Letter from the President of HOLA’s Board of Directors

Starting over two decades ago with HOLA’s founder Mitch Moore, five kids and a basketball, HOLA has attracted a family of people who are impassioned to help the children of Los Angeles. Our Executive Board, Advisory Board, Music Advisory Board and Associate Board are made up of individuals who exemplify the spirit of HOLA and who have helped HOLA’s dedicated staff and volunteers grow the organization to serve over 2,400 kids and yet still maintain HOLA’s grassroots feeling and sense of family.

I am proud to say that HOLA is doing more than just providing a safe place after school for kids in the Rampart District. Together we are also making a difference in the lives of HOLA’s kids by providing high-quality academics, arts and athletics programs. In short, we are helping underserved kids achieve their potential.  Here are just a few of the great things that have happened at HOLA this past year:

  • One hundred percent of the seniors in HOLA’s high school program graduated from high school, compared to an average graduation rate of around 50% at the high schools HOLA students attend.
  • All 76 graduates will attend colleges and universities around the country, and all will be receiving scholarships and/or financial aid.
  • YOLA at HOLA’s student musicians performed at opening night at the Hollywood Bowl, and one talented student traveled to London with the LA Philharmonic to participate in a symposium exploring the future of music education.
  • HOLA’s Visual Arts Program held several exhibitions, including a Swap Meet in MacArthur Park and “Where We Live,” a multi-media art exhibit celebrating the history and culture of the neighborhood surrounding HOLA.
  • HOLA’s students published newsletters, toured colleges, visited museums, designed mobile apps, programmed robots and learned leadership skills through sailing.

We are proud to partner with the LA Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel to provide hundreds of youth with an intensive music education program.  In addition, the renovated Community Center at Lafayette Park, made possible by our historic public-private partnership with the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Recreation and Parks, along with funders like the Everychild Foundation and the Los Angeles Lakers, is now serving as the foundation for taking Rampart back for the kids and the community.

If you are interested in joining one of our Boards, volunteering your time by mentoring a student, teaching a class, coaching a team or simply visiting us to get to know the HOLA family, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by sending an email. With your help, we will continue to positively impact the heart of Los Angeles one child at a time.

J. Warren Rissier
Executive Board President

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