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LA’s BEST 2010–11 Annual Report



When inspiration is on the agenda, success is the result. Imagine you are once again nine years old. You are in fourth grade at your neighborhood elementary school, working to master the lessons educators have set as standards for public instruction for your age group: using fractions and decimals and understanding the basics of geometry; learning the elements of an essay and how to distinguish plot and theme, setting and character. In the best classroom settings, the work is interesting, sometimes even fun. But it is work, and there is not much time spent off-task. Then the bell rings. The afternoon stretches before you, and depending on where you live and what resources are available to you, it promises freedom — or restraint. Excitement — or boredom. Inspiration — or indifference. If you are enrolled in a program like LA’s BEST, the end of the school day fills you with anticipation. Your parents may not have the money for a soccer uniform or art class, for a tutor to help you with homework or the dance lessons you’ve been begging for, but they signed you up for an after school program that provides all that and more, for free. After school, you get to explore, experiment, and express yourself and your creativity. It’s a time for you to download and decompress from the school day, and re-charge your imagination. A time to connect with friends, discover new talents, and get extra help when you need it. It’s a time to be you. And all children need it to succeed.





It takes a special person to keep you safe and striving. The staff of a high-quality after school program does far more than keep children off the streets and away from danger — though making sure kids are not in harm’s way is always top of mind, especially in neighborhoods where the threat of violence is far too common. But being safe isn’t enough — in order to reach their full potential, all children need role models to look up to, adults who guide them toward new ideas and experiences while validating where they come from and connecting what’s new to what they already know. In his masterpiece The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison wrote, “If you can show me how I can cling to that which is real to me, while teaching me a way into the larger society, then I will not only drop all my defenses and my hostility, but I will sing your praises and I will help to make the desert bear fruit.” When children have little opportunity at school to share the knowledge gained from lived experience, or don’t feel free to improvise, digress, and make mistakes, they may resist dropping their defenses — a prerequisite to true learning. But within the framework of an after school program like LA’s BEST, where kids are actively encouraged to share “that which is real to me,” the connections made between students and staff, between what a child already knows and what he or she would like to learn, support the strengthening of skills critical to any child’s whole development — recognition, resourcefulness, resiliency.





The future is in their hands (and hearts and minds). We like to say — as the song goes — we believe the children are our future. Too often, though, we imagine only the children of today who are destined to be the leaders of tomorrow, and we neglect to ponder the tens of millions who will not be leaders, who will not make history through achievement or infamy, but who will pursue ordinary lives marked by varying degrees of fortune and heartbreak and success, and who, by virtue of their vastly greater numbers, really are the future. And herein lies the challenge to us as a society, as we think about the definition and significance of a quality education for every single child. We cannot afford to educate only those who can afford it, and we cannot afford to educate only a tiny fraction of those who can’t. And schools will never be able to do it alone. In order for us to right the wrongs of today — to substantially decrease poverty and crime, to reduce a tolerance for violence and prejudice, to preserve mental and physical health and promote creativity and innovation — we must invest in children beyond formal instruction and training. We must provide the time, space and conditions to enlighten, inspire, and encourage. We must meet them where they are rather than where we think they ought to be. We must ask questions rather than provide answers. We must listen.






Values (not rules) are at the core of our program. Nothing we do is as important as the effect it has on a child. At LA’s BEST, we view the end of each school day as an opportunity. To keep learning, students who have spent hours in a classroom need a meaningful transition — that’s why we make sure after school doesn’t feel like more of the same. Engaging activities are seen as vehicles for creating values, building skills and solidifying peer and adult relationships. At every site every day, we provide “three and a half beats” — a healthy snack, help with homework, games and activities to boost academic skills, and plenty of opportunities for fitness, fun and creative expression. But there is flexibility in the formula, so children know they are viewed as individuals to be developed, not problems to be solved. Each site has the freedom to create clubs and activities that staff and kids are excited about, because children should be involved in choosing how, when, in what and with whom to be engaged. When children and adults play together, conversation happens. And when we engage in conversation, we share our own thoughts and listen to each other. And when we listen for understanding, everyone learns — children and adults alike.


Enhanced Programs In addition to the core components we provide every day — help with homework, a learning activity that boosts core academic skills such as reading or math, something that’s new and just plain fun, and a nutritious snack — LA’s BEST has several special programs available to students. These core and enhanced programs provide a structure for after school that is otherwise highly customized based on students’ needs and the site staff’s interests and experience. Moreover, LA’s BEST has a strong commitment to inclusion; staff are trained to support all children in their engagement, regardless of their needs, abilities or challenges. Adventures In Peacemaking is a curriculum that uses The Peaceable Program approach toward teaching tolerance and conflict resolution skills to young people. The program, which teaches through reading and writing activities, games, songs and group discussions, emphasizes cooperation, emotional expression, communication, appreciation for diversity and conflict resolution. After School Arts Program (ASAP) includes visual art, music, dance, drama and poetry classes, and features artists/educators-in-residence working with the LA’s BEST children. Each 10-week residency concludes with a special culmination event which brings the community together to celebrate the talent and accomplishments of the children. Connecting for Success is a program that introduces staff to new and innovating ways of working with youth to challenge them to think about their attitudes towards their peers, families and communities, and to learn about how they can empower themselves to make an impact locally and globally.


Junior Achievement teaches the LA’s BEST children the basic concepts of business, economics and work readiness. The program includes six sequential themes for Kindergarten through fifth grade that lay the groundwork for financial literacy and productive citizenship in a global economy. KidzLit and KidzMath, research-based literacy and math programs developed specifically for use in after school programs by the Developmental Studies Center, help LA’s BEST foster a love of reading and math in its students. KidzScience, an inquiry-based, hands-on science program for grades 3–6 from the developers of KidzLit and KidzMath, emphasizes teamwork through activities that help students discover important science concepts. KidTech is an eight-week program in computer basics and software applications. Students learn to type, create documents, graphs, spreadsheets and presentations, edit photos, and conduct research on the Internet. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded a free, refurbished desktop computer to take home. Students and their parents also participate in a culminating workshop to learn how to properly set up, manage and use a computer.

KidType is a five-week program that teaches students touch typing, improving speed and accuracy through fun and interactive software lessons and games. LA’s BEST hosts semi-annual typing competitions for the fastest students from each school to showcase their skills and compete for prizes. LA’s BEST Celebrate Science Program provides opportunities for LA’s BEST children to have fun, engaging, interactive science experiences under a “team inquiry” model developed with the guidance of NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This program culminates with the Citywide Celebrate Science Fair, where winning teams are awarded an “Oceanographer for a Day” experience through the Aquarium of the Pacific, where students spend the day aboard a boat on a research cruise, inspecting ocean sediments and studying other marine creatures. LA84 Foundation Sports Program provides students with a positive team concept and a method for developing their physical and social skills through sports engagement. Students in grades 3–6 participate in year-round sports, which include flag football, basketball, softball and soccer. Coaches train and practice for five weeks with more than 270 teams for each sport, culminating in weekend tournaments.


Science Explorer provides a collection of activity kits designed at the San Francisco Exploratorium for students in grades K–6 to engage in scientific discovery. Young Authors is a program sponsored by Target that is based on Alma Flor Ada’s and Isabel F. Campoy’s work on transformative education. The program gives students in grades K–6 the opportunity to discover “the author within” and in the process learn self-efficacy, appreciation for diversity and creating the conditions for a better world. Zula Patrol, a science program for students in grades K–2, builds new academic understanding through guided inquiry and hands-on activities. It also encourages written expression through journaling and introduces students to new science vocabulary.



Citywide Events LA’s BEST hosts a wide variety of signature events each year so that children, their families, and different communities can come together to share in the excitement of LA’s BEST. Year after year, children anticipate these exciting opportunities to perform, compete, learn and play — and build life-long memories of their elementary school years. Autumn Kidfest celebrates the fall season with fun activities, carnival games and treats for students at sites across the city. Community Jam Against Violence brings together children and families from different communities to decry the violence that affects their neighborhoods. Each year, LA’s BEST students sing, dance, act and recite original poems in a talent showcase with the theme of taking a stand against violence. In 2011, more than 1,400 LA’s BEST children and their families attended the 17th Annual Community Jam Against Violence, held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Dance & Drill Team Showcase brings nearly 2,700 students together at Cal State L.A. for incredible performances in drill team and dance. This annual event provides children with an opportunity to proudly demonstrate leadership, teamwork, self-confidence and performing arts skills mastered through hundreds of hours of dedication and hard work.


