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.
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 [...]
To celebrate Valentine’s Day and spread a little holiday love in the community, students from the Bridges Middle School program, led by Coordinator Carlos Duarte, spent the past few Fridays creating handmade cards to distribute to the residents at nearby St. Barnabas Senior Center. Heart of Los Angeles has a long relationship with St. Barnabas [...]
On the first Saturday in February, Heart of Los Angeles hosted a Cash for College event to provide one-on-one support to students and families completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application. These applications are required to be completed in order to qualify for state and federal financial [...]
In late January, Andrea Cova, Heart of Los Angeles’ Alumni Director, attended the Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) Conference held on the campus of UC Berkeley.Â E4FC empowers undocumented young people to pursue their dreams of college, career, and citizenship in the United States. The focus of the Conference was to bring together teachers, counselors, school [...]
In their first week back, HOLA’s high school seniors were treated to an HOLA Alumni Panel made up of college students and recent college grads who answered questions and shared what it has been like for them to attend schools all over the country. The alumni came from schools near and far, including Cal States [...]
A hearty welcome to new Bridges Middle School Program volunteer Ivana Savic. Ivana works as an assistant in the film industry and is an outdoors enthusiast and avid runner. Growing up among very independent and driven female role models, Ivana strives to find ways to help younger generations of girls to follow their passions and [...]