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After School Programs


Beyond the Bell Branch (BTB) Youth Development Program is a provider of comprehensive after school program services, comprised of three major components (Academic Assistance, Recreation and Enrichment).  Each Youth Development Program provides a unique, wholesome experience for students at participating elementary school sites.  It provides an exciting after school enrichment program in a safe, well-supervised environment that engages and encourages students to achieve their greatest potential.

The Youth Development Program features the following three major components on a daily basis:


In support of the LAUSD Superintendent’s goals, trained personnel provide participants with academic assistance that span the curriculum. Daily lessons that engage children in activities that support academic achievement beyond the regular school day are planned, and educational support materials that are age-appropriate and designed to enhance student learning are provided at each Youth Development Program site.  Library books, recreational reading materials, literacy kits, and other materials are provided to enhance student performance in reading, math, science, and social studies.


Daily recreation instruction and activities that engage students and reinforce the Physical Education curriculum are provided.  Multicultural activities, rhythmic activities, team activities, skill games, cooperative games, and quiet games are provided on a daily basis.  Successful participation in these activities promote the development of a positive self-image, physical fitness, body awareness, sportsmanship, leadership skills, team work, character building, cooperative social skills, and a desire to make recreation an integral and important part of their daily lives.


Planned enrichment activities are the centerpiece of the Youth Development Program.  Students eagerly participate in these very special enrichment activities conducted by traveling enrichment programs staff or site personnel 40 minutes daily.  These special and unique programs stimulate students to explore new horizons, expand creativity, experience different cultures, broaden their base of knowledge, and increase their repertoire of learned skills.

To enroll, please fill out the Application Form available in ArmenianChineseEnglishKorean or Spanish. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Elizabeth, Site Coordinator, at (818)914-9892.

Dismissal is at 6pm everyday. Please follow all Dismissal Procedures.

YDP Summer Camp Art Walk


Since the early 1900’s, Youth Services has provided a safe place for students during the critical hours after school at no cost to families.  Historically, the program has provided supervision of organized games and activities in a recreational setting for those students who drop-in to the program.  The Beyond the Bell – Youth Services program is a permissive program.  Students sign-in and leave the program by their own volition.  Children are expected to conduct themselves appropriately and may lose the opportunity to participate if their behavior is disruptive.

Youth Services currently operates after school playground programs at over 600 elementary, middle and high schools and serves over 42,000 children daily.  The goals of the program are to provide wholesome, supervised enrichment, fitness, and other sport activities in safe neighborhood environments.  The program emphasizes physical fitness that develops basic movement skills, strong and healthy bodies, teamwork, sportsmanship, cooperative social skills and activities that reinforce the skills learned in the regular instructional program.  The tenets and teaching model of the national CHARACTER COUNTS program is implemented to instill and reinforce the back-to-basics effort to build good character in our youth.   Additionally, the Youth Services program provides nutrition, fitness and enrichment activities that best meet the needs of the participants including targeted populations of foster youth, low income and English learners. The organized activities promote good-health and self-esteem.  Importance is placed on teaching youth to make informed decisions on healthy food options and to engage in daily moderate to vigorous physical activity. 

A daily “homework time” is scheduled on each Youth Services After School Program site.  Students are provided a designated area and time (often the last hour of the program) to work on their homework.  Staff will help students to stay on task and ensure the homework is available for parents and guardians to check and review with their children.

Staff is trained in restorative justice techniques to assist students in resolving conflicts and to provide students strategies they can use to foster positive peer relationships.

The elementary school program is available for elementary school students in grades second through fifth/sixth.  The middle school program is provided for student in grades sixth through eighth.  Students must be able to participate independently in an environment of general supervision.  They need to be able to arrive and leave the program at their own discretion and with direction provided from their parent/guardian.  The student/participant must live in the residential area or attend another LAUSD school, i.e. magnet students, etc.  Note:  Independent charter and private school students are not eligible.

The Youth Services After School Program operates on school days from school dismissal until 6:00 p.m.  Parents and guardians must arrange ahead of time for how their child will be reunited with them at the conclusion of the program.  Any child not picked-up or allowed to walk home on their own prior to the conclusion of the program is considered “unattended” and supervising personnel will begin “late child” procedures.  If attempts to reunite the child with an authorized adult fail, supervising personnel will contact the Local Law Enforcement Agency for assistance and to take custody of the child.  Failure to consistently arrange for appropriate supervision of your child by the conclusion of the program will result in the student losing the privilege of participating in the program.

In order for a student to be approved to participate, the “Before and After-School Program Application/Agreement” must be completed and returned to the Beyond the Bell – Youth Services staff member on site.

For emergency purposes, parents/guardians are required to complete and maintain up-to-date telephone numbers and contact information.


The daily program may include various sport and game activities, including:

  • Basketball
  • Kickball
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Handball
  • Flag Football
  • Volleyball
  • Table Games
  • Board Games
  • Intramural Tournaments
  • Drill Team
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Homework time


Collaboration and partnerships with various agencies and organizations, public and private, profit and non-profit, have resulted in substantial benefits to our children. Numbered among our generous partners in such collaboratives are:

  • LA84 Foundation
  • LAUSD Food Services
  • LAUSD Nutrition Network
  • Five-a-Day Nutrition
  • Healthy Start Program and Healthy Start Run
  • Los Angeles Recreation and Parks
  • Marathon Kids



The Beyond the Bell (BTB) Youth Services Regional Tournaments provide exciting opportunities for children to participate in supervised inter-playground competition in various sports. They have received accolades from all quarters and are recognized as an integral extension of the day-to-day after school program. Playground supervisors encourage children to participate in individual and team sports that will lead to culminating regional events. Children and parents alike enjoy these weekend tournaments that showcase the skills the children have learned and practiced after school each day.

Thousands of children participate annually in these tournaments and are encouraged and supported by more than 30,000 spectators. Weekend tournaments scheduled throughout the year for upper-elementary and/or middle school students may include the following:

  • Flag Football
  • Kickball / Softball
  • Track and Field
  • Basketball
  • Drill Team
  • Soccer


BTB staff is committed to making a difference in the lives of young people by using sports as a vehicle and to focus on building the six pillars of character:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship
Special weekend activities and incentive day-trips are periodically planned throughout the year for all elementary and middle school participants. Children enjoy participating in these exciting trips. Typically, more than 30,000 students participate annually.

To enroll, please fill out the Application Form available in ArmenianChineseEnglishKorean or Spanish. If you have any questions, please contact Alfredo Benitez, Youth Services Program Worker, at (818) 914-9892.

Dismissal is at 6pm everyday. Please follow all Dismissal Procedures.