After School Enrichment Program Receives Grant from JPMorgan Chase for Fourth Consecutive Year, Continues to Expand Program Sites

August 21, 2012

LOS ANGELES - In back-to-school spirit, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined Carla Sanger, President and CEO of LA’s BEST, to receive a check for $140,000 fromMayor press conference euclid jpmorgan chase JPMorgan Chase executives Virginia Victorin and Garrett Bland today. LA’s BEST also announced the addition of three new sites during the meeting at Euclid Elementary School. 

This is the fourth year Chase has made a donation to LA’s BEST, bringing their total giving since 2009 to over half a million dollars to support English language competency programs.

During the press conference the Mayor also announced the addition of three new LA’s BEST sites - Atwater Elementary, Normont Elementary and Gratts Primary Center - bringing the total number of LA’s BEST sites to 189. Sixty new sites have been opened during Mayor Villaraigosa’s tenure; the most under any mayoral administration since LA’s BEST began in 1988.

“All children deserve to have a safe place to go after school where they can engage in educational activities and connect with the community. LA’s BEST brings that to Los Angeles and I am proud of their continued progress,” Mayor Villaraigosa said.

Guests were greeted by Euclid Elementary School principal Maryhelen Torres, who brought a group of third-graders to the amphitheatre in the Euclid Library for a reading of “Dragons Love Tacos,” emphasizing LA’s BEST’s focus on language competency programs.

LA’s BEST continues to expand each year. Of the nearly 200 program sites, each strives to include up to 30 percent of the school population. The after-school program now serves more than 28,000 children across Los Angeles.

About LA’s BEST:

Better Educated Students for Tomorrow - is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources at 189 elementary schools throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 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.

About Chase:

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries.  Chase serves consumers and businesses in California through more than 960 bank branches and 4,000 ATMs, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking. JPMorgan Chase employs more than 21,000 Californians.  In 2011, JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation contributed more than $66 million to nonprofit organizations California, focusing on community development, education and arts & culture.  More information about Chase is available at