Our Programs

Friends' programs: The Literacy Center, The Scholarship Program, Mentoring, and Resource Events are guided by our mission to empower the children and families of Watts through

education, advocacy, and enrichment.

 

In all of its endeavors, Friends is motivated by humanitarian ideals and spiritual values.  

Educational

  • The Literacy Center (students grades 1-5, tutors grades 9-12) serves 80 students and trains and mentors 25-30 teen tutors each year;

  • Scholarships (grades K-12) Currently Friends allocates $22K for elementary students and $52K for high school students;

  • Mentorship (grades 9-12) Program helps high school students improve study habits, navigate college application process, and grow into adulthood;

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Provide free ESL classes to 20+ adults.

Advocacy
  • Legal Aid Sponsor quarterly legal aid clinics attended by approximately 90 individuals a session since 2001;

  • Referrals Provide advocacy and referral help to families dealing with legal and social problems, serving about 200 families a year since 1999;

  • Medical services provided on our campus. This year 50 women have received no cost mammograms provided by our partnerships with the Watts Health Mobile Mammography Coach, and 500+ children are receiving vision and dental care from QueensCare Mobile Programs.

Enrichment
  • Cultural outings for over 400 students;

  • College Campus Tours (grades 9-12) Visit local SoCal campuses;

  • Host College Panel and other College Events throughout the year;

  • Donate books, resource materials, and computers as needed to students and families. Computer count is 200+ to date;

  • Partner with health professionals to bring quality vision, dental and women's health care to over 300 children and 50 women per year.

Friends and Partners

Friends’ collaboration with the following organizations has broadened our ability to advocate and provide support to the Watts community.

  • Youth Opportunity Watts works with Friends to find employment and volunteer opportunities for Watts’ teenagers.

  • Friends invites Watts Health Mobile Mammogram Program to our campus once a year to perform screenings and provide references for women over 40 with limited or no health insurance. Events have served 50+ women.

  • Friends coordinates biannual visits from Vision to Learn for the St. Lawrence of Brindisi school children’s eye screening and exams. Glasses are provided at no cost for children who need them.

  • Camp Stevens in Julian, CA offers summer camp opportunities for school age children.  Every summer, the camp offers 25 scholarships to children in Watts.  Friends works with Camp Stevens to select the children (ages 10-13) who will benefit the most from a week in the outdoors with peers from around Southern California. 

  • QueensCare Mobile visits Friends every other year to bring the children in the Watts area quality, no cost, comprehensive dental and vision care.  Dental trailers parked on our campus have performed over 2,000 dental procedures on the children from the Watts neighborhood. 

Email us: Friends@FOSL.org

Call us:

323-567-1439

Find us:

10122 Compton Avenue
Los Angeles , CA  90002