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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

179 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I didn't know what to expect when I started volunteering, but APCH is a great community program. The children have fun, the location is clean and safe, and the staff is helpful. This only my first year with them, but I can see that the staff does everything they can to support the children of the area.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I really enjoy playing with the kids here. Everyone is so nice and I feel so comfortable. The kids are so cute and I love to listen to their stories and even their complaints. I feel like I learn a lesson every time I am here. I learn to be patient, to deal with kids, to be observant, etc. Volunteering here has made me a more mature person and I think that is really important in my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I come to a Place Called Home to volunteer in the Art Department. The program is positive because of the variety of art projects that are completed. The kids take pride in completing personal work that gives them a sense of accomplishment. Some of the kids say they are not interested in doing some of the art projects, but staff still expects them to be attentive. Because of this dynamic, some of the kids lose focus and become disinterested. It would be nice to see other options to match each individual's passion.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer here and honestly it is an amazing place that they have created for the kids. They have many different classes for the kids where they get to do really fun stuff that is not only engaging but, educational. The staff are also very kind and always treat the kids with respect and show that they genuinely do care. The title of this non-profit really speaks the truth because it is like another home for the kids.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Place Called Home is a wonderful organization that helps foster the youth in the community. Without this organization, many of the youth would not have a place to call their second home. The members that I have come into contact with truly love this place. APCH does so much for the community as well. They open their doors every Fall for Back to School Giveaways, for Thanksgiving Day dinner, for the yearly Christmas Adopt a Family Program and for many more events. This year long nonprofit organization is an example to lead by.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer A Place Called Home has different programs that helps the kids and a place that they can come to and feel safe.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So many opportunities! The classes were on fun topics while still being educational, and the kids loved the games that were made up about biodiversity, also the many trivia games. The history of animation was also a very liked class where all the students were able to do fun activities while exploring animation and seeing if they had any interest in it. This is a great place! If I could have come here when I was younger I would have!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

APCH is amazing! The kids seem to love this face very much and its also very fun for the staff and volunteers. I was only suppose to volunteer for a few weeks but I ended up staying and will most likely stay my whole summer and maybe return next year that's how fun it is. As a volunteer I've seen all the activities the kids get to be a part of and personally when I was a kid I never got to do any of them so it's super cool that they get the opportunity to take part in those activities. Basically A Place Called Home is an awesome place.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It's been a wonderful experience getting to work with this nonprofit. I have gotten the chance to learn a lot from staff and coworkers including the kids that I work with. I have build so many relationships with the kids which have made my experience here so much rewarding. The fact that I'm able learn and try new things makes this nonprofit a place where I can improve and develop new skills and abilities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Place Called Home captures the true passion and talent of the under served population here in South LA. It allows their students to further explore their interests and assists them in reaching their goal every step of the way. The staff do show their true interest in helping these kids succeed. This organization truly deserves its name of another place these kids could call HOME.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Place Called Home is a great program that teaches our members to be well rounded individuals to better their communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

APCH is a great organizations for the kids in the community because it forms them into well rounded individuals. The students are provided with many different opportunities inside and outside of a classroom, from playing music to doing a sport to researching a new country. They are in a fun loving and educational environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with APCH since January, and it has been a very amazing/ rewarding experience. The children are full of potential and the staff here make sure that they are aware of it. I love the environment inside APCH it truly is a safe heaven for the members.

This organization is full of opportunities for members to go beyond their horizon, im glad to be part of this organization and be part of the impact of the members.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Overall my experience working here has prepared me for my future career.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a summer intern for A Place Called Home, I can say with honesty that they are doing amazing work and making a real impact on the community that they have been serving for years. The staff is very friendly and have fostered positive relationships with the members here. As someone on staff, fostering these relationships is rewarding and the kids are a blast to be around. It is an after school program during the school year and a summer day camp otherwise with activities for their members ranging from dance to athletics to photography. It is a very, very dedicated organization filled with people that care about the community around it and I am grateful to bear witness to it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working witjh this organization for 2 months now, and my experience has been amazing! I can't say enough about this organization. They make a huge impact on the childrens' lives, and I have learned a lot about myself as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

everyone is happy and likes what they do, when i was there, there were more than necessary volunteers

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this place. The volunteers really care and make a difference for the community they serve. They treat everyone with such dignity and respect

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The students really love this place and it's inspiring to see an organization make a difference

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Keep up the good work. Contact me again at bringingjoyandpurpose@gmail.com