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?

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Your voice can make the difference! Here’s how you can help:
Text “Afterschool” to 528-86 to contact your representatives.  Click here, on our Advocacy page, for more information on how you can help. 

Trauma-Resilient Informed Practices

As an afterschool program dedicated to supporting young people in the afterschool hours and beyond, we are part of a movement to value emotional health and wellness for all. For more information, please read the Trauma-Resilient Informed Practices in Expanded Learning Programs: A snapshot of Trends in the Field, executive summary and full report

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 than those students who never participated in the program. Read a summary of the study or a brief article

Locally Grown: A Garden Party

Locally Grown: A Garden Party hosted by Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser in the Garden at Redbird|Vibiana was a memorable evening! The garden was in full bloom and everyone enjoyed the incredibly delicious hors d’oeuvre beautifully presented. See photos from the event 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.