Who We Are
Friends of St. Lawrence-Watts Youth Center has been serving the Watts community for over 18 years to enhance the welfare and education of students and their families. Friends opened the Literacy Center in 2001 with the belief that children who have a strong foundation in reading are more likely to succeed throughout their education, break the cycle of poverty and be better equipped to realize their full potential.
Friends of St. Lawrence-Watts Youth Center has been successful in attracting diverse groups of people who care about our work in Watts and the families it serves. The Board of Directors and Friends' Staff is comprised of men and women from different parts of Los Angeles, including the Watts community. The members each bring unique talent and backgrounds of legal, financial, marketing, philanthropic knowledge to ensure responsiveness to the families in Watts.
Friends also promotes community involvement by recruiting and supervising a pool of approximately 50-80 volunteers to implement our programs:
Teachers and assistants for the English as a Second Language classes, 4 days a week.
The Information Center is staffed by volunteer interpreters, attorneys, and resource people such as accountants for taxes and medical personnel for medical education clinics.
Adult and teen volunteer tutors for the summer school program and as after school tutors.
College prep mentors to guide high school students help through the college process.
Friends has many loyal supporters we count on for the majority of our funds year after year. Other resources are raised at our successful March Madness Annual Event and through our Annual Appeal, a mail/email campaign in the Fall. The remaining funds have been obtained through private and corporate foundations.