Organizations We Support
Listen to Executive Director Bill Thompson at the SBAS show.
Young Storytellers inspires young people to discover the power of their voice.
Using one-on-one mentorship, under resourced students learn how to write original stories and see them brought to life. Youth who are identified as shy, struggling with writing or English language learners, write a short script with a one-on-one mentor over nine weeks. On the tenth week, they cast and have their script performed by adult actors at a school wide performance called, "The Big Show."
Thanks to thousands of volunteer mentors, actors, and classroom teachers, YS serves more than 60 public schools in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Austin, reaching over 3,000 students in elementary, middle, and high school each year.
As a result, young people learn that their voice matters.
826LA builds on the work of dedicated teachers and families to amplify youth voices through writing, helping Los Angeles students thrive creatively and academically. At 826LA's spaces in Mar Vista and Echo Park, and in under-resourced schools throughout Los Angeles, dedicated volunteers provide tools for learning in the form of one-on-one mentorship. Students get to write and publish their own books on field trips, visit our Time Travel Marts (motto "Whenever you are, we're already then"), work on college entrance essays, and attend workshops hosted by volunteers who are experts on film, journalism, comic books, and even Dungeons & Dragons.
826LA’s programs are whimsical, challenging, enjoyable, and aim to strengthen each student’s power to express ideas in their individual voice.
Film2Future empowers underprivileged, at-risk Los Angeles high school students to value and share their creativity through their intensive filmmaking workshops. They bring together industry talent to inspire, teach and mentor kids to help them dream beyond their present circumstances. By making short films, students learn teamwork, leadership skills, and to give a voice to their world.
The program includes healthy meals, the use of a computer, transportation, and upon completion, they pair each student with a mentor who is an industry professional and help them find internships in the student’s field of interest.
They also offer computer skills training, resume writing, college application essay preparation and provide the necessary skills, tools and allies to help steer students towards college or an entry level entertainment position.
Film2Future creates the possibility of a creative career in the film industry for our city's most vulnerable kids while fostering a much needed pathway of diversity in Hollywood.
Bard Prison Initiative
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences. The academic standards and workload are rigorous, based on an unusual mix of attention to developmental skills and ambitious college study. The rate of post-release employment among the program’s participants is high and recidivism is stunningly low. By challenging incarcerated men and women with a liberal education, BPI works to redefine the relationship between educational opportunity and criminal justice.
Your donations at the Enough salon, combined with purchases from ArthouseLA 's collection, raised enough money to send three people through Bard Prison Initiative's college program for a year. Your generosity is helping men and women to create a new chapter and a more hopeful story of their lives.
WriteGirl makes it possible for girls to know the value and power of their voice. They match girls with professional women writers who mentor them in creative writing. Every year, WriteGirl produces dozens of workshops, panel discussions and special events to help girls get creative, get through high school and get to college!
The Coming Home salon raised money for WriteGirl to sponsor day long workshops, publish books of mentees’ writing and go into schools to mentor girls in the classroom.
Listen to WriteGirl alumni Jeanine Daniels tell how WriteGirl changed her life:
Cheerful Helpers Child and Family Study Center.
The Firsts salon benefitted Cheerful Helpers Child and Family Study Center, a therapeutic preschool for kids with special needs who are struggling with social and emotional development and delayed language. Teachers’ narration helps kids find words to learn about and express their inner world. Donations helped underwrite the cost of six children attending Cheerful Helpers' language rich summer camp.