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Performing Arts 2:30-3:30pm



Prep Class 1:30-2:30pm



Performing Arts 2:30-3:30



Chess Tutors 2:45-3:45pm



Arts Program 2:45-3:45pm




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why cant we make a difference

About the Foundation

The Why Can't We Make A Difference Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation founded on November 25th 2005.

Our goal is to help individuals with unexpected crisis situations and to offer an interim safety net.  All of our services are free of charge, 100% of our giving budget is donated from individuals and private groups. If you are interested in supporting our foundation’s efforts, please contact us.


Our compassionate staff members are trained to help people through difficult challenges by offering charitable grants and providing referral services via other nonprofit organizations who offer various types of assistance.


It is also our intent to bring greater growth to the lives of individuals we impact in an extraordinary way.  We hope that our impact in their lives will encourage them to help others.  This is how we "Make A Difference."


We always look forward to hearing from you.  Please feel free to contact us anytime by our online email, telephone.


Derek Richardson

3717 S. La Brea Avenue, Suite 767

Los Angeles, California 90016









The Mission of Why Can't We Make A Difference , is to enhance the lives of individuals by providing social and financial support to those dealing with unforeseen trials and tribulations of this world.


In November 2005 the Why Can’t We Make A DifferenceFoundation was formally established after witnessing the lack of support provided to assist individuals from disenfranchised communities after the floods of Hurricane Katrina. While our foundation is not a religious organization our foundations creed was founded from Zechariah 7:9, 10. “Thus says the Lord of host: Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion to his brother.” “Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor; let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.”



Morning Program

The morning program starts at 7:15am and you can bring your child to the side gate on Eileen no later than 7:30am. The gate will be open by one of the school coordinators at that time and your child will be treated by one of the coaches in the program. The program consists of mentoring, social skills training, athletics, homework assistance, study habits, and field trips. For more information or to sign up for this program, visit the main office and pick up an application. 


Performing Arts

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, the esteemed actress Ms. Wendy Raquel Robinson "Tasha Mack" from the TV show The Game, and "Principal Greer" from the Steve Harvey Show came to visit the 54th street School. She and her staff from the Amazing Grace Conservatory staff visited our campus for a meet and greet with our students. The Amazing Grace Conservatory, which she started, has helped many youth throughout Los Angeles reach their goals of college entry, which sometimes lead to jobs in the field of performing arts. The Performing Arts is a disciplined program designed to increase comprehension, listening and reading skills. From participating in the program we expect our students to learn to operate as a team, acquire public speaking skills, improve academic excellence, and build character. 

The program will only be for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. There will be two shows. A talent showcase in December and a major theatrical production in May. This program is demanding, but fin and rewarding. Your child will grow immensely from being involved with the Amazing Grace Conservatory. For more information or to sign up for this program, visit the main office and pick up an application. 


Prep School Readiness Program

This program will assist scholars selected by Principal Thompson and the 4th and 5th grade teachers as ideal candidates to enhance students with the opportunity to be accepted into some of the top academic schools in Los Angeles County. Your child will be chosen because of their academic ability, social and leadership skills and your parental participation. This is a 10 week program. For more information or to sign up for this program, visit the main office and pick up an application.