Beginning in 2013, HOLA has begun offering a diverse array of workshops to bring parents into the HOLA family. Parent and Community Resource Director Veronica Matos leads a book circle for moms where she chooses books with themes the women can relate to, including themes of family and the immigrant experience in America. Veronica also leads general workshops for the parents. The themes of these workshops include: options for local high schools, drugs and gangs, diversity in the community, and navigating the new Affordable Care Act. Operations Director Alex Nataren also leads a class on cooking for families on a budget. All classes are held bilingually to accommodate the diverse needs of HOLA’s community.
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 middle school students and their parents had the opportunity to hear from representatives from local public and private high schools. Representatives from 5 high schools and one after-school program came to HOLA to share a little bit about their schools/program, the application process and to answer questions. The room was packed [...]
Recently, an extraordinary event happened at Heart of Los Angeles. A panel of parents of HOLA alumni assembled at HOLA to speak with the current class of high school seniors and their parents. For anyone who has gone to college or sent a child to college, you know all too well that this is an [...]