visit www – Jukuz http://jukuz.net/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 20:45:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://jukuz.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/jukuz-150x150.png visit www – Jukuz http://jukuz.net/ 32 32 The Youth Center’s fundraising campaign at mid-term https://jukuz.net/the-youth-centers-fundraising-campaign-at-mid-term/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 23:01:54 +0000 https://jukuz.net/the-youth-centers-fundraising-campaign-at-mid-term/ Pictured is a counselor from the Youth Center and a child participating in the Youth Center. The Youth Center is halfway to its goal of $200,000 for its 2022 fundraising campaign. The campaign started on March 1 and runs until March 25, 2022. The fundraising campaign will end with a casino night All In For […]]]>
Pictured is a counselor from the Youth Center and a child participating in the Youth Center.

The Youth Center is halfway to its goal of $200,000 for its 2022 fundraising campaign. The campaign started on March 1 and runs until March 25, 2022. The fundraising campaign will end with a casino night All In For The Kids on March 25 at the Youth Center.

There are less than two weeks left to reach the $200,000 goal. Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Youth Center has raised just over $110,000 to date. They continue to focus on obtaining corporate sponsorships and individual donations in order to achieve their goal.

Southland Credit Union President and CEO Tom Lent leads the 25th Annual Community Support Campaign as campaign chair, responsible for raising much-needed funds for the youth center to provide scholarships for families in need and to pursue the pursuit of the non-profit organization to nurture young people in mind. , body and mind.
In addition to providing scholarships, money raised during the campaign will help provide tutoring and homework help, instrumental music lessons, as well as leadership, life skills and training. career for teenagers.

100 activists came together to support this great cause. One of the activists, Kristin DiMiceli, owner of Garage Pilates in Los Alamitos, said, “I am a local small business owner, board member of the Los Alamitos Chamber of Commerce and a resident of Seal Beach. . My husband John and I have 3 busy teenagers with (what seems to be) countless activities and found The Youth Center when our eldest volunteered at the Christmas tree stand event which s is held at Ganahl Lumber. Once we learned about this amazing community organization, we loved supporting the Youth Center and look forward to being part of this annual campaign.

Another activist, Arnie Fine said: “I am a salesperson in the industrial pipes, valves and fittings business. I have been involved in youth programs since the age of 18, when I was a part-time supervisor of a youth center in my neighborhood. I have been on the board of this great organization for over 30 years now. I have witnessed phenomenal growth for this organization, both in the awesome programs we provide for our youth and also in the individuals who make the Youth Center the award-winning non-profit organization it is today. today. I am very proud that the Youth Center helps shape the lives of many people who walk through our doors every day.

Lina Lumme, Executive Director of the Youth Centre, said: “We are beyond grateful to our dedicated staff, our generous community, Tom Lent and 100 wonderful activists for working tirelessly to raise the funds needed to help even more children. deserving and their families this year. .”

The All In For The Kids Casino Party at the end of the campaign will give guests the fun and excitement of playing in a real casino, but instead of going to Las Vegas, Las Vegas will come to them! The fun begins March 25, 2022 from 6-10 p.m. at the Youth Center in Los Alamitos, CA. Guests will enjoy an evening of delicious food, drink and entertainment, Vegas style. David Harlow of New Zealand Wine Navigator will be offering a free tasting of No.1 Family Estate Cuvée Methode (Bubbles), Darling Sauvignon Blanc (Cert. Organic/Biodynamic), Mondillo Pinot Noir (Central Otago) and Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon ( Gimblett Gravels). The title sponsor of the event is Southland Credit Union.

For more information about the 2022 campaign, to donate to the campaign, or to purchase tickets for All In For The Kids Casino Night, please visit: www.TheYouthCenter.org.