Family Health Festival is an annual event of the BEST Fit program that brings together students and families for a day of fun and fitness. Thousands of participants sample healthy snacks, play games, receive free medical and dental health screenings and engage in hands-on activities designed to promote an awareness of healthy lifestyles. LA’s BEST Annual Family Brunch saw its 16th year of successful fundraising for the program with a 2011 event, “After School Is a Cause.” Honorees included Elizabeth Banks, LA’s BEST Alumnus Morris Vanegas, and Nederlander Organization and the Pantages Theatre. The event also honored 21 LA’s BEST students for their award–winning entries in the “How LA’s BEST Changed My Life” writing and art contest. Presenters included Eva Longoria, Cathy Rigby, Jerry West and Shayla Rivera. The event was hosted by Michaela Pereira, morning and afternoon KTLA news anchor.


Special Activities & Excursions

Campus El Segundo Athletic Fields Lakers Fit for Life Health Festival

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) EPOXI Mission Imagine Mars

Fire Station 94 Walking Trip

Kidspace Children’s Museum Science and Arts & Crafts Activities


Martin Luther King Jr. Parade School Performance Museum of Tolerance Peace Dove Mural Unveiling Ceremony Seal Beach Pier 14th Annual Japan America Kite Festival Vaughn High School 5th Grade Appreciation Banquet Watts Towers Walking Trip Weingart Stadium / ELAC Family Health Festival educational Aquarium of the Pacific Guided Tour Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Guided Tour Banning Residence Museum Walking Tour Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Guided Tour California African American Museum Guided Tour California Science Center Guided Tour California State University, Los Angeles Citywide Science Fair

La Brea Tar Pits Los Angeles During the Ice Age LA Convention Center EdVantExpo Los Angeles County Museum of Art Latin American Art Tour Los Angeles Zoo Zoo Trip Museum of Tolerance Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves Natural History Museum Guided Tour Nokia Plaza / LA LIVE Earth Day Fair North, South & Central Regions Science Regional Young Authors Culminating Event Norton Simon Museum Guided Tour Ocean Institute Overnight Trip Petersen Automotive Museum Guided Tour Ronald Reagan Library Library Tour Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium Guided Tour Santa Monica Pier Peace Parade

Columbia Memorial Space Center Trip for Science Runners-Up

Theodore Payne Nursery Native Plant & Wildlife Tour

Cypress Park Branch Library Library Tour

Travel Town Museum Guided Tour

Debs Park Walking Trip

USC Fisher Museum of Art Guided Tour

Discovery Science Center Interactive Activities

Wilmington Branch Library Walking Trip

El Sereno Public Library Library Tour


Getty Center Getty Center Family Fair

Juan Cabrillo Elementary Children’s Lifesaving Foundation

Getty Villa Guided Tour

Mary Knoll Church Annual Winter Party

Griffith Observatory Astronomy Tour

Mattel, Inc. Mattel Day of Fun & Tour Temple Emanuel Friars Charitable Foundation Holiday Event


recreational Beverly Center Lighting of the Ice Palace California State University, Los Angeles Dance & Drill Team Showcase Castle Park School Trip Downey Park Summer Lunch Program Friendship Auditorium Drill Team Performance Hillside Elementary Chess Tournament King Middle School Drill Team Rehearsal Maclay Middle School Cluster 25 Drill Team Showcase Marina del Rey Sportfishing LA Rod & Reel Club Millennium Biltmore Hotel Annual Family Brunch Paramount Studios Power of Youth Six Flags Magic Mountain Read to Succeed Skateland Skating Trip USC Tennis Courts Dance of Tennis Valley Village Park BEST Friends Park Day Winnetka Elementary Cluster 23 Drill Team Showcase Woodley Park Children’s Festival sports Boyle Heights Recreation Center Chivas at the Park Dodger Stadium Dodger Baseball Game Home Depot Center Chivas USA Soccer Game LA Galaxy Soccer Game Los Angeles Coliseum X-Games Malibu Bluffs Park NFL PLAY 60 Rose Bowl UCLA Football Game Staples Center LA Clippers Basketball Game LA Kings Hockey Game


LA Lakers Basketball Game LA Sparks Basketball Game PAC 10 Basketball Game UCLA / Jackie Robinson Stadium UCLA Baseball Game UCLA Football Game UCLA Marathon Kids USC /Galen Center Basketball Clinic visual & performing arts Alex Theatre Los Angeles Ballet Giselle / Seasons ArcLight Movie Theatre Screening of Kung Fu Panda 2 The Broad Stage ASAP Trip Camp Idyllwild Annual Visual & Performing Arts Camp Dreamworks Animation SKG Screening of Kung Fu Panda 2 El Camino College The Nutcracker El Portal Theatre Cinderella Ford Theatre Music & Storytelling from Latin America Moon-sook Kim & Sook-ja Kim Music & Dance from Brazil Bahia Region Jim Henson Recording Studios Studio Tour & Puppetry Workshop The Music Box Millennium Dance Complex Music Center Outdoor Plaza Dizzy Feet Foundation’s National Dance Day Pantages Theatre In the Heights Regency Village Theatre Rango Movie Premiere Saban Theatre Community Jam San Pedro Ballet ASAP Trip Shrine Auditorium Shrine Circus Skirball Center Guided Tour Staples Center Justin Bieber Concert Sunset Bronson Studios Surf Show USC School of Cinematic Arts Cooney Center Leadership Forum



180 schools (make that 186*), 28,000 kids, 1 vision. We believe that all children need a safe place to be after school with caring, responsible adults and engaging activities that connect each child to school, family and community — no matter their ZIP Code. In other words: Enrichment is not just for the rich. If there is one thing we’ve learned over more than two decades in after school, it’s that all children benefit from exploration, conversation and play. All children, not just those whose families can afford it, need time to learn differently, through engaging activities that reinforce rather than repeat school day instruction, and inspire them to discover individual talents and interests. Our goal is to provide children with this experience, as well as the skills to leverage positive momentum in their lives beyond the LA’s BEST program — to pursue balanced, fulfilled lives. To have a profound sense of awe, wonder and gratitude. To be independent thinkers, have an optimistic outlook, and feel a deep sense of kinship with each other and the human race. So while the neighborhoods we serve tend to have far more than their fair share of hardship, and parents may worry about their kids’ safety 24/7, we know that from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. every school day, the 186 sites with LA’s BEST are a haven for children whose families don’t want them just to survive, but thrive.

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central city

northeast los angeles

san fernando valley west

Allesandro / Elysian Valley / 2003 Cahuenga / Koreatown / 2001 Castelar / Chinatown / 2002 Clifford / Silver Lake / 2005 Dorris Place / Elysian Park / 2007 Elysian Heights / Echo Park / 2001 Esperanza / Westlake / 1996 Gratts / Westlake / 2000 Hobart Boulevard / Koreatown / 1988 Hoover Street / Pico Union / 2002 Logan Street / Echo Park / 1988 Los Angeles / Pico Union / 2001 Magnolia Avenue / Pico Union / 2001 Mariposa-Nabi PC* / Koreatown / 2005 Mayberry Street / Echo Park / 2004 Micheltorena Street / Silver Lake / 2003 Leo Politi / Pico Union / 2000 Rosemont / Westlake / 2006 Wilton Place / Koreatown / 2001

Aldama / Highland Park / 2003 Annandale / Highland Park / 2007 Aragon Avenue / Cypress Park / 1999 Buchanan / Highland Park / 2005 Bushnell Way / Highland Park / 2000 Fletcher Drive / Atwater Village / 2002 Garvanza / Highland Park / 2001 Glassell Park / Glassell Park / 2006 Glenfeliz / Atwater Village / 2005 Loreto Street / Highland Park / 1999 Monte Vista / Highland Park / 2006 Riordan PC* / Highland Park / 2007 Toland Way / Eagle Rock / 2005 Yorkdale / Highland Park / 2004

