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HOLA Summer Camps provide children with a community of caring adults, who nurture experiential education that results in self-respect and appreciation for the earth we live in. All of the outcomes — self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem, leadership and self-respect — build personal competencies. It is our hope that our youth will learn the importance of compassion, contribution, commitment and character!

We want our parents to tell us that at the end of summer, their children are more caring, understand the importance of giving, are more equipped to stand up for what they know is right and are willing to be more responsible. Day camps in arts, athletics, leadership and academic enrichment offer much needed alternatives to neighborhoods plagued with crime and keep teens away from gangs.

Scientific Arts Summer Camp:
Every summer, HOLA’s Scientific Arts Program holds a free Science Camp for youth in grades 5 and up. Weekly themes include Building a City with Minecraft, Lego Mindstorms, and Make: Projectiles. Students can sign up for one camp or all six.

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Loren Rubin Director of Leadership & Summer Programs
Work Phone: (213) 389-1148 x228
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Bridges Students Excel in Mock Trial

During the last week of summer programming, ten Bridges middle school students participated in a mock trial in the courtroom of Federal District Court Judge James Otero. The trial was the culmination of a ten week class led by attorneys from the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP, including HOLA’s Board President Warren Rissier. During the class, the students learned the ins and outs of preparing for a trial. They worked tirelessly with the attorneys preparing for the big day, writing and developing their opening […]

Youth Facilitators Wrap Up an Exciting Summer

For the past several months, a core group of HOLA high school students have been working with Loren Rubin, Director of Leadership and Summer Programs, training to be facilitators in the Play for Peace Leadership program. Play for Peace brings together children, youth and organizations from communities in conflict, using cooperative play to create laughter, compassion and peace. The group was very busy this summer, meeting twice a week for intensive training sessions, learning team-building activities, practicing their facilitation skills and planning for upcoming sessions. […]

Summer Has Officially Begun!

Heart of LA’s summer programs are up and running. This summer, HOLA will serve more than 600 kids with arts, music, sports and science camps, in addition to a mix of academic support and some summer fun for the participants in our SmartStart Elementary, Bridges Middle School and PAT High School programs. Lots of field trips are planned, including trips to the beach, museums and the zoo. And for the first time, this summer we’re thrilled to have the Ghetto Film School’s (GFS) acclaimed Fellows […]

OMG Cameras Everywhere! a Huge Hit

Once again, the amazing filmmakers from OMG Everywhere! invited HOLA youth to participate in their week-long summer camp, OMG Cameras Everywhere! Twelve lucky Visual Arts and Bridges students joined kids from all over Los Angeles to make movies. The kids had an incredible week of fun and filmmaking, learning all about the art of filmmaking from a group of talented volunteers, including music video directors, teachers and camp counselors. When asked about their experiences, here are just a few of the responses: “Awesome!” “I got […]

Summer’s Over…

…but oh, what a summer it was. HOLA staff and dozens of dedicated volunteers were running on all cylinders, providing an action packed summer filled with incredible activities across all programs and grade levels. The SmartStart elementary students were split into two groups, morning and afternoon, and each week the students went on field trips to cultural institutions around town, including the Museum of Natural History and the Science Center. Undoubtedly, their favorite trip was a behind the scenes tour of The Jim Henson Company […]

UTA Volunteers Return to HOLA

For the third year in a row, enthusiastic volunteers from the United Talent Agency (UTA) returned to help cap off the summer session at HOLA with a fun-filled day of games and activities for over 200 HOLA students from the YOLA at HOLA, SmartStart and Bridges programs. The volunteer group was made up of agents, assistants and interns from UTA and the event was held at the LaFayette Park Recreation Center. Many thanks to the coordinators of the day – HOLA’s Director of Leadership and […]


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