2016-2017 Program Results Demonstrate Continued Excellence

During the last academic year, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) served 2,236 under-resourced youth, providing them with free, exceptional after-school programs within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities

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Academic Programs served 327 elementary, middle, and high school students

  • 90% of elementary students were performing at or above grade level in reading, writing, math, and homework by the end of the year
  • 79% of middle school students improved their letter grades in math and/or language arts over last spring or are maintaining a B or higher
  • 85% of high school students increased their grades by a half-point (0.5) or maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 100% of HOLA’s 54 seniors graduated from high school and began college this fall
  • 265 youth were engaged by the Scientific Arts Department in STEM and STEAM topics and fields

The College Success Program awarded a record $578,692 in scholarships 

  • 97% of HOLA scholarship recipients are persisting in college

Visual Art and Music Programs served 648 students

  • The Visual Arts Department also engaged students in 19 field trips, welcomed 12 guest artists and groups and curated 4 exhibitions of student work
  • HOLA’s Youth Orchestra students participated in 16 concerts including at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Ojai Music Festival, the Forum, St. Thomas Cathedral, on HOLA’s campus and more

The Athletics Department engaged 1,140 elementary

through high school students in sports leagues, clinics and classes as well as healthy living programming.


Wellness programs served over 600 families and parents

providing them with consistent and daily support, as well as weekly workshops including a teen group focusing on PSYCHO-SOCIAL issues and an elementary school program in mindfulness

  • 635 individual and group therapy sessions were provided to 52 of HOLA’s most at-risk youth and their families
  • 176 students participated in weekly Play for Peace cooperative play sessions facilitated by 14 HOLA-trained high school students

HOLA’s new Arts & Recreation Center begins construction

in September of 2017, and will increase HOLA’s capacity to serve the community by more than 70%


Chief Executive Officer Tony Brown was one of six Californians

to receive a Leadership Award from the James Irvine Foundation, recognizing him for his remarkable work of inspiring youth achievement within HOLA’s after-school programs

September 21, 2017