Community Partnership Services


Dance Classes

Presented by Santa Monica Ballet Folklorico

Program Description: We teach Aztec Dance, Ballet Folklorico, Hawaiian Dance and BellyDance.This performing arts program is open to boys and girls of all ages and cultures. Dance classes serve as both physical and historic forms of education, specifically, we are conscious of Native American and Mexican local histories of Santa Monica. Lastly, our dance students have several opportunities to perform locally as well as throughout Los Angeles. 

Contact Information: Gina DeBaca | 310-266-2810 | |

About Us: Our mission is to keep our culture alive here in Santa Monica and our vision is to do that through the performing arts. 

Family Time Play Group

Presented by Connections for Children

Program Description: Our Family Time Play Group provides children ages 0 to 5 and their caregivers the opportunity to play, sing, engage in arts & crafts, and read together with the aim of increasing preschool readiness. CFC also offers parents educational resources on child development and community support.

Contact Information: 310-452-3325 |

About Us: For over 40 years Connections for Children has provided assistance to parents and child care professionals seeking information, referrals, and education around the provision of quality child care and early education.

Pico Partnership

Presented by Santa Monica College 

Program Description: The Pico Partnership program is a joint partnership between Santa Monica College and the City of Santa Monica. The program is designed to meet the needs of the under-resourced youth living in close proximity to the college. The program assists and motivates young residents of the Pico neighborhood to pursue an associate degree, certificate, transfer to a 4-year university, and/or employment.

Contact Information: Student Services Center (SSC) Room S238, 1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405. (310) 434-4926, 

About Us: Santa Monica College (SMC) provides a safe, inclusive, and dynamic learning environment that encourages personal and intellectual exploration − one that challenges and supports students in achieving their educational goals.

Sundays with Santa Monica Youth Orchestra (SMYO)

Presented by Santa Monica Youth Orchestra

Program Description: Experience professional, tuition-free music education covering many different traditions and cultures. We aim to "sound like LA"!

Contact Information: More information: | | (310)985-3439

About UsSMYO's mission is to provide a welcoming, diverse, inclusive, integrative music program that engages young people, ages 6-18, from all cultural and economic backgrounds. Through its programs, it seeks to bridge economic divisions and cultural boundaries and foster personal and social change.


Animo Program

Presented by St. Joseph Center 

Program Description: The Ánimo program provides health services to underserved Latino families and individuals such as: mental health counseling, medical care (in partnership with Venice Family Clinic), dental and vision care referrals, psychiatric treatment, substance abuse counseling, and spiritual guidance.

Contact Information: Emil Jenny Rivera-Cruz @ |

About Us: St. Joseph Center’s mission is to provide working families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community.

Family Engagement

Presented by WINLA

 Program Description: WIN provides bilingual (English/Spanish) mental health therapy, intensive case management, community events, education and resources to families with young children (0-5 years old) facing adversity, in partnership with the Department of Mental Health.

Contact Information:  Phone: (213) 290-6113 | Email: 

About Us: WIN offers an award-winning model for prevention and early intervention that includes: in-home caregiver-child psychotherapy paired with case management, and trauma-informed supports including family and community events, psychoeducation groups, systems navigation, and other community activities designed to promote safe and stable social-emotional development.


Presented by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Program Description: Mental Health education, support and advocacy for those with mental health conditions and their family members.

Contact Information: NAMI WLA, 921 Westwood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-889-7200

About Us: NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

Health Education Classes

Presented by Venice Family Clinic 

Program Description: The Venice Family Clinic Health Education program offers residents free produce distributions, nutrition education, yoga and cooking classes.

Contact Information: Raquel Izucar (310) 664-7575 |

About Us: Venice Family Clinic provides high quality comprehensive health care to families and individuals who might otherwise go without the care they need by using an integrated approach that addresses the unique combination of clinical and social factors that impact our patients’ health.

United Mental Health Promoters Program

Presented by Department of Mental Health (DMH)

Program Description: The United Mental Health Promoters Program aims to increase awareness about mental health issues by improving timely access to culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health resources.

Contact Information: Claudia Gonzalez @ | (310) 482-6614 |

About Us: The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) is the largest county-operated mental health department in the country. LACDHM operates programs in more than 85 sites, with staff also providing services at 300 sites co-located with other County departments, schools, courts and various organizations.

Youth Development Project

Presented by Providence Saint John's Child and Family Development Center

Program Description: The Youth Development Project provides services to support youths’ ability to: reach their full academic potential, strengthen problem-solving and communication skills, and build effective social-emotional and interpersonal skills. 

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About Us: Providence Saint John’s has provided empathetic care to underprivileged families, adolescents and children throughout the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, and works with the guiding philosophy of identifying mental health, emotional and developmental issues as early as possible and intervening.


Chrysalis Employment Services

Program Description: Chrysalis provides supportive employment services to residents of the Pico neighborhood and, through employment, empowers them on their pathway to stability, security, and life fulfillment. 

Contact Information: Shannon Miner direct line (310) 401-9429 and email: |

About Us: Chrysalis serves people navigating barriers to the workforce by offering a job-readiness program, individualized supportive services, and paid transitional employment.


