Award-winning Author Isabel Campoy to lead writing workshop for students from nine South LA elementary schools

LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program Students celebrate the culmination of their Young Authors Program

April 19, 2012

Author Isabel Campoy will lead more than 150 LA’s BEST students from nine South Los Angeles schools in the writing process to create their own book about an important person in their lives. The writing workshop celebrates the culmination of the Young Authors Program, a program sponsored by Target and in partnership with the California Readers Association.

Campoy, who has written more than 150 books, was a co-creator of the curriculum for the program, which has now been implemented at 66 LA’s BEST sites. This event gives students the opportunity to engage in the writing process directly under the guidance of an established writer. Through Campoy’s training, each student will create his/her own book, complete with cover and binding.

For several weeks, these students have participated in the Young Authors Program which developed their creativity, writing, and language skills.  Students worked with trained staff to develop their own books through a process of self-reflection and skill-building that included developing an idea, creating a storyline, editing and production of images to correspond to their stories.  Also, through a partnership with the California Readers Association, a published author visits each of the LA’s BEST sites with a Young Authors Program during the year.


Isabel Campoy, Author and Co-Creatorsof Young Authors Curriculum
More than 150 LA's BEST students from nine South LA elementary schools (20th St, 68th St, 116th St, Cabrillo, Grape, Hooper, Lizarraga, Loren Miller, West Vernon)

Specially invited guests include:

California Readers Association Board members

Authors Caroline Arnold, Susan Casey, Derek Kent, Amy Goldman Koss, Deborah Lattimore, Emma Price, and Ann Stalcup


Thursday, April 19, 2012

3:00 p.m–5:00 p.m.


Hooper Elementary

1225 E 52nd Street

Los Angeles, CA 90011

About LA's BEST:

LA's BEST - Better Educated Students for Tomorrow - is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving more than 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 at 186 elementary school sites each day during the critical hours after school — at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, LA's BEST is a partnership including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector. LA’s BEST is part of Beyond the Bell, whose mission is to ensure that all children and youth in LAUSD have access to high quality, safe and supervised academic, enrichment, and recreation programs that inspire learning and achievement beyond the regular school day. For more information, please visit