Canoga Park / Canoga Park / 1988 Gledhill / North Hills / 2005 Hart Street / Canoga Park / 1990 Langdon Avenue / North Hills / 1989 Lassen / North Hills / 2006 Limerick Avenue / Canoga Park / 2000 Mayall / North Hills / 2007 Stanley Mosk / Winnetka / 2011 Napa Street / Northridge / 1994 N.E.W. Canoga / Canoga Park / 2005 Noble Avenue / North Hills / 2000 Rosa Parks LC / North Hills / 2005 Plummer / North Hills / 2000 Sunny Brae Avenue / Winnetka / 2001 Winnetka / Canoga Park / 2007

eastside Albion Street / Lincoln Heights / 1999 Ann Street / Lincoln Heights / 1988 Bridge Street / Boyle Heights / 2000 Cesar Chavez / El Sereno / 2005 El Sereno / El Sereno / 2003 Euclid Street / Boyle Heights / 2004 Farmdale / El Sereno / 2005 First Street / Boyle Heights / 1999 Gates Street / Lincoln Heights / 1999 Glen Alta / Lincoln Heights / 2003 Griffin Avenue / Lincoln Heights / 2001 Hillside / Lincoln Heights / 1989 Latona Avenue / Montecito Heights / 2000 Murchison Street / Boyle Heights / 1999 Second Street / Boyle Heights / 2002 Sheridan Street / Boyle Heights / 1999 Sierra Park / El Sereno / 1996 Sunrise Street / Boyle Heights / 1999 Utah Street / Boyle Heights / 1988

hollywood Grant / Hollywood / 1999 Kingsley / Hollywood / 2005 Lockwood / Hollywood / 2006 Los Feliz / Hollywood / 2006 Ramona / Hollywood / 2001 Santa Monica / Hollywood / 2006 Selma Avenue / Hollywood / 1990 Valley View / Hollywood / 2000 Vine Street / Hollywood / 2004

mid-city Alta Loma / Mid-City / 1990 Arlington Heights / Mid-City / 2006 Baldwin Hills / Crenshaw / 1999 Tom Bradley / Crenshaw / 2006 Bright / Mid-City / 2006 Cienega / Mid-City / 2006 Coliseum Street / Crenshaw / 2000 Crescent Heights / Mid-City / 2005 Harvard / Mid-City / 2005 Hillcrest Drive / Crenshaw / 1989 Kim / Mid-City / 2007 Saturn Street / Mid-City / 2004 Shenandoah Street / Mid-City / 1999 Wilshire Crest / Mid-City / 2005 Wilshire Park / Mid-City / 2007 YES Academy / Hyde Park / 2006

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north hollywood Arminta / North Hollywood / 2001 Burbank Boulevard / North Hollywood / 2006 Coldwater Canyon / North Hollywood / 2003 Fair Avenue / North Hollywood / 2000 Julie Korenstein / North Hollywood / 2011 Lankershim / North Hollywood / 2002 Lowman School (Special Education) / North Hollywood / 2002 Monlux / North Hollywood / 1999 Oxnard Street / North Hollywood / 2001 Rio Vista / North Hollywood / 2005 Maurice Sendak / North Hollywood / 2005 Saticoy / North Hollywood / 2003 Strathern Street / North Hollywood / 2000 Victory / North Hollywood / 2006

san fernando valley east Alta California / Panorama City / 2011 Anatola / Van Nuys / 2007 Bassett / Van Nuys / 2006 Broadous / Pacoima / 2000 Burton Street / Panorama City / 2004 Canterbury Avenue / Arleta / 2000 Andres & Maria Cardenas / Van Nuys / 2011 Cohasset Street / Van Nuys / 2000 Columbus Avenue / Van Nuys / 2003 Dyer Street / Sylmar / 2003 El Dorado / Sylmar / 2001 Fenton Avenue / Lake View Terrace / 2004 Fernangeles / Sun Valley / 2000 Gault / Van Nuys / 2005 Glenwood / Sun Valley / 2000 Harding / Sylmar / 2007 Hazeltine Avenue / Van Nuys / 1999 Hubbard Street / Sylmar / 2001 Kittridge Street / Valley Glen / 2000 Montague Street / Pacoima / 2000 Osceola / Sylmar / 2005 Pacoima / Pacoima / 2001 Panorama City / Panorama City / 2005 Pinewood / Tujunga / 2001 Primary Academy / Panorama City / 2007 Roscoe / Sun Valley / 2000 Stagg Street / Van Nuys / 2001 Stonehurst Avenue / Sun Valley / 2000 Sylmar / Sylmar / 1988 Sylvan Park / Van Nuys / 2000 Telfair Avenue / Pacoima / 2000 Van Nuys / Van Nuys / 2000 Vaughn Street / Pacoima / 1999 Vena Avenue / Arleta / 1999 Vinedale / Sun Valley / 2000

san pedro 15th Street / San Pedro / 2001 Bandini Street / San Pedro / 2000 Broad Avenue / Wilmington / 2000 Cabrillo Avenue / San Pedro / 2004 Hawaiian Avenue / Wilmington / 1988

southside 20th Street / South Los Angeles / 2002 28th Street / South Los Angeles / 2006 42nd Street / South Los Angeles / 2005 49th Street / South Los Angeles / 1994 68th Street / South Los Angeles / 1989 92nd Street / Watts / 2001 109th Street / South Los Angeles / 2001 112th Street / Watts / 2001 116th Street / South Los Angeles / 2001 135th Street / Gardena / 2004 The Accelerated School / South Los Angeles / 2007 Aurora / South Los Angeles / 2005 Bakewell PC* / South Los Angeles / 2005 Compton Avenue / Watts / 2000 Estrella / South Los Angeles / 2011 Figueroa Street / South Los Angeles / 1999 Flournoy / Watts / 2006 Grape Street / Watts / 1989 Griffith-Joyner / Watts / 2006 Hooper Avenue / South Los Angeles / 1999 Hooper PC* / South Los Angeles / 2005 Dolores Huerta / South Los Angeles / 2011 King Jr. / South Los Angeles / 2006 Owen Knox / Watts / 2011 La Salle / South Los Angeles / 2006 Lizarraga / South Los Angeles / 2005 Main Street / South Los Angeles / 2000 Manchester Avenue / South Los Angeles / 1988 Manhattan Place / South Los Angeles / 2000 Menlo Avenue / South Los Angeles / 1995 Loren Miller / South Los Angeles / 1999 Raymond Avenue / South Los Angeles / 2003 South Park / South Los Angeles / 1990 Trinity / South Los Angeles / 2006 Weigand Avenue / Watts / 1988 West Vernon / South Los Angeles / 2001

westside Braddock Drive / West Los Angeles / 2000 Grand View / Venice / 2001 Stoner Avenue / West Los Angeles / 2001 Westminster / Venice / 1988



Map of Accountability and Responsibility City of Los Angeles Mayor,s Office

City of Los Angeles City Council

LAUSD Board of Education

Private Funders

LA,s BEST Board of Directors

LA,s BEST Advisory Board

LAUSD Superintendent,s Office

LA,s BEST Friends Board of Directors

LA,s BEST Corporate Office President and CEO

Senior Vice President

Vice President Communications and Public Affairs

Chief Financial Analyst

Director of Administration

Director of External Affairs

Manager, Development Operations

Vice President Development

Director of Development Grants

Director of Development Fundraising Events

Administrative Assistant

Transportation Coordinator

Director of Development Strategic Relationships

Principal Administrative Analyst

Director of Evaluation

Director of Volunteers

Financial Analyst

Accounting Technician

Grant Managers 2

Corporate Fiscal Analyst

Digital Media and Communications Manager

Executive Assistant


Accounting Associate

Contracts Assistant Budget Technician

A quality, community-based afterschool program like LA’s BEST owes much of its success to strong partnerships. We are an independent nonprofit organization, but we work hand-in-hand with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), City leadership, private funders of the program, and our three boards. LA’s BEST is a program of Beyond the Bell, which collaborates with national and community-based organizations to provide afterschool programming in LAUSD.


