Elimination of the “Youth Services” Afterschool Program

June 26, 2012 -- Since 1915, the LAUSD has been committed to the welfare and care of children after school. During the 2011-12 school year, approximately 42,000 school children in grades one through eight participated in Youth Services from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

“Unfortunately, due to California’s dire economic downward spiral, approximately 42,000 school children will be left without an afterschool program,” said Alvaro Cortes, executive director, Beyond the Bell. “Effective next school year, the Youth Services afterschool program at all 564 elementary and middle schools will be eliminated.”

In addition, other beloved programs will be closed such as the Clear Creek and Point Fermin Outdoor Education Program, the Thelonious Monk Jazz Program, Beyond the Bell’s Youth Orchestra as well as the Band and Drill Team Competition.

Only the All-District Honor Marching Band was saved, as students will continue marching in The Rose Parade® for the 41st consecutive year.

“These cuts have been extremely painful,” said Cortes. “I would like to recognize and give my profound appreciation to the supporters and employees of the LAUSD’s after school Youth Services program. On behalf of the 42,000 students who play on the playgrounds in LAUSD, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts during these very trying and difficult economic times.”

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