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
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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 Benefiting LA’s BEST

Locally Grown, a fundraising garden party honoring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, was a beautiful evening at Redbird/Vibiana on March 15, 2018.

LA’s BEST Games: You Played, Kids Won!

On May 12th, teams of supporters and students connected, played games and raised funds to support LA’s BEST and our health and wellness programming.

Dance & Drill Showcase: April 28/29, 2018

Over 3,000 LA’s BEST students gathered at Cal State LA to demonstrate their Drill & Dance, leadership, teamwork and self-confidence.

Celebrate Science Fair: Good Fun, Good Science

Teams of students created and presented their own interactive experiments to a team of esteemed judges on April 8th.

LA’s BEST 30th Anniversary Gala: SAVE THE DATE!

Join us on November 29, 2018, for a celebration of the past 30 years of LA’s BEST and our ongoing commitment to support the children of LA.

"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.