LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, one of the premier after-school programs in the country, this year celebrated its 25th anniversary. Every day, in the City of Los Angeles, LA’s BEST serves 28,000 elementary school children with the greatest needs and the fewest resources. Since its inception, the program has consisted of 3 ½ Beats: help with homework, a learning activity that boosts core academic skills and confidence, something that’s new and just plain fun, and a light, nutritious meal. In 2007, LA’s BEST added a downbeat to the program with the creation of the LA’s BEST String Project, offering second-through-fifth grade students high-quality violin, viola, and cello instruction, and classical music education.
Part of the original YOLA Stakeholder Group, LA’s BEST, with continued primary support from the Max H. Gluck Foundation, just launched its 4th String Project site at Broad Avenue Elementary School in the Harbor area. Other LA’s BEST String Project sites include Shenandoah Elementary in the South Robertson area, El Dorado Elementary in Sylmar, and Castelar Elementary in Chinatown. At Castelar and El Dorado, LA’s BEST has teamed up with another YOLA Stakeholder, Education Through Music–LA (ETM-LA), to create an El Sistema modeled learning environment where students receive five hours of music instruction during the after school hours each week, in addition to ETM- LA’s one hour per week of instruction during the school day. Congratulations LA’s BEST!
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Leadership support for the LA Phil's Educational Initiatives is provided by the Peggy Bergmann YOLA Endowment Fund, the Lee and Hope Landis Warner YOLA Student Fund, Norma D. Kayser Trust, Max H. Gluck Foundation, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, Rose Hills Foundation, Anonymous, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Walt Disney Company, and Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.
Additional support is provided by Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Eisner Foundation, Terri and Jerry M. Kohl, Dudley Rauch, Rosenthal Family Foundation, James and Laura Rosenwald/Orinoco Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Target Corporation, Edgerton Foundation, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation, The Wunderkinder Foundation, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Anonymous, Joyce Brandman/Saul Brandman Foundation, Mark Dalzell, Ferguson Foundation, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Kaplan, Victoria and Kerry McCluggage, Wendy and Ken Ruby, Jack Suzar and Linda May, Wells Fargo, and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation through the League of American Orchestras' Getty Education and Community Engagement Grants Program.