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All-Purpose Youth Center to Open in April and Welcome Students from Across South Florida – Boca Raton’s Most Reliable News Source https://jukuz.net/all-purpose-youth-center-to-open-in-april-and-welcome-students-from-across-south-florida-boca-ratons-most-reliable-news-source/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 16:16:57 +0000 https://jukuz.net/all-purpose-youth-center-to-open-in-april-and-welcome-students-from-across-south-florida-boca-ratons-most-reliable-news-source/ Opening of the Youth Impact Center in Fort Lauderdale on April 2 A free after-school center provides academic, athletic, social and personal space for young people aged 6-18 Boca Raton, Florida – Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis will join the Chen Family Mission Foundation of South Florida for the opening of the first Youth Impact […]]]>

Opening of the Youth Impact Center in Fort Lauderdale on April 2

A free after-school center provides academic, athletic, social and personal space for young people aged 6-18

Boca Raton, Florida – Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis will join the Chen Family Mission Foundation of South Florida for the opening of the first Youth Impact Center (YIC) in Fort Lauderdale on April 2, 2022.

The YIC will offer free academic, personal and sports support to students aged 6 to 18 in two spacious adjoining studios. The enrichment center will help youth and teens perform better on tests through tutoring and quiet study spaces. The sports center will have a range of exercise equipment and space for indoor sports training.

“The YIC will be a safe space to ensure young people have a place to meet, grow and thrive. When the last school bell rings, parents can rest assured that their children are using their creativity and talents in a safe environment surrounded by mentors and staff who truly care about them,” says Mary Chen, co-founder and director of ChenMed’s market development.

“The future of our community rests with the next generation,” adds Ms. Chen. “Students are

our future leaders and the YIC will help them maximize their potential.

The Chen family has a long history of supporting their community through philanthropic efforts. As owners of ChenMed, a national, mission-driven healthcare organization, the family donates 10% of every dollar donated to local charities and churches. “We are blessed at ChenMed, and we use those blessings to bless others,” said Stephanie Chen, legal and cultural director of ChenMed.

The first YIC is located at 909 (Athletics Center) and 947 (Enrichment Center) East Cypress Creek

Road in Fort Lauderdale. It will be open Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

pm For more information, call 954-928-0027 or visit www.youthimpactcenters.org.

About ChenMed

ChenMed, headquartered in Miami, is a private medical, management and technology company that provides the personalized, highly personalized primary care that Medicare Advantage-eligible seniors need to enjoy better health. named one of Fortune 2020 “Change the world” companies, ChenMed brings concierge-style medicine and better health outcomes to the most needy populations. ChenMed brands include Chen Main Medical Center, Dedicated senior doctor Center and JenCare Main Medical Center.

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Tom Lent Named Chair of Youth Center’s 2022 Fundraising Campaign https://jukuz.net/tom-lent-named-chair-of-youth-centers-2022-fundraising-campaign/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 19:08:49 +0000 https://jukuz.net/tom-lent-named-chair-of-youth-centers-2022-fundraising-campaign/ Tom Lent to lead the 2022 Youth Centers campaign. Courtesy picture The Youth Center has announced that Southland Credit Union President and CEO Tom Lent will lead its 25th annual Community Support Campaign as Campaign Chair. The 2022 campaign theme is “All In For The Kids” and will run from March 1 through March 25, […]]]>
Tom Lent to lead the 2022 Youth Centers campaign. Courtesy picture

The Youth Center has announced that Southland Credit Union President and CEO Tom Lent will lead its 25th annual Community Support Campaign as Campaign Chair. The 2022 campaign theme is “All In For The Kids” and will run from March 1 through March 25, 2022. The fundraising campaign will culminate with an “All In For The Kids Casino Night” on March 25 at the Youth Center.

As Campaign Chair, Lent will build and lead a team of individuals and businesses to raise much-needed funds for the Youth Center to provide scholarships to families in need and continue the pursuit of the non-profit organization to nurture young people in mind, body and spirit by keeping them safe and active, providing tutoring, homework help, music lessons and more. The fundraising goal for the campaign is $200,000.

“As a father, I understand the importance of places like the Youth Center that provide opportunities for enrichment and a safe place to go after school. I am honored and thrilled to help support young people in our community and chair the campaign. I look forward to our team setting a new fundraising record in March,” Carême said.

Thomas Lent is the president and CEO of Southland Credit Union, a billion-dollar credit union headquartered in Los Alamitos with more than 60,000 member-owners. Tom has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2017, after serving nine years as Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer. As President/CEO, Tom enjoys being involved in the many communities that Southland serves, and he is continually looking for new ways to give back and support those in need.

