Hollywood Education & Literacy Project®
       Helping People Flourish, One Word at a Time.
The Hollywood Education & Literacy Project® (H.E.L.P.) is a community based literacy and mentoring project, providing one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for students and their families, as well as instruction, training, and internships for volunteer tutors and people opening community centers in other areas, and is delivered at no cost to the participants. The specific problem we are tackling here at H.E.L.P®. is illiteracy and the effects it creates on the individual, the family and the community.
Actress Kelly Preston and her husband, John Travolta, are vocal supporters of the educational methods used by H.E.L.P®. and their affiliates.
Headquartered in Hollywood, H.E.L.P. is a model tutoring/mentoring facility. With unprecedented growth, H.E.L.P. has begun training mentors and program directors from many areas throughout the United States. This training features an internship and certification program unique to the field of mentoring/tutoring.

Every step of the program has been successfully piloted to ensure results with virtually every student involved. Built only on those things proven workable, the well-being and advancement of the youth on the program serve as beacons to its effectiveness.

As an integral part of the California Youth Mentor Initiative, H.E.L.P. works in collaboration with the Police Activities League of the L.A.P.D. and others to provide a full complement of services for Los Angeles youth - and many adults as well.

Honorary Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant has said of the project, "I have to tell you, I have been in this town a long time and I have heard a lot of promises. And I have gotten used to a lot of disappointment. But what we have here is something that is really making a difference, from people who really care."

Lt. Ron Sanchez, Chief of Detectives for the L.A.P.D. in Hollywood, possibly made the point best when he explained why he and his programs are working with H.E.L.P., "In my 21 years in the department, I have seen the increase in delinquent youth and the attendant loss of life among so many young people. I have also seen the correlation between illiteracy and crime and violence. This project offers the kind of hope and results we need to reverse that trend."
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