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Baron Davis unveils his Reading & Learning Center at South Park

Every child has a dream. Do you remember yours? Baron Davis definitely remembers his. As a young boy, he dreamed of becoming a basketball player. Davis spent hours at the neighborhood basketball court, playing with kids that were much older than he was. His dream was embraced and supported by his classmates, teachers, after school staff, and most importantly, his family. 

As many of us know, Baron Davis went on to achieve that goal, first playing for UCLA and then becoming a two-time NBA All-Star. 

The Los Angeles native keeps this city close to his heart, and on Wednesday, August 13, he made that dedication clear when he unveiled the Baron Davis Reading & Learning Center at his former school, South Park Elementary. 

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Carla Sanger featured in Youth Today!

LA's BEST President & CEO Carla Sanger was recently interviewed by Gary Gately, a writer for Youth Today, on her LA's BEST career, her days in the classroom, how her father influenced her to become a teacher, and much more.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

"Sanger, a lifelong educator and a pioneering advocate for out-of-school programs, reflects on her father’s influence.

'He was the first to help me to understand that when you know the streets that the school’s located on, and you know the community, and you know the families and you know the children, you’re going to have much more engagement to create the culture and climate for children to learn,' Sanger said. 'So my father was a prince among educators.'

Sanger has applied her father’s wisdom well in a career spanning more than 45 years, most recently as president and CEO of the acclaimed nonprofit LA’s BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) After School Enrichment Program in Los Angeles. Sanger, 69, announced in May she will retire from LA’s BEST at the end of November.

Click here to read the entire article.

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BEST Friends to celebrate their 10th Anniversary!

You may have heard that the LA's BEST Friends board will be holding its annual UnWINEd fundraising event on October 11th at Hangar 8, but did you also hear that the board is celebrating its 10th Anniversary?!

In honor of #BESTFriends10, let's take a walk down memory lane... In 2004, Carla Sanger, President and CEO of LA's BEST, discovered the opportunity to tap into the community of young professionals for support, after seeing the volunteer initiatives of her two sons. The 18-member board was created in February of that year, with Mario Marin as the founding board chair. 

Today, the board is comprised of 26 members, including Board Chair Jordan Kaye, Vice Board Chair David Lessoff, and Jr. Vice Chair Jennifer Searle. Beyond the board, there are over 3,500 BEST Friends in the network who advocate for LA's BEST and support the group's fundraising events, as well as the volunteer initiatives...

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Save the Date for #UnWINEd2014!

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Good Will from Give WILL at First Street Elementary

Do you remember your childhood dream?  Did you want to be an artist?  Maybe a dancer?  How about an astronaut?  Well, Will Adler owner of Will Leather Goods once had a dream when he set up shop on the Venice Boardwalk, selling handmade belts.  Now 30 years later, he's realized that dream, launching three successful stores, including a flagship store in Venice, CA.

In October 2013, Will launched his Give WILL initiative, and is now making dreamers out of children across the United States... 

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Everything is Coming Up Summer!

Over a hundred LA’s BEST students from three Los Angeles area schools particpated in a summer kick-off event to launch three initiatives the organization supports to shine a spotlight on the importance of keeping kids mentally active during the long break between school years.

“Summer Learning Loss is a problem,” said Carla Sanger, President & CEO of LA’s BEST. “There’s a correlation between the step backward that some students take in the summer and the poor performance by those students in the following school year. On the other hand, by engaging students in the summer, you can not only help them retain the knowledge from the previous school year, you can actually build upon that knowledge and give them a leg up on the upcoming term. That’s the message of the summer- learning events and that’s the thinking behind our summer programming.”

LA’s BEST is observed National Summer Learning Day at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes...

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LA's BEST Raises $1.7M at Dinner Honoring Retiring President & CEO Carla Sanger

Mayors and Carla

Mayor Eric Garcetti, and former Mayors Richard Riordan and James Hahn attended the LA’s BEST annual family dinner on Saturday, June 14, 2014 to support CEO, Carla Sanger who is retiring after leading the organization for 26 years. The dinner raised over $1.7 million dollars, which included a pledge of $1 million from an anonymous donor!

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Just Education Episode Featuring Tom Shapiro Airs Today! Sneak Peak Includes Innovative Auction Items For LA's BEST Annual Fundraising Dinner.

If you haven't heard, LA's BEST produces its own television series, called Just Education. The purpose of the series--to just talk about educational topics, and to discuss the best way to provide equal access for all--just education...

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Be Chic By Giving!

In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, BCBGMAXAZRIA launched “Living the Bon Chic Life," a retrospective exhibition at their headquarters in Vernon, CA.

The exhibition featured one-of-a-kind BCBG Max Azria jackets, which were avaiilable to purchase during the event.  Proceeds from the sale of each jacket will benefit LA's BEST.  Jacket prices ranged from $1,500 to $5,000...

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LA’s BEST Students Win 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in Habitat for Humanity Door Design Contest!

Thirty-three LA's BEST school sites participated in the “Opening the Doors to Change” door design contest sponsored by Habitat for Humanity. They competed with other Los Angeles area elementary and middle schools to design and decorate a door to raise awareness about the need for affordable housing and the meaning of “home.” The contest was thrown by Habitat for Humanity to kick off Act! Speak! Build! Week, a national youth advocacy program that takes place April 6th -12, 2014.

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