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 cityβs 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
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 […]
Heart of Los Angeles recently hostedΒ Arts for LAΒ 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. […]
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 […]
A huge thank you goes out to Michael Banks, the Reatail Manager of the LensCrafters, Beverly Plaza, for providing free exams AND glasses for 19 Heart of Los Angeles youth. For many of our youth, eye exams and glasses are often out of reach when their family struggles daily just to put food on the […]
This year Heart of Los Angeles is proud to count nearly 200 active alumni attending colleges and universities across the county. It’s midterm season for most of our students and Thanksgiving is fast approaching. This is a tough time to be so far away from home for our students, many of whom are spending an […]