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Comic Expo brings joy of reading to South Central

Just one week after L.A. Comic Con, another comic expo comes to Los Angeles – South Central Los Angeles! A Place Called Home will host its third annual Comic Art & Literacy Expo (CALE) on October 19, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The expo is free, appropriate for all ages, and open to the public. CALE is the first event of its kind and makes popular entertainment and comic arts accessible to families and residents living in one of Los Angeles’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

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APCH Shaheen Scholar soars at top firm and NASA

The APCH Shaheen Scholarship program helps make higher education a reality for many of our members. It’s exciting to see our young scholars spread their wings in college, and we love receiving updates from them about their undergraduate adventures.

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The Life-Changing Power Of Music

At A Place Called Home, we firmly believe that experiences in the arts teach children to cultivate creativity, collaborate, invent, and innovate with peers. Additionally, arts education has a major impact on cognitive development and social engagement. Through the exploration of art in its many forms, our youth gain access to beauty through their own creations and through those of their peers, teachers, and role models. 

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Everyone deserves a place to call home

Earlier this year, Angelenos received disappointing news: the 2019 Homeless Count revealed that homelessness increased 12% in Los Angeles County since last year.* In South Los Angeles alone, more than 9,600 residents are homeless. A severe lack of affordable housing in Los Angeles has resulted in 600,000 people spending 90% or more of their income on housing. Many of the families we serve at A Place Called Home are low income and find themselves making difficult choices every day: buy food or pay the rent?

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Summer Magic At A Place Called Home

At A Place Called Home, the summer months are the busiest time of year for our campus. With local schools on summer break, most kids have nowhere to go during the day and our members rely on APCH to provide a safe space.

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Q&A With Darrell Bryson, APCH Athletics Program Lead

At A Place Called Home, we’re passionate about instilling good health practices in the lives of kids and their families. Young people need to run, play, and exercise in a safe space. Most kids thrive in this kind of environment — whether it’s competitive or just for fun. But here’s the reality we’re facing: most schools in South Central Los Angeles don’t have the resources to offer physical education classes. Many families can’t afford everything needed for competitive sports, and many neighborhood parks simply aren’t safe to play in.

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Two world-class music events come to The Bridge Theater

South Central might not be the first destination that comes to mind when listing Los Angeles’s artistic hubs, but A Place Called Home is deeply committed to sharing art with members, families and the broader South Los Angeles community. Two exciting concerts come to The Bridge Theater @ A Place Called Home this summer. “Ella Fitzgerald: The Lady, Her Music and Me,” a musical review of the iconic singer’s work, will be held on July 27th and 28th, while the Los Angeles County Arts Commission presents Latin, jazz and pop musician Nancy Sanchez on September 14th as part of its free summer concert series. 

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How Our Youth P.R.E.P. For The Future!

We’re committed to helping APCH youth take ownership of their lives and futures, pursue their aspirations with planning and hard work, and never give up. When South Central youth enter their teenage years, the risks and adversities they face amplify. Gangs, drugs, generational poverty, and teen pregnancy can derail promising young lives. At A Place Called Home, we provide our members with tools, resources, and opportunities that will open doors to limitless possibilities.

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Get A L.I.F.E. — Become A Mentor

The power of mentoring unlocks a life our teens never dreamed possible.

Our work is never done in isolation. But many of the youth we serve experience isolation in their schools and homes. Not having someone to connect with and talk to leads to feelings of loneliness and hopelessness.

Relationships with caring adults are critical, and a parent and a mentor have very different functions in a teen’s life — that’s why we launched our L.I.F.E. Mentoring Program, a year-long formal mentoring relationship for our teens (aged 13-18) and caring adults in the community. These relationships are matched with input from the teen, the teen’s family, and the potential mentor.

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