What We Support

Youth Orchestra Los Angeles ([email protected])

The Friends offer a classical music program, in partnership with Harmony Project and the LA Philharmonic. We provide funding, college support, tutoring, classrooms and rehearsal space with 28-hours of lesson time for students at the EXPO Center in an extraordinary program that’s grown from 40 to over 325 children per week.

Kids in Sports @ EXPO Center

Over 6,000 children and teens participate each year in affordable, high-quality volleyball, basketball, soccer, and t-ball programs. Throughout the year EXPO Center offers multiple seasons of league play giving local girls and boys the opportunity to be part of a supportive team, build self-confidence and sportsmanship, and stay physically active. Free sports clinics are held throughout the year to help local youth learn new sports and develop their athletic skills.

Cyber Seniors

For more than 13 years we’ve been training over 2,300 of LA’s seniors to be more connected and computer literate. Over 15 weeks, we offer 4 levels of once weekly, bi-lingual training with free internet access at EXPO Center.

Mambo Mania & Yoga Suave

Our programs promote the health and well-being of south LA’s senior community. Mambo Mania is a fun, full-body workout to Latin rhythms for active seniors. After an hour of working out, we offer soft Latin music, yoga, breathing and light meditation in Yoga Suave. Over 85 seniors participate in these fitness classes per week.

Summer Campership Program

The Friends give economically disadvantaged neighborhood children the opportunity to attend EXPO Center’s exciting day camp, where they swim, play soccer and basketball, make arts and crafts, explore in our computer lab, and play music. Over 4,500 children attend EXPO Center’s Camp programs.

Learn to Swim

To date over 40,000 children have learned life-saving water skills through programs we fund at EXPO Center. During ten one-hour swim classes kids gain confidence and self-esteem in the water with many continuing on to become certified lifeguards.

Afterschool Enrichment for Elementary Students

Our “Walk Crew” and program funded vans bring children ages 5-11 in the Exposition Park area to EXPO Center for engaging academic and recreational activities during critical afterschool hours. Each week, 125 children attend EXPO Center’s afterschool program.

Teen Leadership Program

Our EXPO Computer Clubhouse and Youth FX Urban Media Program are the center of our Teen Leadership Program. More than 250 young people aged 11-17 work with adult mentors to explore their creativity and strengthen technical skills.