Summer Solstice Means Summer Activities in Boyle Heights

Residents from the Pico Gardens Housing Projects get information from local organizations about Boyle Heights summer programs for youth and adults. Photo by Kris Fortin

Proyecto Pastoral organized the Summer Programs Fair at Pico Gardens to bring awareness to residents about the programs both adults and youth can participate at either low costs or for free this summer. Eastside Streetsblog picked up some information that was provided at the fair and is including it in the post bellow:

Summer Day Camp at Salesian Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles

Salesian Boys & Girls Club on 4th and Breed Streets will have Summer Day Camp from June 25 to Aug. 3. The day camp is for children between 6-12 years old and costs $25/week. For people involved with Dolores Misison, the day camp is free.

The SBGC’s Shout program, which is run in partnership with Roosevelt High School, is an after school program for teenagers. The SHOUT program offers workshops in tutoring, college guidance counseling, fitness, music and even a support group for DREAM act eligible students. The SHOUT program is also free.

Where: Salesian Family Youth Center

For more information, call (323) 980-8551.

Address: 22228 E. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

IMPACTO at Dolores Mission/Proyecto Pastoral

Imaginando Mañana Pico-Aliso Community Team Outreach (IMPACTO) will have a summer program for elementary and middle school aged youth from July 2 to 27. The program costs $20 per child and is open specifically to Boyle Heights residents.  IMPACTO helps parents raise funds for those that can’t afford to give the donation. There are still 10 spaces open for the middle school group, and five spaces for elementary. The program services 160 students between the two sites at Dolores Mission and Proyecto Pastoral.

The summer program focuses on service and community based learning as a way to make the youth more aware of their environment, said Lucia Torres, director of IMPACTO. The summer program will expose youth to multimedia such as photography and video, using the arts to express themselves, and learning about life cycles by working in Proyecto Pastoral’s community garden. Recreational activities include trips to recreational pools, playing in basketball tournaments, and field trips to the California Science Center and walking tours in Downtown Los Angeles.

To become a volunteer, email

The program runs from 12p.m. – 6:00p.m. Mon-Fri during the summer.

For more information, call (323) 881-0024.

Address: 135 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Family Source computer classes and dance classes

The Lucille Beserra Roybal Family Source on First Street (near the Pico/Aliso Gold Line Station) offers free classes in basic computer skills, child seat safety, English as a second language, and salsa dance. A California ID, student ID, or matricula; proof of Los Angeles residency, and proof of income is needed in order to qualify for Family Source Services.

For more information, call (323)526-3033

Address: 1505 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Enrollment Open for Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra 

The Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra offers free music lessons and instrument rental for  youth entering 2nd- 4th grades.The Youth Orcehstra’s summer program – which runs from June 25 to July 27 – takes place  from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Registration begins 9 a.m. on June 25 at Roosevelt High School Music building Room M2.

For more information, call (213) 627-7834, or visit their website here.

If there are any other programs for summer activities that I didn’t include, please mention them in the comments section below, or email me at



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