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During the school year, Kid City is open to provide support for kids and teens doing homework. But we also take on leadership projects, and other things that get us active, thinking, and happy. During winter, spring, and summer breaks, Kid City offers special programs in college and job readiness. Read on!

Splash of LA 2016

posted Aug 24, 2016, 4:22 PM by Alma Catalan   [ updated Aug 26, 2016, 4:02 PM ]

Check out our Splash of LA photo gallery. Let us know what activity you liked best or what you would like to see next year! If you're interested in volunteering at our Splash 2017, email Alma Catalan at 

Thank you for coming to  SPLASH OF LA 2016 






Photos by Victor Corona, 12th grade, Orthopaedic Medical Magnet High School 



College Readiness for high school juniors!

posted Apr 21, 2016, 3:08 PM by Alma Catalan

In the spring of 2016, Kid City began a new college readiness class for high school juniors. This class was made possible through Kid City’s partnership with Azusa Pacific University’s Los Angeles Term Program that offers internships to university students for a total of ten weeks. Kristina Skotte, currently attending the Los Angeles Term Program, was placed as an intern for Kid City. The goal of the new junior class is to successfully prepare students for the college application process that they will soon be embarking on during their senior year. The class is comprised of twenty-three students attending both the Orthopaedic Medical Magnet School (ORTHO) and the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA). We hope the students will walk away from the class with confidence and motivation for their future endeavors.

Each Thursday, the junior class meets for two hours every Thursday for a total of six weeks. With the assistance of USC’s Alpha Pi Omega members, the students have studied and learned about important topics including: college options and personal choice, building a college resume, the college application process, turning hobbies into academic interest, personal statements, editing and revising personal statements, filling out the FAFSA, financial aid, career and major exploration, and much more. Additionally, the students have had the opportunity to attend a college visit at CSU Fullerton and it will culminate with a trip to the NACAC College Fair in Pasadena.

As an instructor. it has been a great privilege to teach this course and to walk alongside them in their college journey.These students have been truly extraordinary and inspiring. They come engaged, energetic, and ready to learn for each class session.  So far, the outcomes and the feedback given have been nothing but positive. In a recent survey given, students remarked on the material of the class. When asked if students would recommend this class to other junior students, every single student responded yes. When asked to rate on a scale from 1-5 how useful the information provided has been, every single student put either 4-5. Other comments from students have been:

“This class has helped me and motivated me to apply to rigorous colleges.”

“This class is awesome. Kristina helps a lot! Thank you Kristina for giving your time to high schoolers, we really appreciate you being with us and helping us get a step closer to being prepared for college.”

“I think the best thing has been being able to talk to others about what college is like and having students share their experiences.”

“I would personally recommend this class to other junior students because it opens up more opportunities for them educationally and it something that can stick with you for your whole life.”

It has been an absolute honor to get to know these students through Kid City, my only regret is that we do not have more time! However, I know that these students will continue to come to Kid City, seek help when they need it, stay engaged at school, and be admitted to some amazing universities. I look forward to seeing the outcomes of their hard work and perseverance.

Career Day at Kid City

posted Apr 5, 2016, 6:51 PM by Alma Catalan


From College to Career Event

What happens when you put a 40 students and 29 working professionals in a room? Students get inspired and adults get excited about giving back! 

On March 23, Kid City high school and college students met distinguished professionals in the fields of their interest. Students learned about careers in biology and research science, business, engineering, criminal justice, media, medicine, public policy, urban planning, performing arts, social work, and teaching. Above left: high school seniors Alberc Salcedo, and Diana Villamar, and college students Alexander Leon, Richard Navarrete, and Rodrigo Gonzalez talked with Wendell Oyama and John Ealy (Boeing), Ryan Kim (Belkin), and Mark Lord Basea (Tribune Company) about their projects and the college and work experiences that got them this point. In the arts, culinary and architecture group, Anthony Manzo (NBBJ, pictured above with students Rodrigo Gonzales and Maritza Lopez), William Taylor (LAIAD), and Elizabeth Ealy (Discovery)  gave students advice on how to get creative and find their own take on creativity. Other special guests included Judge Ernie Hiroshige (LA Superior Court) and Robert Nishinaka (Deputy District Attorney), and many more. A big thank you to Centenary for co-hosting, and especially to Grace Yanagawa for organizing this event!

“...With the information you gave us, I was able to think of the physics that would be needed. You have sparked a passion in me, thank you.”  

----Alberc Salcedo, 12th grade, Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School

“...Those kids were smart!”

--- John Ealy, aerospace engineer.

Ultreya! was a great success

posted Sep 18, 2015, 3:49 PM by Alma Catalan   [ updated Sep 18, 2015, 4:03 PM ]

Thank you for coming and helping us say "Ultreya"! Our college students had fun meeting you all and we hope you enjoyed the tacos and drinks!  At the end of the night we were able to meet our $15,000 challenge grant from the United Methodist Women. To date we have brought in just over $18,000. Other sponsors include: 

CalPac Foundation (Doctoral level)

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Masters level) 

California Community Foundation (Bachelor level) 

Wu family (Bachelor level)

Jane Matsumoto ( Bachelor level)

Ultreya! take heart! carry on!

posted Aug 18, 2015, 3:43 PM by Alma Catalan

Ben Garcia is a junior majoring in Poli Sci at CSUN. Meet Ben and other's like him at Ultreya! 

