Heart of Los Angeles seeks to empower and enrich the lives of young people ages 6-19 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 quality academic support and enrichment through our SmartStart Elementary School Program, Bridges Middle School Program, PAT High School Program, and Alumni Program.

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    Photo of  Nancy  Dodge LCSW
    Nancy Dodge LCSW Counselor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker
    Work Phone: (213) 389-1148
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    Darlene Garcia SmartStart Elementary School Director
    Work Phone: (213) 389-1148 x231
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    Photo of  Christine  Newkirk
    Christine Newkirk PAT High School Director
    Work Phone: (213) 389-1148, ext. 230
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    Photo of  Abraham  Orozco
    Abraham Orozco Director of Scientific Arts/ Film & TV Instructor
    Work Phone: (213) 389-1148 x227
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    Photo of  Loren  Rubin
    Loren Rubin Director of Leadership & Summer Programs
    Work Phone: (213) 389-1148 x228
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    Silvia Velazquez Bridges Middle School Director
    Work Phone: (213) 389-1148 x248
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    Middle School Students Visit Pepperdine

    In what has become an annual tradition, more than 20 middle school students and their parents traveled to Malibu with Bridges Director Silvia Velazquez and HOLA Parent and Community Resource Director Veronica Matos for a guided tour of Pepperdine University. The group was the guest of Professor George Carlsen, Assistant Professor in the Hispanic Studies [...]

    Junior League Networks with Seniors

    For the past several weeks, members of the Junior League of Los Angeles  have been working with the HOLA senior class, helping them to develop skills vital for navigating college and beyond. As the culmination of their work with the students, the women hosted a mock networking event so the students could test out all [...]

    Scientific Arts Director Speaks on Panel at STEM Conference

    Abraham Orozco, HOLA’s Scientific Arts Director, recently participated on a panel at “STEM and Beyond: Strengthening the Skills of Students and Journalists,” a conference organized by the Education Writers Association. The conference assembled some of the best minds from the worlds of STEM and journalism to help examine the history of STEM education, as well [...]

    Guys Read Returns!

    The Guys Read Book Club is back in action, encouraging middle school boys to develop their interest in reading for pleasure, and promoting reading as positive masculine pastime. The Club meetings include reading time and discussion time, with the participants leading the discussion based on their interests, thoughts, insights and curiosities. This session the boys are [...]

    Children’s Author RenĂ© Colato LaĂ­nez Visits HOLA

    Award-winning children’s book author and kindergarten teacher RenĂ© Colato LaĂ­nez recently paid a visit to HOLA to share his story and his books with elementary students from all programs and the Parents Book Club. RenĂ© was invited by HOLA parent Ariadna Sanchez, a very active member of the HOLA community and an aspiring children’s book [...]

    A Designer of Dragons

    Bridges middle school student Lizeth Bautista appears to have a promising career in design ahead of her! Her school, Young Oak Kim Academy, held a contest among 8th grade students to design a t-shirt that would be distributed to the entire class. The students in each Advisory voted on their favorite design, and the top [...]


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