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 Bill of Human Rights: A …

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 …

Plans for 2021

Going into 2021 was unlike any year before. We weren’t able to gather for big celebrations and resolutions, goals, intentions (whatever you want to call them) were different than ever as well. These plans for the year to come had to still account for the precautions and safety measures of the pandemic. However, looking ahead …