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East LA Community Corporation
530 South Boyle Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 269-4214 ext.230
Fax (323) 261-1065

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Churchs & Temples

Dolores Mission
A Parish of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA
171 S. Gless Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Fr. Michael Kennedy, Pastor
Phone: (323) 881-0039  Fax:(323) 881-0034
Sat: 6 p.m. [Spanish].
Sun: 7:30 [Spanish], 9, 10:30 a.m. [Spanish]; 12 noon [Spanish]; 6 p.m. [Spanish].
Weekday: Mon thru Fri: 5 p.m.
Holy day & Vigil: 5 p.m.
Confessions: Sat: Before 6 p.m. Mass..

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House Of God Inc
2302 East 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Iglesia Israelita Casa De Dios
2833 Fairmount Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Konko Chruch of Los Angeles
2924 E. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Los Angeles Boyle Heights Chruch of The Nazarene
213 S. Breed Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Living Water Faith Center
2900 Lanfranco Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Los Angeles Japanese Baptist Chruch
2935 E 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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North American Chruch of Tenrikyo
2723 Pomeroy Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Olazabal Council of Latin American Chruches Inc
1925 E 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
A Parish of Armenian Catholic Exarchate
1327 Pleasant Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Rev Raphael Minassian, Pastor
Phone: (323) 261-9898  Fax:(323) 261-0522
Sun: 10, 11 a.m.
Weekday: Mon thru Sat: 8 a.m.
Confessions: Before Masses

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Pentecostal Holiness Chruch
1482 Murchison Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Pico Aliso Foursquare Chruch
1201 E 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Proyecto Pastoral Aka Jesuit Hispano Ministry
135 N Mission Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Victory Outreach Inc
2033 E First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Community History

Boyle Heights: Neighborhood Sites and Insights is a multifaceted collaborative exhibition and partnership initiative that explores the history and transformation of a significant Los Angeles neighborhood. The partnership with the International Institute of Los Angeles, the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California, Self-Help Graphics, Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School, and an advisory group of scholars and community experts will produce community-based, interdisciplinary research, an exhibition, and public programs.

Situated just east of the Los Angeles river, Boyle Heights has long been a gateway for newcomers to the city. From the 1920s to the 1950s it was Los Angeles' most heterogenous neighborhood, serving as home to large concentrations of Jews, Mexicans, and Japanese Americans, as well as Russian Molokans, African Americans, and people of Armenian, Italian, and Chinese descent. Today the neighborhood is primarily Latino, and it continues to serve as a port-of-entry for a number of the city's immigrant groups.

The project focuses on neighborhood life as a complex whole, rather than on discrete ethnic groups, underscoring multicultural and multigenerational interaction and exchange. Through artifacts, photographs, original artwork, media components, and interactive environments, the exhibition will present a multivocal interpretation of community life. The particular and unique characteristics of Boyle Heights will be explored through the communities, local organizations, and first-person perspectives of its residents-past and present- with the twofold aim of assessing both local significance and the broader social dynamics and processes of change typical to other American urban communities.

The primary objectives of this project are to: 1) promote collaborations and intercultural exchanges between organizations, scholars, and community members; 2) document, interpret, and share the history of the diverse communities in Boyle Heights through the voices and perspectives of those who live/d there; 3) engage and challenge a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations to participate in a civic dialogue that connects the stories of the past and present neighborhood residents, as well as those of people of different ethnic/racial backgrounds.

Partnership Development:

To encourage interaction among the volunteers, staff, and audiences of all of the partnering organizations, we will plan fieldtrips to each organization, as well as to sites in Boyle Heights. Museum project staff can also provide presentations on the project (its objectives and parameters) for the staff/volunteers of partnering organizations.

We plan to jointly evaluate the project programs and progress in early 2001. We hope that partnering organizations will continue to develop co-sponsored public programs at all of the sites.


Research encompasses archival/library research, oral history interviewing, photo collecting, partnership development, as well as the ongoing processes of community outreach and dialogue.

Museum Researchers are museum staff in the education and curatorial offices who will:

survey museum collections holdings that relate to Boyle Heights.
compile resources and information in consultation with advisors (compile a resource list, visit archives, request materials from other researchers/organizations).
conduct outreach into neighborhood communities and the organizations that serve them.
collaborate with other researchers and organizations in developing a Boyle Heights resource database or directory.
Research Associates are ideally involved in the photo collection and oral history project components. This entails a one-year involvement in the project.

