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.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 â€‹a [...]
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 [...]
During the spring session, 11 HOLA high schools students participated in the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program. The eight session program, which helps students build communication and leadership skills, was brought to HOLA by Voces Latinas, the downtown Los Angeles Toastmasters club. The clubâ€™s past president, Dan Reza, and member Laura Greenlee (HOLA’s College Counselor), wanted [...]
On a sunny June evening, Heart of Los Angeles and the Department of Recreation and Parks held the 4th Annual Community Graduation, celebrating the achievements of elementary, middle, high school, college AND graduate school graduates. The ceremony included the marching of the LAPD color guard and a performance by the HOLA Jazz Band. HOLA alumna [...]