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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Centers & Clubs

Mission: The Mission of The Youth Center is to transform children's lives one family at a time through collaborative social, educational and recreational programs. Programs are funded entirely by contributions and modest activity fees. The Youth Center does not receive local, state or federal funding.

Results: In 2014, over 510 Youth Center volunteers donated over 5,260 hours of service in order to inspire hope in the lives of 1012 children. In 2015, we landed a helicopter on Los Alamitos Blvd. and produced a two-day educational life-changing Every 15 Minutes program to over 3,500 students.

Target demographics: local youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3000 local youth

Geographic areas served: Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach and surrounding communities

Programs: Free After School Program, Music Education, Rossmoor Park Summer Day Camp and Teen Camp, Every 15 Minutes Program, Leadership Academy, Learning Center, A Night Among the Stars, and Kids Night Out.

Community Stories

77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 TrLSm

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU to everyone who works at the Youth Center. My daughter loves Music Classes. She always wanted to play a musical instrument but was afraid to fail. She decided to play saxophone this year. She met new friends, and now can play a few songs on saxophone! She is so happy about it and very proud of her achievement. I just want to tell thank you to all everyone who helps with Music Program. It's very affordable, doesn't require private classes and her instructor is ridiculously good! Thank you for making my daughter have more confidence and new friends. I am telling all my friends about your music program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I joined The Youth Center recently as the director of camps and volunteer coordinator.

In addition to 20 years of science teaching I had ran science-based summer camps. My graduate research focus was on shark behavior.

I have come full circle and I am doing what I love again - running camps for kids.

The Youth Center is a truly unique charitable organization. It's history is inspiring. What is most impressive is the work that is done every day with the same goal - to engage kids and provide programs that fascinate and educate.

John Manley, M.S.
Director of Camps and Volunteer Coordinator

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lina the director, Julie, and John all of them are nice and always think about the students. All other stuff are well educated and trained. I hear the students laugh playing sports and I see some students studying hard everyday.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Lina and the Staff at the Los Alamitos Youth Center is the best!! The youth center is the only place that kids can come after school for free! I'm so impressed with the staff there! They make sure the kids come first! And they reach out to the whole community and Beyond!!!

Lina L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is an honor to work for such an amazing organization. To see children grow up with the agency into successful adults is truly rewarding. From Music Education to Summer Camps, the Youth Center has an outstanding team of staff who work hard every day to insure that children learn, grow, and participate in fun activities or projects. If you have children, give us a try - you will not be disappointed!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Love working for this amazing nonprofit and make a difference in children's lives every day. Amazing team of staff and volunteers. Thank you for everything you do and thank you to all the families who trust us with their children. Good to be in this community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Seeing the impact a death (during the Every 15 Minutes program) had not only on the child but on so many other people really put into perspective the ripple effect that kind of death has. It showed me that if I were to die, it wouldn't be just me that would be dying. My parents, friends, and anyone who cares at all would also be affected by a horrific event like this. So many people's lives are affected, which made me understand how selfish it is to drink and drive.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There were so many things that impacted me about Every 15 Minutes program. The things that made me cry so much were when I heard my obituary being read out loud to my class and watching the students and my teacher cry. When we wrote letters to our parents at the end of the night, it was so emotional. Reading the one my dad wrote to me was heartbreaking. Seeing my tombstone the next day with flowers and letters and pictures and things really hit me. This program impacted people so much and it broke my heart. It's such an important program and I'm so happy to have been involved. Listening to the guest speaker really showcased the reality of this program. Siting with each other lighting the candles was so amazing and great to hear us all speak and reflect. It really brought us all so close. I consider all of these kids my best friends now and I love them all. Watching the trial literally took my breath away. Hearing parents make impact statements about their kids is something I will never forget.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Learning to say everyday what you want to tell people that you love. Cherishing every moment with your child and take nothing for granted. I will share what I learned from Every 15 Minutes program with everyone who will listen....tomorrow is not promised.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so thankful for the whole experience and am extremely glad to have been able to been a part of such an important program (Every 15 Minutes). The assembly and the courthouse were very impactful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a great organization that helps impact kids lives. The volunteers and staff are wonderful and dedicated. The Youth Center is keen on teaching moral values and empathy along with making long lasting friendships with kids.

1 Jen Fontanilla

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an active board member for just a little over a year, I have to say it has been an incredible experience being a part of The Youth Center. I serve on a few of the board committees and it gives me insight to all the different areas that we are constantly improving and growing to better our programs, to make our board stronger and find ways to further serve our local community. Whenever we have an event where you hear the kids speak about how The Youth Center has impacted their lives and their families, you can't help but feel it touch your heart and be extremely proud of them and knowing you had a part in making that happen. The Youth Center equips our children with so much, whether it keeps them off the streets and out of trouble, helps them with challenges of school, or provides a place for them to foster new friendships, it is no doubt a special place that they will forever remember later in life. The Youth Center creates a foundation and environment to allow kids to grow in a safe place and become empowered with the skills they need to start off with in the real world. From a board member perspective, I have never been more proud to serve on a board of such amazing and giving whom I can call friends. Our strengths lie in pulling our gifts and resources together and we collaborate in such an effective way that strongly supports the staff and the programs they put together. The Youth Center is such an amazing example of one of the best nonprofits that I have ever had involvement with and I cannot express the gratitude and pride I have for this organization.