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Los Angeles College Promise

The L.A. College Promise guarantees admission and a year of tuition-free education on one of the nine campuses in the Los Angeles Community College District and will provide students with additional resources and support that ranges from tutoring and mentoring programs to early course registration.

Hear Mayor Eric Garcetti encourage LA's BEST students to take advantage of the College Promise:

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See KidPress in Action!


KidPress Club is an LA's BEST enrichment program that teaches students crticial thinking, digital media tools and how to be effective communicators. 

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Proposed Budget Eliminates Federal Funding for After School

Protect After School

President Trump's budget proposal eliminates federal funding for after school programs through the 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative. Learn more about how you can help.

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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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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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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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