Southern California Program

Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)

Education - Great Public Schools Now Initiative
Los Angeles, CA
June 2016

Heart of Los Angeles Youth (HOLA) provides at-risk youth with a structured continuum of afterschool programs designed to counteract the effects of living in poverty, deter them from gang involvement and encourage their academic achievement, high school graduation and college attendance.  HOLA has experienced a significant increase in demand for its programming and has 350 students on its waiting list due to a pressing need for more space.  A grant will go toward the construction of HOLA’s new, approximately 25,000-square-foot Arts, Enrichment, and Recreation Center in Lafayette Park and will replace 10,000 square feet of overcrowded, short-term leased space.  Incorporating shipping containers and traditional modular construction, this vibrant new facility has a cost-efficient and flexible design that allows for adding containers if more space is needed in the future.  As currently configured, the Center will enable HOLA to double the number of youth served daily to 600 and reach a total of 4,000 people annually.  It will house HOLA’s music, tutoring, science enrichment and college access and success programs.  Youth counseling and intervention services will also be available.  As part of HOLA’s 50-year land lease agreement with the city’s Recreation and Parks Department, the Center will host adult programs and services during the school day for parents and community residents through shared programming with partner agencies.

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