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Tony M. Brown Executive Director
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Rebecca Clark Administrative Director
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Elizabeth Curtis Development Director
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Anna Phillips Senior Grants Officer
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Genaro Trejo Chief Operating Officer
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Cristina Wood Grants Management Coordinator
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Kevin Franco College Success Director
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Brittany Mejia SmartStart Director
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Sonia Salazar High School PAT Director
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Monique van Willingh YOLA at HOLA & Music Director
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Silvia Velazquez Bridges Middle School Director
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Ana Albarran Youth Intake Coordinator
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Claire Anna Baker Teaching Artist, Drawing and Painting
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Michael Benedict YOLA at HOLA Teaching Artist
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Michael Bigos HOLA Music Teaching Artist
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Chris Cabrera PAT Coordinator
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Lilian Cervantes Pacheco Visual Arts Coordinator
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Blake Cooper YOLA at HOLA Teaching Artist
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Emma Cunningham Scientific Arts Teacher
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Anitra Deavors-Ely AmeriCorps VISTA Member, Volunteer Coordinator
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Jacqueline DesRosier YOLA at HOLA Teaching Artist
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Ben Ede YOLA at HOLA Teaching Artist
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Jessica Fernandez Athletics Coordinator
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Emmanuel Galvez Teaching Artist, Drawing & Elementary Art Education
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Gary Garay Teaching Artist, Studio Art & Screen Printing
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Haymen Gebru Athletics Coordinator
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Emily George YOLA at HOLA Coordinator
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Miriam Gomez Bridges Middle School Teacher
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Laura Greenlee College Counselor
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Jessica Guendoley Leadership Scholar in Residence
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Miguel Guendoley Music Scholar in Residence
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Ada Hernandez Building Maintenance
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Pearl C. Hsiung Teaching Artist, Painting, Performance & Video
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Sindia Jara SmartStart Elementary School Teacher
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Emma Joleen YOLA at HOLA Teaching Artist
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Jessica Jones YOLA at HOLA Teaching Artist
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Simone Montemurno Teaching Artist, Introduction to Art and Mixed Media
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Nadene Rasmussen YOLA at HOLA Teaching Artist
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Michael Russo Teaching Artist/Ceramics
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Nikki Shorts YOLA at HOLA Teaching Artist
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Mark Tyson HOLA Guitar and Rock Band Teacher
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HOLA Executive Director, Tony Brown, Named Local Hero by Bank of America

HOLA’s Tony Brown was awarded the “Local Hero” award by Bank of America for offering a safe, nurturing environment to 2,300 at-risk kids.

Tony Brown Wins Local Hero Award by Creating a Safe Haven

Bank of America names HOLA’s Executive Director a “Local Hero” for his work in providing a safe haven for thousands of at-risk kids. A SAFE HAVEN Tony Brown decided to choose a path that would help troubled kids in his tough Los Angeles neighborhood. “I wanted something more fulfilling in my life. And I felt like if I could get to kids before they made… bad choices …, then that would be pretty fulfilling.” —Tony Brown Brown decided to quit his job in the private […]

HOLA Staff Honored

Elizabeth Curtis, HOLA’s Director of Development, recently received much deserved recognition. In May, Elizabeth was honored by the Junior League of Los Angeles with the prestigious President’s Cup Award. We also wanted to update you on Tony Brown’s Local Heroes Award from the Bank of America. The Junior League’s President’s Cup Award recognizes a member’s dedication and commitment to volunteerism and civic leadership. Elizabeth has been an active member of the Junior League since 2002 and has served in many areas, including Board Vice President, […]

Meet Vero: HOLA’s Parent & Community Resource Director

Veronica Matos, or Vero to those who know her, has been working at HOLA for the past five years and has been in her current position for two years. “How do you describe what you do?” I bridge the gap between the educational and cultural world the HOLA kids are living in and what their parents know or are aware of. “How do you do that?” In a variety of ways: I provide workshops on different topics or issues of concern to the parents. During […]