Boyle Heights Project Unites Past and Present

Photo by Meg Sullivan
From left, Atoy Wilson, George Sanchez, professor of history, and Dan Kawahara. Wilson holds a photograph of the 1937 Roosevelt High School baseball team, the Rough Riders – which he, as catcher, and Kawahara, as centerfielder, played on. The teammates have remained friends.

Carina Zaragoza (front left) was one of 10 USC undergraduates who participated in Your Boyle Heights. Behind her is Lisa Hagaki, a UCLA graduate student. The students were discussing photographs of one-time Boyle Heights residents Richard and Hermalinda Nieto.

Issue Date: 5/22/2000

The call went out for old photographs that reflected the neighborhood’s history. Current and former residents brought hundreds, and an archive blossoms.

by Meg Sullivan

The photograph had languished for years in a drawer at Tomiko Nakayama’s Monterey Park home.

But at a recent event that USC helped organize at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights, near the Health Sciences Campus, the 61-year-old shot of the retired seamstress caused quite a stir.

There was the strikingly beautiful 17-year-old, wearing a silk kimono sent all the way to her parents’ Boyle Heights home from Japan by an aunt. Beneath her feet rose the arching bridge that straddled a pond in a formal Japanese tea garden that once graced the high school’s grounds. After World War II, vandals demolished the garden, but the school rebuilt it four years ago, albeit with a smaller version of the storied bridge.

“Wow, this is some bridge,” said Dan Gebler, a USC graduate student in history. “I’ve never seen a picture of this garden.”

“The neighborhood east of downtown ... is Los Angeles’ Lower East Side – the first home for newcomers to the U.S. and Los Angeles.”

-George Sanchez

Such were the thrills of excavating the past at the Boyle Heights “Photo Duplication Day” April 29 and 30, manned by USC graduate and undergraduate students in conjunction with a citywide coalition of researchers.

Dog-eared and yellowing snapshots provided clues to the colorful but largely overlooked history of the East Los Angeles neighborhood that gave the world Leo “Dr. Love” Buscaglia, L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, Getty Center former trustee Harold Williams, USC Athletics Director Mike Garrett and others.

“They’re wonderful – just wonderful,” Gebler said of the photos. “They give you a real sense of history.”

The results will serve as the foundation of an exhibit on the community at the Japanese-American National Museum in late 2001 or early 2002.

The findings will also figure in “Re-Examining Boyle Heights, Making Community: Multiethnic Interpretations of Neighborhood Life” by George Sanchez, a USC history professor helping to organize the photo-collection project. They also will become available on a USC Web site,, as part of the ongoing Southern California in the World (SC/W) exposition.

“Over the years, the neighborhood east of downtown has attracted considerable numbers of African, Armenian, Greek, Japanese, Jewish, Mexican, ‘White Russian’ and Russian Molokan immigrants,” Sanchez said. “It is Los Angeles’ Lower East Side – the first home for newcomers to the U.S. and Los Angeles.”

For such graduate students as Gebler, the exercise provided an opportunity to rub elbows with the likes of Manny Zelman, whose family until last year ran a Boyle Heights clothing shop for three generations.

“He’s one of the legends of the neighborhood,” said Gebler, who is devoting his doctoral dissertation to the history of Boyle Heights’ Jewish community.

Meanwhile, undergraduates like Carina Zaragoza, who studied Mexican-American history last spring with Sanchez, got a hands-on lesson in history gathering.

After a researcher from the Japanese-American National Museum provided an initial screening of the hundreds of entries, Zaragoza and about 10 other undergraduates gathered such basic information about the photos as the names of human subjects, the date when they were taken and the location, including any important landmarks. Along with such graduate students as Gebler, the undergraduates also had the responsibility of deciding which photos to include in the repository and which to omit. A professional crew of photographers then shot the select few images for the permanent collections of the JANM, Jewish Historical Society and SC/W.

“It was so interesting to hear all the stories,” said Zaragoza, an American studies major. “The experience really confirmed my interest in American studies and made me want to pursue this kind of thing at graduate school.”

Spending two days processing vintage photos was particularly gratifying for Zaragoza because she grew up in Boyle Heights – L.A.’s first suburb – and graduated from Roosevelt High, now predominantly Latino.

“I take for granted that Boyle Heights is the way it is now,” she said. “I learned that it’s gone through many changes.”

