Target Gives $100,000 To LA’s BEST Young Authors Club Program for Second Year in a Row

November 3, 2011

LA’s BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program proudly announces a partnership with Target in recognition of its efforts to sustain and expand LA’s BEST’s Young Authors Club program.  In school year 2010-2011, Target sponsored a Young Authors Club program at 33 LA’s BEST sites around Los Angeles.  This program allowed 660 students to learn the arts of creative writing and illustration.  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, and other elements related to becoming a ‘Young Author’.

We are excited and grateful to announce once again, long-time LA’s BEST partner, Target, is giving a second $100,000 grant so this program can continue and grow.  This new gift supports the implementation of the Young Authors Club for kindergarten through fifth grade students at 33 new sites, as well as expansions and enhancements for the Young Authors Club at the 33 original sites.  This includes parental involvement activities, and a group book-writing project for the younger children.

“At Target, our local grants are making a difference in communities across the country,” said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target.  “We’re proud to partner with LA’s BEST as part of our ongoing commitment to strengthen communities where our guests and
team members live and work.”

In addition to creating finished books, each of the 66 Young Authors sites will be visited by a published author at some point during the 12-week program. LA’s BEST will host three Young Authors culmination events, attended by family, friends, educators and Target associates.

“LA’s BEST is grateful to Target for its ongoing support of LA’s BEST and the students we serve,” said Carla Sanger, LA’s BEST President and CEO, “With this generous grant we will reinforce children’s love of books and creative writing, and reinforce the notion as part of afterschool,
reading can be fun.”

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,750 stores in 49 states nationwide and at  In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products.  Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.  For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit

About LA’s BEST

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 186 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.  For more information, please visit