Target supports expansion of LA’s BEST Young Authors Program for fourth year in a row

$100,000 grant will allow the program to reach students at more than 130 elementary schools

July 1, 2013

LA’s BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program is proud to announce the continuation of its partnership with Target to sustain and expand the Young Authors Program in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.

Since 2010, with generous support from Target Community Relations, LA's BEST has offered the Young Authors Program, a creative and engaging approach to the promotion of literacy and language arts. Based on the work of children's authors and educators, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, the Young Authors Program motivates elementary school students to become ‘Young Authors’ as they reflect on, write about, illustrate, and share their ideas and feelings about themselves and the world around them.

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From brainstorming initial ideas, to the formation of a storyline, to editing and production of images that correspond with their story, children in the Young Authors 

Program work to create original books inspired by their own interests and experiences. In addition, each of the Young Authors sites is visited by a published author during the 12-week program. LA’s BEST hosts three Young Authors culmination events, attended by family, friends, educators and Target associates.

In the Young Authors Program, participants advance their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills - the foundation for literacy and language arts - in addition to building their confidence in these areas.Over the last three years, nearly 3,000 LA’s BEST students at 99 school sites have become ‘Young Authors’ through the program. With this year’s additional support from Target, the program will expand to more than 130 schools, benefiting students from kindergarten through sixth grade.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,832 stores – 1,784 in the United States and 48 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/corporateresponsibility.

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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 190 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 www.lasbest.org.

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