The L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs' success is due in part to its partnership with the school sites where we operate our programs. By sharing their resources, providing classroom space and access to the students we all work together to provide students with as many opportunities as possible.
We also work closely with other community organizations and local businesses to maximize our effectiveness and reach out to even more youth. Here are a few of the amazing groups who share our commitment to providing an equal education to all students.
Beat the Streets
Beat the Streets – Los Angeles has partnered with the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs at the middle school level, cultivating youth development in underserved communities by encouraging a desirefor excellence, respect, teamwork, leadership, integrity, and perseverance through the instruction of quality wrestling programs. BTS-LA strives to enhance young men and women’s lives in school, sports and the community. http://beatthestreets-la.org.
Beyond the Bell (BTB)
L.A.C.E.R. has collaborated with BTB from its' inception to meet the needs of the schools and most importantly, our students. The mission of Beyond the Bell is to ensure that all children and youth in LAUSD have access to high quality, safe, and supervised academic, enrichment, and recreation programs that inspire learning and achievement beyond the regular school day. http://btb.lausd.net
Constitutional Rights Foundation
Each year, high school students participate in the Expanding Horizons Internship Program placing students in paid 6-week internships designed to give them an opportunity to gain valuable job experience and mentorship from working professionals. L.A.C.E.R. has been provided with wonderful CRF interns for nearly a decade who support our administrative and program teams in the office and at the school sites. CRF is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. http://crf-usa.org
Driver Education to Graduation Foundation
No longer offered in school, L.A.C.E.R. Students at Hollywood and Fairfax High School have an opportunity to take one of the first big steps in getting out in the world; getting a driver's license. The DEG Foundation is an award-winning non-profit organization partnering with L.A.C.E.R. and providing electrifying, entertaining and interactive classroom driver education courses. www.drivers-education.org
The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation (EFCF)
Twice a year, EFCF provides L.A.C.E.R.'s middle and high school students with free books through their "A Book Just For Me" program. The program guarantees that the youth have books of their choosing to read during the Winter Break and over the summer. In addition, EFCF supports our middle school music program and donates buses for our annual beach trip. The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation was created in 1993 by Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, in order to fulfill her desires to use the fruits of her success to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs. Ella hoped to make their lives more rewarding, and she wanted to foster a love of reading, as well as a love of music. http://ellafitzgeraldfoundation.org
Ford Theatre Foundation
The Ford Theatre's Community Outreach Program provides L.A.C.E.R. students with free tickets to theater, dance and music events at the Ford Amphitheatre throughout the year. Several performances include master classes giving students the opportunity to see a live performance like Salsa Night for example and then attend a Salsa class taught by the performing artsts back at the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program. The Ford, part of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, strives to be a world-class performing arts center and improves the health of community arts and cultural organizations through partnerships like the Community Outreach Program. www.fordtheatres.org
The just keep livin Foundation was started by Matthew and Camila McConaughey and is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for abetter future. Located within the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs at Fairfax High School, the program’s staff, volunteers and programming encourages students to make positive life choices to improve their physical and mental health through exercise, teamwork, gratitude, nutrition and community service. www.jklivinfoundation.org.
The Los Angeles Arts & Athletics Alliance (LAAAA)
LAAAA provides free instruction and sports equipment for L.A.C.E.R.'s Lacrosse team at King Middle School. LAAAA's mission is to encourage the importance of a lifelong engagement with arts and athletics and the Silver Lake Jubilee is their cornerstone program. http://silverlakejubilee.com
L.A.C.E.R.'s popular Rock Band Workshop participants get extra help with small-group lessons in guitar, keyboard, vocal and drums provided through a program at the Musicians Institute (MI). MI's Federal Work Study students are placed in L.A.C.E.R. music programs to mentor our young musicians and co-teach the L.A.C.E.R. music curriculums. Since 1977, Musicians Institute has been a world leader in contemporary music education. MI provides a vibrant learning environment that is both culturally and musically diverse and offers students cutting-edge resources in state of the art facilities located in the heart of Hollywood. www.mi.edu
Tools For Peace
Tools for Peace provides a Mindfulness Project at L.A.C.E.R.'s after school program at Bancroft and Irving Middle Schools that incorporates art, writing, meditation and exciting community service activities. Tools for Peace has helped students cultivate compassion, peace, and well-being, while building self-motivation and confidence. The goal is to help students learn to deal with negative emotions and find ways to resolve conflict in their lives. Class participants have embraced the program, sharing that the techniques they have learned in class have changed their lives. In 2013 Tools for Peace was honored as a Community Partner at L.A.C.E.R.'s Annual Brunch celebrating their work with young people and commitment to the community. www.toolsforpeace.org
U.S. Handball Association
Our work with the United States Handball Association and long-time L.A.C.E.R. friend Mike Kogan, has enabled youth at Irving Middle School to participate in handball workshops and competitions throughout Los Angeles. The U.S. Handball Association's "First Ace" Development Program fosters the continued growth of handball by supporting local youth programs providing training for instructors, equipment, scholarships for collegiate players and support for programs to travel to handball events. www.ushandball.org