BOYLE HEIGHTS : Learning Center Expands Program

Children of working parents may join an expanded After School Enrichment program at PUENTE Learning Center.

The program recently received a $10,000 grant from Farmers Insurance Group to broaden the program's focus, said PUENTE spokeswoman Mandy Fernandez.

The program for years has offered computer literacy, tutoring and educational activities for pupils of nearby elementary and middle schools. The grant will expand the program to include gang intervention, the visual and performing arts and an adopt-a-senior project that will involve senior citizens from the neighboring Hollenbeck Home.

Speakers from the health care fields and the Los Angeles police and fire departments will give presentations and offer encouragement to the students.

Senior volunteers will visit the students weekly and participate in storytelling, reading and other activities.

The nonprofit PUENTE (People United to Enrich the Neighborhood Through Education) organization teaches basic skills, English literacy and job training in five programs: preschool readiness, after-school enrichment, high school tutorial, adult education and job training.

The After School Enrichment program meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday at PUENTE's main campus, 501 S. Boyle Ave.

Call instructor Diana Juarez at (213) 780-8900.

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