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A Place Called Home

Rating: 4.87 stars   201 reviews 13,085


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.


• 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


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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Rating: 5 stars  

A great non-profit is not just an organization based on good intentions and new ideas that are aimed to help its demographic. It's more than that; a great non-profit such as A Place Called Home is much more than just a foundation built from one persons dream to help the community. It stems from something much more than that; a passion deep down within, a passion that is driven by first-hand experience and a vision to WANT to see a change in the community APCH stands for.

When a non-profit is founded on a genuine interest to develop a path to success and long-lasting change, all of its staff, volunteers and members are able to get a taste of this love and care which allows for more forward-moving, positive growth. The core of this foundation -- built upon everlasting generosity, care and support -- is like a foundation to any well-structured home. With a solid foundation that APCH sits on, everything that APCH stands for will continue to maintain a sturdy and focused game plan -- that is to give the community hope, guidance and opportunities that all of its people deserve.

I have been volunteering at APCH for more than a year now and have spent hours and hours working with staff, members and other volunteers. From the moment I read about APCH online, I knew I had to check it out as I also had a passion to want to see change and to give those that are less fortunate an opportunity to strive and succeed. I wanted to see change and as soon as I started volunteering at APCH, I got my first-hand experience at seeing what combing great people with higher hope looks like inside the walls of APCH, the experience was overwhelming in a good sense because I was seeing change; positive change. Whether it was seeing members get served nutritious meals, members being taught general education or seeing the kids open up to staff and volunteers simply because they are there to support and listen.

After years of living near areas that I see are lacking proper resources for youth and seeing people living on the streets, it is comforting to know there are individuals out there with brilliant efforts and compassion to develop something that caters to those that are seemingly controlled by their surroundings. APCH is not just a non-profit, it's a team of people that share the same compassion to help and as a volunteer with the same compassion and eagerness to see positive change, I am lucky enough to be able to see it everyday while working with the members of APCH.

Thank you APCH for doing your part!

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My experience with A Place Called Home (APCH), as a member, has been absolutely life changing. As you know, or maybe don't know, A Place Called Home is a nonprofit youth organization located in the heart of South Central dedicated to the development of the youth and the overall greatness of South Central. APCH offers it's youth tutors with the soul intention of helping the student, I mean honestly strive to help the student. APCH also has an amazing dance company that has recently performed at the Beverly Hilton for Girl Power, another class provided by APCH. Girl Power is class in which young women of South Central are empowered. I just restated the name of the class but, the name is exactly what it means, to empower women. There is another class similar to Girl Power, but deals with the young men and teaches them to be positive role models in their communities, Journey. APCH has alot to offer; dedicated staff, amazing youth, and family. I can honestly say that I would not be the young man I am today if it were not for APCH. As many people know, South Central surrounds its youth with gangs, violence and drugs. I have had my experience with them all. I mean most of the men in my family are gang affiliated, imprisoned and drug addicts. My own brother started serving a 16 year sentence at the age of 20, went to juvenile hall at the age of 16. My brother had his youth taking away by the violence in South Central. He had no positive male role model to look up to, most of us don't. I've gotten jumped, I've been shot at, threatened, and for my "protection" I decided to join a gang, but I didn't. You weren't anything if you didn't belong to a click, you would continuously get punked if you weren't respected, and the ultimate respect from other "men" came from gangs. I was fortunate to run into APCH, I had the opportunity to better myself and my community. I just wish that we could outreach a lot more, and its so sad to know that we cant hold many members. We work in a small place, we just need help and as a member I say we because APCH is a family. If wnat to know more just come in for a visit and witness it for yourself, you will not regret it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A place called home is nice its a fun place to be and hang out with friends you can also meet new people and help you during school session and we can go to field trips during summer we also resive free snack and we can have fun class and get to know new people from different schools and get to know them and make them as friends and also meet staff and meet an example for you for example teens always have to be the leader of a younger person

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A place called home is a place that you can be yourself. I really love this place because I can meet new people. I also can ask for help to many staff in this place. They, also teach me new stuff. For example, I can learn how to use many instruments in the music department. For these many reason I would say that A Place Called Home is a wonderful place to be in.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

You can never go wrong with this organization. They helped me get into college with every single step of the way. They have everything you need, books, tutors, entertainment (board games), and SCHOLARSHIPS! If there is one thing you want to do on your free time -- I recommend visiting this place.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I think Apch is a great place that offers opportunities as well a place for kids to learn and interact with things they don't get to see everyday. Apch is great because it offers art and fun classes for kids as well as supporting academic classes. I'm proud to have been a member of this great organization and thank-full to have grown up learning so much from this program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Yo soy madre soltera y mis dos hijos participan en el programa y es una bendicion. Yo no se que haria sin este programa. Aparte de que me ayudan a mi, mis hijos benefician muchisimo del tiempo que la jente de hay le han dedicado a mis hijos. Y todo los programas no cuestan ni un centavo. gracias a place called home.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is GREAT! APCH is a really good place to attend. I have been here for about 7 years and I have always had amazing experiences. It is really good getting involved here. One of my favorite thing about it is the dance department. It has helped me grow so much. I am currently in the dance company and it is amazing. As a teen they provide so much for me and everyone else. You should come for a visit.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have learn a lot here and i learned that i am capable of so much more than what i thought. APCH thought me that i am a strong and really creative person and i have made so many friends that i know i wont forget about. I love doing dance and volleyball here it became a part of me because of APCH.

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Rating: 5 stars  

APCH is a great place, it offer me so many opportunities that I would not get otherwise.I love coming and making new relationships with all the members and staff.Also, it challenging me to try hings I would never even think of.As a result of coming to APCH , I've joined the dance company and performed in front of over 11,000 people.

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