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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.

Click here for enrollment dates.

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Loren Rubin Senior Program Director
Work Phone: (213) 389-1148 x228
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Oh What a Summer!

  This has been a great summer at Heart of Los Angeles, we are grateful to a wonderful list of summer supporters listed below. You have made it possible for hundreds of kids growing up in the “heart” of the city to have access to S.T.E.M. and Visual Arts Camps, Music, Fitness, Athletics, Field Trips, Healthy Chefs, GFS LA Film and TV (Funded through GFS LA funders), just to list a few. Then there are the sleep-away camps too. (Thank you Leann Robinson and friends in […]

Summer Music Camp in the Mountains

Several of the middle and high school music students in the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) at HOLA Program got a jump on their summers with a week-long music camp up in the mountains of Idyllwild. During the first week, Kevin and Miguel joined several of their peers from the YOLA at EXPO program and spent most of their time preparing for their performance with Journey and the LA Phil on opening night at the Hollywood Bowl!!! During week two, 32 YOLA at HOLA students […]

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 center. While they were there, the students had the opportunity to explore the edible teaching garden, which celebrates the Mexican and Mexican American cultures by creating sustainable urban agriculture. The students learned about different plants and flowers and even created their […]

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 […]


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