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STEM sailing program for “land locked” kids from the San Gabriel Valley and East L.A. at Marina Del Rey.
The Boys and Girls Club will present its third annual “Great Futures for Kids” fundraising breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the San Gabriel Hilton, 225 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel. The keynote speaker is Luis J. Rodriguez, author of the 1993 bestselling memoir Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. Other speakers include Veronica Gomez, an attorney with the L.A. County Public Defender’s Office and a Club alumna who grew up in Alhambra, and Kaitelynn Ng, a senior at Mark Keppel High School and the Club’s Youth of the Year.
On June 5, a fundraiser will take place at Herb Albert’s Vibrato Grill & Jazz in Los Angeles. The evening will begin with a 6 p.m. reception and a 7 p.m. silent auction and dinner with live entertainment. Cocktail attire is recommended. Proceeds will support the Club’s music studio activities.
Every weekday afternoon, between 200 and 250 boys and girls from ages 6 to 17 gather at the Boys and Girls Club at 328 S. Ramona Ave. in Monterey Park. Hundreds more gather at four other sites throughout the San Gabriel Valley and East L.A. There they find a safe haven with supervised activities for education, recreation, and sports.
There are activities such as Manner’s Matter etiquette classes, basketball on a regulation court, table games, and on weekends, STEM sailing, kayaking, and paddle board lessons in Marina Del Rey.
An on-site kitchen prepares and serves meals to those who need them. There is a drug counseling and awareness program available through Brent’s Club, which offers incentives to kids who stay drug and alcohol free. Homework and tutoring services are provided to help students prepare for high school graduation and preparation for college. There are college bound activities, including a computer room funded by Samsung, where kids learn robotics and STEM programming.
Another cool activity for teens is the use of a state-of-the-art music studio, courtesy of Notes for Notes ™, where budding musicians can practice and record their work. There is a nominal fee to become a member of the Club, but no child is excluded because of inability to pay.