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A Place Called Home

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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

336 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

David Osei

Volunteer

Rating: 5

APCH is an amazing non profit! They have a myriad of programs designed to help kids succeed. It's even cooler that they have college flags from all of their alumni around the halls that motivate the kids.

Being apart of their mentor program I have been able to work with a young man who has shown so much growth and taught me so much in the process .

This is the type of non profit that needs to have a base in every major and minor city, I look forward to continuing to work with them. They've even helped motivate my plans to have an event for youth myself.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a teachers aide for the after school/homework program over 5 years ago. Not too long after that I was approached and asked to be a mentor to a younger student who was struggling in his work, in his community, and in his home. It has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, as I now witness my mentee transfer from a 2 year community college program (with great pride!) to his Bachelors program at Cal State San Francisco! So very proud to be a part of his legacy-a legacy built between a unique partnership known as A Place Called Home and the Los Angeles community.

Haskell Vaughn Anderson I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one o f the BEST organizations I've participated in. In my lifetime the is one of the things I'm most proud of. My wife suggested I give back and I was told about A PLACE CALLED HOME. I've been mentor for over 3 years and the rewards continue to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

HI! My name is Kristen I work as a mentor at APCH and I love it! This is my first go at being a mentor and APCH has been the perfect place to explore this role. I have been wanting to get involved in the community more especially with youth. As a musician myself I was struck by the program and the plethora of resources it gave their youth for creative outlets. The staff at APCH are so incredibly nurturing and helpful and always available for questions. The group outings they make avaiable for us mentors and our youth is incredible from sporting events to concerts they really allow their kids to experience the city. The mentoring program gives such a positive and supportive enviornment for youth so they have place other than home and school to find out who they are. My young lady is so incredibly smart, kind and talented and I would not have found her and found such a wonderful bond if it weren't for the mentoring program at APCH.

Joshua M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These guys have been fantastic to work with, I really believe they have the best intentions and all my experiences with them have been genuine and positive. Their team has always been very friendly and the events I have attended with my mentee have been fun and invigorating.


Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a mentor at APCH, they truly care about the mentor and mentee relationship. They help facilitate meaningful events where you can connect with your mentee and they are also very responsive to inquiries. I sincerely enjoy spending time with my mentee and the wonderful people who make APCH posisble.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a great organization that puts all of its effort in ensuring youth get the adequate resources necessary to excel in life. I am touched by all that the staff does to support their members in every way they can. Great place for youth to grow academically, personally, and professionally!

1 Yoshii Padilla R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of my favorite places!, You do so much for the community! THANK YOU!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was amazing volunteering and hope everyone else do this as well! Thank you APCH for all you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have a great time helping out. Your organization is awesome! What a great place to volunteer for such a great organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was my first time here and I really enjoyed my time serving the families. Keep up the good work !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization doing lots of good things for the less fortunate.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great organization and a great thanksgiving event. So many smiling happy community members.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well organized and coordinated in utilizing volunteering resources

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was great working in a team and helping the organization set things up. I helped combine cutleries and tie them together. It was a wonderful experience. What the organization is doing is really great. I like how you keep things very organized and clean. Thank you for the experience.

Lior K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very happy to volunteer here today. It’s a wonderful experience and a truly fantastic event. It really does feel like home here

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to A Place Called Home to volunteer for their Thanksgiving dinner set up and I am so impressed by the staff and facilities here. I knew the organization did wonderful work in the community but you realize why they are so successful when you come to volunteer in person. I urge everyone to volunteer in person and to donate!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very powerful full service support provider to the community surrounding it. A model example of when a non profit has immediate and direct impact on the community it serves in an immensely profound way. Volunteering here is a joy. The positive energy of the place exudes from all around you and you are welcomed and appreciated from the moment you arrive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A close friend of mine invited me to volunteer at a place called home. And it was an awesome place. Friendly people and great facility

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that helps the community. A wonderful place to take time and offer community service. Volunteered for a thanksgiving dinner and would definitely do it again!