Administrative Aide

Office Technicians 3

LAUSD Beyond the Bell Assistant Superintendent

LA,s BEST Operations Office Chief Operating Officer

Operations Director

Director of Digital Learning

Director of BEST Fit

Director of ASAP

Director of Student Support Services

Director of Staff Development

Director of Education

Operations Director

Director of Technology

Director of Human Resources


Human Resources Coordinator

Senior Office Technicians 2

Administrative Aide

Regional Directors 3 Citywide Events Coordinator

Administrative Aide

Recreation Support Workers 4

Senior Office Technician

BEST Fit Coordinator

Office Technicians 3

ASAP Coordinator

Data Managers 2

Project Coordinator

Learning Facilitators 9

Program Coaches 34

Traveling Program Supervisors 34

Site Coordinators 186

Field Staff 2,150

Students 28,000+


Computer Technologist

Board of Directors chair Marvin J. Suomi President & CEO, KUD International, LLC vice chair Mary Odell President, UniHealth Foundation cfo Robert L. Wicke Director, Technology Practice, Deloitte Consulting The Honorable Richard Alatorre President, Richard Alatorre & Co. Alice Desobry Bowens Educator and Advisory Board Chair Pamela Buffett President, The Rebecca Susan Buffett Foundation Jimmie I. Cho Vice President, HR Diversity & Inclusion, Southern California Gas Co. Jack B. Corwin* President, Huntington Holdings, Inc. Cástulo de la Rocha, J.D.* President & CEO, Altamed Christopher D. Dusseault Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Marlyn M. Gates Attorney Dorothy M. Gibbons-White Attorney Robert V. Graziano Managing Director, Western Region, Northern Trust Russ Hagey Global Chief Talent Officer & Partner, Bain & Company Inc. / Los Angeles Amy Moynihan Heyward Marketing Executive, A Squared Entertainment LLC Allan K. Jonas** Owner, Jonas & Associates Gerald L. Katell President, Katell Productions, LLC and Katell Properties, LLC and Board Chair Emeritus Katherine Kendrick Rick Kersenbrock Los Angeles / Ventura County Manager, First American Title Insurance Co. Richard S. Kline Nigel Lythgoe Executive Producer, “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol” Melanie Marconi Partner, BDI Events and BEST Friends Board Chair Carmen Moch Regional Vice President, Target Stores Gary W. Park Partner, Ezra Brutzkus Gubner LLP David L. Paulson** CEO, Paulson Enterprises Sharon Harroun Peirce Tracy Rafter Principal, Rafter Group, Inc. The Honorable Richard J. Riordan** Former Mayor of Los Angeles and Founder, The Riordan Foundation Cristina Rose President & CEO, Rose Policy Solutions June Sale** Child Care Consultant and Advisory Board Chair Emeritus Nancy Sanders Carla Sanger** President & CEO, LA’s BEST Dean Schramm Principal, The Schramm Group Stefanie Schwartz* VP Marketing and Operations, Nickelodeon Carmel B. Sella Community Development Manager, Wells Fargo Bank Reva Shakkottai Senior VP, Financial Consultant, RBC Wealth Management Tom Shapiro President & Owner, Trade Supplies, Inc. Robert D. Shipp President & Owner, RDS Investments Candy Spelling Commissioner Emeritus, City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation & Parks Neil Stiles President, Variety Group Tomas Torres* President, Access Pacific, Inc. Barry B. Waldo Martin J. Wolff Chairman, Martin J. Wolff & Co., Inc., Insurance Agents * Retired from the board in 2011 ** Board members appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley in 1988 to oversee the development of the after school program that became LA’s BEST


Advisory Board chair Alice Desobry Bowens Educator vice chair Trudi Ferguson** Professor, USC, Marshall School of Business Bryant Alexander, Ph.D. Acting Dean, California State University, Los Angeles Marilyn Brown Parenting Consultant Richard S. Cheung, D.C., ATC CHIROCENTER Bill Coggins** Retired Executive Director and Founder, Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling & Learning Center Jonathan Cowan* Cheryl Cruz, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Accounting, California State University, Los Angeles Kristen DeLeo Senior Executive Assistant, Neutrogena Corporation Raymond Ealy President & CEO, IntraVera Worldwide Lucy Esparza Executive Assistant / Office Manager, KCBS / KCAL Ray Gonzales Former Producer / Host “Pacesetters,” KTLA Channel 5 Sweet Alice Harris** Executive Director, Parents of Watts Helen Hartel Retired Principal, Lowman Special Education Center L. Spencer Humphrey Media, Publishing, Marketing and Licensing Executive Andrea Kannike Analyst, United States District Court Ann Reiss Lane Founder & Chair, Women Against Gun Violence Melanie Marconi* Partner, BDI Events and BEST Friends Board Chair Rueben Martinez* Owner, Librería Martinez Books & Art Gallery Nancy Ramirez Deputy Chief, Special Operations Bureau, Los Angeles School Police Department Doris Roberts Actor James Rosser, Ph.D.** President, California State University, Los Angeles Lois Saffian** Community Activist June Sale** Child Care Consultant and Advisory Board Chair Emeritus Carla Sanger** President & CEO, LA’s BEST Marilyn F. Solomon, MBA, OBE President & Chair, Solomon Leadership Foundation David Travers* Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners Virginia Victorin Vice President, Relationship Manager, JP Morgan Chase & Co. Deborah Villar Vice President, Development & External Affairs, Weingart Center Martha Watson Retired Manager, Counseling & Child Development, Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling & Learning Center Barbara Yaroslavsky Community Activist Jonathan Zasloff* Professor, UCLA School of Law

* Retired from the board in 2011 ** Board members appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley in 1988 to oversee the development of the after school program that became LA’s BEST


BEST Friends Board of Directors board chair Melanie Marconi Partner, BDI Events vice chair Amber Holley Attorney, Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP Rob Carliner Head of Film, Prospect Park David Cotterman Real Estate Private Equity, MSD Capital Kristen DeLeo Senior Executive Assistant, Neutrogena Corporation Chris Erro Vice President, Venture Banker, Square 1 Bank Jack Fluor Chief Financial Officer, Integrated Media Technologies David Freedman Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Technology Executive Mary Friberg Director, PR & Consumer Engagement, Hourglass Cosmetics Jeremy Gibbs Liability Risk Management, Bank of America Reed Harris II Project Management, Neutrogena Corporation Jordan Kaye Marketing Communications Manager, Andaz West Hollywood Jennifer Lin Senior Associate, Andy Spahn & Associates, Inc. Mallory Maske Director, People, Culture & Recruiting, The Rubicon Project Julia Michelson Associate Marketing Manager, Mattel Tian Mu CEO, Naked Sky Entertainment Amani Roberts Area Sales Leader, Marriott International Paula Rodgers, MD Head and Neck Surgeon, Kaiser Permanente Stefanie Schwartz Vice President Marketing and Production, Nickelodeon Anthony Slater Director of Performance, Athlete’s Performance/Core Performance David Travers Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners

List current as of July 1, 2011


LA’s BEST Staff corporate office

Carla Sanger President and CEO Connie Aguilar Administrative Assistant Zainab Ali* Communications Manager Beatriz Amaro Contracts Assistant Christine Bell Executive Assistant to the President & CEO Donna Brown Guillaume Director of External Affairs Barbara Bushnell Vice President, Development Francine Harcum Director of Administration Monica Heath Manager, Development Operations Sylvia Hernandez Transportation Coordinator Cassandra Krause Director of Development – Strategic Relationships Robin Manzer Director of Development – Grants Steve Mocalis Chief Financial Analyst Cathy Negrete Accounting Associate Patty Phillips Director of Development – Fundraising Events Lauren Schick** Digital Media & Communications Manager Catherine Stringer Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs Sharon Yarbrough Senior Vice President Allison Zack* Communications Associate

operations office

Debe Loxton Chief Operating Officer Edith Ballesteros Director of BEST Fit Tommy Brewer Director of Staff Development Lynette Bynoe Director of Volunteers Jennifer Cano Director of Digital Learning Ronnie Cavalluzzi Director of Student Support Services Regino Chávez Director of Evaluation Kirby Chong Corporate Fiscal Analyst Maria Cuevas Director of South Region Mario Davila Director of After School Arts Program (ASAP) Deanna Galarza Director of North Region Elizabeth Garcia Director of Central Region Anne Marie Johansen Principal Administrative Analyst Oscar Lopez Director of Technology Stela Oliveira Director of Education Dee Ann Rivera Operations Director Olivia Romo Director of Human Resources Rebecca Turner Operations Director Mildred Zozulenko Financial Analyst

* Through Summer 2011 ** As of October 2011




Contributors For LA’s BEST to thrive, we rely on the generosity and support of thousands of individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations. Private sector contributions of cash and in-kind goods and services are critical to our stability and longevity. Though we receive significant funds from government sources, we know that only in partnership with private funders will we sustain the organization and expand our services to meet the needs of more children and families. To our long-time contributors and those who gave for the first time — and everyone in between — we offer our most heartfelt thanks on behalf of the 28,000 children in LA’s BEST. $200,000 and above

$10,000 to $19,999

W.K. Kellogg Foundation LA84 Foundation The Wasserman Foundation Weingart Foundation

Bank of America The Rebecca Susan Buffet Foundation Cunard Line FedEx Corporation First American Title Company Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP/ The Dusseault Family Amy and Andy Heyward Kaiser Permanente Katell Properties, LLC / Katell Productions, LLC Nigel Lythgoe Mattel, Inc. Neutrogena Corporation Sumner Redstone Cristina Rose Nancy & Barry Sanders Shareasale Shipp Family Foundation Sony Pictures Entertainment Candy Spelling Mariclare & Marvin Suomi Tides Foundation Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. UniHealth Foundation Vons Foundation Wallis Foundation Wells Fargo Jay Wintrob / SunAmerica Financial Group Donna & Martin Wolff

$100,000 to $199,999 JPMorgan Chase & Company Charles Stewart Mott Foundation David and Lucile Packard Foundation Target

$50,000 to $99,999 Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Rosenthal Family Foundation Sempra Energy Foundation

$20,000 to $49,999 The Academic Advantage Altrushare Opportunity Fund Elizabeth Banks DFS North America Joseph Drown Foundation The Green Foundation The Mark Hughes Foundation Occidental Petroleum Corporation Sally & Dick Roberts Coyote Foundation The Albert & Bettie Sacchi Foundation The Norman F. and Elise I. Swanton Family Foundation Inc. Variety Group Wells Fargo Foundation Yahoo! Employees Foundation


