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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

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love them. They are so friendly and helpful. I attended the book give away with my kids and found the staff to be very friendly and it was very well organized

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly an organization focused on working with and for the community. They are consistently finding ways to engage not only current members but LA as a whole.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

this is a great organization and it was fun to be here

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

this helped me a lot, living in a low income family makes it hard to buy things we need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i am an only child living with no electricity at the moment and its very hard to deal with income problems thank you

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing experience and very helpful and wonderful people.

Anayeli O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

its really cool and awesome and dope hopelly they do it next year

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MY daughter Saleen Isabella Aguilar started just this summer, and each day she comes home happy, she tells me what she has learned throw out the day..... always exited and looking ford ward to the next day. I am a happy parent to know she is enjoying her self, not only that but that she is learning and having a great time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This program has a good program that allows students to have opportunities and amazing experiences that most people wouldn't have.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Apch is doing well help us in general and the way thatvthey can improve is by maybe less member because its crowd not much but a little so thays how they can improve

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

It is doing a good job with everything they could improve wih better food and classes

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended their charity fundraiser in Dec and was so impressed by the work they are doing. The children told such moving stories about how "A Place Called Home" has changed their lives. I hope their work can continue to make a difference!