In an effort to promote education, reduce gang violence, and strengthen families in South Los Angeles, retired school teacher Millicent “Mama” Hill started Mama Hill’s Help Incorporated out of her home in 2000. Mama Hill’s Help is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides an after-school program to assist children between the ages of 5 and 18.
Mama Hill’s Help is nationally renowned and the recipient of numerous educational and public service awards. Hill’s exceptional work with children has been recognized by several members of the Los Angeles community including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilwoman Janice Hahn, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and others. Mama Hill’s Help Inc. was awarded a $3,000 monthly special needs grant in 2002 from Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, but the grant was canceled in 2007, after city budget cutbacks. Mama Hill’s Help Inc. has been featured on the John Walsh Show (NBC-TV), FOX 11 News, KTLA Morning News, and other news media.
Mama Hill’s Help is known by everyone in the community as a “safe haven”. Many former gang members often stop by Mama Hill’s to speak to the children about the dangers of gangs and drugs. Mama Hill’s Help provides a safe and drug free place where every month neighborhood kids come to get help in tutoring, job skills training, violence and molestation prevention, gang intervention and prevention, anger management courses, conflict resolution, music appreciation, life skills, pregnancy prevention and abstinence, piano lessons, school exit exams, and college preparation.