Bringing innovative learning opportunities to LA's BEST students.
Partnerships help make our program more engaging.
Thanks to our partnerships with corporations, small businesses, universities and other non-profit organizations, LA’s BEST is able to offer students activities that encourage exploration and creativity, and nurture their intellectual, emotional and physical development.
Programmatic partners help launch new initiatives that are aligned with our shared values and goals, provide support for ongoing activities and facilitate pilot projects that can scale nationally.
Author and former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin visits LA's BEST through our JPL partnership.
Since 1999, NASA-JPL has brought hundreds of engineers to meet and mentor students and helped create our Celebrate Science Program. They also donated the Imagine Mars curriculum in which students design a sustainable community on Mars based on analyzing their own community and then present their community to engineers at NASA-JPL (and go on a tour!).
As a generous supporter since 2007, in addition to sponsoring events, Mattel, Inc., donated Hot Wheels® Speedometry™ kits in 2017 that encourage inquiry and real-world, problem-based learning through play, hands-on activities and in-depth lesson plans to every LA’s BEST site. Mattel also funded the training for our staff so they can learn how to use the materials to engage students.
LA’s BEST shares a great point of pride with the LA84 Foundation — we are both legacies of Mayor Tom Bradley. LA84 has been one of our most steadfast partners since 1988, and they continue to provide visionary leadership and financial support to ensure LA’s BEST students are 'Life Ready Through Sport,' and that girls have equal access to the life skills and values developed by participation in youth sports.
LA's BEST former President and CEO Eric Gurna with Renata Simril, LA84 Foundation President and CEO.
We provide a range of opportunities for companies and non-profits interested in engaging our students in meaningful ways and strengthening the greater Los Angeles community.
To explore a Programmatic Partnership with LA’s BEST, please contact Amber Martinez, VP of Development, Amber.Martinez@lacity.org or 213.978.0801.
Programmatic Partnerships include:
|AARP Foundation Experience Corps|
|Air Force Association|
|Bark Avenue Foundation|
|CA Council Economic Education (watch this video of our partnership in action)|
|California Science Center|
|California State Parks|
|Girls Too Can Do It!|
|Girls Who Code|
|Harold Robinson Foundation|
|Heal the Bay|
|Japan America Society of Southern California|
|Joy of Athletics|
|Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity|
|LA Plaza de Cultura & Arte|
|Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture|
|Los Angeles Lakers|
|Los Angeles Sparks|
|Los Angeles Virtuosi|
|Marciano Art Foundation|
|NASA/ Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
|Ready, Set Gold|
|Sanford Harmony at National University|
|Skirball Cultural Center|
|Southern California Youth Ultimate|
|Super League Gaming|
|Think Ten Media & Ramon Hamilton|
|U.S. Soccer Foundation|
|University of California Cooperative Extension|
|A World Fit 4 Kids|