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Youth Programs

The Port of Los Angeles supports the following local educational programs:

International Trade Education Programs, Inc. (ITEP)

International Trade Education Programs, Inc. (ITEP) is a Southern California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that connects high school students to great careers in their own community. Through its partnership with the Port of Los Angeles, ITEP operates career-focused programs to introduce students to the many lucrative careers in international trade. More than 3,300 Southern California youth participate in programs that integrate career exploration activities/events, business skills training, paid internships, scholarships, job shadow days, and more. From ninth grade to high school graduation and beyond, ITEP and the Port of Los Angeles work together to develop a future workforce that can thrive in the maritime industry and a growing economy.
Learn more about ITEP

Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) TopSail Youth Program

Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses hands-on experiences at sea to provide an array of social, education and leadership development opportunities to middle school and high school students in San Pedro and Wilmington, and throughout the greater Los Angeles area. The TopSail Youth Program is offered year-round aboard the Tall Ships Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, 110-foot traditionally rigged wooden vessels named after Adventure Learning pioneers who sailed around the world seven times with young crews. These purpose-built vessels and their crews were proclaimed the “Official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles” at their launch in 2002.
Learn more about LAMI TopSail

Port of Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor

In 2002, the Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor opened in the Port of Los Angeles Liberty Hill Plaza, adjacent to the Rancho San Pedro public housing community. The establishment of the Boys & Girls Club in such a critical location was made possible by the long-standing partnership between the Port of Los Angeles and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor. The Club includes a gym, high school center, music education studio, fine arts center and separate game area for youth in grades 4-8.
Learn more about Boys & Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor

Port of Los Angeles High School

Port of Los Angeles High School (POLAHS) is an independent, college preparatory charter high school (9th-12th grades) located in San Pedro. POLAHS is open to all residents of California and admits students through a random lottery process. POLAHS' Maritime Career and Technical Education (CTE) program was introduced in fall 2015. In addition to Maritime Studies and World Geography courses required for all freshmen, three elective pathways are offered in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Digital Media, and Boat Operations. The program prepares students to be college and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills, and technical, job-specific skills. POLAHS' CTE program features high school, postsecondary, and industry partnerships, enabling clear pathways to certifications and degrees.
Learn more about POLAHS


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