$5,000 to $9,999 Abraxis BioScience, Inc. AEG AltaMed American Chemistry Council The Annenberg Foundation Arey Jones Educational Solutions

Kathy & Ambassador Frank Baxter BritWeek Marilyn Brown Colburn Foundation The Walt Disney Company Anne & Kirk Douglas DreamWorks Animation SKG The Gas Company GE Capital Real Estate Russ Hagey and Bain & Company Mattel Children’s Foundation Nederlander Organization and The Pantages Theatre Nickelodeon Northern Trust Mary & Glen Odell Pivot3 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Rafter Group, Inc. Toni Ritzenberg United Talent Agency / Untitled Entertainment LLC Villa Dolce The Winnick Family Foundation

$1,000 to $4,999 The Honorable Richard Alatorre Kayvan Ardalan Bank of the West Beit Hashoah – Museum of Tolerance J.B. Berland Foundation Best Buy Employees Community Fund of Boeing Company Alice Desobry Bowens Brookfield Properties Corporation Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation, Inc. Nicki Carlsen

Kathryn Checchi Chubb Insurance Company David Cotterman Kristen DeLeo DreamWorks Studios The Duvoisin Group Erin Ferucci Jeremy Gibbs Sharon & Herb Glaser Sheila Gold Foundation Reed Harris Ignify Inc. Integrated Media Technologies Johnson & Johnson The Kleiner Cohen Foundation Richard Kline Robert Margolis McMaster-Carr Supply Company Milken Family Foundation Adam Milstein MSD Capital Naked Sky Entertainment Nara Bank NFL Ventures David Obst Paramount Pictures Gary Park Michaela Pereira Rhea Perlman Roll Giving Rustic Canyon Partners June Sale Carla & Jonathan Sanger Martin Serota Reva Shakkottai Debbie & Tom Shapiro Cynthia L. & William E. Simon, Jr. Foundation Smart & Final Harlan Spinner Square 1 Bank Barry Waldo Hope Warschaw Andrea Werbel Karen & Robert Wicke

Yahoo! Matching Gifts Program Ziffren Brittenham LLP Bill Zotti Irv Zuckerman

$500 to $999 1st Enterprise Bank Amgen Foundation Angeleno Magazine / Modern Luxury Magazines LLC Channone Arif Courtney Behrenhausen & David Sanger Barbara & Ray Bushnell Mark Carliner Robert Carliner Helen Cheng Richard Cheung Randall Churchill Mark Cislo Bill Coggins Jonathan Cowan David Dacus David Development, Inc. Deacon Entertainment, Inc. Jack Fluor David Freedman Friars Charitable Foundation Susan T. and Eric G. Friberg Fund Friends of LA’s BEST Marlyn Gates Judith Gold W. W. Grainger, Inc. Amber Holley Mary Hruby Ann Marie Johansen Raj Kanodia Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Joseph Kavanagh Rick Kersenbrock James Keston William Kuntz Carol Leif Elizabeth Mckinstry Erik Miller Heather Miller Maria Moy Tian Mu Manuel Nieto Cheryl Patterson PepsiCo Foundation David Pruitt RBC Wealth Managerment RD Systems, Inc. Tracey Roden Paula Rodgers Jeff Rose Nida & Christopher Sanger Loretta Shine St. John’s Well Child & Family Center Beatriz Stotzer Kurt Thiessen David Travers Elaine Trebek-Kares Colin Tsai UBS Financial Services Inc. United Way of Greater Los Angeles


$1 to $499 H. Barclay Aaris Kathy Aaronson Tony Adam Kathleen Adams Jeffery Adler Jessica Adlin Asawari Agrawal Patricia Aguilar Sam Ahn Scott Alderton Beth Alexander Bryant Alexander Cynthia Alexander Zainab Ali Rani Aliahmad Candace Allen Jennifer Allen Alliance Bernstein Liza Alon Mark Alonzo Victor Amad Beatriz Amaro Belinda Ambrose American Camp Association, Southern CA/HI American Express Steven Amick Lindsay Amstutz Heidi Amundson Alejandra Anderson Jamie Anderson Ares Management Eric Arnold Katharine Arnold Deborah Arrindell Lori Arthur Randi Asher Brian Auld Jeffrey Babb Sarah Babb Garry Bahling Laura Baird Jodi Baker Robert Baker Brittany Balbo Lily Ball Edith Ballesteros Christine Bandurski Yoeli Barag Rise Barbakow Christopher Barbour Deborah Barnhart David Baronoff Errol Bartine Michael Bartlett Roger Batchelder Nancy Becker Richard Bedrosian Jillian Beed Allison Behrstock Christine Bell Cathi Bendheim Patrica Benson Shannon Berger Deanna Bershad Melissa Bersofsky Rob Beu Lyla Bibi Judith Biggs Kate Bilius

George Billauer Mike Bistany Bixel & Company Karen Bizzini Gregory Blackwell Jeff Blair Jaime Blanc Stephanie Blanco Marla Bleavins Aden Bliss Steve Blozis Goloka Bolte Leni Boorstin Sheila Bost Emily Bost-Baxter Irine Bowers Bryan Bowles Jill Bowman Elizabeth Bradley Stephanie Brady Gabriel Brakin Allison Braley Brandi Brammer Cheryl Bramzon Ashley Branch Mariah Brandt Anne Brat Nicole Bray J.Fiona Breandt Krista Brennan Daniel Brescoll Jeffrey Brick Kristina Brittenham The Broad Stage Erin Brooks Nichole Brown Victoria Brown Karen Budd Becky Bullard David Burr Chleta Butler Jeffrey Butterick Taliah Cabrera Paula Caicedo Shelia Caldwell California Technology Ventures Georgiana Cameron Mark Cameron Joe Cane Canines & Jesters Inc. Jennifer Cano Judith Caplan Paul Carliner Brigitta Carlsson The Carpenter Family Revocable Trust Harlan Carroll Jeanne Carroll Patricia Carson Latrice Carter Joanne Caruso Anthony Castellane Causecast Marc Cavagnolo Ronnie Cavalluzzi Alex Cendejas Kathryn Cerabona Mary Chambers Andrea Chanawatr Jeffrey Chaput

Jim Charne Jane Chavez Regino Chávez Judy Chen Chen Cheng Alexandra Cherry Children’s Dental Group Cheryl Chisolm Michael Chiu William Cho Alex Choi Harold Chow Mark Christian Anthony Christopoulos Serena Chu Brian Chudleigh Luci-Ellen Chun Janet Chung Doug Claman Martha Clark Jen Clark Gloria Coco Matthew Coffron Sean Cohan Emily Cohen Evan Cohen Eric Colbert Hobby Cole Karen Ragland Cole Dawn Coleman Adam Collis Doug Collom Anne Combs Christian Commelin Carol Cone Heather Connor Kevin Cope Shannon Corcoran Amelia Cordova-Gonzalez Daniel Corry Jennifer Cowan Brendan Cowles Corina Crawford Kevin Crichton Lindsey Crichton Nicholas Crincoli Alexis Crump Cheryl Cruz Joseph Cupka Vicki Curry Cyrene Custodio Alex D. Charity Dailey Vicky Dang Randy Davies Eartha Davis Susan Day Daniela De Carlo Korbi Dean Joyce Deep Carol Dekoski Moira Delaney Renate DeLeon Alex Delgado Christa Demeke Myra Demeter Marina Depietri Anand Desai-Barochia Stephanie Love Deur S. Devall Amanda Diaz

Martha Diaz Brian DiBarnaba Nicole Dibling-Moore Rob Dickinson Susan Dickinson Lori Dinkel Kara DioGuardi Barbara DiPalma DIRECTV Larry Divney Mark Dome Joshua Donfeld Wanda Dorgan Todd Dorn Rebecca Doten Daryl Drabinsky Sheila Ducksworth Mike Dudas Bill Duffy Sophie Dufresne Emily Duke Ramona Dunbar Jillian Kogan Dunn Kristine Dunne Cindy Dunning Jean-Marc Durviaux Herbert Eaford Crystal Eaves Kelly Eck Romelia Edwards Terena Eisner Neil Ellice Adrian Enache Sabine Engelbrecht Veronica Enriquez Christina Erickson Yvonne Erickson Christopher Erro Zoila Escobar Nerida Esguerra Maria Espinosa Sonia Esquer Andres Estrada Noreen Evans Orrin Evans Sam Fatoohi Marion Fay Bobbi Feinstein Ariel Felman Charles Ferraro David Few Hilary Fey Natalija Fijacko Ramona Findley Jenna Fischer Betsy Fischman Monica Fish Wayne Fitterman Robert Fitzhugh Jennifer Fitzpatrick Mark Flaisher Julian Flannery John Fleischer Carla Flores Carolyn Folks Beneranda Ford-Glanton Katherine Forster Rowena Francia Caleb Franklin Walter Freedman Michelle Freyre


