LA’s BEST Honored at City Hall by Four Los Angeles Mayors and the City Council

25th Anniversary celebration will feature NBA All-Star Chris Paul and Mega Producer Nigel Lythgoe

April 9, 2013

4 Mayors…189 schools…28,000 children…25 years…One life-changing organization. LA’s BEST.

On April 9, 2013, former Mayors James Hahn and Richard Riordan, will return to City Hall to join Mayor Villaraigosa’s administration, 15 city council members, and the Tom Bradley Foundation in celebrating 25 years of LA’s BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow).

Councilmember Paul Koretz will lead the City Council in declaring April 9th LA’s BEST Day and will present a prestigious proclamation to LA’s BEST CEO Carla Sanger and its 92 board members.

Also invited to attend are 2013 Mayoral candidates City Controller Wendy Greuel, and Councilmember Eric Garcetti, who have both pledged their support to LA’s BEST.

LA Clippers NBA All-Star Chris Paul will announce via video his role as host of the LA’s BEST 25th Anniversary Gala, which takes place on June 22, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton. The Gala will be produced by LA’s BEST Board member Nigel Lythgoe, producer of TV’s American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.

Operating in the Office of the Mayor, LA’s BEST’s unique public-private partnership has allowed it to transcend party politics, as it has spanned over 4 mayoral administrations.

Created in 1988 under Tom Bradley’s administration, LA’s BEST started with just 10 schools after Bradley recognized the need to get kids in dangerous neighborhoods off the streets and engaged in activities that would help, rather than hurt, their prospects in school and life.

Mayor Riordan provided keen business acumen by setting the business protocols and creating the organizational and administrative structure that has helped it sustain itself over the years. Mayor Hahn embraced and grew the organization during his tenure. And under Mayor Villaraigosa’s leadership, LA’s BEST added 60 new school sites to their program, the most under any mayor.

Our nation is embroiled in debates about education reform, standardized testing, teacher evaluations and drastic closings of under-performing schools in major cities like Chicago, Washington, DC and Atlanta. LA’s BEST has proven to be a model that the nation can turn to when looking for solutions on how to best educate our children, especially those children that do not have equal access to essential education experiences that have been eliminated from the classroom. Research proves that after school programs are a critical component of education reform.

Since its inception, the core activities at LA’s BEST have been divided into three and a half beats: help with homework; a learning activity that boosts core academic skills such as reading or math; something that’s new and just plain fun; and a nutritious snack.

All sites have literacy, math, science, seasonal sports, arts & crafts, and health & fitness activities. And all students get opportunities to take special field trips and to attend citywide events throughout the year.


Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
City Hall, Council Chambers
Presentation begins at 11:30 am
Press conference to follow


Belma Michael Johnson
VP, Communications & Public Affairs
(213) 978-0801

Morenike J. Evans
Director of Communications
(213) 978-4020

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 189 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

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