Wide-ranging, long-term impact on students, communities and society.

The benefits of LA’s BEST participation include academic and social gains far beyond the elementary school years.

Multiple independent evaluations by UCLA’s Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) over the last two decades have consistently shown positive short- and long-term outcomes as a result of students’ participation in LA’s BEST.

LA’s BEST participants:

  • Are 20% less likely to drop out of high school
  • Are 30% less likely to commit a juvenile crime
  • Have better attendance and demonstrate higher grades in middle school
  • Show bigger gains in math, language arts, science and history in middle school the longer they are in LA’s BEST in elementary school

(Sources: UCLA/CRESST, 2005 • 20072011)

“Instead of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, I was in LA’s BEST. I credit the program with literally saving my life.”
– Wendy Ruiz, LA’s BEST Alum and Parent

Every day, we prove that the conventional belief that afterschool programs can have only limited impact on young people and communities is just not so.

LA’s BEST strengthens students’ self-esteem and self-efficacy. Our students feel important, cared about, supported and encouraged, and develop relationships that can make a difference for their entire lives. (Sources: UCLA/CRESST, 2005 • 20072011)

And our positive, quantifiable impact doesn’t end with our 25,000 kids. Our impact extends into the greater Los Angeles community. The families we support – families that gain the ability to hold needed jobs or extra hours of work, and go to work with the critical knowledge that their children are safe and well-cared for after school – and the neighborhoods enriched and strengthened through our community-based staff hiring and development.

Real, sustainable impact, citywide.