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LA County works with County Departments, cities, local Workforce Development Boards, Non-Profit organizations and businesses to provide first time work experience and prepare them for the future workforce. -America’s Job Center of California in LA County


Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) 2018 provides youth 14-24 years old who reside in Los angeles with work experience for 6 weeks during the summer. Youth are paid and work approximately 120 hours. Visit the website to see if you are eligible - Hire LA's Youth


An online member community of 14 or older teens seeking jobs. Full-time, part-time, summer, seasonal, intern or volunteer, work experience can be found on the website. Find out other ways to earn money and be visible to the organizations that want to reach out to you. - Teens4Hire


Jobs available for Foster Youth ages 14-21 offer 6 weeks worth of entry level work experience during the summer. You will have the opportunity to work for and get noticed by a variety of employers in private, public, or non-profit sectors. Visit the website for more information. - Foster Youth Job Program


While working with peer advisors, youth clients ages 15-25 interact with professional individuals who have similar paths, perspectives, and educational goals by providing referrals to supportive services, workshops, career coaching, employment preparation, and other training and community outreach efforts. Visit their website to view eligibility - State of California EDD


The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) Offers youth ages unpaid/paid volunteering, internships and job training opportunities through out the school year. Visit their website to learn more. -  MAOF LA County Youth Jobs Program


If you are interested in the court system, the Los Angeles Superior Court Opportunities is a great website to start looking for opportunities to gain knowledge and experience. Visit their website to learn more about different opportunities and eligibility. -  Los Angeles Superior Court Opportunities


Visit the LA department of Recreation and Parks to learn more about opportunities available to all ages. - LA Parks


Summer programs, research, and camps available to middle and high school students who have an interest in STEM subjects. - USC Viterbi

LA County Parks and Recreations are offering free or low cost classes for all ages. Classes will focus on basic computer functions and teaching participants basic computer vocabulary and technology. - LA County Department of Parks and Recreation


California Science Center is now enrolling for their Summer 2018 Science Camp. Click on the link to view information like schedules and availability. - California Science Center Summer Camp


CodeRev offers summer camp and after school classes that inspire children to code. Participants will learn coding, robotics, game-based learning, 3D Design and much more. Visit their website for more information. - CodeRev


PlanetBravo is a summer Tech Camp that offers up to 17 fun and exciting courses. Kids will have fun building with technology and sharing with friends. Click the link to learn more. - PlanetBravo


Children ages 7-18 will get the chance to learn how to code, develop games, build and work with robotics and much more. Click on the link to view the different summer programs that are offered. - iD Tech


YouthSpark Summer Camps for ages six and up. Participants learn the latest technology from Microsoft while making new friends, completing creative projects, and gaining new skills that prepare them for the future. - Microsoft Events for Students

Click on the link to see places that offer free summer reading programs for children in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. - MommyPoppins Free Reading Programs


This link provides a guide to free or low cost movie festivals that are available in either parks and beaches, parks and museums, or movie theaters. - MommyPoppins Free or Low Cost Family Nights Out


LA Weekly writes about 10 free events that you can bring your children to as well as adults enjoying them as well.  - LA Weekly


UCLA has a helpful website that you can search for free or low-cost programs, events, or classes that are available and specific to your child's age group. Click on the link to start searching for events on their website. - UCLA K-12 Outreach


LA County Fire Department's Junior Guard Program is available to all boys and girls between the ages of 9-17 years old in the LA county area. The program aims to teach students beach and ocean skills.  - LA County Fire Dept


LA Summer Camps have day, sleepaway, and specialty camps that are available summer long. Los Angeles, valley communities, and LA's summer camps have joined to provide a comprehensive list of programs for families to choose from. - LA's Summer Camps


CalARTS All levels of experience are welcome to apply. The Community Arts Partnership(CAP) Summer Arts Program is a free program for Los Angeles County high school students. Click the link to learn more. - CalARTS

Here is a research story by Harvard Graduate School that discusses the phenomenon of children losing math skills over the summer and how to combat it. - Harvard Article


“What is summer learning loss?” The short answer is most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in reading and mathematical computation skills over the summer months. This article explains more about summer learning loss. - ThinkStretch


Click the link to view the New York Times article that talks about Summer Learning Loss. - New York Times


For California School Districts concerned about their students' long term academic success. - SummerMatters