At Los Alamitos, Tom is the current Chairman of the Board of the Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) and a founding member of the LAEF Los Alamitos Leadership Circle. Tom has previously been crowned the LAEF “King of Hearts” for helping raise over $100,000 in funding to support educational initiatives in the Los Alamitos School District.

Tom is also actively involved with the CSU Long Beach Athletic Fund, supporting student-athlete sponsorship, as well as the Long Beach YMCA and many other local non-profit organizations, including being named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International . He has volunteered as a board member and coach for local youth baseball and basketball organizations. Tom is a Chartered CPA, holds a business degree from CSU Long Beach, and is a graduate of the Credit Union Executives Society CEO Institute.

Lina Lumme, Executive Director of the Youth Center said, “We are thrilled to have Tom Lent as this year’s campaign chair. Tom, along with everyone at Southland Credit Union, has been kind and generous to our cause. With their support, the Youth Center was able to provide more scholarships for children and provide free enrichment opportunities to local families. »

Asked about this year’s individual fundraising goals, Lumme replied, “The individual donation amounts don’t matter. We want to give everyone in our local community the opportunity to feel good about joining this worthy cause for children by giving what they can.

The All In For The Kids Casino Party at the end of the campaign will give guests the fun and excitement of playing in a real casino, but instead of going to Las Vegas, Las Vegas will come to them! The fun begins March 25, 2022 from 6-10 p.m. at the Youth Center in Los Alamitos, CA. Guests will enjoy an evening of delicious food, drink and entertainment, Vegas style. David Harlow of New Zealand Wine Navigator will be offering a free tasting of No.1 Family Estate Cuvée Methode (Bubbles), Darling Sauvignon Blanc (Cert. Organic/Biodynamic), Mondillo Pinot Noir (Central Otago) and Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon ( Gimblett Gravels). The title sponsor of the event is Southland Credit Union.

For more information about the 2022 campaign, to donate to the campaign, or to purchase tickets to All In For The Kids Casino Night, please visit: www.TheYouthCenter.org.

Tom Lent Named Chair of Youth Center's 2022 Fundraising Campaign



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The Maison des jeunes de Bayonne pays tribute to the winners of the Black History Competition https://jukuz.net/the-maison-des-jeunes-de-bayonne-pays-tribute-to-the-winners-of-the-black-history-competition/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 17:40:53 +0000 https://jukuz.net/the-maison-des-jeunes-de-bayonne-pays-tribute-to-the-winners-of-the-black-history-competition/ 1 / 6 A child looks at some of the art submissions made to the competition. Photos by Daniel Israel. 2 / 6 The work of the competition finalists was exhibited at the awards ceremony on February 25. 3 / 6 From left to right: Dawn Herring, Angelique Jackson-Belle, Colette Jackson-Belle and Marcia Jordan, each […]]]>

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A child looks at some of the art submissions made to the competition. Photos by Daniel Israel.

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The work of the competition finalists was exhibited at the awards ceremony on February 25.

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From left to right: Dawn Herring, Angelique Jackson-Belle, Colette Jackson-Belle and Marcia Jordan, each member of the board of directors of the Maison des Jeunes de Bayonne. Photo published with the kind authorization of the Maison des Jeunes de Bayonne.

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Officials pose with the winner of the writing portion Desiree Onkonkwo. Photo published with the kind authorization of the Maison des Jeunes de Bayonne.


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A child looks at some of the art submissions made to the competition. Photos by Daniel Israel.

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The work of the competition finalists was exhibited at the awards ceremony on February 25.

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From left to right: Dawn Herring, Angelique Jackson-Belle, Colette Jackson-Belle and Marcia Jordan, each member of the board of directors of the Maison des Jeunes de Bayonne. Photo published with the kind authorization of the Maison des Jeunes de Bayonne.

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Officials pose with the winner of the writing portion Desiree Onkonkwo. Photo published with the kind authorization of the Maison des Jeunes de Bayonne.


The Maison des Jeunes de Bayonne has announced the winners of the 2022 Black History Competition. The competition, sponsored by Mayor James Davis, held an awards ceremony for the winners of the art and writing competition on February 25 at Bayonne high school.

