Lakers Youth Foundation and Active Alliance

YOU Grant Court Refurbishment Finalists

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Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor

Tax ID Number: 95-1661682

Mission Statement:

To enable all 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.

Project Description:

In 2001, the Port of Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club opened its doors in one of the most impoverished communities in the Harbor Area – The Rancho San Pedro Housing Projects. The Site engages over 250 youth a day and is open Monday – Friday from 12pm – 6pm. Because of the site’s location next to the public housing units, the club's target demographic is the families that live with-in walking distance of the club. According to LAUSD school data, 93.4% of all youth in the facility qualify for the Free or Reduced Meals program. The Boys & Girls Club provides more than just a safe place, for many children it is their 2nd home.

The new Gym floor will enhance the program by providing a safe and professional play area for the youth who attend the facility . For many of the children, this will be the only time they have access to a large gymnasium for physical activity. In its current state, the gym floor is loose and the striping is in poor condition. We want the Boys & Girls Club to be an oasis in the desert. The new Gym floor will provide this oasis and help the kids to reach their full potential.

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Challengers Boys and Girls Club

Tax ID Number: 95-2637167

Mission Statement:

To promote the optimal social development for at-risk youth ages 6-17. We accomplish this by providing constructive and positive alternatives to alienation and juvenile delinquency through comprehensive programs focusing on: health and physical education; personal and educational development; parent involvement; cultural enrichment; and various social and recreational activities – all designed to motivate, educate and elevate the children and teens of South Los Angeles to become productive, caring, responsible members of society.

Project Description:

Childhood obesity, gangs and drugs are among the many elements that plague the children of South Los Angeles. In addition to the obvious health benefits, basketball and other sports can have a tremendous impact towards positive outcomes for at-risk youth, including academic advancement, juvenile delinquency/crime reduction, improved social and leadership skills, along with helping youth gain a better sense of family and community. The mission of the Challengers Boys & Girls Club is right in line with promoting these positive alternatives through social and recreational activities. With over 2,800 youth walking through the doors of the clubhouse annually, a new basketball court will assist our organization in meeting the needs of our children. Challengers has offered basketball since its inception, and our outdoor basketball court has existed since we acquired our clubhouse in 1969. We offer instruction and skills training taught by experienced, trained coaches, team and tournament play, as well as summer basketball camps instructed by professional athletes. Last year our team traveled to Hawaii and won the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Biddy Basketball Championship. Your vote will allow us to repair the holes, cracks and damaged backboards that keep the children from being able to play safely. Help us raise future leaders and possibly a future LA Laker by VOTING FOR CHALLENGERS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB!

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