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Jul 24, 2012

South LA Nonprofits Offer Unique Summer School Program

Classes Taught by Professionals, including Popular KJLH Radio Personality Kevin Nash

LOS ANGELES (July 24, 2012) Hoping to fill a community need as schools across the state are reducing or eliminating summer school programs due to budget cuts, a group of nonprofit organizations in South Los Angeles are using their own resources to provide fun and educational classes to all South LA residents between 5 and 18 years old. Approximately 150 students are participating.

Health Happens Here Summer School is a pilot program initiated by leaders of several organizations that are a part of a collaboration called Building Healthy Communities South Los Angeles. Building Healthy Communities is a 10–year–initiative by The California Endowment to improve health outcomes in 14 communities across the state, including South LA.

The summer program will run through July 27 at John Muir Middle School, a campus operated by LA’s Promise, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

“LA’s Promise is proud to collaborate with community organizations to offer quality summer programing to our youth,” says Veronica Melvin, President and CEO of LA’s Promise. “We are honored to host Health Happens Here as a part of our summer enrichment.”

The program offers classes on gardening, sex education, hip hop dance, sports, workforce development, and more. One of the more popular classes is Accelerated Radio taught by KJLH radio DJ Kevin Nash. The students in this class learn the basics of how to be a radio host and even get to do live on–air segments on their own station 98.5 KSWG.

“This is my favorite class,” said 12–year–old Jocelyn Martinez. “I’ve always wanted to be on the radio.”

Peace Over Violence, American Heart Association, Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, Brotherhood Crusade, Weingart YMCA, UMMA, Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches and St. John’s Well Child Center are some of the organizations involved in Health Happens Here Summer School.

The California Endowment is pushing it Building Healthy Communities Initiative through its Health Happens Here campaign, which is dedicated to bringing about a new understanding of health in California – recognizing that health and wellness depends on much more than just doctor visits. For more information about the campaign, visit www.calendow.org