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HOLA has gotten some great press over the years and now we want to share it with all of you! Take a look at some of our previous feature articles as printed in the Los Angeles Times, La Opinion, The Everychild Foundation Newsletter and more…

HOLA designs artwork for Staples Center Suite

HOLA was invited by AEG to create art for a newly remodeled suite. The room was inspired by DTLA and the iconography extended from Griffith Park to MacArthur Park. The central mural was designed and painted by HOLA Alumni and Artist Mentor in Residence, Yair Sarmiento. The surrounding canvases were painting by HOLA youth, ages 11-17, who volunteered their time during their summer breakWe are grateful for the support of the HOLA faculty to complete this project by the very tight deadline. We also received […]

Blending Cultures via Basketball

Last week, the Lafayette Multipurpose Community Center  was the venue for a very special basketball game. As a stop on their U.S. tour, The Saint Peters Lutheran College from Brisbane, Australia came to compete against HOLA’s high school boys’ and girls’ teams in two friendly games. The first game’s victory went to the Aussie girls, yet the HOLA’s boy’s team bested their opponents in the second. Afterwords, the teams had time to bond over stories and laughter while eating some good ol’ American pizza. We’re grateful to have been included in their […]

Oldest HOLA Alum Writes Memoir

  Twenty-six years ago, HOLA began as five kids, one volunteer and a basketball in a church basement. This month, Jonathan Orozco, one of HOLA’s original five, returned to HOLA to share his thoughts and new book with the parents of our Bridges middle school students.  “No matter how busy you are, make time for you kids,” he advised a packed room. “Talk to your kids about who they are and where they come from. A strong sense of identity and belonging could save their lives.” Born in […]

$5.8 Million Gift from The Audrey Irmas Foundation for Social Justice

  This is an historic moment for Heart of Los Angeles and the young adults connected through the College Success program. Not only has HOLA received the largest gift in its history, the gift itself made international history as well. When Sotheby’s sold the Cy Twombly’s Untitled (1968) at $70.5 million Wednesday evening at an auction, a $5.88 million college scholarship fund for HOLA alumni became effective from The Audrey Irmas Foundation for Social Justice (AIFSJ). It is estimated that over 200 HOLA students will benefit from the Irmas Scholarship […]

Barneys New York Shops for HOLA

Three years ago, HOLA and Barneys New York — a brand with a strong commitment to social awareness — began a blossoming partnership. EVP of Marketing and Communications for Barneys NY , Charlotte Blechman attests, “From early on, we recognized and appreciated all Tony and the HOLA team have done to drastically improve the lives of so many children. HOLA is such an important organization that means so much to the Los Angeles community, and we strive to support them in any way that we can.” Most recently, […]

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!

Mentors Guide Seniors Along the Path to College

Highly motivated and focused, our high school students are persistently college-bound. Despite their determination, they are met with a bit of shock as the moment they have been waiting for arrives: college application season.  While this process is thrilling, it can also feel quite overwhelming, especially for students who will be the first of their family to go to college. Yet here at HOLA, we know what it takes to fulfill our mission to our students, at every stage. For our high school seniors, we’ve learned that the most effective way to guide them through the higher education portal […]

AAD and Murad Partner to Bring Shade to LaFayette Park

Murad, Inc. and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) are partnering to Shade America. Shade America supports the building of shade structures to provide protection from the sun’s harmful rays in parks and playgrounds across America, with the goal of shading one million children over the next five years. HOLA is featured in the Spring issue of Aspire, the AAD’s quarterly publication in an interview with Hilarie Murad, President of the Murad Family Foundation. When asked about Murad’s role in the program, Hilarie responded: “We […]

YOLA at HOLA Featured in LA Times

The Los Angeles Times recently published a four-part print and digital piece about the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The third article in the series highlighted the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) and featured HOLA’s own Vivian Trejo. Vivian has been a member of YOLA at HOLA since the program began five years ago. Vivian plays the french horn and has won a scholarship to the prestigious Colburn School of Music. To read the article in Spanish, click here. HOLA is the home to the second of three YOLA […]

Bridges Middle School Summer Program Featured in the LA Times

For the past several years, the Los Angeles Times Family Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, has supported HOLA’s elementary and middle school summer programs through the Fund’s Summer Camp Campaign. The Campaign raises contributions to support programs that provide thousands of Southern California’s at-risk children ages 7 to 17 with enriching, educational and fun camp experiences. An article about HOLA’s middle school transition program was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times.


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