Watts Learning Center—Our Community Needs Your Support!

Greetings on behalf of the Board of Watts Learning Center,

 We opened the Watts Learning Center 22 years ago in an effort to begin responding to the dire needs of our community—a need for access to a world-class education, a need for hope for a better future, and a need for support that extends beyond the classroom.

 Since then, we have done just that, and as a result, both Watts Learning Center Elementary and Middle schools have shown continual and exceptional academic growth. Together, we have achieved our mission “to improve the quality of life in the community with a sense of urgency” for generations of families in South Los Angeles. 

 In recent weeks, our society as a whole has experienced unprecedented circumstances due to the COVID-19 virus.  There has been a huge impact to our families, and Watts Learning Center is urgently responding to our families’ needs.  Within the first week of campus closures, we launched distance learning, began serving breakfast and lunch to our families, and performed wellness checks to let our families know that we are here, that we love them, and to gauge what needs they have at this time. 

 Now we come to you, our friends and our supporters, so that you can help us to continue to meet our families’ essential needs including food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, first-aid supplies, computers and internet access.

One of the first to answer the call was renowned classical pianist, Lara Downes, who graciously agreed to donate her talent to help our families by performing a virtual concert, which you can enjoy by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/2VktITa.  On our homepage, wattslearningcenter.org,  you will find a link to make a tax-deductible contribution.  Any contribution that you make will go directly to supporting our families during this difficult time.  Individuals who donate $40 or more will receive a signed copy of Lara Downes’ new album, Some of These Days, which features artwork by Watts Learning Center’s 7th grade student, Emily Juárez. 

 Contributions to the Watts Learning Center Foundation may also be sent to 310 W. 95th Street, Los Angeles, CA  90003.   

We’re all in this together, and that spirit of togetherness gives us hope during these challenging times. I look forward to the day when this crisis is in the past and we can see how we came out of it an even stronger community, because we were able to lean on each other.

 Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 323.754.9900.


Eugene Fisher

Co-founder and Board President