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“LA’S BEST FEELS LIKE HOME.”

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Read how Erendida connects to LA’s BEST as both a staff member and as a parent.

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“WE EMPOWER EACH OTHER.”

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Zach tells us why he relocated his family to work for LA’s BEST.

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“I WAS DEVELOPING AS A PROFESSIONAL AS THE ORGANIZATION WAS EXPANDING.”

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Maria tells us how, for 27 years, she has felt supported as a professional and as an individual.

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“I WAS ENCOURAGED TO CHASE MY DREAM.”

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Alumni Justin Zepeda shares how his discovery of football at LA’s BEST earned him a football scholarship to college.

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“I FELT LIKE I HAD A PURPOSE.”

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Alumni Darío Herrera recounts how his time on the Dance & Drill team impacted his childhood and beyond.

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FABI LEADS WITH HER HEART.

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A story of kindness, compassion and leadership.

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BRINGING OUR CULTURE TO THE GRAB & GO SITES

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From “luau day” to handing out stickers, read how George Lee brought a sense of community and joy to the Grab & Go sites.

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“I LEARNED THAT CHILDREN ARE NOT PROBLEMS TO BE SOLVED, THEY ARE INDIVIDUALS THAT NEED TO BE DEVELOPED.”

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Read how a student’s love for basketball -- and support from staff member George Lee -- taught him valuable life lessons and helped him succeed in school.

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FROM A SHY BOY TO AN OUTGOING JOURNALIST.

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Alumni Miguel found confidence in his writing skills thanks to his LA's BEST Coach's support. Now, he leads a successful career as a journalist, writer, and producer.

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“GROWING UP IN EAST LA IN THE 90S HAD ITS CHALLENGES.”

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Watch this video of Vanessa talking about memories and lessons learned at LA's BEST, and its impact on her and the community.

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“THE STAFF HELPED FILL IN GAPS IN MY LEARNING.”

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Alumni Mayra shares how she developed her learning skills and stepped out of her comfort zone to become who she is today.

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FROM DISTRIBUTING FOOD IN AFRICA TO DISTRIBUTING FOOD IN LA.

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Denise goes from West Africa to West Los Angeles to find herself "in yet another type of war zone".

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“IF I WANT SOMETHING, I CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN.”

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How Samantha learned to take the initiative in LA’s BEST.

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“DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE YOUR TEAM SUCCESSFUL.”

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In this interview, Rick Tan Jr. shares his LA's BEST story, including his thoughts on teamwork in the LA's BEST culture.

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“WE LOVE OUR JOB. WE FEEL THE IMPACT…WE ARE TRULY A FAMILY.”

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How Cristina found a sense of belonging and a family at LA’s BEST.

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“JESS, YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE I AM NOT A SINGLE PARENT.”

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Jessie shares how she built a meaningful relationship with a troubled student, which made the student's mother feel supported.

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“NOT A WANT, BUT A NEED.”

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Alumni Dennise Amaya tells us about how she found safety and support at LA's BEST.

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“YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE… IT’S LIKE IT RUNS THROUGH YOUR VEINS!”

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A former LA’s BEST staff member describes how she still feels very connected to our organization and how her love for our organization has inspired her current work.

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“I FOUND MENTORSHIP AND SUPPORT.”

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Alumni Ashley Ramirez-Martinez explains how LA's BEST helped her navigate the educational system, and how it empowered her to pursue a career in medicine.

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GRAB & GO DISTRIBUTION IN ACTION

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Watch this video of staff meeting the immediate needs of our community by serving over 500,000 meals five days a week.

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