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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience was wonderful. I love music and I worked with a group of musicians who shared my love of music as well. The most impressive thing was how much care and love the staff shows the members. I don't think the members and their families fully understand how unique APCH programs are and the benefit to the community.

My hope is one day to be employed by APCH. My only suggestion is that the students be allowed to bring food from home if they prefer.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Incredible environment, wonderful staff and the work they do speaks for itself. One of my top 5 favorite and most trusted non-profit organizations.

TeamGolden

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with many NPOs and APCH is one of my favorites. Its exceptionally well run and organized. The staff is filled with love and compassion and it shows in the kids.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A Place Called Home is truly an extraordinary organization. The staff is incredible and so focused on making sure the children's needs are met. I believe APCH is the perfect model of a children's volunteer organization and sets an example for similar programs (and sets the bar very high!).

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a member to this great organization for 6 years now. I an so glad i have such a great opportunity to attend this after school program. It has provided me with so much help i will never be able to thank them enough. Great Art classes, amazing dance classes.. And so much help with homework... This is truly a great organization. It deserves 5 stars and more

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have found APCH to be an foundamental and crucial center in South Central providing many of our youth and children with exposure to other forms of arts. APCH provides a holistic approach to serving this community which is helping many of our local families. Keep up the great work APCH!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Outstanding delivery of mission, value and vision. Integrity, creativity, compassion, humor and leadership are at the forefront of this organization.