A Message From Our President & CEO
We are always striving to improve what we do, to benefit the staff, children and families even more. In 2017-18, we focused on how we tell our story, how we communicate the benefits of LA’s BEST, and even how we visually represent ourselves. It was an extreme makeover, LA’s BEST edition!
The process was challenging and rewarding. We do so much, and it was paramount to convey the impact of all the programs and services we provide, and the impact we have on our city. We create the conditions for children to learn and thrive – and experience joy. Whether students choose to participate in Dance & Drill Team, Celebrate Science Club, Soccer, Healthy Habits, Robotics, Young Authors or other enrichment activities, we engage each of them creatively, emotionally, intellectually and physically, preparing and empowering them to create lives full of choices.
To help students determine their success, LA’s BEST provides the avenues for them to explore transformational opportunities, to engage deeply with their peers and community and to expand their horizons. We also strive to create unique opportunities with partners from the private sector – opportunities that many of our students would otherwise not have. I invite you to learn about a handful of these partnerships that helped our students Explore. Engage. Expand.
Our look has changed, but our role in Los Angeles remains the same – we create environments where 25,000 students can grow into their true, whole selves.
It was a building year and I am optimistic that our refreshed look and emphasis on empowering students to explore and discover the opportunities in their lives will help create the conditions for success for the next 30 years. Thank you for standing by us for 30 years and thank you for sharing our journey to become a stronger organization.
Eric Gurna, President & CEO