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HOLA offers a diverse array of workshops to bring parents into the HOLA family. Parent and Community Resource Director Veronica Matos leads a weekly book circle for parents of HOLA kids. Veronica chooses books with themes the parents can relate to, including themes of family and the immigrant experience in America. Veronica also leads workshops for the parents on a variety of topics, including: options for local high schools, drugs and gangs, diversity in the community, and navigating the new Affordable Care Act. Alex Nataren, HOLA’s Operations Director and Director of Healthy Cooking leads a class on cooking for families on a budget. All classes are held bilingually to accommodate the diverse needs of HOLA’s community.

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Veronica Matos Parent and Community Resource Director
Work Phone: (213) 389-1148 x223
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Alex Nataren Operations Director & Director of Healthy Cooking
Work Phone: (213) 389-1148 x234
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HOLA Hosts Cash for College Event

On the first Saturday in February, Heart of Los Angeles hosted a Cash for College event to provide one-on-one support to students and families completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application. These applications are required to be completed in order to qualify for state and federal financial aid. Sixty-seven students completed their applications: 55 completed the FAFSA and 12 completed the Dream Act Application. The students and their parents started arriving before the doors opened at 9:00 […]

Parents and Kids Learn About Options for High School

Heart of Los Angeles middle school students and their parents had the opportunity to hear from representatives from local public and private high schools. Representatives from 5 high schools and one after-school program came to HOLA to share a little bit about their schools/program, the application process and to answer questions. The room was packed with middle school students from the Bridges and YOLA at HOLA programs and their parents. The night began with brief introductions, in English and then translated into Spanish by Veronica […]

Parents of Alumni Provide Advice

Recently, an extraordinary event happened at Heart of Los Angeles. A panel of parents of HOLA alumni assembled at HOLA to speak with the current class of high school seniors and their parents. For anyone who has gone to college or sent a child to college, you know all too well that this is an extremely tumultuous time for the seniors and their parents. For many of these families, this is the first time they are dealing with the idea of college. They have questions, […]


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