There are a number of wonderful nonprofits that focus on a wide range of issues that support children. In this post, we are sharing just a few community-based organizations that support children’s causes that we think are worth learning more about and are located in cities where Starfish Impact has offices.
Based in Los Angeles
Heart of Los Angeles provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities.
A Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well being and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world.
P.S. Arts is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities. P.S. ARTS is the only organization in Southern and Central California that provides yearlong arts education in dance, music, theater, and visual arts to every child in a school during the regular school day.
Inner City Arts engages young people in the creative process in order to shape a society of creative, confident and collaborative individuals. It is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most effective arts education providers, is an oasis of learning, achievement and creativity in the heart of Skid Row, and a vital partner in the work of creating a safer, healthier Los Angeles.
Based in Washington, DC
Horton’s Kids empowers at-risk children in grades K through 12 and prepares them for college, career, and life through educational opportunities and comprehensive programs tailored to their needs. For over 25 years, Horton’s Kids has served Wellington Park in Ward 8, one of Washington, DC’s most at-risk neighborhoods. This Section 8 housing community is geographically isolated and has one of the highest rates of violent crime, gang activity, and substance abuse in the city.
For Love of Children provides educational services beyond the classroom to help students succeed from first grade through college and career. FLOC brings together students, volunteers, families, and community partners in proven programs that teach, empower, and transform. FLOC’s services are provided for free to students from low-income families in the District of Columbia and West Virginia. Our experience shows that when students are encouraged and prepared, they can overcome any challenges and complete their educations.
The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project believes that play is a human right that all children deserve, regardless of housing status. The organization seeks to help create a city that provides every opportunity for children to succeed by advocating for affordable housing, safe shelters, and a strong safety net that helps families bounce back from housing instability.
YOUR Community Center offers quality enriching out-of-school time programs in a safe, caring and supportive family environment for youth between the ages of 5 and 18 in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. YOUR Community Centers promote academic, cultural, social and emotional development, improve computer literacy, help build self-esteem and strengthen leadership and confidence in the classroom.
Is there a nonprofit that you think should be on this list? Let us know! We work around the country and world and love knowing about what is going on in other communities. Contact us online or tweet us at @StarfishImpact.
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