The ceremony was chaired by the president of the board of directors of the Maison des Jeunes de Bayonne, Angélique Jackson-Belle. She has been president for seven years after succeeding Margaret Hamiel, who served as president for the previous thirty years. Other members of the Bayonne Youth Center Board of Directors who were present at the event included Corresponding Secretary Dawn Herring, Co-Chair Collette Jackson-Belle and Board Member Marcia Jordan.

The annual competition has both an artistic part and a written part. For the artistic part, the students had to to choose an influential African American who spoke to them and had to write a found poem to accompany this work. For the writing part, students were asked to reflect on Juneteenth and could submit either spoken word, a documentary, an advertisement or a song. First place for both portions included a cash prize of $125, second place included $75, and third place included $50.

Winners include sixth, seventh and eighth graders

For the artistic part, first place went to Joshitha Sripada, an eighth grade student from Nicholas Oresko Community School, for her artistic submission of George Floyd; second place went to Desiree Okonkwo, an eighth grade student of Nicholas Oresko, for her art of Maya Angelou; third place went to Erick Pineda, a seventh-grader from Midtown Community School, for his Barack Obama art; Julia Swierzbinski, an eighth grade student of Nicholas Oresko, also placed third for her art of Amanda Gorman.

The work of the competition finalists was exhibited at the awards ceremony on February 25.

Honorable mentions for the artistic part: Aldy Youanna, eighth grade student of Lincoln Community School; Alexander Megally, a sixth-grade student at Horace Mann Community School; AvaJolie Angarita, a sixth-grade student of Henry Harris; Aydin Rivera, a sixth-grade student from Robinson Community School; Danielle Losonczy, a sixth-grade student of Nicholas Oresko; Gabriella Rolon, an eighth-grade student of Nicholas Oresko; Gia Cipriani, a sixth-grader from Midtown; Isabel Jaros, a seventh-grader of Nicholas Oresko; Leandro Valentiner, a seventh-grader of Nicholas Oresko; Mateo Marius Acosta, an eighth-grade student of Nicholas Oresko; Nola Holliday, a sixth-grade student of Nicholas Oresko; Parnika Agarwall, a seventh-grader of Nicholas Oresko; Raunak Verma, an eighth grade student of Nicholas Oresko; Sophia Habib, an eighth grade student of Nicholas Oresko; and Srujana Panda, a seventh-grader of Nicholas Oresko.

For the writing part, the first place went to Desiree Okonkwo for her speech; second place went to Darilis Villamar, an eighth grade student from Henry Harris Community School, for his digital and written submission; second place also went to Midtown sixth graders Caleb Brazile and Jamel Cruz for their rap song submission; third place went to Eva Chambers, a sixth-grade student of Nicholas Oresko, for her speech; and Julia Swierzbinski, an eighth grade student of Nicholas Oresko, for her poetry also placed third.

From left to right: Dawn Herring, Angelique Jackson-Belle, Colette Jackson-Belle and Marcia Jordan, each member of the board of directors of the Maison des Jeunes de Bayonne. Photo published with the kind authorization of the Maison des Jeunes de Bayonne.

Honorable mentions for the writing portion included: AvaJolie Angarita, a sixth-grade student of Henry Harris; Gia Cipriani, a sixth-grader from Midtown; Madina Toppa, an eighth-grade student of Henry Harris; Michael Gerges, a seventh-grader of Nicholas Oresko; Michelle Lin, an eighth grade student of Woodrow Wilson; Mohamed Hassan, an eighth-grade Henry Harris student; Moussa Abdelnour, a seventh-grader of Woodrow Wilson; Raouda Elsaid, an eighth-grade student of Henry Harris; and Tucker Fishbaugh, a seventh-grader of Nicholas Oresko.

Davis sponsors the annual competition

Jackson-Belle credited Mayor James Davis with helping bring the contest to fruition.

“Five years ago I met Mayor Jimmy Davis,” Jackson-Belle said. “He was kind enough to come on board and sponsor it financially.”

Davis delivered remarks at the start of the ceremony, thanking the Maison des Jeunes de Bayonne and its members for their work.

“Thank you not just for today, not just for Black History Month, but for all that you have done all these years for the young people of our city,” Davis said. “It’s phenomenal. It’s about community and it’s like saying that if we can’t take care of our children, no one else will.

Davis addressed the students directly, applauding their good work.

Davis also praised the students, praising their essay and artistic submissions.

