Explore. Engage. Expand.

Click here to access the online application.

Haga clic aquí para acceder a la aplicación.

We Are Hiring

Work in your community (from San Pedro to Pacoima, and Venice to East LA) and be a role model for kids! LA’s BEST offers great benefits and professional development. Start your dream job today!  Click here for more details.

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, 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.

Responding to COVID-19

Our mission to keep kids engaged, provide social and emotional connection and support working families remains paramount.

Click here to learn about our COVID-19 response.

“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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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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What's Happening?

Apply to LA's BEST

Enroll your child at one of our afterschool program sites today! We serve 198 LAUSD elementary schools throughout Los Angeles. For important information and complete the application, click here. ¡Inscriba a su hijo en uno de nuestros sitios del programa después de clases hoy! Servimos 198 a las escuelas primarias del LAUSD en todo Los Ángeles. Para obtener información importante y completar la solicitud, haga clic aquí.

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.