“I joined Kid City in 2009 when my friend Yanet introduce me to the program. I keep coming to the program because I like the idea of helping people grow”

Every summer Kid City is excited to work with students who want to give back. And for five years in a row, Ben Garcia has been one of them. We all know finding your first job can be intimidating when you don’t know how to begin. But Ben knew the job training class at Kid City had helped him and asked to teach it. Under Ben's direction, 15 new students graduated from job training with Work Readiness Certificates from the LA Chamber of Commerce. Many thanks Ben!

Send off parties are beginning at Kid City!

posted Aug 18, 2015, 2:59 PM by Alma Catalan   [ updated Aug 18, 2015, 3:02 PM ]

This year 35 new college students will be joining the 102 Kid City students already enrolled in college. Thank you Centenary United Methodist Church for providing over 100 care packages for our students! We are extremely  grateful for your support. 

August 18th            Kid City at 5pm       Out-of State and UC Berkeley                                  Send Off Party
August 19th            Kid City at 5pm       Community College                                                   Send Off Party
August 20th            Kid City at 5pm       California State University, Northridge                  Send Off Party

September 9th        Kid City at 5pm       UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara,
                                                                    UC Davis, and UC Santa Cruz and                         Send Off Party 
                                                                    UC Irvine 

Here are just a few of the many Kid City high school and college students who volunteered at Splash of LA. 



Post Splash of LA

posted Aug 18, 2015, 1:22 PM by Alma Catalan   [ updated Aug 18, 2015, 1:24 PM ]

Congratulations to all Splash of LA organizers for raising over $2,500! Besides taking summer classes or teaching at Kid City students also planned, made phone calls asking for food donations, built games, sought sponsorship, and publicized Splash of LA. Splash of LA was entirely organized by students and was held in the heart of downtown at 1010 South Flower Street, Los Angeles in the parking lot on the corner of Flower and Olympic. Activities included a photo booth, bouncy house, arts & crafts, children’s games, freshly made pupusas, hot dogs, a raffle & prizes. Live music was provided by our very own Kid City band! Didn't get the chance to see the band perform? Want to meet some of our amazing college students? Don't miss them again, buy your tickets for Ultreya! A party to benefit Kid City. Find out more here.

Kid City goes to Mono Lake!

posted Aug 18, 2015, 12:31 PM by Alma Catalan   [ updated Aug 18, 2015, 12:54 PM ]

Thank you to everyone who made a donation in support of Kid City's Mono Lake trip. We were able to take ten very deserving students to explore nature! Here are just a few pictures from the trip. Enjoy ! 


College Persistance

posted Jul 31, 2015, 4:59 PM by Alma Catalan   [ updated Jul 31, 2015, 5:00 PM ]

Kid City Summer Academy (post-high school)

More than 80% of first generation college students drop out before completing their degree. Kid City is designing a summer academy to ensure that our college students (90% of whom are the first generation) not only graduate, but get the most benefit from their education. The summer academy will include workshops where students teach each other, learn study skills and course material, and build a community of support.

During UC spring break, ten Kid City college students attended a Summer Academy internship training. It began with a presentation by Maria Alonso (UCSD sophomore) and Jocelyn Martinez (UCLA sophomore), in which they discussed their experience teaching college-level writing through their seminar “Equity in Higher Education” at Kid City last summer.

With over 40 first year students entering college in the fall and 100 students already in college, Kid City hopes to smooth the transition from high school to college. Kid City alumni are enthusiastic about providing college transition workshops and teaching introductions to subjects that challenged and engaged them, including chemistry, music history, radical movements of the 1960s, and inequities in education. Staff and volunteers will help students to develop and schedule their workshops this spring.

More Leadership

College Ambassadors 2014-2015

Fifteen Kid City college students are serving as student ambassadors at UCLA, SMC, UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge. The ambassadors are second and third year students who meet with first-year Kid City college students for lunch or dinner to provide support, give them advice regarding class selection, resources on campus and how to make through their first year. Currently the ambassadors are reaching out and providing campus tours and information to recently admitted high school seniors who have been accepted to their respective colleges. On the right college ambassadors Ben Garcia (junior) and Alma Ventura (sophomore) talk to a group of Kid City high school seniors and CSUN admits about their first year experience at CSUN.

Career Day!

posted Jul 31, 2015, 4:57 PM by Alma Catalan

On March 26th Kid City hosted it’s first ever Career Day. Professionals from media, education, medicine, technology, arts, and entertainment fields talked to students about their careers, college experiences, overcoming professional and educational challenges, and what employers look for in new employees. On the right Luis Sierra Campos from KCET talks to Jesus Galeno (sophomore at ELAC) about how discovering his passion for radio and how it led him to a full college scholarship. In the background Chris Armendariz, editor at ESPN, talks to aspiring sport announcers, and David Catalan, Kid City’s band instructor, discusses life as a working musician.

Other visitors to Career Day included Centenary UMC members Carole Kuruma and friend, Carolyn Tokagowa, Heidi Sasaki, Gloria Fujita and daughter, and several college age members of Centenary! From First Church UMC, Jenny Wu, Sara Munshin and friend spoke about teaching, and Jane Rosenthal about psychology and medicine. Other volunteers included Logan Shrewesbury, about life as a musician, USC engineering students, and Pastor Dan Lewis.  This was an overwhelmingly popular event among students and guests. Kid City was bursting not just with energy, but people. Next time, due to its popularity, we plan a series of evening events, each focusing on a specific field.

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