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Campus Partners

Heart of Los Angeles has successfully leveraged its resources through a number of innovative partnerships. These agreements have enabled HOLA to direct a substantial portion of its funding to cover programming costs.



In 2013, HOLA welcomed the Bard Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program to our campus. Bard MAT students spend one year in classes and residency earning a master’s degree and California credential. Students can focus on History, Literature, Mathematics or Biology. Bard has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with a Teacher Quality Partnership grant that offers up to $30,000 in stipends to individuals who make a three year commitment to teaching in high-needs public schools.

Through this partnership, HOLA provides a base for internships and coursework that encourages wide-ranging and creative thinking about the problems of poverty and education. The MAT candidates work alongside HOLA staff to develop programming and tutoring opportunities that continually highlight the importance of building relationships with students. For the past several decades Bard has developed a respected reputation working collaboratively with organizations that share its belief that serious study in the Liberal Arts and Humanities, including the imaginative exploration of math and science, should be available for anyone. We are thrilled to partner with Bard college in their efforts to train the next generation of educators. For upcoming deadlines and enrollment information for the Bard College at HOLA MAT Program, please click here.


In the summer of 2014, HOLA welcomed it’s newest partner, Ghetto Film School (GFS) LA and to HOLA’s community campus. GFS LA is a ground-breaking initiative, created through a partnership between Ghetto Film School and 21st Century Fox, that brings GFS’ award-winning Fellows Program to diverse young storytellers throughout Los Angeles. The Fellows Program, launched in June 2014, is a free, rigorous 30-month college-level pre-professional immersion in cinematic storytelling and production training. During the program, Fellows write, direct and edit original short films, commercials, animations and other creative content. They also study under top filmmakers and industry experts, participate in regular site visits to studio lots, development offices and post houses, weekly trips to top LA cinemas, museums and art galleries and an international production trip during the annual Thesis Project. At the conclusion of the Program, the Fellows enroll at top colleges and universities, becoming outstanding candidates for the LA creative industry’s recruitment initiatives and programs.


Longy School of Music of Bard College

In the fall of 2011, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Longy School of Music of Bard College announced the formation of a partnership, Take a Stand, that supports social change through music.. The joint initiative offers field-wide conferences and a new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program that is housed on the HOLA campus. This year-long intensive program is designed for musicians with a desire to respond to today’s educational needs and who aspire to participate in the growing El Sistema movement in the United States.  The program leverages Bard College’s experience in developing renowned academic and socially based teacher training programs with Longy School of Music’s role as a leader in progressive and rigorous training for performing and teaching musicians. The MAT program provides the candidates with direct access to graduate level faculty, including Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians and leading scholars in music and education. The MAT program’s first class of graduate students began in January 2013. For upcoming deadlines and enrollment information for the Longy School of Music of Bard College at HOLA’s MAT Program, please click here.



HOLA's Visual Arts and Music Programs are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

In partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, HOLA has built a model program. HOLA co-operates the Lafayette Park Building with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The facility was recently renovated and expanded and re-opened in 2011. This facility now houses additional classroom space and an indoor athletic facility, providing HOLA with the capacity to significantly increase the number of youth participating in free exceptional programming. In 2018, Heart of Los Angeles and the LA Department of Recreation of Parks are partnering again on a very special Arts and Recreation Center Project scheduled to open in 2018.

Los Angeles Housing Partnership, Inc.

For ten years HOLA has been affiliated with Los Angeles Housing Partnership (LAHP), a non-profit organization that provides quality low-income housing and other essential resources for disadvantaged families living in the same community as HOLA. In 2003, HOLA was given the opportunity to move into the basement of one of LAHP’s buildings. Through this partnership, HOLA pays only $1 a year for the space (now referred to as HOLA Central) for 25 years, with an option to renew.


Los Angeles Philharmonic

In the fall of 2010,  HOLA established a formal partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association to be the second site of the Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA). YOLA is the first orchestra in the nation that is directly modeled after the Venezuelan El Sistema program, one of the world’s most prestigious classical music and instrumental youth education programs. Gustavo Dudamel, the Music Director of the LA Philharmonic, is a product of El Sistema. When Gustavo joined the LA Phil five years ago, he brought with him a strong belief that every student should be given the chance to learn a musical instrument and have the opportunity to succeed. In YOLA at HOLA’s first year, HOLA engaged 100 first- and fourth-graders, offering up to 15 hours each week of intensive ensemble-based music instruction and full orchestra rehearsals. Now in its fourth year, YOLA at HOLA serves 250 elementary, middle and high school aged youth. In addition to receiving classical music and instrumental instruction, these students benefit from HOLA’s proven academic services, providing each student with a unique comprehensive educational experience and personal attention from caring adults. In an effort to engage the entire community in this process of societal change, HOLA hosts “Community Saturdays” in order to foster strong and joyful music making that welcomes not only YOLA families, but anyone of any age wanting to make music and engage in a culture of community.




Southwest Airlines is the official Airline of Heart of Los Angeles, and a long-time friend and partner of our organization.  Through donated air travel from Southwest, HOLA students are able to visit universities about which they would otherwise only be able to dream, and HOLA staff can attend conferences and events that foster best practice and innovation in our programs and operations.  We are proud to work with a company that is committed to giving back to the communities in which their customers and employees live and work, and we thank them for investing in the future through their support of our students college aspirations.



We are so grateful to all our community partners throughout the years. This is only a small selection of partnerships and is not meant as a comprehensive list.


Los Angeles County of Museum Art (LACMA)

Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles Rams


National Parks Service

Neighborhood Legal Services Los Angeles County (NLSLA)

New Village Girls Academy

Outward Bound

Penland School of Crafts

Play for Peace

Rediscover MacArthur Park Alliance


Self Help Graphics

Southwest Airlines

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

World Wildlife Federation

Young Arts Foundation


A World Fit for Kids


Art Center

Art Division

Bard College

California Science Center

Council District 1

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services

Food Education Access Support Together (FEAST)

Ghetto Film School

Grammy Museum


Huntington Library


Karsh Center

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Levitt Pavilion

Longy School of Music at Bard College

Los Angeles Conservancy