GOLF WITH FRIENDS 24th Annual Charity Virtual Tournament!

With everything that is happening around us, kids need our help more than ever!  That’s why we are keeping our annual golf tournament alive – even through social distancing! – with The Friends of EXPO Center GOLF WITH FRIENDS 24th Annual Charity Virtual Tournament!

For $1,500 a foursome or $350 per individual, play 18 holes – solo or with a team – at a golf course of your choice anytime between November 16-30, 2020.


  • Register yourself or your team using the DONATION FORM below
  • Create your own personal GOLF WITH FRIENDS fundraising page using THIS LINK. Need help? Email [email protected] or follow these downloadable instructions.


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Donation Total: $350 One Time

Friends, Family, Individual, and Corporate donations will be tracked through your own custom fundraising page with special incentives for top fundraisers and Limited Edition Friends of EXPO golf hats for all Tournament players.

All corporate sponsorships will receive recognition on our website, fundraising pages, and throughout social media.

When you GOLF WITH FRIENDS, your support helps EXPO Center continue providing a safe and healthy environment for the children of essential workers and families in South Los Angeles.

Every day since the start of this pandemic, EXPO Center has continued to meet the immediate needs of our community Adapting our programming to follow the safety guidelines of the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, EXPO Center is providing FREE:

  • Daily childcare and meals for the families of essential workers.
  • Recreational play and creative arts for local children with our “Play LA: Playing It Safe” on-site afterschool program.
  • Virtual programming for teens through our “Safer at Home Computer Clubhouse.”
  • On-site classrooms with virtual access to LAUSD teachers for children who can’t stay home alone during the school day.

Help us keep our kids healthy, educated, and safe!


Contact Stephanie Wells, Executive Director at [email protected]

2018 Summer Youth Job Corps

Meet members of our 2018 EXPO Center Summer Youth Job Corps(SYJC) cohort. The Friends of EXPO Center has hired 40 interns, whom have been selected and have attended an orientation night. Along with the orientation, interns and their parents will attend a SYJC Parent Night, and two paid training sessions prior to the start of the internship. The Natural History Museum will continue to partner with the Friends of EXPO, and has hired 20 interns for this summer.

We have also developed two new exciting partnerships for this summer. We are excited to place two interns at the California African American Museum(CAAM), and two interns at Community Services Unlimited(CSU). Interns placed at CAAM will become museum docents, and will work within the production, marketing, and gallery curation departments. Community Services Unlimited(CSU) manages and operates the EXPO Center Urban Farm/Garden. They are also currently building South LA’s first organic grocery store located at 65th and Vermont. Interns placed at CSU will work with their team on marketing, entrepreneurship, and will learn about healthy nutrition, and Farm to Table programs.

Teen Leadership Culmination Dinner

The EXPO Center Teen Leadership Culmination dinner took place on Monday, March 12. Our special guest and Board Member, Councilman Curren Price, helped celebrate the graduation of 120 teens from this eight-week program. Teens learn critical college and employment readiness skills such as writing a resume, executing a job search, completing an application, interviewing skills, and office etiquette. During the month of April, the graduates will begin interviewing for our Summer Youth Job Corps internship program. The Friends completely fund this program and will provide salary stipends to 40 teens this summer. Our partners at the Natural History Museum will hire 20 teens to intern at their site. This year we have budgeted $108,000 to support this vital program.

Teen Leadership: Strengths and Goals

The EXPO Center Teen Leadership Program motivates and prepares teens for work readiness, career development, and entrepreneurship through hands-on experiences and vocational life skills development. We recently sat down with three members of the current cohort and spoke with them about their strengths, goals, and what leadership means to them. #futureleaders

New Soboroff Sports Field Nears Completion

The new Soboroff Sports field is nearing completion! Our new, updated sports field features several improvements including new turf, safety netting, and new restroom facilities. It will soon be available for recreational use, just in time for our spring sports season. The existing Soboroff sports field has been relocated to the southern end of Bill Robertson Lane and Martin Luther King Boulevard(still in Exposition Park) to pave the way for construction of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The Soboroff Sports Field will continue to be operated by EXPO Center, the Los Angeles Departments of  Recreation and Parks, and supported by The Friends of EXPO Center.

With the construction of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art underway, the Los Angeles Football Club’s Banc of California Stadium opening in April 2018, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum’s renovation underway, the transformation of Exposition Park has begun.

Kids in Sports 21st Annual Fall Golf Classic

Join us for our annual Golf Classic benefiting Kids in Sports @ EXPO Center. The event takes place at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles. The event will begin with a Shotgun Start followed by a Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction and Awards Dinner.

EXPO College Workshops

We are excited to support two College Workshops taking place at EXPO Center on April 22, 2017. Jennifer Adrian-Thiroux, an Independent Educational Consultant, and retired LAUSD College Counselor will lead two extremely informative sessions for both Middle and High School students. The workshops are free and open to ALL students in the community. Parents are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available.

For more information: [email protected] I 213-763-0114 x 205

KROMA Quartet at EXPO Center(4/6)

The EXPO Community Concert Series presents KROMA Quartet at EXPO Center on April 6, 2017. This FREE concert is OPEN to the public, and will take place in Comrie Hall(2nd floor-EXPO Swim Stadium) from 6:30-7:30pm.  ‘KROMA Quartet is comprised of talented, strong, and diverse women of color’. Collectively they have performed at the Grammy’s, on American Idol, and have played for major motion picture soundtracks. We are very excited to bring KROMA Quartet to perform for our EXPO Center Community! For more information, email [email protected] or call 213-763-0114 x 205.