Jesus loved children. The stance of Jesus toward children was not to be bothered by them but to accept, and love them (Mark 10:13-16). In fact, Jesus so associated himself with children that He said “whoever receives one such child in my name receives me” (Mark 9:37). Therefore, Hope for LA seeks to follow our Savior by seeking out and being a part of a child’s development by partnering with a number of local ministries that work with kids.
Young people in our city face some difficult issues:
- Los Angeles has the nation’s largest foster care system
- Los Angeles has 150,000 gang members, many of whom are teenagers
- 40% of California’s high school students drop out before graduating
However, children in under-resourced communities have needs that can be met by relationships and resources. At-risk youth need healthy role models, tutoring, mentoring, life-skill development and consistent, demonstrated love to develop into healthy adults. In response to these needs, Hope for LA volunteers seek to support organizations that provide the youth of Los Angeles with face-to-face mentoring and tutoring, Christian encouragement, outreach to youth in foster care, and positive and safe environments.
Or see our Partners page to find out more about ministries that we partner with for Youth Empowerment (such as: FICM-S.A.Y. Yes!, Optimist Youth Home, Oasis of Hollywood, and Reading to Kids).