APCH is a community hub and gathering place for interaction with our constituents and other stakeholders, including local government officials and community based organizations. APCH hosts town hall meetings, candidates’ debates, and is a polling place. Our Marion Brucker Community Auditorium (aka the Bridge Theater) and W.M. Keck Foundation Gallery are regularly in use for open mics, cultural and performing arts events and ongoing displays from the prolific young artists in our Art Dept.
In support of our broader community, every year we host an array of service, education, civics and distribution events.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Gilbert Radillo at [email protected] or (323) 238-2416.
Community Service Opportunities
Town Halls, Candidate Debates, Voter Registration, Polling
Hosted and produced year round on an as-needed basis.
APCH is a community hub for education and empowerment, and we welcome our youth, families and local stakeholders for community meetings and activities that empower our constituents to participate in improving the quality of life for everyone in the community.
Health & Garden Expo
Every spring – usually a Saturday in April
Our neighborhood is a food desert that suffers from a lack of grocery stores, farmers markets and healthy restaurants. APCH provides not only groceries to families in need, but also gardens and lessons in gardening, nutrition and cooking.
For HAGE, we close down a portion of 29th Street next to APCH and fill the street with entertaining and engaging opportunities for families and the whole community to have fun while trying out healthy recipes, learning how to grow their own food, and receiving free health check-ups, including vision, dental, blood pressure and diabetes exams.
Cinderella & Prince Charming Project
Takes place every year in mid April, just before prom and graduation season.
Young people in our neighborhood can’t take anything for granted. That includes being able to afford the costs associated with Homecoming, Prom, and Graduation. AT APCH, we ensure those rites of passage are special and memorable for more than 1,200 Los Angeles teenagers every year.
Each spring, the Cinderella & Prince Charming Project provides teens with formal attire necessary to look and feel their best for special occasions. Teens also participated in fun and informative financial, fashion and self-esteem workshops presented by special guests, and even had opportunities to sign up to volunteer at APCH.
A Place Called Home begins accepting formal-wear every January. New or gently used* items include gowns, dresses, suits, tuxedos, men’s shirts, women’s suits, ties, belts, men’s and women’s shoes, purses, jewelry, cosmetics and other accessories.
*Don’t forget to dry clean and press used clothing before you donate – let’s treat the kids like royalty!
Family Movie Nights
Friday nights in the summer – dates TBA.
In a neighborhood where there are no movie theaters and the cost to take a family to a movie in another neighborhood is prohibitive, we provide several outdoor evening screenings throughout the summer, with seats and blanket space on our athletic field. The teens sell pizza and popcorn to raise funds for special projects, and mom and dad finally get an evening to relax and enjoy themselves under the stars. The films are always family friendly and include Spanish subtitles so all our guests can enjoy them fully. Often, the feature film is preceded by shorts made by students in our very own Digital Media program!
Backpack to School Event
Takes place the first Saturday in August.
For many families in our community, sending the kids back to school is stressful because they can’t afford to purchase all the necessary supplies and tools to be ready for that first day. What really helps a youngster feel ready is knowing that they will be equipped and stylin’!
APCH welcomes students of all ages and we provide more than 1,000 new backpacks full of school supplies and books, as well as sundries like sunglasses, personal hygiene kits, meal coupons, and more. We even provide eye exams and prescription glasses.
Comic Art & Literacy Expo (CALE)
3rd Saturday in October at The Bridge – across from our main campus.
R-U-Ready to meet R2D2? Your chance to hang with the droids you’re looking for is here! Our Art Dept. produces this fun annual event at The Bridge. Join us for a day of free comics, books, entertainment, literacy workshops and opportunities to meet writers, artists and animators! Special guests! Cosplay! Good eats!
Thanksgiving Dinner & Grocery Distribution
Takes place every year on the day before Thanksgiving.
Food security is a serious issue in the community we serve, and around the holidays there are hundreds of families that rely on APCH for groceries to sustain them and add to their celebrations. Early in the morning we begin distributing turkeys and grocery bags filled with the staples for a holiday meal. Then, throughout the afternoon, we serve more than 1,000 fresh cooked meals to all comers – families, elders, homeless community members – until we run out of food. More than 100 volunteers help throughout the day, and our teens come in to contribute their time and efforts, too.
A Place Called Home for the Holidays
Takes place the 2nd or 3rd Saturday in December.
A snowy winter festival at APCH where thousands of children get to play in the snow on our athletic field, enjoy cocoa and scones, meet Santa Claus, and receive books, toys, clothing, music, art supplies and other gifts that we have collected over the prior three months.