“Take the art and the essays and read them,” Davis said. “We are supposed to teach our children to be inclusive, what community is and that everyone is the same even though we all look different… Read the essays and look at the art, because even as As adults, we can learn from our children… And our children are very talented, keep working with them and take them forward, because that’s what this is all about.

State officials congratulate participants

Assemblyman William Sampson, who represents the 31st Legislative District which encompasses Bayonne and parts of Jersey City, alongside Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, applauded contestants and urged them to keep up the good work. McKnight echoed the praise for the submitted works.

“Listening to these poems just brought tears to my eyes and my heart smiled,” McKnight said. “Juneteenth is a celebration of our freedom and all that you have done to sit here on this stage today is a testament to our culture. Black culture is every day, as good as any other human being in this world.

McKnight, a co-sponsor of the bill that made Juneteenth a holiday in New Jersey, encouraged kids to celebrate each other for the work they’ve done.

George Floyd’s first artwork by Joshitha Sripada was on display at the ceremony, among other pieces.

“You are not only our leaders of tomorrow, you are our leaders of today,” McKnight said. “Your words, the contest, the research you did are part of you. And you can now share this with your family, your friends. You create a legacy. June 19 is a holiday, but I want you to celebrate what you did to get here tonight. And rem ember, you are part of the story.

State Senator Sandra Cunningham, who was also a lead sponsor of the bill to make Juneteenth a holiday, applauded the “beautiful and talented” students for their “great work.”

“Anyone hearing you today would be proud to call you part of a great band,” Cunningham said. “I am proud because you are a member of an excellent elementary school. And I’m proud because I’m African American and also belong to a great group.

Between the officials’ speeches, the students presented their original poems, videos and even a rap performance. Overall, dignitaries in attendance included Mayor Davis, Sampson, McKnight, Cunningham and the entire City Council, including City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, First Ward Councilman Neil Carroll, Councilman Third Ward Gary La Pelusa and Councilman At-Large. Juan Perez.

The event served as the perfect close to Black History Month on February 28 and a reminder to remember black history throughout the year.

For updates on this story and others, visit www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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Ecore Provides Single-Source Solution for Youth Recreation Center Expansion https://jukuz.net/ecore-provides-single-source-solution-for-youth-recreation-center-expansion/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 23:03:46 +0000 https://jukuz.net/ecore-provides-single-source-solution-for-youth-recreation-center-expansion/ From humble beginnings in 1982 with a small congregation of just 30 members, the Church of Cerritos has grown steadily over the years to establish a firm foothold in the Southern California community. Non-denominational in nature, the doors of the Church are open to believers from all walks of life who wish to gather locally […]]]>

From humble beginnings in 1982 with a small congregation of just 30 members, the Church of Cerritos has grown steadily over the years to establish a firm foothold in the Southern California community. Non-denominational in nature, the doors of the Church are open to believers from all walks of life who wish to gather locally in the community.

Benefiting from an increase in membership, the congregation purchased land and built a meeting hall to accommodate its more than 200 members just three years later. In 2012 they moved to a new location in the Cerritos neighborhood better suited to accommodate the continued growth of the Church. More recently, the Church has further improved its facilities by adding a recreation center for young people. Located adjacent to the main Church building, the recreation center is a space for sports such as basketball, volleyball, and other youth activities.

To optimize the usability of the space, the project team researched cladding solutions that offered multifunctional performance, as well as safety and acoustic properties. They were able to find a unique solution for their coating needs by Ecore’s resilient flooring selections.

“The vision for the youth center was conceived many years ago,” said Tim Wang, a church member from Cerritos – responsible for facilitating the construction of the project. “We envisioned a space that could be enjoyed by people of all ages for a range of activities, so we had very specific priorities when it came to our flooring selections, including ease of maintenance, safety, durability, function and aesthetics.The noise level was also a concern for our neighbors.

“We considered wood flooring, but felt the care and maintenance requirements would be too demanding. We also wanted shock-absorbing surfaces that could mitigate impact and risk of injury while providing good traction,” Wang noted.

The new construction, totaling nearly 9,000 square feet, spans two floors with a multi-purpose space on the main level and a running track upstairs. To meet all performance requirements, two Ecore surfaces have been specified for the center, including Bounce 2 and Performance Rally.

