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.
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 […]
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 partners involved in the LA Bridges Program, a gang prevention and intervention program funded by the City Council. At that time, HOLA was collaborating with a local middle school and […]
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 Obispo and UC Santa Barbara. HOLA alumni at each campus led tours, answered students’ questions and gave them insights into college life at each campus. Campus tours included classrooms and […]