John Friberg Mary Friberg Paula Friberg Susan Friberg Jake Fried Carole Friedman Donna Friedman Ginny Friedman Brenda Fritz Lindsey Fry Linda Fuhrman Tammy Funasaki Nathalie Gabbay Richard Gable Silas Gaither Joel Galarza Kate Gallego Tiffany Gallo Karen Galloway Gary Garbowitz Brian Garbutt Benny Garcia Ashish Garg Andrew Garland Jaime Garner Nicole Garro Bianca Gates Reggie Gautt GE Foundation Egle & Kestutis Germanas Leah Gershon Denis Gibbs Matthew Gibbs Karen Gilbert Marielle Gilbert Mary Jo Ginty Todd Gitlin Joshua Glazer GlobalGiving Foundation Deborah Glupczynski Albert Golbert Goldman Sachs & Co. Quinn Goldstein Travis Gomez Rolando Gonzalez Marcia Goodman Mark Goodstein Google Warren Gorowitz Bernice Grant Brian Grasso Danielle Gray Michael Gray Saidah Grayson Greater Horizons Amy Green Melanie Greene Jason Greenwald Mary Gregory Cathy Griffin Bethany Gronberg Aaron Guggenheim Daniel Guggenheim Kimberly Guggenheim Nitu Gulati Brian Gurney Joe Gurney Wendy Guthrie Joshua Haacker Donald Haber Natalie Hagee

Caroline Hahn Harold Haizlip Edward Hallen Zoe Hamilton Kelly Hanker Mary Pat Hanker Benjamin Hans David Harari Cynthia Harcum Elaine Harcum Francine Harcum Larry Harcum Rea Harfield Allison Harper Danielle Harper John Harper August Harris Helen Hartel Emma Hartog Nesim Hason Danielle Hastie Sarah Hatheway Laura Hawk Laura Hayden Nicholas Hedges George Hefner Richard Henkels Rose Hermanson Angelica Hernandez Sylvia Hernandez Benjamin Herrick Manuela Herzer Christopher Hill David Hill Susan Cole Hill Alejandra Hinojosa Delauno Hinson Eva Ho Krissy Hoadley James Hobson Lyndsey Hoehn Terry Hoffmann Karima Holland Arlene Holley Robert Holley Shawn Holley Brian Holmes JoAnn Holmes Rose Hom Weston Hoover Heidi Hornbacher Yaniv Horovitz Daniel Howard Aileen Hsu Pearl Hsu Angie Hu Tiffany Hu Travis Huang Suzan Hughes Richard Hull David Hung Gannon Hunt Shanon Hunt John Hurley Victoria Ibarra Oksana Iler Nancy Ingerman Blake Irving Ivan Ivankovich Susan Jack Craig Jackson

Kerri Jackson Sharon Jackson Richard Jacobs Sean Jacobsohn Nancy Jacoby Katy Jaffee Alyssa Jahnke Katy Jakle Kia Jam Monica Jan Jerome Janger Allen Jensen Ji Jeon Isaac Joerger Bervic Johns Julia Johnson Sandy Johnson Tamiko Johnson Tamra Johnson Colin Joliat James Jonassen Julia Jones Margaret Jones Melissa Jones Derek Joslin Just Give Sheldon Kadish Ruth Kahn Justin Kane Adelbert Kang Daniel Kang Steven Kang Andrea Kannike Neil Kaplan Gerald Katell Jennifer Katell Rachel Katz Anne Kelly Colin Kelly Sean Kelly Brent Keltner Paul Keltner Wes Kemp Arif Khan Russell Kidd Brian Kim David Kim Jamie Kim Scott Kimble Susan King Stacy Kirk Lida Kizzia Lori Kizzia Jessica Klepper Carrie Ko James Ko Andrea Kobliner Miranda Koepke Bong Koh Julie Kolstad Robert Konishi Brittany Korey Noel Korten Denice Kounalis Emrah Kovacoglu Petra Kowalski Robert Kraft Jolie Kramer Sarah Kramer Cassandra Krause Patricia Krause

Rima Krause Kroger Jeremy Kuklin Diana Kunce Stan Kunin Torrie Kuwana Chef La La Cynthia LaBauve Francesca Labita George Lagmay Nicholas Lamb Ann Reiss Lane Leonard Lanzi Ryan Lapine Steve Lapinski Diana LaPlace Timothy Lappen Jill Larmand Clare Laughran Grace Lazenby Marc Lebovitz Ashley Lebowitz Ani Lee Daniel Lee Norman Lee Katrina Leffler Carol Leflufy Ann Leibowitz Giovanna Lein Matt Lenard Carl Leon Kate Leppla Kelli Leppla David Lessoff Anita Leung Emily Levin Robert Levin Burt Levitch Max Liao Eleanor Licht Adam Liebross Jeffrey Lignugaris Adam Lilling Daisy Lin Jennifer Lin Scott Litman Barbara Littleton Brian Littleton Henry Liu Carolyn Lluberes Heather Kinlaw Lofthouse Jace London Catalina Lopez Helen Lopez Los Angeles Lakers Winnie Louie Farrah Louviere Wesley Low Debe Loxton Elsa Lua Barak Lurie Wendy Lybrand Erin Lynch Anthony Lynn Michael Lynn Cheryl Mackall Peggy Maddox James Madison University Matthew Mahon Michael Mahoney Anat Mahrer


Sabrina Malone Fred Manaster Kathryn Mandato Kristina Mangelsdorf Marisa Marconi Melanie Marconi Mario Marin Russell Mark Andrea Martin Susan Martin Laura Martinez Ryan Martinez Jennifer Mascari Emilie Mason Marilyn Mathers Vineet Mathur Lawrence Mattis Mike Mattison Flint Mavis Adia May Joanne Mazzu Judy McAdam Khrista McCarden Angie McCartney Michael McCollum Liz McDougal Peyton McElyea Stacia Miles McGlathery Brian McLoughlin Sophia McRae Andrew Meade Art Medina-Cue Robert Meepos Ruben Mejorado Eitan Melamed Carl Melius Marissa Melnick Hal Mendelsohn Denise Mendoza Sophia Mendoza Philip Mercado David Meredith Emily Merrill Ari Mervis Catherine Messina Karen Meyers Julia Michelson Microsoft Matching Gifts Program Dominic Middono Daniel Mikelberg Dayton Miller Robert Miller Molly & Jeffrey Millman Samantha Millman Stephanie Minami Mindnich Family Trust Chandan Mishra Aldan Mitchell Andre Mitchell Marc Mitchell Steven Mocalis Dawn Moore Donna Moore Michelle Moore Paul Moore Daniel Morefield Mary Beth Moroney Michael Morris Blake Morrison Linda Morrison

Fran Morris-Rosman Erica Mosely Dan Ping Mu Michelle Murphy Richard Murphy Kathy Murrell Johanna Mutz John Myefski Amanda Nail Don Nash Robert Navarro Cathy Negrete Aaron Neinstein John Nelson Mark Nelson Network For Good Christopher Ng Kim Nicholas John Nicholson Jennifer Nickerson Melissa Nickert Justin Noodleman Caleb Noordmans Novartis Pharmaceuticals Patricia Nunez Mark Nussbaum Deedy Oberman Mustafa Oberoi Sari Ockner Barry O’Conner Mark O’Connor Brett Odom Matt Ogens Jennifer O’Hara Edward Ojdana Stela Oliveira Lawrence Olliffe Marcia Oppenheim Origin, LLC Cara Orlowski Cathy Ostiller Cathy Ostrander Melanie Ou Rick Owen Anne Pajaud Cheryl Paller Carol Palumbo Karen Palumbo Sanju Pancholi Julie Pantiskas Marc Papillon Irene Pappas Leslie Park Patricia Park SoYoung Park Jennifer Parker-Stanton Gabriel Pasette Danny Passman Susan Pasternak Vrushali Patil Kristen Patterson Elaine Paul Denise Paz Monica Paz James Pearl Kimberly Pellet Mike Pellettieri Satish Penmetsa Arline Pepp Honorable Vicki Reynolds Pepper & Murray Pepper