Over 5,150 square feet of Floor bounce 2 in two different color combinations has been installed throughout the multipurpose center area. This high performance surface features a fusion of synthetic wood grain surface bonded to a 5mm performance backing to deliver the look of real wood in a more economical, ergonomic, safe, durable and easier to clean product.

The second floor track was finished over 3,800 square feet of Ecore Performance Rally produced in a visually impactful blue tone. This 14.5mm technical surface is made with Ecore’s proprietary itsTRU technology, a proprietary manufacturing process that begins with rubber that is diverted from landfills and incineration and recycled into Vulcanized Compound Rubber (VCR) in using a pressure process that fuses the VCR to the ground surface. . Innovative technology develops and captures energy to absorb impact force associated with aggressive functional training and return usable energy to the body.

“We are very pleased with the smooth installation process and the overall completed project,” Wang said. “Ecore was able to provide us with aesthetic and functional surface solutions that perfectly met all our needs. They also provided great support throughout the process.

Mr. Wang hopes the new center will bring smiles to many members of the community. “We hope many families, friends and neighbors will visit the church to enjoy this space together,” he added.

For more information on the Church of Cerritos, visit www.churchincerritos.org. To learn more about Ecore performance surfaces, visit www.ecoreintl.com.

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Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center keeps kids away from gangs with college-ready programs https://jukuz.net/al-wooten-jr-youth-center-keeps-kids-away-from-gangs-with-college-ready-programs/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 21:27:01 +0000 https://jukuz.net/al-wooten-jr-youth-center-keeps-kids-away-from-gangs-with-college-ready-programs/ The youth center keeps kids away from gangs with its college-ready programs that emphasize STEM fields. He recently received vital funding to install bulletproof glass and Kevlar in the walls of the building to protect children from stray bullets. The LA Standard Newspaper needs your support to continue creating positive stories about black […]]]>

The youth center keeps kids away from gangs with its college-ready programs that emphasize STEM fields. He recently received vital funding to install bulletproof glass and Kevlar in the walls of the building to protect children from stray bullets.

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Students participate in college and career preparation programs at the Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center.

By Jason Lewis

The Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center is a vital resource serving 400 children a year, most of whom come from South Los Angeles and Inglewood. The center offers them an alternative to gang life by guiding them to college, but gang activity around the center has caused major security concerns.

The center’s six storefront buildings, which sit on the corner of Western Avenue and 91st Street, were hit by stray bullets, prompting executive director Naomi McSwain to have bulletproof glass and Kevlar installed in the walls.

“We are fortifying this building for COVID safety, and we also have to fortify it because of the bullets,” she said. “We just can’t come back here knowing there’s gang warfare in our area, and it’s exacerbated by COVID. We just didn’t want to wait for someone to finally get hit.

The Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center is located at the corner of Western Avenue and 91st Street.

The center received an $8,000 donation from KROQ-FM to go along with its own funds to add the bulletproof material to three of its buildings, and an additional $23,500 came as a surprise gift to add the material to its three other buildings. .

Community Build, Inc. was to receive a $10,000 donation from Rebuilding Together Of the City of Angeles, but Community Build, Inc. CEO Robert Sausedo asked Rebuilding Together to donate the funds to the Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center. Rebuilding Together donated $13,500 to the project, and Rebuilding Together board member Ron Gold donated an additional $10,000 from the D and E Trust.

The Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center was established after Al Wooten Jr. was shot and killed in 1989. The need for the center arose from the closure of many government-supported youth centers that occurred in height of the gang and cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. Initially, the center simply offered local children a place to go after school, but over the years it has evolved into something much more impactful.

“We started with homework and basketball,” McSwain said. “We brought board games and took the kids down the street to the bowling alley. That was pretty much all we did. Now we do college and career prep, STEM courses, robotics, and SAT prep.

The center is now focused on sending children to college, and since it started tracking its students seven years ago, 100% of its daily participants went to college before the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19. Many kids started going to the center without having college on their radar, but that quickly changed.

“Some kids may not want to go to college,” McSwain said. “And kids always ask me this question, ‘Well, what if I don’t want to go to college?’ And I say, ‘Well, if you change your mind, you’ll be ready.’ And I saw them change their minds after we took them on college tours and brought in mentors who had different careers. When they found out they had to go to college to be that, I saw them change their minds.

