The PLN Post

Welcome to The PLN Post, a place where we share about educating, strengthening, and partnering with the children, youth, and families of Para Los Niños.
During a time when connecting from a distance is key to uplifting the communities of Los Angeles, please enjoy a glimpse into how our employees continue to live PLN's core values:

Excellence | Constant Learning | Teamwork | Community | Inclusion | Trust

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 …

Para Los Niños Students Read to Lead!

Celebrating the power of books and the importance of literacy, Para Los Niños students in transitional kindergarten through 8th grade read a total of 53,724 minutes from March through April! April 30th marked the final day of our two-month Reading is Leading challenge. The goal of this annual challenge is for young scholars to develop …

Serving Los Angeles’ Youth

By Yesenia Capellino, Program Manager, Youth Workforce Services For the past six years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many Los Angeles youth through my role at Para Los Niños, Youth Workforce Services. When I first got hired at PLN in 2014, I was so excited to have the opportunity to work with …

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 …

Looking Back at a Year of Strength, Growth, and Support

by Drew Furedi, PLN President & CEO As we reach the one year milestone since moving much of our work to a distanced and remote approach, this feels like an opportunity to reflect and remember the incredible and purposeful resilience of the entire Para Los Niños community – our staff, our families, our supporters and …

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 …

Living Through COVID-19 in South LA 

By Molly Jones Lopez Throughout my work with Para Los Niños, I have seen many examples of powerful families and strong communities. To illustrate, I’d like to share a typical day in the life of one family in particular.  Santiago starts his day early when he goes out to seek work in construction as a day laborer …