Stay Engaged While Staying Safer At Home

Posted March 30, 2020 by Amanda Liaw

Looking for ways to stay engaged while self-isolating? Check out some of the resources we've come across that can help you live, learn, play, connect, and create from the great indoors.


  • AltaSea's Project Blue features content and education resources around the emerging blue economy, healing our oceans, and saving our planet.
  • TreePeople has educational activities about important environmental topics.
  • Camp Kindness Counts provides teachers and parents with free guide books that foster strong, compassionate character and awareness in children.
  • HERE is a free app that combines meditation practice with interactive exercises.
  • Respectful Ways is offering teachers and parents free access for up to 3 modules in their social-emotional learning curriculum.
  • NHMLA's Connects page invite you to explore natural and cultural wonders from their exhibits to your own backyard.


  • Los Angeles Public Library has tons of free online learning tools that you can access instantly with either a library card or e-card, including language learning with Mango Languages, courses ranging from grant writing to team management fundamentals with Lynda, and more.
  • California Science Center's Stuck at Home Science is featuring science activities for families using common household supplies.
  • LAUSD has partnered with PBS SoCal and KCET to offer free daytime educational programming for students in Pre-K through 12th grade.
  • Scholastic offers free online day-by-day projects for students in Pre-K through 9th grade.
  • Academy 4SC hosts free videos and content on psychology, philosophy, and economics.
  • American Panorama is an historical atlas of the United States that combines research with innovative mapping techniques.
  • American Archive of Public Broadcasting provides access to significant historical content created by public media, with suggested topics to start ranging from biography and consumer affairs to travel and parenting.
  • Audible has a large variety of free audiobooks.
  • Abdo Digital Bookshelf has free ebooks for children of all ages.
  • Petersen Automotive Museum offers free live stream and video activities in addition to coloring and building activities that include building your own race car and more.
  • Khan Academy provides students aged 2-18 with free remote learning resources in subjects such as math, science and engineering, arts and humanities, computing, and more.
  • KQED Learn is a free platform for middle and high schoolers to build media literacy and critical thinking skills.
  • These free Carmen Sandiego educational resources for kids include exercises that build self- and social-awareness, activities such as creating animal trading cards and writing an opera, and more.
  • Storyline Online hosts free videos of actors reading children's books.
  • The Huntington Garden released The Collections, a podcast hosted by Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence.



  • Civics 101 is a podcast refresher course on the basics of American democracy.
  • The Metropolitan Opera is offering free nightly opera streams.
  • World101 provides modules to understand the issues, forces, and actors that shape the world.
  • Google Arts & Culture offers free virtual tours of museums and cultural institutions.
  • Louvre Museum is offering free online tours of the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries.
  • Berliner Philharmoniker is offering their Digital Concert Hall for free to everyone who signs up before March 31.


For more context about what is open and what is closed at this time, browse this list.

For more resources in response to COVID-19, check out our article compiling all the local resources we're aware of.

If you know of other resources, please submit them through this form.

Employment and Financial Resources

Posted March 29, 2020 by Team LA2050

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LA Area COVID-19 Resources and Responses

Posted March 28, 2020 by Team LA2050

The following is a directory of local resources to assist Angelenos during the COVID-19 crisis. If you know of others, please submit them through this form.

Note: LA2050 is not coordinating the efforts on these lists. We are compiling and amplifying the resources sent to us. Please confirm with organizations that the resources or services are active.


COVID-19 Funds for Donation

Local Volunteer Needs

Opportunities for Philanthropic Funders


Resources for Local Businesses

Food and Nutrition Resources

Education Resources

Technology Resources

Employment and Financial Resources

Housing and Utility Resources

Mental and Physical Health Resources


Ways to Stay Engaged While Staying Safer at Home


Los Angeles County Resources

Find a Testing Center in LA near you

Los Angeles City Information and Resources

Updated Los Angeles COVID-19 Orders

USC Price Center for Social Innovation COVID-19 Data Map for Los Angeles County

Mental and Physical Health Resources

Posted March 28, 2020 by Team LA2050

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Educational Resources and Services for Students

Posted March 28, 2020 by Team LA2050

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Housing and Utility Resources

Posted March 27, 2020 by Team LA2050


  • The Los Angeles Emergency Rental Assistance Subsidy Program will provide a temporary rent subsidy for tenants who live in the City of LA and are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible tenants are those whose household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income ($83,500 for a family of 4). Check for more info and to monitor the application window, expected to open in July.
  • For help writing a letter that notifies your landlord (1) that you are struggling financially and (2) that the federal stimulus likely does not allow them to evict you use this website.
  • The Los Angeles Tenants Union is providing support around evictions. Find your local union at:
  • If you are or know of a foster youth that is staying at a college dorm room that is going to be closed due to the coronavirus, please email [email protected] and they will provide or help you find housing during this transition.
  • LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS/INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND FAMILY: St. Francis Center provides meal services, clothing closets, showers/bathroom services, and rental and utility assistance programs (over the phone) for homeless and low-income individuals in Los Angeles. ( For more information, click here!)


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Three Things to Do Before Submitting to the My LA2050 Grants Challenge

Posted March 26, 2020 by Amanda Liaw

The deadline for applying to the My LA2050 Grants Challenge is fast approaching. Here are some top tips from our 2019 grantees on what you should do before you submit your proposal.

Have others check it over

Before Defy Ventures submitted its application, the team made sure they had at least three sets of eyes on their proposal. It can't hurt to have fresh perspectives double-check and triple-check your application for errors or ways to improve it!

Clarify your branding strategy

Establishing a social media presence can be a powerful way to engage both existing and new audiences. Miry's List advises that you have a social media strategy in place, especially if you are a community-based organization. If you aren't personally comfortable using Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, getting help from someone experienced with social media to build your brand can help in the long run.

Consider multiple ways to engage prospective donors

Through the process of applying to My LA2050, Rise learned that it could be useful to leverage this experience to unlock funding from other grantors. Once your proposal is ready, do a brainstorm to generate ideas for further engaging your community and prospective donors, such as organizing a campaign to match up to a percentage of the My LA2050 grant.

COVID-19 Funds for Donation

Posted March 26, 2020 by Team LA2050

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