Our IMPACTO youth development program was started by mothers in the community who wanted to build connections with gang-involved youth and offer them a safe alternative to the streets. This has now evolved into a full youth development program that works to instil self-confidence and self-efficacy in youth so that they graduate school and are motivated to give back to their community.
IMPACTO programming includes daily afterschool and summer programming at Dolores Mission School and the Aliso Pico Recreation Center, serving 180 youth in TK-8th grade to support their educational and socio-emotional learning. Summer camp is free and seeks to address summer learning loss and engage students in activities that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in.
In 2012, IMPACTO expanded to offer support to youth during the school day who were identified as being at risk of dropping out of school. Academic Case Management now reaches 110 students at Mendez High School, Roosevelt High School, and Hollenbeck Middle School. Academic Case Managers work holistically with students to give them the support they need to address any challenges that may be impacting their academic success, and work with them to set academic goals so that they can get back on track. On average, at least 85% of the seniors we work with graduate on time with their peers!
IMPACTO also operates all sports and recreational programming at the Aliso Pico Recreation Center in Boyle Heights, including youth soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, gymnastics, dance, flag football, music performance, and more to over 500 youth in the community.
"IMPACTO is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission."