Everychild 2006 Grant: Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)
Everychild funding supported the renovation and expansion of the Lafayette Park Recreation Center (LCC), a building operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Through this precedent-setting partnership, HOLA expanded its high-quality academic, athletic, arts and enrichment programming to annually serve an additional 1,000 at-risk youth for at least the next 25 years.
Since the opening of the new LCC in 2011, HOLA has doubled the number of classes at the center. The partnership has also brought unprecedented financial and programmatic resources to thousands of families, who now utilize the park on a regular basis. HOLA has been able to leverage the support of the Everychild Foundation for this innovative public/private partnership and has recently expanded its capacity with the construction of a 23,000 square foot Arts, Enrichment and Recreation Center in Lafayette Park. This new building enables HOLA to consolidate more of its programs into a single, secure and integrated environment.