Hospitality Training Academy

Presented by HTA Hospitality Training Academy 

Program Description: The Hospitality Training Academy (HTA), provides training for low-income and underserved populations to obtain employment in the hospitality and food service industry and to move up the career ladder to the middle class. HTA trainings, which include customer service, Vocational ESL, Cook/Prep Cook, Bartender, Barista training, resume assistance, mock interviewing, and more, offer participants the tools needed to enter and succeed in a union, hospitality job with good wages and benefits. 

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About Us: Dedicated to improving the skills of the hospitality, food service, and tourism workforce, HTA provides quality apprenticeship and training to upskill current workers and prepare underserved individuals for employment.


Santa Monica Youth Employment Program (SMYEP)

Presented by JVS SoCal

Program Description: SMYEP provides vulnerable youth (ages 16-24) with: intensive case management, education and career assessments, World of Work (WoW) job readiness workshops and placement into high-quality paid work experiences.

Contact Information: Martha Escobedo @ 310-309-6000* 213, |

About Us: JVS SoCal was founded in 1931 in the midst of the Great Depression, and is now a recognized regional leader in the field of workforce development, offering a broad range of innovative programs to tens of thousands of individuals each year and advocating on issues of public policy that impact the people we serve.

Employment Services

Presented by West LA AJCC

Program Description: West LA AJCC provides Pico neighborhood youth with paid work experience opportunities, along with “world of work” and financial literacy workshops.

Contact Information: 310-309-6000 |

About Us: The West LA AJCC (operated by JVS SoCal) serves communities by providing intensive case management, education and career assessments, career workshops and placement into high-quality paid work experiences with the aim of reducing recidivism, improving economic stability and housing stability for youth and their families.


Committee for Racial Justice Monthly Meetings 

Program Description: Committee For Racial Justice workshops are aimed at addressing and ending systemic racism in education, housing, health & wellness, and criminal justice.

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About Us: This Committee For Racial Justice was formed in 2011 in response to a racist incident at Santa Monica High School and since then has held regular monthly workshops on the first Sunday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

Emeritus Classes

Presented by Santa Monica College

Program Description: SMC Emeritus is a FREE lifelong learning program of Santa Monica College designed for adults 55+ (although anyone 18+ can enroll). Emeritus serves over 3,000 students annually and offers over 140 free classes in the fields of: studio arts, literature, writing, theater arts, music, political science, health and wellness and much more.

Contact Information: | 310-434-4306 |

About Us: SMC provides a safe, inclusive, and dynamic learning environment that encourages personal and intellectual exploration − one that challenges and supports students in achieving their educational goals.

18th Street Art Center

Program Description: Our mission is to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art-making. We believe that: .Art making is an essential component of a vibrant, just and healthy society Creative action is a vital part of individual wellbeing Humanity benefits when artists are valued.

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About Us:  18th Street Arts Center is one of the top artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public. We strive to provide artists the space and time to take risks, to foster the ideal environment for artists and the public to directly engage, and to create experiences and partnerships that foster positive social change.


Community Health Program

Presented by Providence Saint John’s

Program Description: Assistance with CalFresh enrollment, and help to navigate enrollment or questions for MediCal and Medicare. Available weekly on Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m..

Contact Information: Walk-in or make an appointment by calling the Virginia Avenue Park office at (310) 458-8688.

About Us:  Providence Saint John’s has provided empathetic care to underprivileged families, adolescents and children throughout the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, and works with the guiding philosophy of identifying mental health, emotional and developmental issues as early as possible and intervening.

Financial Empowerment Services

Presented by Haven Neighborhood Services 

Program Description: Haven Neighborhood Services provides a comprehensive range of financial empowerment services, encompassing informative workshops on finances and housing, valuable credit counseling, effective debt management, aid in recovering from identity theft, support for enrolling in bank accounts, convenient free tax preparation services, and thoughtful referrals to additional wrap-around services.

Contact Information: Diana Arciniega, 213.995.766, | Lindsey Flores,, Haven's General Number: 213-375-4663 | Haven's General Email: |

About Us: At Haven Neighborhood Services, our mission is to financially empower vulnerable communities in Los Angeles county by providing no-cost financial/housing education and services to end their financial/housing crisis. All services that Haven Neighborhood Services provides are FREE at no-cost to our clients. 

Walk-In Legal Clinic (Housing)

Presented by Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)

Program Description: Walk-In Legal Clinics at VAP provides residents with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a lawyer to receive free help with housing issues. Clinics are held every third Wednesday of the month: 4:30PM-7PM. 

Contact Information: Kevin F. Mitchell | | General Line: 800-399-4529 | 

About Us: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles is a nonprofit law firm that protects and advances the rights of the most underserved – leveling the playing field and ensuring that everyone can have access to the justice system


Weekly Mobile Food Pantry

Presented by Westside Food Bank

Program Description: Westside Food Bank coordinates with the City of Santa Monica to open a weekly pop-up food pantry at VAP that provides thousands of pounds of food for approximately 60 households each week. Food Pantry: Thursdays @ 11AM. 

Contact Information: Allison Griffith | | General Line (310) 828-6016 |

About Us: Westside Food Bank's mission is to end hunger in our communities by providing access to free nutritious food through food acquisition and distribution, and by engaging the community and advocating for a strong food assistance network.