The success of the center is determined by the success of our students.


Homework and studies are always the first thing completed at the center. Wooten staff members are available Monday through Friday to offer homework assistance and individualized tutoring for every child. Students are currently using our i-Ready online assessments tool to help pinpoint specific challenges a student may be facing. The program creates study plans according to that child’s specific needs. Students are required to complete at least 4 lessons a week.


In addition to homework and studies, the center provides many activities to engage students in service at the center and the community at large:


Teen Helpers: Students ages 13 and up can serve as teen helpers at the center. They typically start as volunteers in the office or programs. We pair them with staff mentors for a mutually beneficial team. Teen helpers can apply for paid internships through partners also providing job preparation. Teen Helpers attend field trips based on career and other interests. They must maintain a minimum C-average and exhibit good citizenship.


Youth and Junior Councils: To help promote service and leadership, our students run for Youth and Junior Council and are voted in by their peers. Meetings are held monthly to brainstorm new ways to serve and provide advice on programming. Their motto is Serve Advise Volunteer Everyone (SAVE)! Students learn and practice Robert’s Rules of Order to prepare them for future leadership roles.


College Plans: Students in grades 3-12 complete college plans and attend our monthly College and Career Day. Every student fills out his/her college plan with potential universities or colleges, degree choice, admissions requirements, ways of paying for college and more. This activity gives insight to what it really takes to get to college and allows our students to start planning today.



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Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center
9106 S. Western Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90047

(323) 756-7203

Se Hablamos Espanol


© Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center​

formerly Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center

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