Mi CASA in Little Tokyo
Mi CASA is a FREE after-school program serving youth (ages 6-18) from low-income neighborhoods in and around Little Tokyo. Mi CASA is an accessible and high-quality program that supports the physical, emotional and social health of local youth.
For the 2021-22 school year, Mi CASA will operate in a fully in person instructional format at Terasaki Budokan. Spring programming starts Monday, January 10th, 2021 and will run Mondays-Fridays from 2:30-5:30pm until Friday, June 3rd, 2022.
LTSC hopes for students to become empowered and make informed decisions about their physical, emotional, and mental health, along with understanding the connection between their well-being and the strength of their communities.
Along with academic success, we want students in this after-school program to see themselves as active members in society with the capacity to make a positive change in their neighborhoods.
Please note: we prioritize the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic and take all necessary precautions to protect students, staff, and volunteers.
ENROLL: To enroll your child for the 2021-22 school year, fill out the enrollment packet and contact Jacklyn Waight, Youth Services Coordinator at opens in a new windowJWaight@LTSC.orgcreate new email or (213) 473-1689.
For Spanish assistance, contact Katherine Lozano at opens in a new windowKLozano@LTSC.orgcreate new email or (213) 473-1665.
What to expect:
- Throughout the week, students will engage with Mi CASA’s program areas: Community, Academics, Sports, and Art.
- Academic support and tutoring is available Monday-Friday 2:30-4:30pm. In order to ensure that students are receiving meaningful, individual attention and academic and emotional support through the school year, Mi CASA tutors are available to assist your child with school work each day. Access to the internet and internet-capable devices will be available for use.
- On Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m., interactive, hands-on workshops will be held for students to participate in different art activities.
- On Fridays, clinics will be led by older youth to engage in different sports activities, such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, and table tennis. Community tournaments will also occasionally be held.
A community project of LTSC, the newly built Terasaki Budokan features:
- Indoor gymnasium
- Outdoor plaza with a stage
- Children’s playground
- Community room
Little Tokyo Service Center has provided after-school services for 20 years and we are excited to expand this much-needed program at Terasaki Budokan. Past results of students in our youth group activities include:
- 91% improved their grade point average
- 89% improved their grades by at least one or more grade levels
- 76% of students graduating went on to college
- 75% improved their reading and comprehension grades
- 62% improved their math grades
*Terasaki Budokan is a facility in Downtown Los Angeles for youth, families and seniors for sports, community activities, and connections between Japanese American culture and the Little Tokyo neighborhood.
Volunteer with Mi CASA
Mi CASA is currently looking for fun & dedicated volunteers to mentor the youth through academic assistance, arts & crafts, sports and other developmental activities. The program will run, in-person, Monday through Friday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm, beginning September 1st for the 2021-2022 school year. Volunteers are required to commit to at least one day per week for an entire semester, Monday-Friday, from 2-6 pm.
- Youth participant check-in & check-out
- Provide academic support/ tutoring
- Planning & coordination of arts & craft activities and recreational engagement
- Active engagement in activities, sports, and/or free play with the youth
- Helping ensure the safety of the youth at all times
Please note that we are implementing COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols, including wearing masks at all times indoors.
Seeking Book Donations to Revamp Our Library!
LTSC’s MiCASA After School Program is looking to revamp and update our library for all of the children who participate (K-High School). Our MiCASA Coordinator has put together a wish list (please click here to view wishlist). We ask that only these books be donated at this time. If you choose to participate in this book drive, please respond to this post with the name of the book(s) you will be donating so we can take them off the list.
All books should be new or lightly used and can be dropped off or mailed to:
ATTN: MiCASA Book Drive
231 E. Third St., Ste. G106
Los Angeles, CA 90013
In an effort to support LA local, independent bookstores, please consider purchasing from the following bookstores:
-The Last Bookstore [ opens in a new windowhttps://www.lastbookstorela.com]
-Skylight Books [ opens in a new windowhttps://www.skylightbooks.com]
-Eso Won Books [ opens in a new windowhttps://www.esowonbookstore.com]
-The Salt Eaters Bookshop [ opens in a new windowhttps://bookshop.org/shop/thesalteatersbooks]
-Stories [ opens in a new windowhttp://storiesla.com]
-Book Soup [ opens in a new windowhttps://booksoup.com]
-Vroman’s [ opens in a new windowhttps://www.vromansbookstore.com]
-The Secret Headquarters (for all graphic novels) [ opens in a new windowhttps://www.thesecretheadquarters.com]