ANNUAL REPORT 2019 - 2020

Cultivating Community Connections

Workforce Development: Our Team is Everything

July 1, 2019 (pre-COVID-19 pandemic) to March 13, 2020

LA’s BEST developed a training series that provides a solid foundation for staff to build authentic connections and run quality programs rooted in trauma-informed practices and  social-emotional learning.


participated in three 3.5-hour leadership workshops: Leading the LA’s BEST Way; Making a Difference: Coaching; and Programming at LA’s BEST.


attended the Caring Lens & Building Relationships training session, which covers: applying a trauma-resilient lens, incorporating sensitivities to the impact of trauma on the brain, and learning strategies to support youth in developing resilience.


received training to effectively engage students in intentional physical activity.

March 14 to
June 30, 2020

When schools closed, we had to quickly shift to a new and uncertain paradigm. Immediately, we helped staff by providing self-care resources and relevant online training. We worked with staff to connect with our students through educational and fun resources via LA’s BEST Connects. We also prioritized social and emotional awareness in light of the new and heightened challenges our staff, students and families are facing. LA’s BEST staff will be on the frontlines of supporting young children when they return to school, and we made sure our team will be ready.

new resources

for staff to help them respond
to the impact of COVID-19.


used the internal Learning Management System for an average of 3.5 hours Monday through Friday.  


participated in a Town Hall with esteemed guests Michael Funk, Director, Expanded Learning Division, California Department of Education and LA’s BEST Advisory Board Member Dr. Tyrone Howard, Faculty Director, Center for the Transformation of Schools, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.