Youth of Los Angeles Find Educational Support at A Place Called Home

A Place Called Home logo pic As devoted advocates for vulnerable children all over the world, film producer Marc Shmuger and his wife Louise Hamagami support a number of charitable organizations. One of these is A Place Called Home, a youth center servicing the children of Los Angeles. By sitting on this organization’s advisory and directorial boards, Marc Shmuger and Louise Hamagami actively involve themselves in the wellbeing of young people in their home city.

South Central LA has historically experienced high crime rates, high truancy, and low academic performance. As a result, only one-quarter of area residents have a high school diploma, and only around 1 in 30 have a four-year degree. The current economic climate exacerbates the problem, trapping more and more locals in chronic poverty. A Place Called Home (APCH) combats this destructive cycle by boosting educational opportunities for the poorest young people in the city.

APCH provides children and youth with a safe environment where they receive educational support, training, and mentorship programs to help build them into productive citizens and community leaders. In addition to nutrition, arts, and exercise opportunities, the organization offers tutoring and literacy classes to help students with school work. APCH also provides children with school supplies and access to modern computer facilities, as well as free eye-exams and prescription glasses.

As part of its dropout recovery program, APCH includes a highly successful Continuation High School operated in partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District. The center also maintains strong ties with area schools, so that member youths’ academic progress can be monitored.

The philosophy of APCH ultimately comes down to empowerment of youth through education. By tackling the hardest education problems in LA’s poorest quarters, APCH’s force of over 1,000 volunteers strives to open new avenues for the next generation of thinkers, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.


Marc Shmuger & Louise Hamagami: GO Campaign Sponsors Refurbishment for Orphanage in Kenya

GO Campaign logo pic Over the course of his career in entertainment, Marc Shmuger, along with his wife Louise Hamagami, has supported the efforts of several nonprofit organizations in the LA area and beyond. In addition to donating to local organizations such as A Place Called Home, the couple regularly contributes to the GO Campaign, an international community enrichment organization headquartered in Santa Monica, California. Through its many outreach programs, the GO Campaign improves the quality of life for vulnerable children in countries across the world.

The Go Campaign partners with the Samburu Handicap Education & Rehabilitation Program (SHERP) in Kenya, which houses more than 150 children with disabilities. Although the organization provides a loving and nurturing home, the physical structure cannot currently accommodate individuals in wheelchairs. By renovating bathrooms and dormitories to include wheelchair accessibility and other functionalities, the GO Foundation and SHERP hope to have a tremendous impact on the lives of children residing in the group home.

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GO Campaign Supports Skills Education in Cambodia

GO Campaign logo pic As longtime proponents of community service and charitable giving, Marc Shmuger and his wife, Louise Hamagami, contribute to the GO Campaign, based in Santa Monica, California. Thanks to the support of Los Angeles donors such as Marc Shmuger and Louise Hamagami, the GO Campaign works with organizations around the world to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children. The GO Campaign sponsors a range of community service projects, including the Skills for a Sustainable Future program in Svay Khleang, Cambodia.

In rural Cambodia, members of the ethnic Cham population face discrimination in both schools and the workplace, largely because they speak Cham as a primary language instead of Khmer. Through a strategic partnership with Community Connection Cambodia (CCC), the GO Campaign sets out to enhance vocational training for over 1,000 students every year. Participants in the program will receive instruction in topics such as English language and computers, both of which will prepare them for successful careers in their chosen fields. In addition to skills training, the project aims to repair existing structures, equip classrooms with desks and other supplies, establish an Internet connection, and purchase seven computers and printers.

8 Mile, A Universal Pictures Film

8 Mile, directed by Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) and produced by Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), is a 2002 film about an aspiring young rapper beset by social, financial, and emotional challenges in 1990s Detroit. Starring musician Eminem, the film adopts elements from his life, but does not adhere closely enough to be a biopic. The movie’s theme song, “Lose Yourself,” won an Oscar, becoming the first piece of hip-hop music to win an Academy Award.Eminem plays B-Rabbit, a factory worker who dreams of making it big as a hip-hop artist. The film revolves around freestyle rap battles, also known as ciphers, which are informal gatherings during which each participant has a set number of musical bars to deliver off-the-cuff rhymed couplets, usually insulting, directed at another participant. Rules and procedures vary according to the organizers, with the audience’s response determining each bout’s winner. This type of competition is believed to have originated in 1970s New York, leading to the current worldwide popularity of hip-hop music.Eminem’s character begins the film at one such battle, but he succumbs to stage fright and is rendered speechless. Throughout the story, he finds greater success in several battles, including one in front of the lunch truck at his factory job. The film captures Eminem’s charisma and creativity and paints a realistic portrait of the racial and economic struggles in Detroit. 8 Mile’s themes include the power of self-acceptance and the importance of conquering a task at hand before reaching for the stars.

Released in early November 2002, the film grossed more than $50 million during its opening weekend. Two soundtracks were made, the first featuring mainly Eminem’s music, with appearances from Jay-Z and Nas, and the second featuring music from Tupac Shakur, Wu-Tang Clan, and other artists who enjoyed heavy rotation in the 1990s. By 2011, 8 Mile had amassed lifetime earnings of more than $240 million worldwide.