barbara. HOLA alumni at each campus led tours, answered students’ questions and gave them insights into college life at each campus. Campus tours included classrooms and […]
Every afternoon hundreds of kids, ages 6-19, are participating in over 75 academic and enrichment classes on HOLAâ€™s campus. In addition to daily academic support from staff, tutors and volunteers, every afternoon HOLA students have the chance to explore opportunities they canâ€™t get anywhere else, inside or outside of school. The choices are almost limitless, ranging from Healthy Cooking, Photography and an Introduction to the US Constitution, to a full range of STEAM classes, including 3D Design and Printing, Photography and Video Game Design. Many […]
This fall, a group of PAT High School students, known as the LA Rakers, have been working hard in the community surrounding HOLA on a number of different service projects. Every week, 30 to 40 students gather to address the issues of community and the environment. The group kicked off the initiative with a cleanup in MacArthur Park and since then have also completed a cleanup in LaFayette Park, hosted an arts table during a Young Workers Rising event and hosted a community day of […]
During the last weeks of summer, Ailen Salazar took an incredible journey with Outward Bound. Ailen was awarded a scholarship to take part in a 14 day backpacking course in the Sierra National Forest. The course was a true survival experience, with no electricity, no bathrooms and camping under the stars. Ailen participated in the course with a group of girls she had never met before, coming from all over California and the U.S. and one girl coming all the way from Hong Kong. While […]
Jessica Guendolay is no stranger to HOLA. She started coming to HOLA when she was six years old, back when we were located in Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. She has fond memories of here time here and is grateful for all of the support she received over the years. She wasn’t able to come as often as she wanted to during high school, but she stopped by any time she found herself in the neighborhood. This summer she found the pull too strong and she decided […]