Our Mission

We believe in the children, youth, and families we serve.
Our model fosters pathways to success through excellence in education, powerful families, and strong communities for children and youth to thrive.

Our unique approach is effective because of these three aspects working together:

Excellent Education: Our schools and youth centers offer high-quality education and wraparound support to educate the whole child from 6-weeks to 24 years-of-age. Using an inquiry-based approach with social-emotional integration we nurture a child’s healthy academic, physical, and social-emotional development to succeed in school, work, and life.

Powerful Families: We partner with parents and provide opportunities to strengthen their leadership, provide support in stress management and education, plus counseling and clinical support, to ensure students and families thrive.

Strong Communities: We are active in our communities to create spaces that connect children, youth, and families to education and resources to lead and succeed. We have strategic partnerships with agencies and community stakeholders across LA to build trust and together give voice to our diverse perspectives.

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Our Values


We always ask ourselves if there is a higher bar to set, if there is more to do and if have we explored all possibilities.  We achieve together through discomfort and uncertainty because we understand the urgency and obligation to strive for the best possible outcomes for our communities.

Constant Learning

We are relentless in our drive to always improve.  A learning organization actively creates its future by placing high value on feedback and development.  Our work must withstand all levels of scrutiny.


Our teams thrive when we can truly depend on one another.  We pledge to follow through on our commitments and actively seek out ways to support and collaborate with each other.  When we bring our very best as individuals, we can run to the finish line together.


Our families, team members and stakeholders come from many different heritages and histories.  Our personal stories together form a tapestry of fortitude.  We are made more resilient through these ties and hold our connection to each other as an invaluable asset.


We are at our strongest and smartest when we both acknowledge and consciously benefit from our differences.  Authentic collaboration begins at the seed stages which means we partner with stakeholders early and often.


Trust comes from alignment of our words, beliefs and actions. We operate in highest service to our communities and can engage in true collaboration with each other when trust is strong.

Our History

Founded in 1980 in Skid Row, Para Los Niños – meaning “for the children” – was founded so that no child would be forgotten.

In October 1979, the Los Angeles Times published an article that galvanized a community. It was the first of many to spotlight the plight of children and families living in the depths of despair in Los Angeles’ inner cities.

It spoke of children living in Skid Row, locked in hotel rooms or left alone to wander dangerous neighborhood streets, while their parents worked to survive. At that time, little attention was paid to these forgotten children. Few services and safe havens existed for these young boys and girls. Ninety percent did not attend school.

Social worker Tanya Tull was inspired, and founded Para Los Niños. In 1980, the organization came to life in a factory where at-risk children, eager for a chance to learn, were offered a safe and nurturing environment filled with exploration, hope and opportunity.

Today, Para Los Niños continues to respond to the ever-growing and ever-changing needs of Southern California’s most challenging communities. The organization’s proven approach helps to build stronger, more stable families and brighter futures for children.

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