But even epiphanies involve tough choices, Zaragoza learned. Just a few hours into the Saturday proceedings, she found herself in the position of having to firmly but politely exclude the treasured photo of one of the event’s participants: Hermalinda Nieto’s circa 1938 photo of herself at 3 astride a horse in front of her grandfather’s Boyle Heights home. In the photo that was taken by an itinerant photographer, Nieto is wearing a cute ranchero costume and a grin.

“Pictures of a kid on a horse are really popular,” Zaragoza explained. “We don’t need another one.”

Long before the term “multicultural” became popular, Boyle Heights in general – and Roosevelt High in particular – was a melting pot, Sanchez said.

“We’re looking for photos that give you some sense of ethnic interaction and activities,” he said.

Researchers were thrilled not just with Nakayama’s snapshot of the Japanese Tea Garden, but also one that showed her and three girlfriends in kimonos.

“It’s International Day,” she said, referring to a long-standing tradition at the school to honor the different cultures represented in the student body with a day of special activities. While common today, such celebrations of diversity were rare in that era, researchers noted.

“See that person bending?” she asked, referring to a blur on the image’s right side. “That’s a [girl in a] Mexican costume.”

Researchers were also ex cited to discover Atoy Wilson, a retired park superintendent now living in Victorville, and Dan Kawahara, a retired owner and operator of a bindery now living in Rowland Heights. Members of the Class of 1937, they had played on the same baseball team and remained friends.

“You’re not from the major leagues, are you?” joked Kawahara, when asked about the team’s photograph.

The African-American catcher and Japanese-American centerfielder had played with Joe Gonzalez, a Mexican-American who eventually signed with the Red Sox.

“The Rough Riders had many Mexican-Americans, a black, a Russian, a Jewish fella and two Japanese-Americans like myself,” Kawahara said. “We were as multiethnic as you can get, but we all played like we were one family.”

Volume #19
Issue #31

Note: Credit for information:
The University of Southern California News Service
3620 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2538
Tel: 213 740 2215 Fax: 213 740 7600

Councilmember, 14th District

José Huizar
14th District Office
2130 E. First Street, Suite 202
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone:(323) 526-3059
Fax: (323) 526-3066

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Family Resources

Los Angeles House Of Ruth
605 N Cummings Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Maintenance & Power Childrens Xmas Fund
1200 N. State Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
1920 Marengo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Friends of Benjamin Franklin Library
2200 E First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Friends of Malabar Library
2801 Wabash Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Local Parks

Aliso Pico Rec Center
370 S. Clarence St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(213) 264-5261
Auditorium capacity: 200, Indoor Gym, One Ball Diamond-Lighted, Basketball Court, Children Play Area, Football Field, Outdoor Gym

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Evergreen Recreation Center
2844 E. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 262-0397
Auditorium capacity: 500, Indoor Gym, Two Ball Diamond -Lighted, Basketball Court, Child Play Area, Football Field, Picnic Area with BBQ, Shuffleboard, Volleyball Court, Child care.

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Hazard Park Recreation Center
2230 Norfolk Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(213) 485-6839
Auditorium capacity: 390, Indoor Gym, Two Ball Diamond -Lighted, Basketball Court, Child Play Area, Football Field, Outdoor Gym, Picnic Area with BBQ, Soccer Filed, Tennis Courts- Unlighted.

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Henry Alvarez Memorial Park
2830 Lancaster Ave
Los Angeles, Ca. 90033

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Hollenbeck Parks & Recreation
Selena De La Reyes
415 S. St. Louis
Los Angeles,CA 90033
Auditorium capacity: 390, Indoor Gym, Two Ball Diamond -Lighted, Basketball Court, Child Play Area, Football Field, Outdoor Gym, Picnic Area with BBQ, Soccer Filed, Tennis Courts- Unlighted.

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Hollenbeck Youth Center
Danny Hernandez
2015 East First Street
Los Angeles,CA 90033

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Pecan Parks & Recreation
Jose Lopez
127 S. Pecan Street
Los Angeles,CA 90033
Auditorium capacity: 25, One Ball Diamond -Lighted, Basketball Court, Child Play Area, Football Field, Outdoor Gym, Picnic Area, Soccer Filed, Summing Pool-Summer Use.

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Ramona Gardens Recreation Center
2830 Lancaster Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(213) 847-2961
Auditorium capacity: 400, Indoor Gym, Child Play Area, Outdoor Gym, 1 Baseball diamond unlighted.

