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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 2017, over 510 Youth Center volunteers donated over 5,480 hours of service in order to inspire hope in the lives of 1073 children. In 2017, 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

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned about The youth center when my son wanted to go to summer camp and I sen him to the "wrong one" - he wanted not just any summer camp but wanted "the fun one" done by The Youth Center!Since then my 3 kids grew up with the Youth Center, not just the day camp but also participating in the Leadership academy, volunteering at The tree Lot and as a counselor.When they graduated from high school, the executive director of the youth center asked me to say a few words about what it meant to them and I was honored to speak to the board and supporters. I also learned about what the board does to support this great organization and joined as board member later that year.The things our non-profit does help not just the kids but the entire community as we help other non-profits with our tree Lot and entire families with our programs.I am grateful for the help The Youth Center gave our children, and proud of my contribution back to the organization to help others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PLEASEEEEEEEEE HELP our YOUTH!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

BEST AMAZING NON-PROFIT for our YOUTH in the OC! True inspiration & support for our YOUTH! PLEASE continue supporting The YOUTH CENTER!!!

Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PLEASEEEEEEEEE HELP our YOUTH!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The BEST NONPROFIT with the most CARING TEAM doing EVERYTHING & ANYTHING possible to help all the youth in our communities!!! Please come & volunteer & see for yourself!!!

LOS ALAMITOS YOUTH CENTER positively changing LIVES of YOUTH every single day!!!!

Thomas.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Youth Center has a great annual Fundraiser - Christmas Tree Lot. It's a true community tradition. Trees come directly from Oregon. You will not find the fresher tree anywhere. All the proceeds go to support the kids. When you come shop for a tree, an amazing youth normally will help you. Please support this awesome nonprofit.

floper1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for The Youth Center for 4 years and the staff and board members are caring, helpful, and dedicated to helping children and nearby communities. Jay is ever diligent in watching and caring for the children. He ran the summer camp this year and it was a huge success with the parents and most importantly the kids.
All the staff, Julie, Lorie and the young men and women who watch the children at the after school program and camps are ready to wipe a tear, help with homework, play games, and listen when a child needs to talk.

Lina Lumme (Executive Director) is a dynamo when it comes to getting donations, making fund raising events fun and profitable, and making the community aware of what The Youth Center does. She cares deeply for the children and is herself an active volunteer in several organizations in Los Alamitos and nearby communities

The Youth Center is a busy but organized place where children can feel safe, learn, and have fun.

I am proud to be associated with this wonderful place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Los Alamitos Youth Center, Inc. and it is a joy to be among the energizing, hard working, and fun staff. They are so dedicated to making Los Alamitos Youth Center a place that kids love to go to have fun, learn, do their homework, and be safe.. There is so much activity among the kids. Lots of happy noise. The staff is never too busy to answer a child's question or help him in the computer room. I love going there.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned about The youth center when my son wanted to go to summer camp and I sen him to the "wrong one" - he wanted not just any summer camp but wanted "the fun one" done by The Youth Center!

Since then my 3 kids grew up with the Youth Center, not just the day camp but also participating in the Leadership academy, volunteering at The tree Lot and as a counselor.

When they graduated from high school, the executive director of the youth center asked me to say a few words about what it meant to them and I was honored to speak to the board and supporters. I also learned about what the board does to support this great organization and joined as board member later that year.

The things our non-profit does help not just the kids but the entire community as we help other non-profits with our tree Lot and entire families with our programs.

I am grateful for the help The Youth Center gave our children, and proud of my contribution back to the organization to help others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids had the opportunity to have fun with other teens in the community. The director bonded with the campers really well. It was safe, secure, and I never had to push them out the door – they were raring to go each day!

Joseph M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Me and my brothers have come here since we were in middle school, now we are 17, 20, and 23 respectively. It is amazing the small but important life skills that have developed in all 3 of us just from our interactions and lesson we took from this time being associated with The Youth Center. From attending as children, to volunteering over 1,200 hours (as a family) or working there as an employee, The Youth Center and their have dedicated themselves to changing These children's lives, one child at a time. I couldn't be more happy to have the opportunity to be a part of that same team that helped me grow into the young adult that i am.

AliVie

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Teen Camp program is the best. Kids ages 12 and up get to spend an incredible summer exploring Southern California. One of the best camps for older kids in the area. Check it out!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When you know that your kids are well taken care of while you work-it's priceless. When I pick them from the Youth Center and they are happy, it makes my day. When they say that their homework is all done, I feel thankful that I can spend a few hours left in each day to enjoy my family. The Youth Center is a part of my family that makes my life complete.

Jen Fontanilla

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son first attended Camp S.H.A.R.K., the summer camp that The Youth Center puts on every year, and he absolutely loved it. Not only did it give him a place to go to during the summer, but he made new friends, he stayed active, he played games, created art, and so much more. In fact, even months in the winter after camp was done and over, he kept asking me, "When do I get to go back to Camp S.H.A.R.K.?"

