All Roads Head Toward Success at Boys & Girls Clubs L.A. Harbor

By Giving List Staff   |   November 18, 2022
BGCLAH High School Seniors at the 2022 College Bound Signing Day. 1,141 seniors participated in our College Bound program, with 99% graduating high school on time, with 97% attending a college or university this fall. Additionally, $17.9 million in financial aid and scholarships were secured for our Class of 2022.

The long tail of the pandemic has students still struggling to catch up. Isolation and fitful reintegration have led to a whole generation of students being years behind in their social, emotional, and academic development. And the toll is heavy. 

“We see the kids not wanting to interact with each other, having a hard time working with each other,” says Tony Tripp, chief development officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor. “Kids have lost hope – we can see it on their faces.”

True to its mission since 1937, the BGCLAH helps young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. The BGCLAH serves over 2,600 kids per day, ranging from K-12th grade at 20 sites across the Los Angeles Harbor area.

To counter this disturbing trend, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor launched the Pathways to Success initiative to ensure that every aspect of the club’s programming is geared to inspire kids about their futures. Through the initiative, kids work with staff to design a roadmap that will guide and encourage them to identify goals that will help them get to where they want to go. With Pathways to Success, kids see how passing a math test isn’t just about a grade, it’s a stepping stone to getting into college or landing that electrician apprenticeship. 

“They see how all these small goals along the way are contributing to what their future is going to be,” Tripp says. “That way they’re not bogged down by ‘the right now.’” 

Boys & Girls Clubs is a national organization, yet the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor has a special significance. It is the oldest on the West Coast – founded in 1937– and the largest in L.A. County. The Los Angeles Harbor branch alone has 21 club sites from Gardena to the Harbor and serves upwards of 2,400 youth a day. 

Pathways to Success runs through the entire fabric of the organization, helping kids move toward a positive destination after high school, whether that’s college or a career in the trades. Kids interested in higher education can, from an early age, join the College Bound program, where they receive one-on-one case management to prepare them for college. For those kids who want to jump straight into the workforce after high school, the Club’s Career Bound program sets students up for apprenticeships and internships that can lead to good-paying jobs.

“We want all of our youth to see that they have a future and to know they can achieve whatever it is they want,” Tripp says. 


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True to its mission since 1937, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor helps young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. We achieve this through a commitment to quality programs and services in an environment that is safe, nurturing and inspiring.

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The BGCLAH has played a significant role in planning my future and ensuring a rewarding academic career. I’ve found a community that fostered a degree of confidence and self-assurance that I didn’t know I was capable of having. The Club has cultivated an environment that promoted exploration and growth, and what I’ve gained from the programs and people here is immeasurable. Because of the BGCLAH, I graduated from San Pedro High School with a 4.68GPA and will be attending Columbia University, majoring in sociology. After undergrad, I hope to pursue my Ph.D. with the goal of establishing a platform for people with similar experiences as myself. I want to be able to elevate voices and create a more equitable society with diverse perspectives.
Kelly Yoshimura

Back Boys and Girls on Their Pathways to Success

Boys & Girls Clubs is raising $250,000 to steer students onto Pathways to Success so that kids can realize the futures that they want. The Club has been a life changer for Nicolas Velazquez, who grew up in a family suffering from alcoholism in Wilmington, California, a city fraught with violence. Thanks to the Club, Nicolas got the structure and support he needed to prosper in school where his GPA is now a 4.3. His goals are to attend a university and to give back to his community by becoming an elected official. 

“Not bad for a kid who wasn’t supposed to be here,” Nicolas says. “I am walking proof of what the Club can produce and I want to let it be known that Great Futures truly do start here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor.”

A $5,000 donation is enough to sponsor one young person like Nicolas as they journey toward a rewarding career and hopeful future. Each donor will be assigned a boy or girl and receive a photo, thank you letter, and periodic updates on the child’s progress.

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