Alumni Director Invited to Join USC Advisory Board

We are very proud to announce that Andrea Cova, HOLA’s Alumni Director, has been asked to join the Advisory Board of the Educational Counseling Master’s Program at USC. This is a fairly new program and the Advisory Board has been formed to help guide the development of the Program. HOLA is the only non-profit represented on the Board and she will be working with representatives of many highly respected colleges and universities, including Pitzer, Berkeley, USC, and Santa Monica College. We are very proud of […]

HOLA’s Leadership and Summer Programs are Flourishing Under the Direction of Loren Rubin

Loren has been a dedicated member of the HOLA staff for more than 11 years and for the past year and a half, he has taken on the role of Director of Leadership and Summer Programs. In this unique position, he has worked tirelessly to provide quality summer programming and to develop meaningful leadership programs at every grade level. As the Los Angeles Unified School District continues to battle significant budget short falls, most summer programs have been eliminated. Under Loren’s leadership, HOLA has stepped […]

Chef Alex Participates on ASA Panel

Alex Nataren, HOLA’s Director of Healthy Cooking, recently served on a panel during the American Studies Association‘s annual meeting. The panel, Reimagining Agriculture and Accessibility within and against L.A.’s Cityscape, highlighted a number of local initiatives that are doing innovative work in the food space. Alex’s talk focused on the Healthy Lifestyles Program Alex has been running at HOLA for the past 8 years. Since the program first began with a grant from Kraft Foods, thousands of kids and their families have benefited. Each year, […]

Tony Brown Named to Town & Country’s List of the World’s Top 50 Philanthropists

We are thrilled to announce that Tony Brown was recently named to Town & Country’s second annual list of the World’s Top 50 Philanthropists. The list includes influential donors, nonprofit heavyweights and thought leaders, including Eli & Edythe Broad, Bill & Melinda Gates and Diane von Furstenberg & Barry Diller. Tony was recognized for giving more options to underserved kids in LA. Click here to read the entire list, or better yet, the magazine is now available at your local newsstand. Congratulations, Tony!

Spotlight on STEM Teacher Emma Cunningham

“What do I love about teaching? The challenge of, ‘How can I create a trail of breadcrumbs to help a student going from unknowing to knowing?’ Figuring out what I can do from the sidelines to help a student reach that ‘aha!’ moment independently — I love that.” -Emma Cunningham, HOLA teacher of Scientific Arts Born and raised between Los Angeles, Japan and San Diego, Emma Cunningham has traveled a path filled with tech, creativity, and a passion for social justice that has led her most recently […]

Meet Our AmeriCorps VISTA’s (2015-16)

Founded in 1965, Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) originated to combat poverty and in 1993 it officially became an AmeriCorps program. Today, over 7,000 AmeriCorps VISTA’s annually serve not only by working in an underserved community but living as a neighbor in that community as well. The AmeriCorps VISTA initiative has been compared to similar organizations such as Peace Corps and Teach for America. HOLA’s very own VISTA Anitra Deavors-Ely explains it best, “AmeriCorps is the perfect opportunity for people who think they have a passion to work in the […]

Alumni Return, This Time As Leaders

In honor of HOLA Alum turned Bridges Middle School Director Silvia Velazquez being named one of JCPenney’s “Leaders of Tomorrow,” we would like to honor two other alumnae who are also full-time staff members here on campus. Sonia Salazar – Class of ’05 Back in 2005, the year PAT High School Director Sonia Salazar graduated from HOLA, there wasn’t an alumni program in place.  However, that didn’t keep Sonia away.  Upon graduating from University of California Santa Barbara in 2009 with a B.A., she was ready to give back to the […]

