Mary Odell Honored by Los Angeles Rams

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On Sunday, October 9, the Los Angeles Rams honored LA's BEST Board Member and longtime supporter Mary Odell with their Community Quarterback award. 

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Los Angeles Laker Brandon Bass spends his birthday week visiting LA's BEST.

Brandon Bass

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Brighter Futures... Locally Grown

Growth. It's a process we take for granted. But it doesn't just happen.
Watch the video to see how LA's BEST nurtures growth.

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WATCH: LA's BEST President & CEO Eric Gurna on TWC Local

Our President & CEO Eric Gurna recently sat down with Brad Pomerance from TWC Local Edition to discuss the importance of LA's BEST After School and how to protect the program.

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Protect LA's BEST!

Protect LA's BEST

“I’m Ana. My parents work so much that every day I go to LA’s BEST after school. They help me with my homework and teach me in a fun way. We go places and they let me try out new things.” 

— Ana, a fifth grade student from East LA

Ana’s parents rely on LA’s BEST every day. They, and thousands of parents like them, trust us to keep their young children engaged and learning. They trust us to keep their children safe. Day after day, the staff of LA’s BEST makes sure these children are given new things to do and experience. Ana’s parents trust that resourceful adults who care will help her with her homework and make sure she is not hungry. 

For 27 years that bond of trust has never wavered. Beyond providing essential safety and support for learning, time and time again more than 25,000 children each year have been encouraged – to be bold – to be creative – to show leadership! 

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Making AWESOME tacos with the AHA!

This year, LA's BEST began a new partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA).  The AHA has been working with our students to provide nutrition education and hands-on cooking classes at various LAB sites.

Chef Bryce Fluelle from the AHA recently completed the final Kids Cook with Heart (KCWH) class with our students at Lizarraga Elementary School. KCWH is a demonstration guide created by the American Heart Assocation. The guide includes kid-friendly recipes to spark young people’s interest in cooking and nutrition.

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UnWINEdLA raises money for LA's BEST!

80 degree weather, over 30 vendors, and 400 LA's BEST supporters--the perfect recipe for UnWINEdLA!

The LA's BEST Friends hosted their annual wine and beer tasting fundraiser on a warm Fall evening at Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica.

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LA’s BEST Family Dinner raises $670,000, Benefiting More Than 25,000 Children

There is nothing sweeter than being surrounded by your family for a night filled with celebration, joy, and happiness. 

That is exactly how the LA’s BEST family felt on Saturday, June 27, 2015 when honoring Candy Spelling, Albertsons & The Vons Foundation, William S. White & the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD). The event featured a silent and live auction, as well as a Lexus Hybrid Car Raffle, and ultimately raised $670,000 for LA’s BEST After School Program and over 25,000 children served across Los Angeles. The event marked the first fundraising dinner under the leadership of new President & CEO Eric Gurna. 

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LA's BEST to present Live Your Dream Award to So You Think You Can Dance

Our final honoree will have you dancing! LA's BEST is excited to be recognizing So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) for inspiring our students to live their dreams since 2008.

SYTYCD, a competitive dance television show created by Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller, inspires and amazes viewers across America as talented dancers skilled in everything from Hip Hop, Krumping and Popping to Salsa, Quickstep and Jive compete to be named America’s Favorite Dancer. Hosted by Cat Deeley, SYTYCD travels across the country, in search of dancers who represent the best in America. Those who shine during auditions are given “callbacks,” where they work with top choreographers to learn and to be judged on multiple styles of dance.

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Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and CEO to be honored at June Dinner

At the LA's BEST Family Dinner on June 27, we will be recognizing outstanding supporters that help make LA's BEST After School possible. We are pleased to announce that that receiving the Foundation Partner Award will be William S. White and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

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