MISSION & OVERVIEW
Each year, the West Angeles Education and Enrichment Program serves around 500 youth and families, primarily black and Latino, in the heart of South Los Angeles along the Crenshaw District and its surrounding areas.
Beginning in 1991, as a faith-focused rite of passage program for West Angeles teens, this ministry has been reimagined to emphasize academic excellence and enrichment and has expanded its services beyond church members to include all community residents. Although faith-based, we serve families throughout Greater L.A. based on need, not creed.
Since we opened our doors to the community and refocused its efforts on academic success for minority youth, EEP has become one of the church’s largest community-based outreach programs where over 80 percent of all families served are unaffiliated with the church.
Year round, EEP offers a wide variety of extended learning opportunities to youth including programs for after-school tutoring, summer bridge courses, college admissions and financial seminars, and STEAM-based career exploration workshops.
Our programs build students’ academic competence, personal character, career aspirations, and community involvement. These elements of youth development form our 4Cs - competence, character, career, and community.
The volume and depth of our services has made our program a 360-degree enrichment resource that supports youth along their long-term school career from junior high classrooms, to college campuses, and career workplaces. EEP boasts a 100% high school graduation rate and an 90% college enrollment rate of our participating youth.
EEP serves as a leading social ministry of West Angeles Church and carries out two of the five pillars of the Urban Initiatives as envisioned by the Church of God in Christ International: educational equity and healthy families.
We break down barriers to college for youth and adults who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education and help them chart their pathway to a college degree and a promising career.
Our vision is to create a world where Southern California youth are nurtured to develop their talents and given an opportunity to reach the heights of what God has called them to be.