Explore. Engage. Expand.

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.

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.

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“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

Wide-ranging, long-term impact on students, communities and society.

Our students are 20% less likely to drop out of high school*

Our students are 30% less likely to commit a juvenile crime*

Our students show increased self-esteem and self-efficacy*

*Sources: UCLA/CRESST Studies

What's Happening?

Locally Grown: A Garden Party

Join us on March 21st in the Garden at Redbird|Vibiana and enjoy signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from renowned L.A. Chefs, plus music and a special auction. Click here for event details and to purchase tickets.

Daniel Monterroso, Staff Development Coordinator

Daniel is featured in the National Afterschool Association’s publication as one of the Next Generation of Leaders in Afterschool. Read the article here.

Celebrate Science Fair: Good Fun, Good Science

Teams of students created and presented their own interactive experiments to a team of esteemed judges.

LA’s BEST 30th Anniversary Gala: Our City, Our Kids

The 30th anniversary, Our City, Our Kids gala was an amazing night celebrating the past 30 years of LA’s BEST and our ongoing commitment to support the children of LA. You can still bid on items in our silent auction until 12/7 at 5pm (click here). Check out pictures from the evening here

"I've influenced kids to never give up, to move forward, give back – and know that we're all in this together."

– David Mena
LA’s BEST Traveling Program Supervisor and staff member for over 25 years

Join Us.

Engaging children as active learners – and helping them see new choices and opportunities – takes a lot of people with vision, passion, enthusiasm, creativity, patience and a lot of love. And the generosity of our many supporters.

How to Enroll Your Child

We believe all children need a safe place to be after school with caring adults and engaging activities -- at no cost to families.