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.

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    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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    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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    Outstanding Leader

    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 [...]

    She’s Found Her Passion

    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 [...]

    Bridges Students Excel in Mock Trial

    During the last week of summer programming, ten Bridges middle school students participated in a mock trial in the courtroom of Federal District Court Judge James Otero. The trial was the culmination of a ten week class led by attorneys from the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP, including HOLA’s Board President Warren Rissier. During [...]

    Youth Facilitators Wrap Up an Exciting Summer

    For the past several months, a core group of HOLA high school students have been working with Loren Rubin, Director of Leadership and Summer Programs, training to be facilitators in the Play for Peace Leadership program. Play for Peace brings together children, youth and organizations from communities in conflict, using cooperative play to create laughter, [...]

    Camp Inspiration Transforms Students

    Earlier this summer, 21 Heart of LA kids and staff traveled to Big Bear for a weekend retreat fondly known as Camp Inspiration. Thanks to the generosity and dedication of LeeAnn Robinson and Tom McLehose, this annual event brings together high school freshman and seniors for an action packed weekend. Through discussions, activities and ​a [...]

    Welcome Back UTA Volunteers!

    Volunteers from the United Talent Agency (UTA) returned to HOLA this summer, helping to close the first week of summer camp with a fun-filled morning of games and activities. Over 100 students from HOLA’s SmartStart, Bridges and YOLA at HOLA programs, along with campers from Lafayette Recreation Center, joined the fun. Students played relay games [...]


    HOLA provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities.


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