About the Project

Hope Street’s eight- week Summer of Science program immerses youth in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) subjects through hands-on experiments, project-based learning and weekly theme-based field trips, all integrated with art. Over 130 youth aged 8-18 attend the five day a week summer program. Learning themes include robotics, engineering, kinesiology, chemistry, nutrition, anatomy, astronomy, and creative expression through various art mediums. The program offers a unique introduction to subject areas that are often not included in regular academic curriculum and helps bridge the achievement gap; low-income students can fall behind academically during the summer due to limited access to educational enrichment programs.

27 Years of Empowerment

Hope Street has been empowering and strengthening families through a continuum of care that includes health, mental health, literacy, early childhood education, child welfare, youth and social services for 27 years.

Support Needed

It is through events like Night of 1000 Drawings and the support of volunteers and staff that Hope Street is able to provide services to more than 5,000 children and parents in downtown Los Angeles.

STEAM Program

The “Summer of Science” program immerses youth in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) subjects though project based learning.


Hope Street Margolis Family Center, a Health, Education, and Recreation resource of California Hospital Medical Center, empowers and strengthen families through a comprehensive continuum of care that includes early childhood education, health screening, mental health, family literacy, child welfare, adult education, youth development and social services. Programs include a variety of co-located federal, state, county, and privately-funded initiatives including Early Head Start; Family Literacy; Family Preservation and Wraparound; three full-day early education centers for children 0-5 years of age; a children's behavioral health clinic and an after-school/summer youth center. Hope Street serves 5,000 low-income, under-resourced children and parents annually. Services are free to participants.

Hope Street’s mission is to educate children, strengthen families and transform the community.

In 1992, California Hospital Medical Center collaborated with UCLA on a small federal demonstration project with three staff members providing early intervention services to 100 high-risk pregnant women delivering their babies at CHMC.

Over the past 27 years, Hope Street has dramatically expanded services as needs were identified, forged partnerships with community agencies to effectively leverage funding opportunities; and developed new resources to respond to unmet community needs.