The center offers in-person and online tutoring, which is extremely important as many students fall behind due to school closures and online classes during the pandemic.

“We have parents who say to us, ‘They told me that my child will not go to the next level and I need help. He has to complete these missions. Can we get help? We so let’s give them tutors to help them complete their homework,” McSwain said.

The center offers courses in performing and visual arts, music, world arts and culture, and technology. The STEM program is extremely important because these fields are in high demand.

“We want to make sure our students get that 21st century education so they don’t get left behind,” McSwain said. “So they know what coding and robotics and engineering are.”

Education is a pathway to success and a deterrent to crime.

“Education gives you the type of lifestyle where you don’t have to steal; you don’t have to go to jail; you don’t have to sell drugs,” McSwain said. “Because you have a viable and hopefully well-paying career. We give our children an alternative so they don’t have to engage in things that can kill them or imprison them.

For more information on the Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center, visit www.wootencenter.org.

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Bloom House Youth Services Receives $2,000 Grant | To free https://jukuz.net/bloom-house-youth-services-receives-2000-grant-to-free/ Sun, 06 Feb 2022 15:43:00 +0000 https://jukuz.net/bloom-house-youth-services-receives-2000-grant-to-free/ Bloom House Youth Services, a nonprofit serving at-risk and homeless youth, recently received a $2,000 grant through ValuNet’s Charitable Giving Fund. The grant will help equip the youth shelter’s resource room with the necessary internet access. “We are delighted that Emporia’s only shelter in the Base Center program opened in January and we can provide […]]]>

Bloom House Youth Services, a nonprofit serving at-risk and homeless youth, recently received a $2,000 grant through ValuNet’s Charitable Giving Fund.

The grant will help equip the youth shelter’s resource room with the necessary internet access.

“We are delighted that Emporia’s only shelter in the Base Center program opened in January and we can provide much needed shelter and services to homeless and runaway youth under the age of 18. With this grant from ValuNet Fiber, we are able to equip our resource room to further assist in serving at-risk and homeless youth,” said Clara Corn, President of Bloom House Youth Services. “This new resource room will be a space where young people who have dropped out of school can take online courses, learn how to create a CV and apply for jobs online, as well as learn typing and other skills. “

The Charitable Giving Fund awards more than $200,000 in grants each year to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations served by ValuNet Fiber and the other Cable One family of brands (Sparklight®, Fidelity Communications and Hargray ), and concentrates its support in the following priority areas:

  • Education and digital literacy
  • Food insecurity
  • Communautary development

Nonprofit organizations will have the opportunity to apply for a grant during the open application periods each spring and fall. Applications for the Spring 2022 grants will be open April 1-30.

“Through our philanthropic initiatives and the support of our local non-profit organizations, we help build strong and vibrant communities, improve quality of life and make a positive difference in the cities and towns where we live and work. said Julie Laulis, Cable A President and CEO.

The Charitable Giving Fund is an extension of the company’s existing corporate social responsibility efforts, which include:

  • Chromebooks for Kids, an initiative where the company donates Chromebooks to Title I schools across its footprint. To date, the company has donated more than 2,000 Chromebooks to help bridge the digital divide in underfunded schools.
  • Support national organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality, justice, education and diversity, including the Equal Justice Initiative, the Emma Bowen Foundation and the National Diversity Council.
  • Supporting the mission of Special Olympics Arizona, which provides year-round athletic training and competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports, as well as health, arts, leadership, and advocacy programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Planting trees through the Arbor Day Foundation on behalf of customers moving to paperless billing. To date, the company has planted 120,000 trees in its markets and state forests.
  • Support Keep America Beautiful’s mission to clean up and beautify communities across the United States

Through this program, the company has awarded more than $100,000 in grants over the winter of 2021 to 32 nonprofit organizations in its 24 states.

For more information on the ValuNet Benevolent Fund, visit www.myvalunet.com/charitablegiving.

