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Responding to COVID-19 | Respuesta al COVID-19

While we too navigate the evolving impact of COVID-19, our mission to keep kids safe and support working families remains paramount. As an LAUSD partnership, we follow all district policies and guidance. LA’s BEST will resume when students can return to school. Our operations and program team, over 2000 people strong, continues to do amazing work to build a culture of community and connection for our LA’s BEST community and all of Los Angeles.

Mientras nosotros también navegamos el impacto de el virus COVID-19, nuestra misión primordial sigue siendo mantener a niños/as seguros y apoyar a las familias trabajadoras. Como asociado del Distrito Escolar de Los Angeles, nosotros seguimos todas las normas y dirección del distrito. LA’s BEST volverá a estar en servicio cuando los estudiantes puedan regresar a la escuela. Nuestro equipo de operaciones y programas, un equipo de más de 2000 personas, continúa haciendo un trabajo increíble para crear comunidad y conexión para la comunidad de LA’s BEST y para todo Los Angeles.

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, from the time the school bell rings until 6pm, 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.

“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

What's Happening?

Annual Report 2019-2020

Read our digital 2019-2020 Annual Report: Cultivating Community Connections. When schools, 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.

Advocacy

Join LA’s BEST and the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance (CA3) to celebrate Lights On Afterschool on Thursday, October 22,  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, from your computer! RSVP here. We are supporting November 2020 ballot measures Prop 15 and Measure J  which will benefit the students, families and communities we serve. Click here for more details.

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.

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

We stand in solidarity with our Black community. We stand with our fellow Angelenos and those around the world who are demanding justice and fighting injustice. Please read the rest of our statement here.

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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.

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