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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Human Services, Neighborhood Centers, Support, Youth Development Programs

Mission: A Place Called Home provides a safe, nurturing environment with proven programs in arts, education, and wellness for the young people in South Central Los Angeles to help them improve their economic conditions and develop healthy, fulfilling and purposeful lives.

Results: • In 2010 nearly 50% of students in our educational programs were able to increase their skills by a full grade level, remaining students increased by ½ grade • 3,000 hours of free, comprehensive mental health counseling services for students and their families • Computer training and access for homework. Most of our kids have no computer at home • Over 3,000 nutritious meals are served every month to youth who live below the poverty line • APCH offers college preparation and scholarships for students who once did not think college was a viable affordable option for them. The following are results from these programs: • In 2010 over 60 youth received scholarships and many are the first in their families to attend college • Bridge to the Future offers SAT, CAHSEE, GED preparation with a six-month College Prep course • In the past year, more than 80 APCH youth attended tours of college campuses • APCH members with long-time gang affiliations are now attending college • 157 unduplicated APCH members, to date, have received Shaheen Scholarships for college • 100% of APCH members receive support and opportunities for higher education

Target demographics: Low income and underserved youth (8-20 years old) and families in South Central Los Angeles.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 1,000 youth

Geographic areas served: South Los Angeles

Programs: Our FREE programs offer outstanding enrichment services using proven models to increase youth performance and behaviors socially and academically. These programs include: CREATIVE EXPRESSION provides training in music, dance, digital media and fine arts; EDUCATIONAL SERVICES where we provide tutoring, literacy, math, science and a drop-out recovery program through LAUSD; HEALTH, NUTRITION AND WELL-BEING that offers daily nutritious meals and snacks, counseling and health resources; COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEER INITIATIVES to empower parents & members towards advocacy and recruiting volunteers to help with APCH's mission; RECREATION/ATHLETICS provides physical education and sports; BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE offers transitional opportunities for teens to enter into a healthy adulthood.

Community Stories

272 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm so grateful to have worked at this Thanksgiving event today. The staff was so helpful, well-organized, welcoming and fun to be around. We can't wait to come back and help again. We hope A Place Called Home can expand for years to come. Bravo!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Really positive experience volunteering at APCH. They are organized, friendly and give a great service to the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am thankful for the turkey and the groceries they gave us.

Client Served

Rating: 4

it was fun and its cool because of what they are doing for all the families

Client Served

Rating: 5

People are good here because they are helpful and happy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

a place called home is amazing! they offer a lot of opportunities for us. A place called home literally feels like home because they are welcoming and always willing to help out in what ever way that can.

Client Served

Rating: 5

thank you all for giving. Super Happy for this. Thanks so much

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A place called home is amazing! It offers many opportunities for everyone. A place called home is a place I can actually call home because it has a warm heated welcoming environment.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I think its a really good place it helps us grow and teaches us new skills.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is of great help to receive help these holidays and spread lots if love.