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50th Class Graduates from spcaLA’s
Teaching Love & Compassion

Youth Violence Prevention Program Has Reached
More Than 500 Students in Los Angeles County

» March 21, 2011

Los Angeles, CA—The Humane Education Department of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) is proud to announce the 50th graduating class of Teaching Love & Compassion (TLC), spcaLA’s internationally renowned youth violence prevention program.  This 50th graduating class is from Bunche Middle School in Compton and represents more than 500 students that TLC has reached since its inception. The students will participate in a graduation ceremony this Wednesday, March 23rd, 4pm-5pm at Bunche Middle School, Building G, 12338 South Mona Boulevard, Compton, CA 90222. The media is welcome to attend.


TLC students train an spcaLA shelter dog.

TLC reaches at-risk youth exhibiting behavioral problems or anti-social tendencies. The program is designed to prevent animal cruelty and in turn prevent violence toward people. The TLC program helps students identify and break the cycle of violence through positive feedback, building self-esteem and increasing respect for all living creatures.

The students work in teams of two with one shelter dog to learn communication skills, teamwork, self-confidence, coping and anger management skills, and respect and empathy for life while teaching their dog basic commands. The hard work the students put in ultimately make the dogs more adoptable.

At graduation, the students from Bunche Middle School will give a short speech highlighting what they learned during TLC followed by a demonstration of what they taught their shelter dog. Families, teachers and potential pet adopters attend.

More than 500 students and 250 shelter dogs have graduated from the TLC program.