Action Youth America (AYA) is one of California's longest-established providers of After-school and

Out-of-School learning programs, serving over 8,000 students daily.

Action Youth America(AYA), formerly ICES Education, was established in 1981 and is one of California’s longest-established providers of after-school and out-of-school learning programs. Services include quality academically-oriented before and after-school programs, homework assistance, enrichment activities, one-on-one tutoring, small group tutoring, weekend and vacation learning instruction, childcare, early literacy and language instruction, educational and sports travel programs, and much more. Each day, our carefully chosen staff of 300 along with hundreds of volunteers serves around 8,000 at-risk and low-income students at more than 40 sites across Southern California.


With our roster of committed staff, innovative teaching methods, and alignment with school standards, Action Youth America consistently leads other providers in terms of helping schools, students, and families close the achievement gap. Varied peer-comparative studies confirm that Action Youth America participants show a marked improvement in self-confidence, social adjustment, and academic improvement. Proudly funded by ASES.


Our Vision

Empowering youth through education.


Our Mission

To provide quality after-school programming to all stakeholders through innovative practices by providing an inspiring, caring, exciting, and stimulating education.


Our Values

Action Youth America after-school programs exist to serve the unique academic, physical, and social needs of students who are in a special and critical period of their lives as they change from childhood to adolescence.


The AYA staff is committed to creating and maintaining an orderly, stimulating, fun, and safe environment where teaching and learning are exciting and students are assisted as they develop responsibility and widen their perspectives.


All aspects of the Action Youth America organization, curricular, and enrichment programs are child-centered and designed to accommodate individual learning styles. Our team joins the parents and community to assist the students in developing the necessary skills to become independent and self-sufficient adults who will succeed and contribute responsibly to a global community.


We know that when we are looking at our students, we are looking into the faces of the future. That is why we work hard to create a healthy learning environment so our students can create their future. Check out our video and see for yourself.