Mychal’s Learning Place believes that children and adults with developmental disabilities deserve to be challenged with opportunities that build self-esteem and independence, creating long term success for life. In doing so, we encourage each child and adult to develop their individual talents and the skills necessary for them to interact and contribute to society. We believe that no disability should ever hinder the growth, passion, success, or independence of those who are willing to try.
Mychal’s Learning Place opened it’s doors in Hawthorne, California in July 2002 with an after school program. Because of the huge need, we opened our second site in Culver City in April 2006. After leasing space for many years, we were fortunate to have the support of the community and raised money to purchase our current facility in Hawthorne. We closed escrow in July 2015 and are thrilled to have a permanent home for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities (and their families) for generations to come.
With the success of our after school programs and having such a great space in Hawthorne, we started the Path to Independence Adult Day Program in June 2013. We have seen wonderful things happen to the participants while they learn essential independent living skills and job skills in this program. In December 2015, we launched Mychal’s Howl at the Moon Café, which is a mobile coffee and baked goods service. The job training aspect of this venture is incredibly valuable. The participants are learning how to be baristas and bakers and will be able to use their skills and experience to apply for jobs in the community.
Mychal’s goal is to continue providing a safe and loving environment that encourages independence and builds self-esteem. We believe that children and adults should be seen and heard and that we should challenge everyone to succeed. We are committed to fulfilling the needs of our community, and providing a place for our kids and adults to call home.
Mychal’s Learning Place is a California Non Profit Corporation, 501(c)3: 95-4871202. Much of our funding comes from Regional Centers and we also depend on our fundraising events, corporate donations and foundation support to cover all our costs.