The Summer Youth Development Academy ended on a high note as students finished a final week filled with fun activities and special moments. Middle school students continued to build relationships with each other and their counselors as they participated in activities from art class to swimming. They also spent a day giving back to the community by serving at the Toberman Neighborhood Center. For high school students, the week’s highlights included a trip to Los Angeles City Hall where they toured offices, interviewed staff, and met with Councilman Joe Buscaino. The week wrapped with an awards ceremony celebrating the many achievements of these incredible students!

Hattie Harrison from the Alcoa Foundation visits YDA and views video interviews the high school students have produced.

High school students tour City Hall with Branimir Kvartuc and get a behind-the-scenes at the work of the Los Angeles City Council.

The high school students put their interview skills to work at City Hall.


Students meet with Councilman Joe Buscano.

Students and counselors are ready for a day of service at the Toberman Neighborhood Center.

A middle school student adds a fresh coat of paint to a bench.

Students work together sorting donated books for the center.

Students took time to write inspirational notes for youth at the Toberman Neighborhood Center.

Students take a pause from their hard work for lunch provided by Chick-fil-A.

A student thanks her counselor with this fun drawing.

Students receive awards on the last day of YDA.

The amazing team of counselors who make a difference in the lives of these youth.