Every time I went to the park to drop or pick him up, all the kids were participating in fun activities together and playing outside, having a great time. The staff members are so attentive, caring and always demonstrate that they want to be there and truly care about your kids and their safety.

My son also loves attending Kids Night Out, which takes place once a month at The Youth Center. Each month there is a different theme. It gives him a chance to get out and do some fun activities with others. He never wants me to pick him by the time I come back to get him. He's sometimes one of the last ones to leave.

I'm just so grateful that this is an affordable, safe and fun place for him to go to where he can look back on one day and remember that he had an incredible childhood growing up.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering here! The environment is great and the staffs are very nice and welcoming. It’s a wonderful place.

1 arniefine10

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with this amazing organization for over 28 years. We offer a number of valuable programs to keep our kids safe after school. I run annual Golf Event and it is super fun way to support this nonprofit. Join us.

1 SarahLeeCatherine

Donor

Rating: 5

Best Children's Charity in the area. They give 100% to the kids, have an outstanding staff and volunteers. They are here for the kids, not for the money. Check it out for yourself!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Youth Center in Los Alamitos has been around since 1952 serving children and their families with valuable programs and activities to benefit them. They touch the lives of more than 3,000 youth a year in their summer camps, after school programs, music education program, Every 15 Minutes drunk driving determent bi-annual event, and more. I've never seen an organization so dedicated to serving the community as the Youth Center.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Youth Center is truly a wonderful organization. I am amazed by the individuals that run the Youth Center and it all starts with Lina. Everyone I've met truly cares about the Youth Center and the children it mentors. Being involved with the Youth Center is one of the most rewarding things I have ever been involved in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff here at The Youth Center in Los Alamitos are so good always busy brainstorming on new ways to make the kids time here at the center safe and memorable. I'm really impressed, they are always making sure the kids needs comes first and always reaching out to the community. Always seeking and searching for more opportunity, support and donations to make the organization more profitable.

1 Lina L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Outstanding nonprofit with the best Board of Directors and Staff!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love working here! We offer amazing summer camps, music education, after school program, and more. Give us a try! We have an outstanding team of staff, board members, and volunteers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

To whom it may concern,
My son has been attending a homework program at the youth center in Los Alamitos. It has made life at home completely different. I can actually enjoy quality time with my son instead of arguing with him to do his homework and feeling helpless when I'm unable to help him. Kashen like many other kids comes from a divorced family so it has been a blessing for him to a stable homework place and person (Jay) to help him. Kashen has struggled with his grades always and I am happy to say I looked at his grades and he has 4 As and 2 Bs I attribute that to his after school homework program It also has also helped Kashen with self confidence and his anxiety has gone down tremendously because he is organized. Life changing!!!!! Thank you,
Lori Sundey

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer at the Los Alamitos Youth Center and I have to say it was very pleasant! I have volunteered at several places over the years and The Youth Center is by far my favorite. The staff is amazing, friendly and very organized. They go over and beyond for the children as well as their family members. The children always seem happy and busy having fun with the many activities the Youth Center has to offer. I look forward to giving more of my time to the staff and children here at Los Alamitos Youth Center.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My three boys currently attend the Los Alamitos Youth Center during the school year, and I couldn't be more pleased. The staff is kind and courteous while maintaining a calm and safe space. The computer room is perfect for those students that want to get a jump start on their homework. While we've only utilized the LAYC during the school year, there are many other events that happen all year round. My oldest is currently looking forward to helping out the LAYC during Christmas with their Christmas tree fundraiser.
Mindy Ruiz

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The 3rd Annual Los Alamitos Youth Center Golf Tournament is an amazing vehicle to provide much needed funds for the Los Alamitos Youth Center Scholarship summer camp fund. The tournament will prove to be an amazing golf experience filled with fun games, good food, exciting competition and most of all a chance to provide funds back to the youth center. We almost have a full field of golfers so sign up now to reserve your foursome and we still have chances for sponsorship.... Make a difference for the Los Alamitos Youth Center and participate!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids are loving Camp SHARK! They love science experiments, sports, and contests. This is not just a regular summer camp. The Youth Center really knows how to combine learning and fun. Staff is so friendly and welcoming. Activities are so much fun, I want to go to camp. Kids want to go to camp early and don't want me to pick them up earlier than 7 p.m. As a parent, this camp by far is the best thing that happened to my family. This is our 3rd summer with Camp SHARK and my children made new friends, learned a lot, and stayed active all summer long.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great summer camp! My kids absolutely loved every day of summer. They went on trips, learned new games, and met new friends. What a great camp in this community. So glad we moved! This is the best camp my kids ever went to. A+++++++++