So Much Fun!
The Cloud and Fire Tutoring Center is an inviting, after school oasis where kids strengthen their academic skills and build friendships for a lifetime. CFM Staff and Volunteers offer homework assistance, skill enrichment, mentoring, and a wide variety of extracurricular activities that keep youth ages 7-18 years old engaged and learning. Optional faith activities also help develop character and provide a compass for youth who are trying to find their way.
In addition to important learning activities, Cloud and Fire is a place to have FUN! Crafts, music, dance, photography, field trips, and even camping are regular features of the amazing Cloud and Fire Tutoring Center experience. We want to equip others for life’s journey, and help young people experience life to the fullest.
Since 1999, Cloud and Fire has provided quality after-school programs to youth in North Hills, Panorama City, Arleta, and Van Nuys. These areas are known for low-performing schools and high dropout rates. In fact, recent figures place the dropout rate for Monroe High School at a shocking 76% (United States Department of Education, 2006).
We have a saying at CFM: “Once in Cloud and Fire, always in Cloud and Fire!” That’s because children and teens in our programs keep coming back for more. Cloud and Fire is like a second home—a place to come every day after school. Most of our students enter the program during elementary school and remain all the way through high school. Some even stay longer, and continue attending Cloud and Fire activities well into college. Many now volunteer their time to help build up the next generation, serving as leaders, board members, and even staff. This is strong evidence that what we are doing truly makes a difference! What is the secret of our success? Love—especially God’s love—really works!
Cloud and Fire prevents youth from joining gangs. How do we do it? We simply give youth a better alternative. Though gangs are abundant in our community, we find that youth really are looking for positive alternatives. They want a place where they can belong and a place where there is strength to withstand life’s challenges. CFM does all this, and youth respond.
As Woody Allen once said, “Showing up is half the battle.” Since 1999, Cloud and Fire has been in North Hills, showing up day after day to keep youth safe, build community, and ultimately, experience the love of God.
The Cloud and Fire Tutoring Center plays a key role in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD) Strategy. As the only service provider in North Hills for that program, we are the “go-to” place for youth ages 10-15 who are identified as at-risk of joining gangs. Our collaborators in that program are New Directions for Youth, LAPD Jeopardy, and El Centro de Amistad.
Cloud and Fire’s wide array of extracurricular activities help youth experience the beauty, opportunity, and possibilities around them. Performing arts workshops, sporting events, wilderness activities, and field trips of almost every imaginable kind are regular offerings for Cloud and Fire’s Tutoring Center youth. These activities enrich lives and foster a sense of adventure in youth who would otherwise be confined to the stifling confines of concrete urban neighborhoods.
Cloud & Fire and the Sierra Club
Did you know the Sierra Club has an Inner City Outreach? Every year, Sierra Club ICO groups throughout the country conduct outings that help youth learn how to enjoy the outdoors safely and responsibly. The Los Angeles Sierra Club ICO provides fantastic hikes and snow days for Cloud and Fire kids, and has provided scholarships for youth to attend their Wilderness Survival Course. The Sierra Club’s ICO program is helping inner city youth become wilderness explorers!
Find out more about upcoming Tutoring Center activities on our calendar.