All Roads Head Toward Success at Boys & Girls Clubs LA Harbor
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor (BGCLAH) 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. “Our kids need to know that there is a path for them after high school. Whether they want to go to college or straight into the workforce, their dreams are well within reach,” BGCLAH Chief Executive Officer Mike Lansing says.
The Club has made substantial investments in their Pathway initiatives to provide support for their young people, no matter their goals. Their highly successful College Bound Program has a 99% graduation rate, with over 96% of seniors pursuing a higher education. Additionally, over $102 million in federal financial aid and scholarships have been distributed through partnerships to graduating seniors to help limit the amount of college debt after graduation.
Paralleling their College Bound program, their Career Bound and Workforce Development programs empower young adults on their journey towards achieving success in the workforce. They provide essential soft skills training and actively immerse these youth in various local industries, trades, real estate, culinary trades, banking, thriving sectors of business, and more. These programs also give young adults the opportunity to be paired with paid internships in their chosen fields, which offers them practical experience and the chance to earn valuable certifications.
While Boys & Girls Clubs is a national organization, 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 Harbor branch alone has 23 Club sites from Gardena to the Harbor, serving upwards of 2,400 youth a day. This year, the Club will be expanding to serve even more youth at their 24th site, the Cheryl Green Boys & Girls Club. This new facility, strategically located in a neighborhood of high need, is poised to serve kindergarten to 12th grade students, aiming to provide comprehensive support and opportunities for personal growth, mentorship, and development.
Pathways to Success runs through the entire fabric of the organization. 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 kids who want to jump straight into the workforce after high school, the 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,” Lansing says.
Chief Executive Officer: Mike Lansing
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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“Giving back to our community is a big part of what the ILWU does and the partnership between the ILWU and the BGCLAH is one of those things that feeds the heart of the community. It’s a huge thing to be surrounded by positive influences as a kid and gives them opportunity to pursue their dreams. The Club molds young people’s lives – they molded mine. I am the man today, the father today, because of the Boys & Girls Club. And the ILWU is so proud to be a part of an organization that makes such an impact in our community.”
Back Boys and Girls on Their Pathways to Success
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the LA Harbor is raising $250,000 to steer students onto their Pathway to Success so that kids can realize the futures they want.
The Club has been a life changer for Nohemi Hernandez, who grew up in Wilmington, California, a city fraught with violence. Thanks to the Club, Nohemi got the opportunities and support she needed to prosper in school. She graduated high school with a 4.3 GPA and has recently begun her freshman year at UC Berkeley.
A $5,000 donation is enough to sponsor one young person like Nohemi as they journey toward a rewarding career and hopeful future. Thank you for helping Club youth reach their Pathway to Success!
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