A Place Called Home (Los Angeles, CA)

Work Address

  • Organization Name:A Place Called Home
  • Address:2830 South Central Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90011
    United States

Work Web

Location

General

  • Mission:
  • A Place Called Home provides a safe nurturing environment with proven programs in arts, education and wellness for the young people in South Central Los Angeles to help them improve their economic conditions and develop healthy, fulfilling and purposeful lives.

  • Overview:
  • The community served by APCH is under resourced and acutely needs the comprehensive services we provide. APCH’s Council District 9 is the most impoverished in the City of Los Angeles, and 87% of our members’ families who reported their income are living at or below the federal poverty line of $24,300 for a family of four. Most members (79%) 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.

    APCH meets this need through free comprehensive wraparound services. We serve approximately 900 unduplicated members per year, and the daily average of participants meets our capacity of 325. Our Shaheen Scholarship program is supporting 84 college and university students this year and has helped send over 330 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 2,400 community members benefit from our family and community services, which include the distribution of nearly $1 million of food, clothing, and other basic supplies each year.

    Over the past decade we have been working diligently to improve member retention, and for the past three years our semester-to-semester retention rate has averaged at or above 90%. While this increases the long-term impact we are able to have on each member, it also means there are fewer spots open to new members each year. Because of this, our waitlist has grown to over 1,000 youth, representing an 18-month waiting period for those at the end of the list. APCH has addressed this issue by opening “The Bridge”, a teen and performing arts center located across the street from our building. This facility adds an additional 10,000 square feet of programming space and will increase the number of teens we serve each year by 15-20% for each of the next three years.

    In 2016 APCH received a 5th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, a level granted to just 7% 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 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, who is supported by her dedicated staff, and numerous volunteers and guest speakers throughout the year.

    In addition to GirlPower, BTF includes: college preparation; 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.

  • History:
  • A Place Called Home (APCH) 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 youth were regular members of APCH and we moved to our present location on South Central Avenue. Today, the Center now serves an average of 900 unduplicated members per year and includes an athletic field, commercial kitchen, three community gardens, dance studio and a performing arts center.

  • Year established:1993
  • Endowment:Unknown

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None

Types of funding being sought (i.e. funding type)

  • None specified

Program areas of focus and activity (i.e. funding cause)

  • None specified

Geographic areas of focus and activity (i.e. geographic area)

  • None specified

Organization tax information is not viewable for this organization.