A Place Called Home
Rating: 4.9 stars 132 reviews
Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Human Services
Location: 2830 S. Central Ave Los Angeles CA 90011 USA
A Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where undeserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being; and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world.
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.
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It was such a great oppurtunity to be able to be a part of the christmas event at A Place Called Home. It was amazing to see the reactions of all the children receiving the gift bags that we were able to put together. I will definitely be back to volunteer.
Hello Everybody!! Had the best time #Volunteering @APlaceCalledHome. Seeing the kids all with smiles made up for waking up a bit earlier than usual and dealing with the cold weather. They have multiple events all year long sign up and volunteer. Happy Holidays!
It was a struggle to get up so early on Saturday, but TOTALLY worth it to see all the excited faces of the children, and felt great to be able to help out! The children were greeted by Santa and were able to take part in crafts, go sledding down real snow, sip on hot chocolate and snack on cookies and then receive gifts to top it off. It was great to see all the people who took time out of their day to come out and organize and put this altogether. I'd definitely come back and help out next year and interested in helping out with future events!
Helped out at Home For The Holidays. Was very relaxed, while still getting work done. Enjoyed myself, the atmosphere, and the other volunteers. Will definitely help out again.
It was really fun and rewarding thank you. I really liked seeing the smiles on everyones faces and bonding with other volunteers.
The staff were very friendly an helpful also. Thanks!!
This was an awesome experience cant wait to do it again
My two sons, ages 14 and 11, and I volunteered this morning for the first time at A Place Called Home to help with their Thanksgiving dinner. All of the staff and other volunteers were so lovely and we were so impressed with the organization and the number of activities set up for the kids. We will definitely be back!
I am constantly impressed with the dedication A Place Called Home provides to the youth of South Central Los Angeles. This incredible organization not only provides an amazing facility for the youth of South Central but also a caring and loving staff to mentor and serve as role models for these kids future. Anyone looking to donate there time or money cannot go wrong with APCH.
A place called home is a wonderful place for anyone that is looking for that full voluntering experience. APCH has wonderful staff member who serve as perfect leaders. They even commend you on your voluntering skills. Some of the coaches (coach alex and coach darrell) make sure that you are on top of game and help you learn their orderly routine. Once you volunter once at a place called home, you are sure to keep coming back. Once you start you realize very soon that apch isnt just a bunch of kids or a bunch of folks trying to get a paycheck. You realize its a family, its a home.
My experience volunteering at APCH so far has been exciting and worth while. I've been able to volunteer in various departments and under various staff members, so I've been able to see first hand just how A Place Called Home operates. The programs are well planned, the staff are dedicated, and the kids are kept occupied. I enjoyed working in the classrooms and working with the kids - definetely a cool option to gain experience in working with kids if that's the field you are going into.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Perhaps provide training for volunteers.
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