Jeremy Pepper Pepsi-Cola Company Kelly Perdew Regina Pereira Carrie Perry Catherine Pesiri Anne-Marie Peterson Linda Peterson Tina Peterson Enrique Petrie Kimberly Petrina Louann Petrucci Tu Quyen Pham Brooke Phillips Patty Phillips Melinda Pickering Joy Picus Justin Pierce Francesca Piumetti Gloria Plata Daniel Platt Hong Yoon Plurad Sarah Polkinghorn Sharon Polkinghorn Joseph Pontrello Mallory Portillo Ivania Posse Joshua Post Darcy Pottle Drue Preissman David Proctor Scott Proper Helen Qin Jill Queza Jesus Quinonez David Rabin Wes Radulovich Paria Rajai Kevin Randolph Laura Randolph Sabir Rashid Aaron Rasmussen Anjali Raval William Ray Darcy Raymond Nate Redmond Reed & Davidson, LLP Diane Reichenberger John Reikes Dionne Resnik Sara Resnik Alan Resnikoff Ursula Reyes Jeremiah Reynolds John Reynolds Ramian Reynolds Arleen Rice Lisa Richards Anjanette Richelieu Richter Family Trust Michael Rinzler Sara Risher Jonathan Rising Anne Ristau Paul Roberts Christina Robertson Dennis Robertson Jennifer Robles Michelle Roche Kathy Roditis Monica Rodriguez

David Roeske Whitney Rogers Rigoberto Romero Lisa Romo Lisa Rooney Thomas Root Alicia Rosenblatt Barbara Rosenstein Robert Rosenstock Gayle Rosenthal Suzanne Rosenthal Lisa Rosentreter Avidan Ross Suzette Rosso Lena Rowland Nikki Rubin Patricia Rubio Tricia Ruby Dawn Russo Suzanne Russo Katherine Ryan Owen Sacchi Lois Saffian Esther Salazar Andrea Salone Benjamin Salter Jan Sandys-Renton Harrison Sanger Mo Saraiya Golda Savage John Scherrer Lauren Schick Douglas Schiller Matthew Schmelzer Kerry Schmidt Marilynn Schmidt Julie Schoenfeld Dean Schramm Kelly Schumacher Adam Schwartz Elissa Schwartz Matthew Schwartz Miriam Schwartz Rebekah Schwartz Stefanie Schwartz Courtney Scott Karen Hill Scott Jaunique Sealey David Seay J Seiber Daniel Seif Michele Seltzer Anita Sen Sarah Serota Sesame Workshop Scott Shabel Laura Shaff Leila Shalhoub Adam Shankman Lindsey Shapiro Paul Shapiro Tom Shapiro Jennie Shau Shaun Shenouda Darris Sherman Amy Sheyer Zoe Shobaki Cindy Short Jennifer Shortz Wendy Shubin


Amy Siegel Ian Siegel Sierra Pacific Dental Consultants, LLC Ari Silber Sarah Simonet Randolph Sinnott Eric Skinner Alina Slamar Benjamin Slate Anthony Slater Barbara Smith Jamille Smith Ray Smith Rebecca Smith Rick Smith Sandra Smith Wingate Smith Jennifer Smoot Lee Ann Snyder Marthina Sochodolak Marilyn Solomon David Soloway Alisa Sommer Patti Sones Slappy Song Leslie Sonnenklar Fred Specktor Randy Spelling Kathryn Spillers Ruth Spindler David Spingarn Zane Stalkup Stacey Staples Carol Starr Laura Stein Marin Steinbrenner Charlie Steiner Jilleen Stelding Janet Stephenson Patrick Sternal Rachel Sternheim Ty Stiklorius Bunny Stivers Jeremy Stolarz Andrew Stout Catherine Stringer Reed Strobl Wendi Sturgis Fred Sugar Margaret Sun Michael Sung Samantha Surrell Diane Suter Brian Sweeney Jon Tabacjar Sandra Taetzsch Shelley Taniguchi-Sabol Emily Taylor Pooja Teckchandani Ann Thomas Gaynor Thomas Heather Thomas Eric Thomason Matt Thompson Vicki Thompson Vince Thompson Douglas Thomson Kevin Thrower Susan Tichy Jonathan Todd

Heather Torneo Jose Torres Tomas Torres Eric Toscano Travers Realty Corporation Mike Trujillo Stephanie Tsai Noa Tsukahara Judy Tyler Adam Ukman United Way California – Capital Region Shrankhla Upadhyay Gregory Urfrig Carey Usher Linda Valdry-Thomas Lee Valentine Shireen Valenzuela Gianna Vargas Benigno Velasquez Elizabeth Velasquez Rebecca Verdolino Sheryl Vickers Vani Visweswaran The Vradenburg Foundation Chris Wagner Ross Walker Stephen Walker Louise Ward Ray Ward Robyn Ward Karen Warfield Sharon Warzocha Corey Washington Barry Waters Lucy Watson Martha Watson Lindsay Watts Sunisa Webster Lauren Weinstein Nicholas Weinstock Lisa Wellik George Wells Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign Michelle Wendell Pam Werner Terri Wessel Westat Westmount Asset Management Justin Wheaton Spencer Wheelwright Michael White Heather Wilkens William Morris Entertainment Elaine Williams Joshua Wilson Melinda Wilson Ramon Wilson Robert Wilson Shannan Wilson Jodi & Andy Wing Risa Winograd Michael Wolf Amy Wollman Edward Woo April Woods Debby Wu Tara Wuchenich Lacey Wyatt

Gregg Yamauchi Sharon Yarbrough Barbara Yaroslavsky Michael Yau Jihoon Yoo Anita York Will York Betty Yoshida James Yoshimura Debbie Young Megan Youngblood Alan Zack Allison Zack Susie Zack Paul Zaffaroni Zayla Swimwear Ana Zegarra Massimo Zeri Jenna Zimbelman Sara Zimmerman Alissa Zito Elaine Ziv Susan Zolla Danielle Zucker Brian Zuckerman Rita Zwern

In-Kind Contributions $100,000 to $199,999 Snack Factory, LLC

$50,000 to $99,999 Mattel Children’s Foundation

$20,000 to $49,999 The Athenaeum BritWeek National Football League

$10,000 to $19,999 Air New Zealand Clever Crazes For Kids, Building Healthy Lives Foundation FedEx Corporation Alex Glasscock Los Angeles Kings Sharon Harroun Peirce & Bob Peirce The Honorable Richard J. Riordan

$5,000 to $9,999 Robert Baker Four Seasons Resort Maui Junk Food Clothing Media Corporation Network for a Healthy California Neutrogena Corporation Matt Ogens Paula Rodgers Someone’s in the Kitchen The Sports Club / LA

$1,000 to $4,999 Arey Jones Educational Solutions Arroyo Vista Family Health Center Artecnica Inc. Beverly Hills Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Big Bear Cabin Breathe LA Kai Brown Tory Burch California Costume Collection Coach for Kids and Their Families Dell USA LP Developmental Studies Center (DSC) DM Luxury, LLC Maria Espinosa Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Flora Bella Farms The Fresh Diet Gloria’s – Tamai Farms Hispanic Dental Association of Los Angeles JPMorgan Chase & Company Kandi USA Rick Kersenbrock Laser Away LAUSD CHAMPS – Student Health and Human Services Los Angeles Ballet Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation Los Angeles Lakers Love & Respect Youth Foundation Luxury Link


Maggie’s Farm Manhattan Beach Marriott Marina Del Rey Marriott N.Y.L.A. Shoes Occidental Petroleum Corporation Premier Dental Clinic Brenda Roche Rockin Models S&S Worldwide Jonathan Sanger Schaner Farms Don Sebastiani & Sons Smashbox Cosmetics Sony Pictures Entertainment Southwest Airlines Staples Center Foundation Gregory Urfrig Villa Dolce

$500 to $999 Beylik Farms Marilyn Brown Burkart Farms Anne Burmeister By Toni Joanna Celeste Cirone Farms Colorescience Cream By Crystal Equinox Farmers Insurance Garcia Organic Farm Ginger Peachy Designs Jaime Farms JAMAH K & B Innovations Kelly Services La Perla Jeffrey Levin Luxe Hotel Madonna Estate Winery Melanie Marconi Mud Creek Ranch Natural Balance Pudwill Farm Pure and Simple Fitness, LLC Antonio Rafael Charles Rowan The Sailing Foundation Stefanie Schwartz Mindi Silverman Randy Socol Christian Ueland Michael Vourakis

$1 to $499 Activision Alexandra Wagner Skin Care Aquarium of the Pacific ARCONA Laura Avery Balderama Bodyworks by Gregg The Rebecca Susan Buffett Foundation Byu-Ti Camacho Cigars Clifton Charles, Inc. Club Deportivo Chivas USA

