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HOLA empowers young people to make a difference in their community and their world. We regularly engage our youth with opportunities to make a positive impact. From tree planting to visiting the elderly, from mural painting in high graffiti areas to leading art activities with patients at the local Shriners Hospitals for Children or volunteering with a local food bank, HOLA students are seeing themselves as agents of change and making their community a better place.

Projects such as an LA River clean-up take on an educational aspect as well. Students learn about their city’s history, ecology and science, while having a positive impact on the environment. Bolstered by curriculum and visits to Tree People, HOLA youth gain an understanding of how what happens in their community has global significance.

Students often take the lead on planning and implementing projects. Recently, after a presentation on domestic violence, a group of middle school students took it upon themselves to raise money for a local non-profit which supports victims of domestic violence. Through our Leadership Program students gain skills to research and implement projects like this on a regular basis.

Community Outreach Projects:

  • Art activities with patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • Read to and perform for seniors at a local senior center
  • Dance with seniors on Valentine’s Day
  • Volunteer at a local food bank
  • Neighborhood park cleanup projects

NEWS

HOLA Participates in MacArthur Park Festival de Otoño

HOLA kids, parents and staff had a wonderful time participating in the MacArthur Park Festival de Otoño, a festival that included art, live music, food, Day of the Dead Activities and a Soccer Tournament for the kids. Over the past several weeks, moms participating in the art class taught by Marialice Jacob have been building […]

HOLA Parents Get to Learn Too

It’s not just the kids participating in all sorts of great activities at HOLA. Parents of HOLA students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of classes each session led by HOLA staff and volunteers. HOLA’s Parent and Community Resource Director, Vero Matos, leads a Book Club throughout the year, with books and discussions […]

Middle School Cupids

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 […]

HOLA Hosts Cash for College Event

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 […]

HOLA Hosts Arts For LA

Heart of Los Angeles recently hosted Arts for LA for the launch of their Advocacy Team Workshops. The goal of the three-part series is to help bolster advocacy efforts around arts eduction in the region’s school districts. Over a dozen community members assembled in HOLA’s Laker Reading Room to participate in Using Social Media to Unite Voices. […]

HOLA Honored by AEG

On a beautiful Sunday evening in December, Heart of Los Angeles was honored as the spotlight charity in AEG’s Season of Giving. The presentation took place on the LA Kings Holiday Ice presented by Coca-Cola at L.A. LIVE. Martha Saucedo, the Executive Vice President of External Affairs, made the presentation on behalf of AEG and […]

 
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