About Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA)


To enable at-risk children and youth to achieve their personal best, by providing a comprehensive set of educational enhancement services, academic support, counseling, career planning, and cultural enrichment activities in a sustained, focused manner during their elementary through high school years.


  • NYA serves nearly 200 low income, at-risk children and youth ages 6-18 and an additional 300 family members.
  • NYA provides rigorous academic programming during the afterschool hours in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles: Venice, Mar Vista,  Mid-City, Downtown and South Los Angeles.
  • 99% of NYA’s students are Latino, 1% are African American, 92% do not speak English at home, and all are from low income households


  • Over 100 years of continuous service to the community
  • 80% of NYA students return to the program each year from elementary through high school
  • 80% of NYA parents are active participants in the program – attending parent meetings, participating in events and volunteering
  • 100% of NYA’s high school seniors graduated on time for the sixth year in a row in June 2013
  • All 2013 graduates are going to college – most are first generation college bound!
  • In addition of California State and University of California colleges, NYA’s alumni attend distinguished schools across the nation such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Macalester College, and Mount Holyoke, among others
  • NYA students have been recognized through the Afterschool Hero Awards (City Scholars Foundation) and Outstanding Youth Volunteer (Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals- Greater Los Angeles Chapter), and the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program – including one winner and two finalists for this prestigious award!

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