Founded on Skid Row in 1980, Para Los Niños is a nonprofit social services and education organization dedicated to the success of L.A.’s neediest children and families. With six early education centers and three charter schools serving some 2,000 low-income children (ages 6 months to 14 years), Para Los Niños places education at the core of its mission to break the cycle of poverty. The organization provides a comprehensive social services model that incorporates: high-quality education, family support & mental health services, parent engagement and community building opportunities. Para Los Niños serves 7,500 children, youth and families each year.
This spring Univision, the leading media company serving Spanish-speaking America, broke ground on the new Media Center they are funding and supporting at our Charter Middle School.
This unique facility will provide students with the tools and training to understand how a media newsroom operates. To offer hands-on experience, the network is outfitting the center with new iPads– equipped with software to record and edit videos right on the tablet. Additionally, students will receive training from the network’s anchors, reporters, producers, editors and others.
Over 30 students from the Charter Middle School were mentored by Ford Motor Company volunteers as they built mock hybrid vehicles. Students from sixth, seventh and eighth grade led the “learn and build” opportunity on June 29, during their last week of summer school.
“This partnership is an example of what can happen when we expand summer learning opportunities beyond the classroom,” said Martine Singer, Para Los Niños President & CEO. “We are extremely grateful for Ford’s commitment to our students and appreciate the mentorship they bring to our program every year. We always look forward to seeing what our students come up with in collaboration with Ford’s caravan of volunteers.”
This is the fourth year The Ford Fund, Ford’s philanthropic arm, has sponsored summer school at CMS and the vehicle build project.
“Learning can be so much fun and these programs prove that,” said Rob Kaffl, Western Market Area General Manager of Ford Motor Company. “The students really enjoy taking charge of their project and show much pride in their creations. Ford is honored to play a part in their education.”
For most children, summer is a time of fun and excitement, but for 18 million children in communities across the country it means the end of access to the free or reduced-price meals that nourish them during the school year.
On June 23, Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, in partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, hosted a special volunteer event with celebrity friends Ashley Greene (Twilight) and Darby Stanchfield (ABC’s Scandal) at the Charter Elementary School. Greene, Stanchfield and other volunteers toured the campus, served lunch and distributed fresh produce to 120 of our summer students.
“The end of the school year is a stressful time for many families across the country,” said Diana Aviv, Chief Executive Officer of Feeding America. “When children lose access to school meals their families’ grocery bills skyrocket and families are forced to make tough choices between food and other basic necessities.”
The student farmers market was covered by media outlets such as: MSN, People Magazine, and Yahoo News– just to name a few.
Lights, camera, action! The Para Los Niños Charter Middle School recently hosted Univision’s national morning TV show “Despierta America,” one of the highest rated morning shows in the country. The entire Miami production team set up shop on the Skid Row campus and aired a live three-hour segment! The energy was electrifying and it culminated in a 4-minute story about Para Los Niños and its mission. Click here to see the special report.