What It Means to Be a Father

By Ralph Guirado, PLN Resource Coordinator For the past fifteen years, I have had the privilege and pleasure to be part of Para Los Niños. Within my initial role as a family advocate, I had the opportunity to support families in the Skid Row and Pico Union areas of Los Angeles. Needless to say, it was a rewarding experience being able to provide families with immediate concrete support that varied …

Best Start Region 1 Driving Equity and Justice

by Brenda Aguilera, Director of Community Transformation, Best Start Metro LA  On Saturday, April 24, over 1,000 residents, community-based organizations, elected officials and philanthropic leaders had a unique opportunity to join our virtual Best Start Region 1 Driving Equity and Justice Community Town Hall. Together, we unveiled the Best Start Region 1 Driving Equity and Justice Community …

Laura and Mildred

Laura and Mildred are first generation college students attending Los Angeles City College. They currently live in Pico Union, sharing a small home with four younger siblings and their parents. Both Youth Workforce Services (YWS) participants had struggled with the issues other students face while navigating distance learning. A crowded home, inadequate space to foster …

Samantha’s Story

As incredibly challenging this year has been, our Para Los Niños students and families continue to find paths to success and hope. One of these students has been a part of the PLN family for over 14 years. Samantha started in transitional kindergarten at the Charter Elementary School in 2007, after her mom, Verónica, learned of PLN’s high-quality …

St. Valentine

by Celeste Anlauf, Director of Donor Relations February. Just about as soon as the calendar turns over, love is in the air — and it is Valentine’s Day.  Widely recognized as a day dedicated to love and devotion, it has a long and storied history that finds its roots in Ancient Rome. There are two legends …