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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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    Brittany Mejia SmartStart Director
    Work Phone: (213) 389-1148
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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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    Leading the Charge

    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 […]

    High School Students Take Annual Tour of NorCal Campuses

    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 […]

    Fall’s in Full Swing

    Every afternoon hundreds of kids, ages 6-19, are participating in over 75 academic and enrichment classes on HOLA’s campus. In addition to daily academic support from staff, tutors and volunteers, every afternoon HOLA students have the chance to explore opportunities they can’t get anywhere else, inside or outside of school. The choices are almost limitless, […]

    PAT Program Incorporates Service Learning into Curriculum

    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 […]

    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 […]


    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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