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State Street Recreation Center
716 N. State Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(213) 847-2790
uditorium capacity: 259, One Ball Diamond -Lighted, Basketball Court, Child Play Area, Football Field, Picnic Area with BBQ.

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Wabash Recreation Center
2765 Wabash Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 262-6534
Auditorium capacity: 400, Indoor Gym, One Ball Diamond-Unlighted, Basketball Court, Child Play Area, Football Field, Outdoor Gym.

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Latino Museum History Art & Culture
P.O. Box 33377
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Neighborhood Council

Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
2130 E. 1st St. 3rd Flr.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 526-3614
FAX: (323) 526-3032

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General Board Meeting
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
(This event repeats on the last Wednesday of every month.)
Event Location: Boyle Heights Senior Citizens Center
Street: 2839 E. 3rd Street
Boyle Heights, CA 90033

Our Purpose
The main purpose of the BHNC is to foster a sense of community and responsibility to help resolve community issues by outreaching to stakeholders; educating stakeholders and board members; engaging in the political process; networking with other neighborhood councils; and, coordination with City government for the betterment of Boyle Heights.

The Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council is composed of diverse individuals and groups from the Boyle Heights Community. We are residents, property owners, employees, groups, organizations, and business from the area. We have members from churches and many others from social, economic, and political groups.

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Police Department

Los Angeles Police Department - Hollenbeck Station
2111 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Director of Governmental and Community Affairs
President, Board of Education
Los Angeles Unified School District
333 S. Beaudry Ave., 24th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Tel. 213-241-4548
Fax 213-241-8459

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1st Street Elementary
2820 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone:(323) 269-0138 Fax:(323) 269-8776

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Boyle Heights Elementary Institute
2130 E 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Bravo Medical Mag.
1200 North Corwell Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone:(323) 342-0428 Fax:(323) 242-9139

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Breed Street Elementary School
2226 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 269-4343
Level: K-5

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Bridge Street Elementary School
605 N. Boyle Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 222-0165
Level: K-5

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Comite De Padres Pro Defensa Del Estudiante Comunidad Eigualdad De
P. O. Box 33575
Los Angeles, CA 90033

East Community State Preschool
2302 East 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 262-1842

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PTA California Congress of Parents Teachers & Students Inc.
416 N Cornwell Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Neighborhood Music School Association
358 S Boyle Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Second Street Elementary School Foundation Inc
1942 E 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Theodore Roosevelt High School Alumni Foundation
P.O.Box 331157 L A 90033
RHS Alumni meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 PM in the RHS library

Senior Resources

Abuelitos de Boyle Heights
1430 Pennsylvania Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Boyle Heights Senior Center
2839 E. Third Street
Los Angeles 90033
(323) 266-0435

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Boyle Heights Sports Center
933 S. Mott
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(213) 264-5136

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Auditorium capacity: One Ball Diamond-Lighted, Basketball court, Childs Play Area, Football Field, Outdoor Gym, Soccor field.

Costello Rec Center
3141 E. Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(213) 485-9111

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Auditorium capacity: 400, Indoor Gym, Two Ball Diamond-Lighted, Basketball Court, Child Play Area, Football Field, Picnic Area, Swimming Pool- Summer Use.

Garcia Msgr. R. Rec Center
1016 S. Fresno St
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(213) 265-4755

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Auditorium capacity: 500, Indoor Gym, Two Ball Diamond -Lighted, Basketball Court, Child Play Area, Football Field, Picnic Area with BBQ, Shuffleboard, Two Tennis Courts-Unlighted.

Hollenbeck Home For The Aged
573 S. Boyle Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Located next door to PUENTE’s East Los Angeles campus, the Hollenbeck Home for the Aged is a retirement community that offers multi-step housing and care options ranging from senior housing and assisted living to full nursing home care. Many residents take computer classes at PUENTE and/or volunteer in the children’s programs. Hollenbeck Home residents welcome PUENTE’s Pre-School Readiness children for several annual gatherings including an Easter egg hunt and party, Christmas party and Ice Cream Social.

