Los Angeles Beautification Team
Our mission is: “To improve the quality of life in Los Angeles by empowering citizens to change their environment for the better.” We achieve this through environmental improvement efforts, job training for at risk youth and environmental education for youth and communities. From our grass-roots origins in 1992, to our current role as a respected, county-wide environmental improvement organization, for two decades we have been guided by a fundamental belief in the power of community partnership.
Through its work, HLABT serves entire communities by: planting trees, designing and implementing resource conservation projects, improving school campuses, neighborhoods and business districts.
Through these projects we solicit community participation and provide educational workshops and vocational training to at-risk youth and young adults. Each year we plant more than 2,000 trees, remove 3 million square feet of graffiti per year, and help to improve our communities for current and future generations.
In the past 20 years, HLABT has adopted over 140 public schools, hired 2,500 youth and completed 250 mural walls, transforming campuses and neighborhoods throughout the region. Through this work we have also provided environmental and arts mentoring to more than 35,000 school children, inspiring many of them with a conservation ethic and increased civic pride.