Explore. Engage. Expand.

We are now accepting applications for students Fall 2020-21. Click here to apply. Ahora estamos aceptando solicitudes para estudiante otoño 2020-21. Haga clic aquí. 

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. Our hearts are with the families and communities of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery Breonna Taylor and the countless other victims of racist police violence and murder. Through our afterschool enrichment program, we strive to combat the disparities created by oppressive and systemic racial inequities and work to prepare our students and staff to become changemakers in our communities. We are all deeply connected to each other, and we remain committed to strengthening those connections through compassionate, positive youth development.

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?

LA's BEST Connects

The online application is available here. LA’s BEST Connects provides engaging content for students, vital resources for families, and an avenue for LA’s BEST staff to reach out and connect with the communities we serve.

La solicitud en línea estará disponible aquí. LA’s BEST Connects proporciona contenido atractivo para los estudiantes, recursos vitales para las familias y una vía para que personal de LA’s BEST se comuniquen y se conecten con las comunidades a las que servimos.

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.

"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.