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Taking A Stand & Switching it Up: Reflections from the Music Department

Taking A Stand & Switching it Up: Reflections from the Music Department

By Emie George, YOLA at HOLA Music Coordinator Emie George, YOLA at HOLA coordinator Hi Everyone! There is so much happening over in the music department. For one, our students have had the opportunity to apply to a national festival organized... read more »

 

College Road Trip Motivates High School Seniors

College Road Trip Motivates High School Seniors

In recent years, HOLA has been building a college success program geared towards high school students who become the first in their family to attend college. We’ve built a mentoring program focused on college applications and essay... read more »

 

Blending Cultures via Basketball

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... read more »

 

Blending Cultures via Dia De Los Muertos

Blending Cultures via Dia De Los Muertos

Day of the Dead altar memorializes loved ones, and fragrant flowers welcome them home. In some American families, it’s common to want to shield our young ones from the bleakness of death and grief. In an attempt to soften pain and fear, children... read more »

 

PAT Students Organize to Make a Difference

PAT Students Organize to Make a Difference

The LA Rakers was founded in the same way most social movements are formed: as an informal collective of young people determined to address social problems. As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed... read more »

 

She’s Heading East

She’s Heading East

Jessica Ambrosio had some difficult choices to make when it came time to deciding where she wanted to go to college. She had lots of incredible options, including Brown and Yale Universities. She ultimately decided on Yale where she will be... read more »

 

SmartStart Travels the World

SmartStart Travels the World

The SmartStart kids started off their summer with a bang! The theme of week one was World Travelers – Culture and Geography and their learning and exploring was capped off with a field trip to the Plaza de Cultura y Artes museum and cultural... read more »

 

Leading to Serve

Leading to Serve

HOLA seniors Wilson Vaquerano, Romana Maralit, and Shushoma Sravostee recently had the opportunity to present at the Paulo Freire Institute‘s 2015 CAFE Conference at the University of California Los Angeles. The focus of this year’s... read more »

 

Gifted Mentor

Gifted Mentor

Manuel has been coming to HOLA for as long as he can remember, starting way back when in the SmartStart Elementary School Program. Now, as an 11th Grader, he participates in both the PAT High School Program, taking SAT Prep Classes and getting... read more »

 

Student Leader

Student Leader

YOLA at HOLA musician Devin Aguilar has been attending HOLA since 1st Grade. When he first started in the program, he played the viola. But after his first year, he transitioned to the cello. Although he didn’t pick the cello, he loves playing... read more »

 
 
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