Story Category: Staff & Student Connections

“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“I WAS EMPOWERED TO EMPOWER OTHERS.”

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Alumni Arturo Flores reflects on the impact of LA's BEST on his life, family, and community.

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“I LEARNED REAL WORLD SKILLS.”

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Alumni Wendy Ruiz tells us how LA’s BEST introduced her to a world she never knew.

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