A Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world.
The community served by APCH is under resourced and acutely needs these comprehensive services. APCH’s Council District 9 is the most impoverished in the City of Los Angeles. In fact, 88% of our members’ families who reported their income are living at or below the federal poverty line of $24,250 for a family of four. Most of our members (82%) share the Center’s 90011 zip code, where the median family income is $28,076 and 42.9% of residents 25 and over have less than a ninth grade education. In comparison, the median family income in Los Angeles is $52,382. A 2011 study by the Advancement Project assigned the 90011 zip code failing grades in Safety, Education, Risk, and Protective Factors.
APCH works to meet this need through comprehensive wrap-around services, available for free to all. The daily average of participants meets our capacity of 325, and our Shaheen Scholarship program is supporting 74 college and university students this year. This program has helped send over 300 APCH members to college since its founding in 2002. The current youth membership (ages 8-21 years old) comprises 91% Latino/a, 7% African American, and 2% Other. The gender breakout is 45% boys and 55% girls. Our members live in the City of Los Angeles, and 80% of current members share the Center’s 90011 zip code. Additionally, more than 2,000 community members benefit from our family and community services, which includes the distribution of nearly $1 million of food, clothing, and other basic supplies each year.
APCH serves approximately 900 unduplicated members per year; we have been working diligently to improve member retention, and our semester-to-semester retention rate is now averaging 90%. While this improves the impact we are able to have on each member, the demand for our free services far exceeds our capacity; our waitlist has grown to about 700 youth, representing a 14-month waiting period for those at the end of the list. We are currently working to meet this demand by enlarging our facilities to add a new Teen Center and Gallery, and Performing Arts Space, which we expect to complete this summer.
In 2015 APCH received a 4th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, a level granted to just 8% of the organizations they rate nationally, indicating the highest levels of fiscal management, transparency, and accountability. We are the only organization providing after-school programming in our community to achieve this rating.
Our five departments – Educational Services; Health, Nutrition & Well-Being; Community Engagement & Volunteerism; Creative Expressions; and Bridge to the Future – reflect our holistic approach to service delivery. Each department shares four key objectives: (1) to increase the likelihood that members will remain in school, graduate, and go on to pursue higher learning and/or meaningful employment; (2) to increase each member's capacity for positive, non-prejudicial and nonviolent interaction with peers, teachers, adults, family and community members; (3) to reduce members' involvement or likelihood to be involved in criminal behavior or gang activity; and (4) to empower members and inspire them to be the authors of their own life stories and to make a positive difference in their communities and in the world.
APCH’s GirlPower program, the subject of this request, is a core component of our Bridge to the Future (BTF) department. The mission of BTF, also called Teen Services, is to create a culture of success among teenagers transitioning to adulthood and independence, thereby encouraging them to develop high, achievable expectations and realize their full potential. In GirlPower, teen girls develop their own voices, make healthy decisions, and form a network of positive and supportive peers. Members participate in community service, and benefit from guest speakers, field trips, round table discussions, personal reflection exercises, and more. The program is lead by Associate Director Lucretia Taylor and a Teen Services Assistant, and is supported by numerous volunteers and guest speakers throughout the year.
In addition to GirlPower, BTF includes: college preparation and application assistance; vocational preparation and placement; youth leadership; case management for struggling teens; the L.I.F.E. Mentoring program; the APCH Shaheen Scholarship program; and Journey, GirlPower’s complementary program for young men.
A Place Called Home was founded in 1993 when real estate professional Debrah Constance dedicated herself to providing gang-affected youth in South Central Los Angeles with a safe place after school to get a snack, do homework, play with friends, and be with caring adults. On the first day of the agency’s existence 12 kids showed up to the basement of a church. To be members, youth had to agree to some basic rules: no weapons, drugs, graffiti or gang signs. They all returned the next day and they kept coming. The program expanded to include field trips, sports activities and holiday events.
Three years later, 400 children and youth were regular members of APCH and we moved to our present location on South Central Avenue; the Center now has 25,000 square feet of space and includes an athletic field, commercial kitchen, garden and dance studio.
- Year established:1993
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:None
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