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Teen girls enrolled in Rosemary's residential program, as well as girls referred from local educational agencies, can attend the Rosemary School, a nonpublic school certified by the California Department of Education–Nonpublic Schools Unit. Seventh–12th grade courses cover core academic subjects as well as vocational and independent-living skills. As part of a back-to-school effort, Rosemary plans to equip every student enrolled in the school with a supply kit containing essential classroom materials.

36 S Kinneloa Ave
Pasadena,
CA
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Since it was founded in 1990, the nonprofit Celiac Disease Foundation has pioneered celiac disease education, awareness, and advocacy. Its network of national chapters have responded to the growing health care challenge of diagnosing celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. The CDF Medical Advisory Board brings scientific knowledge to the cause and imparts crucial care information to individuals, medical professionals, and industry partners who confront celiac disease and gluten-related disorders on a daily basis. Through its annual CDF National Conference and Gluten-Free Expo, the organization opens the public's eyes to new ways of looking and living with foods that do not contain wheat, barley, rye, or triticale.

300 E Green St.
Pasadena,
CA
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If you've ever stood on the second floor of the Los Angeles Central Public Library and marveled at the explosion of color within the rotunda or the 12 adjacent murals depicting California history, then you have the Los Angeles Conservancy to thank. When the library was scheduled for demolition in the mid-1970s, concerned citizens formed the Conservancy to save the rotunda, the exterior limestone sculptures, and the library's many other architectural treasures. The group finally convinced the City Council to preserve the library in 1983, after years of public discussion, debate, and book-sniffing sit-ins. Ever since, it has advocated for greater Los Angeles's historic sites and educated people about the city's architectural heritage. The Conservancy is responsible for saving and revitalizing landmarks such as the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, and the world’s oldest remaining McDonald’s restaurant.

To accomplish its mission, the membership-based nonprofit offers a number of ways people can experience these beautiful and storied places. The Last Remaining Seats series earned a Reader Recommendation for Best Film Series and Best Downtown Event in the Los Angeles Downtown News' 2012 poll, in which the conservancy’s walking tours also earned the title of Best Downtown Tour. But the organization does more than save grandiose public buildings: increasingly, it also focuses on smaller community projects such as garden apartments and sites that reflect the area's rich Latino culture.

Executive director and 20-year Conservancy veteran Linda Dishman explained to Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times, "People are becoming more vocal. …That's one of the great secrets about Los Angeles: People really identify with their neighborhoods." The Conservancy also presents annual preservation awards to honor the efforts of individuals who fight to save places such as Pann’s Coffee Shop and Griffith Observatory.

523 W 6th St
Los Angeles,
CA
US

The Free Arts Day Program invites young people to participate in arts festivals and workshops, engaging with adult artist mentors and their peers as they create enduring works of art. Free Arts Days offer a variety of themed stations and give kids an opportunity to share their artwork with other festival-goers. On an upcoming Free Arts Day, the organization aims to sponsor approximately 25–50 at-risk, abused, and homeless young people to help create a mural that will be installed at a Free Arts partner agency. Free Arts hopes to purchase professional-quality panels, mounting equipment, paint, and other supplies so the children can create a mural that will withstand the vicissitudes of time.

5301 Beethoven Street
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Grilled or chilled, layered or wrapped, the chefs at The Original Sandbag's Gourmet Sandwiches uphold the age-old art of bread bundling as they craft a mélange of classic sandwiches alongside a complement of classic soups, sides, and desserts. Staffers load up the shop’s fluffy rolls or toasty bread slices with spiced cuts of turkey, saucy meatballs, and veggies before pairing each creation with a homemade chocolate-chip cookie, imbuing senses with nostalgia for days at mom’s house or late-night shindigs at Cookie Monster's mansion. Diners can take their bounty to go or linger at the restaurant, which features a lineup of indoor seating and a collection of patio tables soaking in the warm rays of the noonday sun.

900 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
US

United Friends of the Children’s College Sponsorship program provides financial and emotional support to youth attending colleges across the country. This assistance helps more than 70% of program participants to graduate with a degree. To ease their transition into college-dorm living, United Friends of the Children provides young people who have emerged from foster care with dorm kits, which contain items students will use on a daily basis. Each dorm kit includes a flash drive for school assignments, sheet set and comforter, shower caddy, bath towel and washcloth, and an alarm clock. The items are packaged in a new piece of luggage to enable students to carry all of their belongings to their new dorm room.

10038 S Van Ness Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
US