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.
Manuel has been coming to HOLA for as long as he can remember, starting way back when in the SmartStart Elementary School Program. Now, as an 11th Grader, he participates in both the PAT High School Program, taking SAT Prep Classes and getting involved within the community through the LA Rakers, and in the Leadership Program as a youth facilitator. Manuel has been a youth facilitator for the past three years, becoming involved with the program the first chance he got. He has really enjoyed […]
On a very hot Saturday, several of the Bridges Middle School students, their parents and members of the HOLA staff escaped the heat and spent the day touring Pepperdine University as guests of Professor George Carlsen, Assistant Professor in the Hispanic Studies Department and the students in his advanced Spanish class. The university students spoke to the group about college life and took them on a tour of the beautiful campus. The tour was conducted in Spanish and included stops in the dorms, classrooms, the […]
Braving sub-zero temperatures and even a snow storm, four HOLA seniors attended a “fly in” at Daemen College in Amherst, MA. Laura Greenlee, HOLA’s College Counselor, accompanied the group for the two day visit. The students – Giselle Boquin, Melvin Monterroso, Natalie Palacios, and Sharon Castillo – applied to the program after Frank Williams, Daemen’s Dean of Admissions, gave a presentation at HOLA. During the visit, the students had the opportunity to dorm with host students, sit in on a college lecture and even participate […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]