Hands4Hope LA

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Basic Information

Address: 11210 Otsego St. N. Hollywood, CA 91601
Phone Number: (818) 763-HOPE(4673)
Fax Number: (818) 763-5385

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Additional Information

Focus: Broadening horizons, developing talents, promoting self-esteem and instilling life preparation skills by extending a hand of hope to at-risk youth and single parent families


Director: Lydia Floyd
Schools Served: San Fernando Valley schools
School District: LAUSD
County: LA
Schedule: Monday to Thursday, 2pm to 7 pm
Ages: 8 to 21
Capacity: 50
Membership/Pricing: Free

In the year 2000, Executive Director Lydia Floyd recognized the lack of resources for single parents after she received a desperate call from a frantic single parent in dire need of child care. She felt compelled to open Hands4Hope LA and begin Single Parent Resource Fairs and After School Academic Enrichment Programs. Hands4Hope LA first opened its doors in the North Hollywood Arts District to approximately 40 students, primarily serving Latino and African American youth. We continue to provide at-risk and “latchkey” youth ages 8-21, a safe, nurturing and supportive place to go from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm – the crucial hours when many youth in our community are unattended, unsupervised, and vulnerable to the many enticements of the streets. Addressing the critical needs of our community has always been our number one concern and thus involves parents in every way possible. The Hands4Hope LA program provides academic assistance, educational and enrichment instruction, and structured activities at no charge to participants. We have found that participation in extracurricular activities has a profound and positive effect on all students.
For fourteen years, Hands4Hope LA has been able to build a strong program for youth and a support network for single parents. With the economic downturn, we had to conserve our efforts in many areas of the organization however, our program was never compromised.
By involving parents in the process, staff and volunteers hope to ensure that the activities taking place in our program carry over to inspire positive family activities during the evenings and weekends. For example, we encourage families to develop and maintain healthy eating habits taught in our nutrition and cooking classes. Parents choose Hands4Hope LA because of its family focused atmosphere, personal interaction with teachers and staff, and individual attention to youth and family needs. Parents look to us to provide an innovative program where their children can obtain help with school work, have creative expression and gain skills for their future.

Program Highlights:

Hands4Hope LA provides vulnerable families with youth ages 8+ from predominantly low-income, minority, single-parent households with the no-cost afterschool programs that extend the school day with arts, music, academics, homework assistance, tutoring, and healthy food and physical activities that help these children and their families prosper.

Support Services:

Annual Single Parent Resource Fair; Academic Summer Camp


Tutoring and homework assistance, computer instruction; Physical fitness, nutrition, and healthy cooking classes; Music, art, dance, recording, filmmaking, computer technology; Financial literacy, career exploration, mentoring, earthquake preparedness, safety, community engagement...

Field Trip Destinations: Zoo, Queen Mary, Harbour Boat Parade, Plays, Sporting Activities, TV shows tapings
Program Information:

Participation in out-of-school time programs has been connected to improved academic achievement, school attendance and behavior. And, the best programs offer thoughtful combinations of services that best suit the particular needs of the community they serve. Since 2000, Hands4Hope LA has offered the safe environment desperately needed in the out-of-school times between 2:30 and 7pm on school days, and all day during the summer. Parents in our local neneighborhood are grateful for the no-cost opportunities we provide, because they would otherwise be forced to leave their children unattended and unsupervised afterschool, and hope for the best. Our Core Content combines academic, enrichment, cultural, and recreational activities to guide learning andengage children and youth in dynamic activities that complement the school day.

Slogan: Hope for a better life, hope for a better world.