WHAT WE DO All About Kids LA ("AAK") is a non-profit public benefit corporation that is uniquely designed to serve children in Los Angeles, ages 9-17, who have been the victims of trauma and who, typically, suffer economic hardship. We are dedicated to giving each participant the opportunity to channel their pain into productive and meaningful expression through acting, dance and music. Our stated goal is to assist these children in building self-esteem to succeed, not only on stage, but in life. Participants in AAK represent multi-cultural backgrounds and are evenly divided between male and female. The Program meets all day every Saturday, typically for 14-16 weeks, and each Session includes 40-50 children. At the conclusion of each Session, the participants perform two Showcases in front of a live audience at the Barnsdall Theatre in Los Angeles. Following a 6-8 week break, the process begins anew, so that the Program operates virtually throughout the year. It is a positive testimony to the Program that approximately 80% of the participants return for successive Sessions. This has enabled the Staff to form extremely close relationships with many of the children and their caregivers and to become actively involved in helping the children define and pursue realistic life goals.

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