LA's BEST Celebrates Earth Day

“Recycle, plant seeds, use only what you need. Help others to see how bright nature can be.”

In honor of Earth Day, LA’s BEST students at Kingsley Elementary installed a native garden on their campus with help from our President & CEO Eric Gurna, LA City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, and the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants.

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LA's BEST celebrates Global Youth Service Day with Yoobi and Good Work(s)!

Who says kids are selfish?

Throughout the past weekend, millions of generous kids will be celebrated. All over the world.

On Friday, LA’s BEST After school Enrichment Program joined thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries by observing Global Youth Service Day—the world’s largest service event that focuses on mobilizing the millions of young people who improve their communities through service. LA’s BEST proudly recognized 1,400 students who engaged in community service to better Los Angeles. 

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Over 70 LA's BEST Students Participate in the Celebrate Science Fair

LA’s BEST hosted its 24th Annual Celebrate Science Fair at California State University of Los Angeles. The Celebrate Science Fair is the culmination of the LA’s BEST Celebrate Science Program, which encourages students to discover, explore, and develop an appreciation for the world of science.

This year’s event, hosted by Belma Michael Johnson, former television host and current Vice President of Communications for LA’s BEST, featured Noel Ellis of Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems and Luz Rivas of DIY Girls, as Keynote Speakers.

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LA's BEST attends the National After School Summit

Last week, LA's BEST President & CEO Eric Gurna, along with staff from both the LA's BEST Corporate and Operations offices, attending the National After School Summit, hosted by The USC Schwarzenegger Insititute and Afterschool Alliance.

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Meet our new President & CEO, Eric!

LA's BEST would like to welcome back Eric Gurna, our new President & CEO.

Eric comes to LA's BEST with years of after school experience. He founded the firm Development Without Limits in 2000 with the vision of supporting youth programs and schools to improve the quality of their work and create more youth-centered environments. He led the organization until January of 2015, when he accepted his current position at LA’s BEST, a partnership between the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector that operates in 195 schools.

Now, you be may wondering why we are welcoming Eric back to LA's BEST. Well, he actually has previously served at the organization as the very first Director of Staff Development.

What better way to learn a little more about Eric than to feature him in this week's "People We're Proud Of!"


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A Look Back at the LA Dodgers

A Look Back at the LA Dodgers
By Ashley B.

The Dodgers were the first Major League Baseball team to ever play in Los Angeles. The team moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and on April 18, 1958, the Dodgers played their first LA game. The Dodgers defeated the former New York Giants (now the San Francisco Giants) 6-5.

The famous Dodger’s catcher Roy Campanula was never able to play in Los Angeles. He was in a car accident and left partially paralyzed in an accident be-fore the first LA. game. The Dodgers first played in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and then in 1962, on Opening Day, the team moved to the newly con-structed Dodgers Stadium.

Since moving to Los Angeles, the Dodgers have won nine more National Leagues and five World Series rings.

Some teams have nick-names that they use in games; many call them The Blue Crew.

The Dodgers are members of the National League West Division of Major League Baseball. The current manager is Don Mattingly.

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DJ AmRo and Paul Oakenfold give DJ lessons!

For this year's very first First Friday, LA's BEST students at Manchester Elementary had some very special guests teach them the art of DJing.

BEST Friend board member Amani Roberts (DJ AmRo) joined forces with DJ sensation Paul Oakenfold to give 40 students an afternoon filled with music education and FUN. 

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BEST Friends

Meet Kimberly

LA's BEST is made up of amazing people, including our students, board members, supporters, employees, and staff members. Each week, we'd like to take a moment to highlight someone from the organization in a segment called "People We're Proud Of."

This week, LA's BEST wants you to meet Kimberly, a 4th grade student at Maurice Sendak Elementary school

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"GOH2O!" Challenge Art Winners

During this past school year, 95 LA's BEST sites participated in the GOH2O Challenge sponsored by The American Chemistry Council. 

The American Chemistry Council's (ACC's) mission is to deliver business value through exceptional advocacy using best-in-class member performance, political engagement, communications and scientific research. LA's BEST and The ACC began the "GOH2O Challenge" partnership in 2009 to teach younger generations about the importance of recycling and keeping plastics out of the environment.

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Kids for Peace!

On a peaceful Sunday in Los Angeles, over 350 students from 22 schools joined together as a one. They came from all over the city and represent a variety of communities, but each student had a common goal: peace. 

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