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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

179 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with this organization is very rewarding, and worth the time. They have a great mission and strong organization, making sure that students get the help and supplies they need to have a successful future. I volunteered in their back to school giveaway and was amazed by how many students they helped, and the way they coordinated such an effective event. If you have the time to volunteer or the ability to donate, this is an organization to keep in mind without a doubt.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So many people served this afternoon, needs to happen every year for back to school!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent facilities and staff. Great mission and initiative.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this place so much! such amazing people here. YOu make amazing friends.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

super cool, great experience, i always thought that it was not a cool place but now that i know what they do and how they help out the community i feel like this is the best place for the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

my experience here at A Place Called home was really good because all staff and members see each other as family, and they help each other in order to become successful and to me i was appreciated because everyone was respectful towards me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I have been volunteering at APCH I truly have loved my experience here. It's been over 2 years and continue volunteering I can say that it real is such a great nonprofit organization. Just seeing how all the kids are being helped with whatever they may need help in as well as for their families it truly is so incredible. I can say that my experience at APCH is that that i will not forget and i know would help me out in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I have been volunteering at APCH I truly have loved my experience here. It's been over 2 years and continue volunteering I can say that it real is such a great nonprofit organization. Just seeing how all the kids are being helped with whatever they may need help in as well as for their families it truly is so incredible. I can say that my experience at APCH is that that i will not forget and i know would help me out in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A place called home is a fun and entertaining place to spend the summer. As a volunteer working with the kids, it was exciting and it makes you feel very responsible to help and being asked for help when someone needs it. I also learned a lot in the department I was in and some of those things I had never learned at school.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!