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The online application for LA’s BEST 2021-2022 will be available Thursday, July 29 at 9AM. Click here to access the application.

La solicitud en línea para el LA’s BEST 2021-2022 estará disponible Jueves 29 de julio a las 9AM. Haga clic aquí para acceder a la aplicación.

We Are Hiring

Work in your community (from San Pedro to Pacoima, and Venice to East LA) and be a role model for kids! LA’s BEST offers great benefits and professional development. Start your dream job today!  Click here for more details. 

LA’s BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program plays a vital role in the lives of more than 25,000 unique and talented elementary school students who come from neighborhoods with the fewest resources and the greatest needs.

Every school day, each LA’s BEST student receives a nutritious meal, help with their homework and the opportunity to participate in a wide array of enrichment activities.

LA’s BEST engages children creatively, emotionally, intellectually and physically, empowering them to explore and discover the opportunities in their lives. We inspire and prepare children to create lives full of choices.

Responding to COVID-19

Our mission to keep kids engaged, provide social and emotional connection and support working families remains paramount.

Click here to learn about our COVID-19 response.

“LA’s BEST touches the lives of students and their families across Los Angeles — giving thousands of kids a safe, enriching, and empowering place to spend time after school and during the summer. LA’s BEST is essential to erasing the achievement gap, and I’m proud that my office drives a program that helps young people go after their dreams.”
– Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
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Our Stories

A curated collection of stories that shows the impact of LA’s BEST across Los Angeles.

Explore how our staff are connecting with students and families and the long-term influence LA’s BEST has on the lives of our alumni.

Read About Our Impact

What's Happening?

Essential Connections

Please click here to watch the show!

We are honored that Michaela Pereira, our longtime supporter and anchor of Good Day LA, hosted the event. She is joined by heartfelt messages from our staff, kids and parents and videos celebrating our honorees.

Annual Report 2019-2020

Read our digital 2019-2020 Annual Report: Cultivating Community Connections. When schools closed, we had to abruptly halt our robust enrichment programming and focus on meeting the community’s immediate needs and cultivating connections with our students, families and staff. We want to thank all of our partners for standing by us! Download the Executive Summary.

Trauma Informed Practices

Trauma Informed Practices

We are equipping our staff to understand the impacts of trauma to respond constructively to challenging situations and to create the conditions for children to learn the social and emotional skills essential to navigating their lives. Read our blog by Eric Gurna, President & CEO posted on Medium, Trauma, Adversity and Transformation in Afterschool Programs.

UCLA CRESST Evaluation Results

UCLA CRESST Evaluation Results

The recently published UCLA CRESST research report finds that elementary school children who attend LA’s BEST were less likely to drop out and more likely to graduate high school than those students who never participated in the program. Click here to for a summary of the study or click here to read the full report.