Welcome Yanira Carrillo

We would like to formally welcome Yanira Carrillo-Zaldana to the ACE family. She will be leading our parenting program! Yanira was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, California. She is a first-generation Mexican-American college graduate from UCLA.

Welcome, Vanessa!

We are pleased to introduce the newest member of the ACE Family, Vanessa Meza! Vanessa has been a part of the ACE Family for over a year as a mentor and as a community partner through her work at Lanark Park.


ACE is proud to announce the launch of our SECTOR program. The purpose of the SECTOR Program, which stands for Skills and Experiences for the Careers of Tomorrow, is to offer career pathways and family-sustaining wages for people impacted by the justice system.

Thank you GDF Studios

Today we’re blessed to receive a furniture donation from GDF studios for our new Hope Center! The hope center will serve a critical function for ACE, being a center built to make participants feel more at home and relaxed.

Christmas Toy Drive

In December, ACE held a toy drive in partnership with LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the LA Sheriff’s Department, and Honda. ACE helped distribute over 500 toys to young families in the West Valley.

Welcome Julia Mijango

Today we would like to welcome a new addition to our YouthBuild team, Julia Mijango. Ms. Julia will be our new Math & Science Teacher.

Turkey Give Away

Canoga Park, Winnetka, and Reseda, communities already lacking in resources, were severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We saw that many families, including our own students, were struggling with food insecurity due to the economic impact of the pandemic.

Goodbye to an ACE Legend

Today we are sad to bid farewell to a beloved member of the ACE team. Robert Shear has been an AmeriCrops VISTA at ACE for a year and 8 months.

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Our students worked so hard to reach this milestone. Surrounded by friends and family, in a socially distanced environment, our students were celebrated at a graduation ceremony they never dreamed of.

1.5 Million from the Department of Labor

We are very excited to announce that the Department of Labor has awarded ACE a grant for 1.5. million. This is one of the largest grants we have ever received and will go towards establishing our Career Academy.

Congratulations Class of 2019!

You are warmly invited to join us in celebrating yet another cohort of hard-working YouthBuild & GRYD graduates as they walk across the graduation stage and onto the next chapter of their lives.