10We are shaped by our communities and instructed by our values.

Since 2006, hundreds of students, staff and alumni from Central City Value High School have volunteered at Angelica Lutheran Church to serve thousands of Thanksgiving Day dinners to families in the Pico Union community.

Our tradition with Angelica Lutheran Church began in 2003 when Rev. Carlos Paiva generously provided classroom space to Central City Value in its first year of operation.

As our school community has grown, giving back has become a Value Schools-wide tradition. University Prep Value High School and Everest Value School have joined their peers from Central City Value to give back to their Pico Union families and neighbors.

Value Schools CEO David Doyle reflected on the commitment he made to Rev. Carlos and his community in 2006.
“We are grateful for their support,” said Doyle, “and we serve each year because we want students to remember the kindness given to them and then to ‘pay it forward.’ Without the support of Rev. Carlos over the years, Central City Value High School would not exist today.”

It feels nice to be able to provide service to those who are less fortunate and might not be able to afford a meal with their families.  It gives me time to reflect on what we have and for what we are thankful."
-- Brenda S., University Prep Value High School student

Alumni return each season to do just that. Jennifer G., an alumnus from Downtown Value in 2007, Central City Value in 2011, and graduate from California State University, Northridge in 2015 said, “I volunteer because it gives me an opportunity to give back to my community and because I enjoy helping others. It’s very rewarding seeing how happy the families get when we serve them a thanksgiving dinner.“

But even students too young to remember the first days of Central City Value understand the importance of their service.

“Serving on Thanksgiving has become a tradition of giving back,” said Brenda S., an 11th grade student at University Prep Value High School. “It feels nice to be able to provide service to those who are less fortunate and might not be able to afford a meal with their families.  It gives me time to reflect on what we have and for what we are thankful.”

 

Rev. Carlos was so moved by the commitment Value Schools has shown to the Pico Union community, he testified before the LA City Council to secure a Conditional Use Permit for University Prep Value. His testimony, along with those from Value Schools’ parents, students and faculty, allowed for the construction of our second high school completed just in time for the 2017 school year.

Sadly, Rev. Carlos passed away in November of 2016, but the commitment of Value Schools continues to thrive.

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Downtown Value School Downtown Value School 
950 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 748-8868
Fax: (213) 742-6684
Everest Value School Everest Value School
668 South Catalina Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone: (213) 487-7736
Fax: (213) 487-7745
Central City Value High School Central City Value High School
221 North Westmoreland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone: (213) 471-4686
Fax: (213) 385-5127
University Prep Value High School University Prep Value High School
1929 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Phone: (213) 382-1223