The L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs are funded in part by state and federal grants through the California Department of Education and the 21st Century Community Learning Center.
Additional funding for our programs are provided by our many friends and supporters who continue to invest in the boys and girls we work with after school; convinced like we are that what we do for our young students now will positively impact not only the youth, but their families and our whole community for years to come.
Friends of LACER: Multi-Year Giving Circle
Members of the Friends of LACER Multi-Year Giving Circle have a made a financial commitment to bring LACER into sustainability. Their generosity allows LACER to build capacity as well as continue to provide award winning after school programming taught by paid teaching artists and professionals.
Sid and Helen Katz
UFCW Local 770
Jackie Goldberg and Sharon Stricker
David and Jacki Horwitz
The Musicians Foundation
Linda and Sally Russo
Ford Wellness Center
Public Interest Investigations
Romo-Reilly Charitable Fund
Rose Z. Chapnick
Sharon Stricker & Jackie Goldberg
David & Karla Goldberg
Joan E. Smiles
Miguel A. Jimenez
Carol K. Smith Family Trust
Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation
Anita May Rosenstein Foundation
Brian K. Rosenstein Foundation
Ferrell-Paulin Family Foundation
Gary Minzer and the Minzer Family
Larry and Laura Worchell Family Foundation
Office of Sheila Kuehl
Pantages Theatre-Nederlander West Coast
Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation
Foundations, Corporations, and Individual Donors
Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation
Barbara Ross Charitable Trust
Dee May Charitable Trust
Harridge Development Group
Jose Iturbi Foundation
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles World Airport
Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis
Sid and Helen Katz
Southern California Edison
Todd Schiffman Foundation
ACEA local 3090 AFSCME
AF Gilmore Company
City of West Hollywood Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission
Helena Paulin and Jonathan Pintoff
Jackie Goldberg and Sharon Stricker
Jessica Ritz and Henry Myers
Julie Kleinick and Craig White
Lucy and Isadore Adelman Foundation
Office of Councilmember David Ryu
Sidney Stern Memorial Trust
Bennett and Peggy Kayser
Curren Warf and Susan Rabinovitz
Earl B. Gilmore Foundation
Emily Ziff Griffin
Harry and Rosamund Weinberg
House of Blues Foundation Music Forward Foundation
Ken and Sarah Greenberg
La Kretz Family Foundation
Neil Katcher and Christina DeCoux
Occidental Entertainment Group
Office of Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell
Greenway Arts Alliance
Isa Kae Meksin
LA Professional Managers Association
Mike Feuer City Attorney
Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom
Office of Senator Ben Allen
Planning Associates, Inc.
Sandor Fuchs and Susan Edelman
UFCW Local 1428
California School Employees Association
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
David Karl Green
Feast of San Gennaro Los Angeles
Go! Goldman Organization
Public Interest Investigations
Smart and Final Foundation
The L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs' success is due in part to its partnership with the school sites where we operate our programs. By sharing their resources, providing classroom space and access to the students we all work together to provide students with as many opportunities as possible.
We also work closely with other community organizations and local businesses to maximize our effectiveness and reach out to even more youth. Here are a few of the amazing groups who share our commitment to providing an equal education to all students.
Beat the Streets – Los Angeles has partnered with the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs at the middle school level, cultivating youth development in underserved communities by encouraging a desirefor excellence, respect, teamwork, leadership, integrity, and perseverance through the instruction of quality wrestling programs. BTS-LA strives to enhance young men and women’s lives in school, sports and the community.
L.A.C.E.R. has collaborated with BTB from its' inception to meet the needs of the schools and most importantly, our students. The mission of Beyond the Bell is to ensure that all children and youth in LAUSD have access to high quality, safe, and supervised academic, enrichment, and recreation programs that inspire learning and achievement beyond the regular school day.
Each year, high school students participate in the Expanding Horizons Internship Program placing students in paid 6-week internships designed to give them an opportunity to gain valuable job experience and mentorship from working professionals. L.A.C.E.R. has been provided with wonderful CRF interns for nearly a decade who support our teams in the office and at the school sites. CRF is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society.
Twice a year, EFCF provides organizations with free books through their "A Book Just For Me" program. The program guarantees that the youth have books of their choosing to read during the Winter Break and over the summer. In addition, EFCF supports our middle school music program and donates buses for our annual beach trip. The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation was created in 1993 by Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, in order to fulfill her desires to use the fruits of her success to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs.
No longer offered in school, L.A.C.E.R. Students at Hollywood and Fairfax High School have an opportunity to take one of the first big steps in getting out in the world; getting a driver's license. The DEG Foundation is an award-winning non-profit organization partnering with L.A.C.E.R. and providing electrifying, entertaining and interactive classroom driver education courses.
The Ford Theatre's Community Outreach Program provides L.A.C.E.R. students with free tickets to theater, dance and music events at the Ford Amphitheatre. Several performances include master classes where students are given the opportunity to see a live performance, like Salsa Night, and then attend a Salsa class right after. The Ford, part of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, strives to be a world-class performing arts center and improves the health of community arts and cultural organizations through partnerships like the Community Outreach Program.
The just keep livin Foundation was started by Matthew and Camila McConaughey and is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for abetter future. Located within the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs at Fairfax High School, the program’s staff, volunteers and programming encourages students to make positive life choices to improve their physical and mental health through exercise, teamwork, gratitude, nutrition and community service.
LAAAA provides free instruction and sports equipment for L.A.C.E.R.'s Lacrosse team at King Middle School. LAAAA's mission is to encourage the importance of a lifelong engagement with arts and athletics and the Silver Lake Jubilee is their cornerstone program.
L.A.C.E.R.'s popular Rock Band Workshop participants get extra help with small-group lessons in guitar, keyboard, vocal and drums provided through a program at the Musicians Institute (MI). MI's Federal Work Study students are placed in L.A.C.E.R. music programs to mentor our young musicians and co-teach the L.A.C.E.R. music curriculums. Since 1977, Musicians Institute has been a world leader in contemporary music education. MI provides a culturally and musically diverse vibrant learning environment and offers students cutting-edge resources in state of the art facilities located in the heart of Hollywood.
Tools for Peace provides a Mindfulness Project at L.A.C.E.R.'s after school program at Bancroft and Irving Middle Schools that incorporates art, writing, meditation and exciting community service activities. Tools for Peace has helped students cultivate compassion, peace, and well-being, while building self-motivation and confidence. The goal is to help students learn to deal with negative emotions and find ways to resolve conflict in their lives. Class participants have embraced the program, sharing that the techniques they have learned in class have changed their lives. In 2013 Tools for Peace was honored as a Community Partner at L.A.C.E.R.'s Annual Brunch celebrating their work with young people and commitment to the community.