The Kitchen: Chef Alex’s Healthy Breakfast Quesadillas

By themselves, quesadillas are not the healthiest food. But add in chopped vegetables and whole wheat tortillas and remove the butter and you have a delicious breakfast that will please even the pickiest of eaters. Best served with a side of fruit and guacamole or salsa on top! Ingredients: Whole wheat tortillas Shredded cheese (cheddar is best) 1 red onion, diced 1 green pepper, diced 1 red pepper, diced 1 package of mushrooms, diced 4 eggs 1 can of refried beans Olive oil Instructions: Heat […]

“Persisting with Courage” Lesson Taught Via Social Media

Even though struggle is a part of life — and something that usually makes us more resilient — it’s easy as a young person to perceive hardships as failure, threatening the feeling of shame. An important lesson while growing up is to understand that just because you fail or struggle that doesn’t mean you give up. Ideally, one is given guidance and tools that will help in their journey of persistence. Part of HOLA’s mission includes the phrase “nurturing environment” and while our alumni aren’t here anymore, we attempt to continue that […]

Staff Spotlight: Mark Tyson Rocks

Born in Los Angeles in 1959 into a family of musicians, Mark Tyson, HOLA music instructor and founder of our rock band, is living proof that music changes lives. Mark has been an artist his whole life, a performer for 30 years, and a teacher at HOLA since 2004. He has nurtured the talent of many budding musicians. Recently, when we caught up with him, Mark shared his thoughts on teaching, as well as a playlist of the music that has influenced him as a person and artist. Inspirations by a Music Teacher from HeartofLosAngeles on 8tracks […]

Alum Returns to HOLA as Scholar in Residence

After a successful internship with Walt Disney Studios in Burbank already under his belt, HOLA alumni Daniel Lopez is well on his way to achieving his goals of graduating college and using media skills to empower his community. A native Angeleno, Daniel attends California State University of Los Angeles where he studies Communications and Marketing. He is excited to return to his roots as the current Scholar in Residence, a yearlong position offered to an exceptional alum enrolled in college who has demonstrated a desire to give […]

Tocar y Luchar (To Play and to Fight)

By Nikki Shorts, YOLA at HOLA Teaching Artist In 2010, the day after my teaching audition for the YOLA at HOLA string teacher position, I sent an email to the director of the music program at the time that said I would love to hear any feedback she had about my audition, and that I was really excited about the fledgling El Sistema-inspired program that I knew would soon be doing so much good for the community.  I told her that as a kid growing up in […]

Doing the Right Thing

By YOLA at HOLA teaching artist Emily Kubitskey, who has been a clarinetist and keyboardist for over two decades, and is the Wind Ensemble Director and Woodwind Specialist for YOLA at HOLA. Every day I walk into a classroom or rehearsal — whether it’s with hopeful college students, angsty teenagers, or crazy kindergarteners — I have to remind myself that I am there to build human relationships and provide them with lifelong tools and skills. And the rest? You know, that whole musical excellence part? Well, that’s […]

To Saturn, Heaven, A Black Hole and Beyond

By Nadene Rasmussen, YOLA at HOLA Teaching Artist I became a teaching artist at HOLA almost two years ago. I’d been volunteering for a few months, and was constantly inspired by the incredible students who walked through the doors each day. I knew that HOLA was the place for me, so when I was asked to join this amazing faculty, naturally I was thrilled. Today, as one of HOLA’s string specialists, my main goals are to improve technique, instill the value of persistence and consistent […]

Beneath the Surface Art Residency

HOLA visual arts students have been learning about the drought and its impact on their city, and have been creating art to explore their findings.  Beneath the Surface is a public art workshop organized by Jonas Becker, artist-in-residence at HOLA and interdisciplinary visual artist who uses art to explore our cultural hopes, fears and beliefs. Bringing together guests with valuable expertise, including Lisa Bechtold (archivist), Caitlin Craggs (animationist), and Avishay Artsy (KCRW radio journalist), Jonas asked his students to use photography, animation, journalism and filmmaking as […]

 
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