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The Los Angeles Challenge was built on the foundation of promoting positive change among economically disadvantaged children. We help create opportunities for educational achievements by providing a learning environment that optimizes academics, character development, personal attention, and diligence. We hope these children can become well-equipped for future academic endeavors while experiencing the joys of learning.
We’re embracing the “challenge” of promoting positive change in the lives of economically disadvantaged children by providing opportunities for achievement through high-quality kindergarten through high school education.
Meet Our Students
Our program supports students from Kindergarten through high school.
Learn how your contributions help:
Meet Our Board Members
Founder/ Chairman of
the Board/ President
Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Faustino Bernadett
Dr. Kristen Thompson
Meet Our Partners
Executive Director Mike Lansing has assisted the Los Angeles Challenge (LAC) in identifying prospective families. Once selected, the students in the program are given the opportunity to participate in after-school activities at the Boys and Girls Club in San Pedro including tutoring, mentoring, sports, music and more. The Boys and Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor provides an ideal partnership for community support and individual instruction that will benefit LAC families.
Schools We Partner With
Mary Star Elementary School, San Pedro, CA
Mary Star of the Sea High School, San Pedro, CA
Rolling Hills Preparatory School, San Pedro, CA
Chadwick School, Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Christ Lutheran School, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
St. John Fisher, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Bishop Montgomery High School, Torrance, CA
Q: What is The Los Angeles Challenge?
A: The Los Angeles Challenge was built on the foundation of promoting positive change among economically disadvantaged children. We help create opportunities for educational achievements by providing a learning environment that optimizes academics, character development, personal attention, and diligence. We hope these children can become well-equipped for future academic endeavors while experiencing the joys of learning.
Q: How Are Candidates Chosen?
A: We work closely with schools, social organizations, and the religious community to identify deserving candidates. We also interview the candidate’s family, as the program is designed for them to benefit from the child’s private school education as well. Therefore, we’re inclined to select candidates whose families actively and enthusiastically support the Los Angeles Challenge and its objectives.
Q: Who is Eligible?
A: Children from elementary school to high school make up the target age group. We typically support students who come from economically disadvantaged families and are currently attending Los Angeles public schools. They often live in housing projects and/or come from single-parent households.
Q: How Do You Monitor the Child's Progress?
A: Our Board of Directors keeps a close watch over the students' scholastic achievements by monitoring their performance through the school's teachers and principal. With the parents' permission, report cards are sent to us as well as to the parents. We also monitor the children's healthy home environment. We have forged a relationship with the Boys and Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor who provides after-school mentoring, music, sports, and supervised activities for our candidate families.
Q: Are There Costs Involved?
A: The Los Angeles Challenge consists of volunteer directors, donated office space and donated staff support. We are doing our own fundraising, so there are only minimal costs associated for purchase of supplies and postage. Therefore, the greatest amount of donated dollars go directly for the children's benefit. We strive to have sufficient scholarship funds for at least two years or longer to keep our fundraising ahead of the curve for the education of the children whom we accept into our program.
Q: How Are Donors Involved?
A: We hold annual events with donors and the candidates' families so donors can witness firsthand the children and their families they are supporting. They can also meet the LAC team- the ones who offer the time and energy to make this effort a meaningful and successful program in these children's lives.