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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: 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.

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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.