Word Up! The Youngest of Authors Celebrate Their Work

LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program Students Culminate Young Authors Project with Target Volunteers

January 27, 2012

More than 200 LA’s BEST students from 12 schools in the Central Los Angeles area will participate in the Young Authors Program culminating event in partnership with Target. For several weeks, these students have participated in the program which developed their creativity, writing, and language skills. This event will focus on the younger students, including Kindergarten through second grade, whose involvement in Young Authors has been focused on developing speaking and listening skills, word recognition and a production of a ‘community book.’ Older 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, as part of the program, a published author visits each of the LA’s BEST sites with a Young Authors Program during the year.

This culminating event will feature a read-aloud by authors Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy as well as literary-themed art projects and activities facilitated with the help of Target volunteers. The Young Authors Program at LA's BEST has been made possible through a generous grant from Target. In total, 66 sites participate in the Young Authors Program.


Carla Sanger, President & CEO, LA's BEST

Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada, Authors and Creators of Young Authors

Curriculum 200 LA's BEST students from 12 local elementary schools

Around 20-30 Target volunteers

California Readers Association members

Authors: Amy Goldman Koss, Rene Colato Lainez, Marry Ann Fraser, Ann Stalcup, Diane Greenseid, Derek Taylor Kent, Mark London Williams, Rozanne Williams, Randi Barrow, Jason Silva and Caroline Arnold


Friday, January 27, 2012 3:00 p.m–5:00 p.m.


Loreto Elementary

3408 Arroyo Seco Avenue

Los Angeles, California 90065

Multipurpose room

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 www.lasbest.org.