Creating opportunities, building academic skills, and preparing students' for their futures.



The 19th Annual L.A. Day of the Dead/Dia de Los Muertos Event at Hollywood Forever Cemetery included hundreds of students and their families from the LACER Afterschool Programs this year. Sponsored by good people at Hollywood Forever, LACER’s King Drill Team performed on the Mainstage, and our Wilbur May Foundation Art Stars students made nichos for an epic collaborative art project, the #LACERexhibit. Photography donated by Ranee Vespi.

The L.A.C.E.R Afterschool Programs provide free classes in the arts, athletics, and academics every day after school, to more than 4,000 middle and high school students in Los Angeles.  L.A.C.E.R. is creating opportunities, building academic skills, and preparing students for their future.


Creating Opportunities

LACER offers courses in over 50 different subjects - from Engineering to Korean Drumming. Some of the classes include:

  • Homework Club

  • DJ Mixing

  • Volleyball

  • Cooking Class

  • Drill Team

... and more!

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Building Academic Skills

  • Students who attend LACER five days a week, raise their grades by a full letter grade.

  • The LACER graduation rate is 94%.

  • 86% of our student's say they attend more school because they have LACER to go to after school.

LACER makes me feel safe, and it is the type of environment where you can meet ALL kinds of different people with different personalities.
— Vanessa, 8th grade LACER student

Preparing Student Futures

  • 86% of students say LACER helped them learn to be collaborative

  • 73% of students say they have a higher degree of commitment because of LACER classes.

  • Students also have the opportunity to participate in Personal Statement Writing Workshops, FAFSA Panels and Career Fairs.





All made possible by community members like you. 

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