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Tony’s Blog: Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Tony’s Blog: Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Last week, an article in the Los Angeles Times documented an alarming trend: L.A. County spends $233,000 a year for each teen it incarcerates. That’s more than the cost of a college education, and vastly more than the approximately $2,000... read more »

 

Tony’s Blog: Celebrating Our Connections and Lasting Impacts

Tony’s Blog: Celebrating Our Connections and Lasting Impacts

At a college send-off celebration last month, we honored the people who helped us get to where we are, and the connections we all share. A few weeks ago, I attended our annual college send-off party for HOLA’s most recent alums.  Before... read more »

 

Why Fund Real Costs

Why Fund Real Costs

I recently had the opportunity to speak on two panels regarding trends in foundation funding. The first panel was part of the Center for Nonprofit Management‘s annual 501(c)onference. The theme of this year’s conference was “Roads... read more »

 

Are LAUSD Kids College Ready?

Are LAUSD Kids College Ready?

Recent data released by the LAUSD revealed that nearly three-quarters of the current 10th grade class is at risk of not graduating on time because they will not meet the minimum college prep requirements set ten years ago. The requirements provide... read more »

 

After-School Programs Work

After-School Programs Work

I recently had the opportunity to attend the National After-School Summit at the University of Southern California’s Schwarzenegger Institute. The Summit highlighted exciting work that’s being done around the country and featured... read more »

 

Combating Persistent Poverty

Combating Persistent Poverty

Every child has strong foundational needs that must be met to ensure healthy human development. Parents and/or guardians bear the primary responsibility for meeting these needs – responsive caregiving, safe and secure environments, positive... read more »

 

College Success

College Success

The good news is: high school graduation rates continue to improve and last year, the graduation rates in California reached historic highs. The result of this increase is that larger... read more »

 

Reflecting on 25 Years

Reflecting on 25 Years

Over the past couple of months, we have been hard at work putting together all of the pieces of our 25th anniversary celebration. During this time, I have had the opportunity to reconnect... read more »

 

Thoughts on Education

Thoughts on Education

There’s been a lot of media attention lately about the purchase of iPads by the LAUSD and the use of technology in the classroom. The increasing tendency to depersonalize education... read more »

 

The Importance of “Free” Play

The Importance of “Free” Play

I’ve been reading a lot over the past couple of months about organized play and our country’s penchant for developing elite athletes at an early age. With the focus in... read more »

 
 
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