Comme Ça Core Performance Center Crislu Dent Boards, LLC Domaine L.A. Joyce Dvoren Raymond Ealy Exhale Spa Fair Hills Farm Fairview Gardens David Freedman Fresno Evergreen Susan Friberg Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Glimmer Body Art Graceland Helen Hartel Heaven Hills Distilleries Heck Estates Her Produce Hourglass Cosmetics In Yoga Center Jimenez Family Farm Joe Kara LACMA Muse Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Nancy Lazar Leonidas Life Rolls On Lioco Wine Company Lucques Lufthansa German Airlines M Cafe M2 Pilates Marc Entertainment Marriott South Bay Mel & Rose Mighty Ducks Hockey Club Mighty Leaf Tea Company New West Records Roy Newman Nickelodeon Ohm Salon Venice Pax Peacock Farms Polito Family Farms POM Wonderful Popcornopolis Pureology Sohar Quinteros Regier Farms Renaissance Montura – Los Angeles Airport Residence Inn by Marriott Rocky Canyon Produce Roman Sacke Floral Rudd Oakville Estates Andi Scarbrough Kenny Scharf Shriners Hospitals for Children Skinapeel SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills Sonki Fitness Starbucks / 7th and Montana Starbucks Corporation June Suepunpuck Marvin Suomi Tenerelli Farms / Tenerelli Orchards

Trevino Farms Tutti Frutti Farms Universal City Studios LLP US Soccer Vanilla Bake Shop Vons Foundation Martha Watson Windrose Farm Yasutomi

special thanks AEG American Chemistry Council Babylon at The Roof Gardens Borkowski PR Cedars Sinai Central Chauffeur Services Chain Link Fundamentals Chobani Yogurt Cymphonique DJ AmRo DreamWorks Farmers Market Mark Flaisher Ford Theatre Dorothy M. Gibbons-White Ray Gonzales Hard Rock Cafe, London Harrods Heal The World Trip The Healthy Bean Historic Royal Palaces JPL Volunteers Kicks For Kids KIND Bars Johnel Langerston / Urban Born Los Angeles Chivas Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Rod And Reel Club Los Angeles Sparks London Duck Tours London Eye – Merlin Entertainment London Heathrow Airport London Marriott Hotel Lythgoe Family Productions Millennium Dance Complex Percy Miller “Master P” Museum of Tolerance NFL Play 60 Odwalla Petersen Automotive Museum Pirate’s Booty Pop Chips Pretzel Crisps Shayla Rivera Roots And Shoots Frank Sheftel Skirball Center Society of London Theatre South Bay Ballet Outreach State Parks Visit London Lynne Wasserman Jerry West Jodi Wing Simon Wright Zoological Society of London


revenues and support 69.2% State 10.3% Federal 8.6% In-Kind Contributions 5.6% City 3.1% Private Foundations 1.7% Fundraising Events, net 1.5% Corporations and Individuals

expenses 10.5% Administration* 89.5% Direct Program Operations

in-kind contributions by category 87.0% 5.4% 3.4% 2.5% 1.0% 0.4% 0.3%

Nutrition Field Trips Facilities Supplies & Materials Special Events Consultants & Professional Services Performing Arts

*Administrative costs as a percent of total expenses are comprised of LA’s BEST corporate office and LAUSD administrative personnel.


LA’s BEST in partnership with LAUSD Comparative Combined Schedule of Revenues and Expenses For fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, LA’s BEST realized a net operating surplus of $599,411 which will be carried forward to FY 2011–2012. This schedule includes private restricted donations that recognize revenues when pledged or received and recognize expenses when incurred or paid. These timing differences resulted in a deficit of $362,608 for FY 2010–2011. The net result of the unrestricted surplus of $599,411, and the restricted deficit of $362,608, was a surplus of $236,803.

beginning net assets**

fy 2010-11

fy 2009-10



$2,233,615 288,442 619,954 648,206 0 23,041,471 2,503,397 2,073,024 3,166,838 1,064,675 -16,107 644,508 641,236 17,804

$2,170,723 288,441 628,000 507,230 24,366 21,254,051 2,309,577 2,303,360 4,123,186 1,413,462 -20,955 430,254 765,626 39,282



$24,584,979 3,043,329 1,810,573 2,640,969 255,891 709,609 220,097 207,460 315,746 431,619 353,652

$24,838,805 3,960,388 1,685,043 1,563,904 278,297 619,457 204,422 1,155 128,819 172,195 396,111



$1,396,956 54,176 123,509 257,607 171,055 113,033

$1,274,677 15,318 162,798 227,962 139,102 83,838





revenues and support

US Dept. of Education / 21st Century CLC / LAUSD* US Dept. of Education / 21st Century CLC US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development / City of LA US Dept. of Education US Dept. of Justice CA Dept. of Education / ASES / LAUSD* CA Dept. of Education / ASES City of LA / General City Purposes In-Kind Contributions Restricted Private Donations Unfulfilled Pledges Unrestricted Private Donations Fundraising Events, net Investment, Interest & Other Income

total revenues and support expenses program operations – lausd

Personnel & Benefits including Grants issued to LAUSD In-Kind Expenses Other Costs including Grants issued to LAUSD Supplies & Equipment including Grants issued to LAUSD Contracts / Contract Support / Consultants including Grants issued to LAUSD Mileage / Transportation including Grants issued to LAUSD Performing Arts / Visual Arts Evaluation Staff Development / Training Special Program Events Literacy / Science / Nutrition

program operation expenses

administration – la’s best Personnel & Benefits Fund Development In-Kind Expenses Contracts / Contract Support / Consultants Communications Other Costs

administration expenses

total expenses net surplus / deficit ending net assets**





* The California Department of Education awarded funds directly to LAUSD in the amounts of $23,041,473 and $2,233,613 in FY2010–11 for use at LA’s BEST program sites. These funds are audited by LAUSD, and not LA’s BEST. LAUSD awards are combined with LA’s BEST audited financial statements for information purposes only to present the total program activity of LA’s BEST in partnership with LAUSD. ** The beginning and ending net assets are comprised of unrestricted net assets, temporarily restricted net assets and board-designated reserves. Ending net assets increased in 10–11 from 09–10 due to a reduction of planned expenditures yielding a surplus. AN AUDITED FINANCIAL REPORT FOR FY2010–2011, INCLUDING THE AUDITORS’ OPINION OF LA’s BEST CORPORATE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, IS AVAILABLE BY MAIL OR ONLINE AT WWW.LASBEST.ORG.


Partners The partnership between the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District brings not only diverse resources to the program, but also the wisdom, experience, enthusiasm and commitment of hundreds of individuals working in the departments below. city of los angeles Bureau of Engineering City Administrative Office City Attorney’s Office City Clerk City Council Commission for Community and Family Services Community Development Department Creative Services Division Department of Cultural Affairs Department of General Services Department of General Services – Special Events Department of Public Works Department of Recreation and Parks Department of Transportation Department of Water and Power Duplicating Services Information Technology Agency LA Cityview 35 Las Angelinas Los Angeles Fire Department Los Angeles Police Department Los Angeles Zoo Office of the Mayor Personnel Department – Commute Options and Parking Section Publishing Services Volunteer Bureau

Design and Art Direction DISTINC Featured Photography Ben Gibbs Writing, Editing and Production Supervision Catherine Stringer Printing Typecraft Wood & Jones Thank you to Kaia Phillips and the staff and children in the LA’s BEST program at Allesandro, Ann Street, Baldwin Hills, Crescent Heights and Charles Kim — we couldn’t have done it without you.


los angeles unified school district Beyond the Bell Branch Board of Education Budget Services Business Services Division Child Development Branch Civic Center Permits Office Classified Transactions Services Branch Food Services Branch Government Relations and Legislation Employee Relations Information Technology Division KLCS News Department Local District Superintendents Maintenance and Operations Branch Office of Communications Office of Staff Relations Office of the Superintendent Personnel Commission – Purchasing Branch Real Estate Management Branch School Police Department Specially Funded Accounting Section Telecommunications Branch Transportation Department


All children need a safe place to be after school with caring, responsible adults and engaging activities that connect each child to his/her school, family and community. mission

The mission of LA’s BEST is to provide a safe and supervised after school education, enrichment and recreation program for elementary school children ages 5 to 12 in the City of Los Angeles. values

Nothing we do is as important as the effect it has on a child. Engaging activities are seen as vehicles for creating values, building skills and solidifying peer and adult relationships. Children are viewed as individuals to be developed, not problems to be solved. Children should be involved in choosing how, when, in what and with whom to be engaged. When we listen for understanding, everyone learns—children and adults alike.


The mission of LA’s BEST is to provide a safe and supervised after school education, enrichment and recreation program for elementary school children ages 5 to 12 in the City of Los Angeles.

LA’s BEST Corporate Office Office of the Mayor 200 North Spring Street Suite M-120 Los Angeles, CA 90012 T 213.978.0801 F 213.978.0800 LA’s BEST Operations Office Los Angeles Unified School District 711 East 14th Place Los Angeles, CA 90021 T 213.745.1900 F 800.267.0342

LA's BEST Annual Report 2010-2011  
LA's BEST Annual Report 2010-2011  

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