Keiro Nursing Home
325 S Boyle Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Japanese Home For The Aged
325 S. Boyle Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Technology & Education Center

Boyle Heights Learning Collaborative
The Boyle Heights Learning Collaborative (BHLC) is a community-centered school reform effort undertaken by a wide range of community leaders. The underlying theory of the BHLC is that schools cannot improve alone, and that school renewal must be accompanied by an aggressive community renewal initiative. The goals of the initiative are to improve the capacity of students, teachers, families and the institutions in the community in order to ensure higher level of student achievement and to build a constituency for improvement in schools and in the community.

Sister Jennie Lechtenberg, Executive Director of PUENTE Learning Center, is co-chair of the BHLC with LAUSD Board Chair Jose Huizar. Partners include LA Metro - Industrial Areas Foundation, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), One Economy and East Los Angeles Community College.

The BHLC is funded through June 2006 by The Annenberg Foundation, and is managed by Families In Schools.

Neighborhood Partners In Education
This annual two-day conference, sponsored by AT&T;, provides a forum to share lessons learned and best practices with senior-level nonprofit administrators and board members. Offered free of charge each February to a capacity audience of 80, Neighborhood Partners in Education has attracted participants from greater Los Angeles and other areas of California, and from as far away as Texas, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Washington DC.

     The conference agenda covers such timely and essential topics as:

  • Building and Working with Your Board of Directors
  • Strategic Media and Public Relations
  • Maintaining Spirit While Complying with Employment Laws
  • Elements of Successful Grantwriting
  • Meet The Grantmakers
  • Individual and Planned Giving
  • Bridging the Digital Divide
  • Community and Political Partnerships
     In the spirit of sharing, PUENTE Founder and Executive Director Sister Jennie Lechtenberg launches the conference with a tour of the East Los Angeles campus and presentation entitled “PUENTE Learning Center – Then and Now.” This Powerpoint presentation and Sister Jennie’s narrative tell the inspiring story of PUENTE’s evolution, from its earliest days when children were tutored in janitors’ closets and on play-yard benches, to becoming a multi-million dollar agency that serves thousands of students per day from multiple sites.

     Attendance at the Neighborhood Partners in Education Conference is open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information or to place your name on the invitation list for the next conference, contact Sharyn Rubenstein, vice president – operations, at

U.S. Post Office

2016 E 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 268-0252

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2750 E 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 268-0461

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Youth Centers & Clubs

Girl Scout Program

Girl Scouts After School Center
Centro para Depues del Horario Escolar de las Girl Scouts del Los Angeles
Attention/Attencion: Parents/Padres Girls/Ninas
Girl Scout Meeting
Junta De Girl Scouts

Where/Donde: Euclid Elementary
Date/Fecha: Fridays/Viernes - Cafeteria
Time/Tiempo: 4:00-5:00pm

Questions Please Call: (323) 264-8800

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Girl Scouts of the USA is committed to helping today's girls become tomorrow's leaders. For 90 years, the Girl Scout program has delivered quality experiences for girls locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Girl Scout program is girl-driven, reflecting the ever-changing needs and interests of participating girls. It provides girls with a wide variety of opportunities. The program encourages increased skill building and responsibility, and also promotes the development of strong leadership and decision-making skills. All program activities are age-appropriate and based on The Four Program Goals, as well as on the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

There are five age levels in Girl Scouting: Daisy Girl Scouts, ages 5-6; Brownie Girl Scouts, ages 6-8; Junior Girl Scouts, ages 8-11; Cadette Girl Scouts, ages 11-14; and Senior Girl Scouts, ages 14-17.
Here are some topics that today's Girl Scouts are exploring: Leadership Math, Science, and Technology Financial Literacy Health, Fitness, and Sports Environmental Education The Arts Global Awareness

Through activities that build self-confidence, responsibility, integrity, creative decision-making skills, and teamwork, girls develop real-world leadership abilities that will last them a lifetime. At all levels of the Girl Scout program, girls participate in activities that help them take steps toward becoming the leaders of tomorrow.

Math, Science, and Technology
Girls have a strong interest in math, science, and technology - but often their academic and career choices do not reflect these interests. Girl Scouts of the USA encourages girls to explore these innovative fields. Through Girls Go Tech, one of our new initiatives, girls discover technology by exploring their everyday surroundings and high-tech careers. Today's Girl Scouts are preparing to take on the 21st century's many technological opportunities and challenges.

Financial Literacy
By developing money management skills early in life, girls gain the confidence they need to take control of their own financial future. Through Girl Scouts of the USA's financial literacy activities, girls learn about earning, spending, saving, and investing. They master the all-important balancing act between income and expenses. Help the girls in your life learn the ins and outs of earning, spending, saving, and investing through Money Smarts online activities.

