How to Join


Participation in TOWN HALL Los Angeles’ American Heritage Student Program is open to high school and college students and their teachers in the greater Los Angeles area. The program seeks to serve low-income inner city youth. Funding for the program pays, in full, the attendance fee of students, their teachers, and when possible, transportation and substitute costs for those in the following areas:


  • Los Angeles Unified School District and surrounding school districts, including alternative and charter schools, covering the geographical regions of East Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley and Whittier
  • College Students from 4-year or 2-year colleges in LA County


When deciding to attend an event, please consider the following:


  • Interest in a particular speaker or topic
  • Areas of special curricular focus, as in a magnet program
  • Lack of extra-curricular opportunities in a school or community
  • Diversity of school and student attendance
  • Level of past participation


Students are selected to attend events by their schools, not Town Hall. According to program guidelines, most teachers and school administrators make their selections based on these student characteristics:


  • Good attendance
  • Academic achievement
  • Maturity
  • Interest in a particular speaker or topic
  • Proven or potential leadership ability


Expectations of students and teachers:


  • Courtesy to speakers and guests
  • No talking, texting or leaving the room during speech and Q&A
  • Proper attire
  • Review and knowledge of briefing packet
  • Asking questions at events


Teachers should prepare students for participation during Q&A. Those schools who do not participate in Q&A or seem ill-prepared for events are unlikely to continue in the program.


If your school would like to participate in the American Heritage Student Program, please contact Lindsey Horowitz at or 213.312.9308.