About The Friends

We are a nonprofit organization that supports educational, recreational, and cultural programs at EXPO Center, a City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facility that serves at-risk youth, families and seniors in South Los Angeles. Our work benefits one of the most densely populated and economically challenged communities in Los Angeles and accommodates over 1 million participant visits annually.

Motivated by the economic and social challenges gripping EXPO Center’s neighborhood, and inspired by the potential to effectively empower change, The Friends of EXPO Center’s mission is to assist at-risk youth and their families, and to ultimately position EXPO Center as a vital community resource and national model of youth development, through fundraising and advocacy.

What We Support

Youth Orchestra Los Angeles ([email protected])

In partnership with EXPO Center, the Harmony Project and the LA Philharmonic Association, this extraordinary free program provides 300 underserved youth with access to exceptional instrumental and orchestral education, college support, and academic tutoring.

The Clubhouse @ EXPO

The Clubhouse @ EXPO, which includes the Youth FX Urban Media Program, Teen Leadership Program and Summer Youth Job Corps, offers more than 500 teens annually the opportunity to develop new skills through the use of technology, learn the artistic and technical process of digital filmmaking and music production, develop job and life skills, and have a paid summer internship.

Afterschool Enrichment for Elementary Students

Our “Walk Crew” and program funded vans transport children ages 5-11 that attend school in the Exposition Park neighborhood to EXPO Center for engaging academic and recreational activities during the critical afterschool hours.

Summer Campership Program

Camp scholarships enable hundreds of economically disadvantaged youth to attend EXPO Center’s day camp, where they swim, play soccer and basketball, make arts and crafts, explore in our computer lab, create music, and embark on exciting field trips.

Learn to Swim Program

To date, over 40,000 youth have learned life-saving water skills through the Learn to Swim Program. With funding from the LA84 Foundation, students receive lessons during school hours, gaining confidence and self-esteem in the water with many continuing on to competitive aquatics and becoming certified lifeguards.

Kids In Sports @ EXPO

Mambo Mania & Yoga Suave

Promoting the health and well-being of our senior population, Mambo Mania is a fun, full-body workout to Latin rhythms. After one hour of dancing, seniors cool down with yoga, breathing and meditation in Yoga Suave.

Cyber Seniors

Cyber Seniors offers free computer training and Internet access enabling seniors to be more connected to friends, family and the world.



Our programs enrich the lives of underserved and economically disadvantaged youth, families and seniors in South Los Angeles.

Donations support critical educational, recreational, cultural and job training programs that benefit one of the most densely populated and economically challenged communities in Los Angeles.

Your gift can make a life-changing difference!


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Donation Total: $100 Monthly