Health, Fitness, and Sports
Research shows that physical activity, health education, and sports have a positive effect on girls' health, self-esteem, academics, and decision-making skills. Girl Scouts of the USA created a special initiative, GirlSports, to help girls practice sports skills, develop self-confidence, build leadership skills, and learn about proper diet and nutrition.

Environmental Education
Girl Scouts has always been concerned about the health of the environment and the relationship of girls to it. By participating in outdoor activities, both in their own community and at camp, girls discover the interconnectedness of all forms of life. They also take part in conservation projects throughout the United States.

The Arts
Participation in the arts gives girls chances to express themselves, develop their creativity, and hone their communication skills. From photography to playwriting and acting, activities in the graphic, performing, and language arts encourage girls to get in touch with their artistic self.

Global Awareness
As part of the Girl Scouts of the USA commitment to diversity, Girl Scouting offers opportunities for girls to learn more about other cultures and communities. Global awareness activities encourage girls to discover and appreciate diversity. These experiences broaden their outlook while preparing them for success in the 21st century.

Los Angeles Youth O.M.
Administrative Offices
2130 E. 1st Street, Suite 7
Los Angeles, CA. 90033
(323) 526-2893

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Variety Boys'and Girls' Club
2530 Cincinnati St.
Los Angeles, CA. 90033
Phone: (323) 269-3177
Fax:(323) 269-3268

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Our facilities are designed with youth in mind
Each clubhouse is a safe haven for our members, designed to be youth-friendly and accessible. We create exceptional spaces that balance areas for individual and small group activities with large, communal spaces that promote recreation and group interaction. In response to the needs of the young people we serve.
The East Los Angeles Boys & Girls Clubs continues to be "The Positive Place For kids" by providing children and teens with positive, building experiences. The programs conducted at our two sites encourage youth to face life's difficult challenges by providing opportunities to help them reach for their dreams.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Youth Development Strategy
We believe in youth
We believe that young people from all backgrounds are capable of making the most of their lives and talents when they are given two essential things - opportunities and support. Our clubs provide access to both, using our time-tested youth development strategy. We offer a wide variety of challenging and fun activities, giving kids countless opportunities to pursue existing interests and develop new ones, gaining skills as they go. And our professional staff are there to offer support and guidance, serving as caring mentors, friends and role models.

We support parents and communities
Our clubs are open after school, evenings, holidays and throughout the summer, providing parents and communities with a safe, positive place for their kids and teens to socialize and engage in structured activities. Our staff are professionally trained and skilled at assessing the individual needs and interests of youth and engaging them in appropriate activities. We partner with neighborhood schools, social and health services as well as other youth programs, seeking to bring together resources for kids and share our resources with the neighborhoods we serve.

What we do
The members participate in after-school and summer activities in recreation, education, peer leadership, computer technology, substance abuse prevention, physical fitness and the performing arts.
  • Homework assistance
  • Tutoring
  • Educational games
  • Computer skills
  • Internet safety
  • Sports leagues
  • Swimming
  • Mentorship
  • Job training
  • Community service projects
  • Teen center
  • Leadership clubs
  • Teen dances
  • Drug and alcohol prevention
  • Gang intervention
  • Violence prevention 
  • Self defense 
  • Soccer/futbol 
  • Basketball 
  • Football 
  • Baseball/softball 
  • Pool tables 
  • Drawing 
  • Painting 
  • Dance 
  • Summer camp  
  • Foosball 
  • Ceramics  
  • Environmental education 
How to Join
Membership is open to all youth between the ages of 6-17. To become a member visit any of our clubhouses to complete a membership application and sign up for an orientation. Members will then receive a membership card valid at any of our 2 club locations.
Cost: $10.00/Year
Open door policy
Members have access to all locations and activities during hours of operation and are free to come and go as they please.
Hours of operation
Clubs are open Monday through Friday during after school hours from 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Check your local club for hours.

Los Angeles Inner-City Games
2015 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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The mission of the Inner-City Games is to provide opportunities for inner-city youth to participate in sports, educational, cultural and community enrichment programs; to build confidence and self-esteem; to encourage youth to say "no" to gangs, drugs and violence and "yes" to hope, learning and life.

Rainbow Children's Center
1803 Pennsylvania Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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