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Let’s Get ‘Quack’n’! 2022 Crosswinds Youth Services Great Brevard Duck Race Set April 2 https://jukuz.net/lets-get-quackn-2022-crosswinds-youth-services-great-brevard-duck-race-set-april-2/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 18:44:26 +0000 https://jukuz.net/lets-get-quackn-2022-crosswinds-youth-services-great-brevard-duck-race-set-april-2/ coverage of the event can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV LOOK: The 24th Annual Crosswinds Youth Services Great Brevard Duck Race is scheduled for Saturday, April 2. Adopt your ducks online at GreatBrevardDuckRace.com. BREVARD COUNTY, FL – The 24th annual Crosswinds Youth Services Great Brevard Duck Race is scheduled for Saturday, April 2. […]]]>

coverage of the event can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV

LOOK: The 24th Annual Crosswinds Youth Services Great Brevard Duck Race is scheduled for Saturday, April 2. Adopt your ducks online at GreatBrevardDuckRace.com.

BREVARD COUNTY, FL – The 24th annual Crosswinds Youth Services Great Brevard Duck Race is scheduled for Saturday, April 2.

The Great Brevard Duck Race is a fun event that brings the community together to help change lives and bring hope to young people who receive services at Crosswinds Youth Services.

Incredible prizes will be awarded to lucky winners, including the Grand Prize, a 2-year lease on a new car, courtesy of Space Coast Honda.

“We are very grateful for the continued partnership of our community,” said Misty Campbell of Crosswinds Youth Services.

The 24th Annual Crosswinds Youth Services Great Brevard Duck Race is scheduled for Saturday, April 2.

“Your generous support will help us continue to work diligently to provide essential services to children, youth and families in crisis.

Unique Marketing and Sponsorship Opportunities:

Become a Flock corporate sponsor. This highly recognized event reaches thousands of people throughout Central Florida. Our main media sponsors are WFTV 9 Family Connection, Lite Rock 99.3 and Space Coast Daily.

Target audience: rubber duck enthusiasts of all ages.

As a corporate sponsor, your business will receive extensive exposure and publicity during a 6-week campaign that includes recognition on a custom t-shirt, marketing materials, social media, special recognition at the event and more.

Sponsorships start at $500 and all proceeds from the event help provide shelter, food, emergency services, counseling and other support to the most vulnerable children and youth in our community. .

For more information on becoming a corporate sponsor, please email mistycampbell@crosswindsyouthservices.org. The sponsorship commitment deadline is December 3, 2021, to be included in marketing materials.

Adopt your ducks online at GreatBrevardDuckRace.com.

What is the Great Brevard Duck Race?

The Great Brevard Duck Race is a fun event that brings the community together to help change lives and bring hope to young people who receive services at Crosswinds Youth Services.

The 24th Annual Great Brevard Duck Race will be held at the newly renovated Lee Wenner Park in downtown Cocoa Village on Saturday, April 2 at around 3:30 p.m. after the Central Florida Auto Show. Over 10,000 ducks will tumble, splash and dance on the Indian River. Amazing prizes will be awarded to the lucky winners, including the grand prize, a 2-year lease on a new car, courtesy of Space Coast Honda and more!

What am I supporting with my donation?

The Great Brevard Duck Race is a major fundraiser for Crosswinds Youth Services, Inc., a local non-profit organization that provides life-changing and often life-saving services to vulnerable children, youth and their families in Brevard County for over 47 years. year. People donate to Crosswinds by “adopting” ducks for the race…help change a child’s life and adopt a duck for $5 at www.greatbrevardduckrace.com

All proceeds from the event help Crosswinds provide shelter, food, emergency services, counseling and other support to the most vulnerable children in our community. You don’t need to be present to win. For more information about Crosswinds, please visit www.crosswindsyouthservices.org

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Avondale Firehouse will become the new home of the Garage Community & Youth Center https://jukuz.net/avondale-firehouse-will-become-the-new-home-of-the-garage-community-youth-center/ Tue, 12 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://jukuz.net/avondale-firehouse-will-become-the-new-home-of-the-garage-community-youth-center/ Photo by Richard L. Gaw The historic Avondale Fire Hall will soon become the new home of the Garage Community & Youth Center, replacing its current location in West Grove and joining the garage’s original home in Kennett Square. By Richard L. Gaw Personal editor Since its founding 20 years ago, the Garage Community & […]]]>

Photo by Richard L. Gaw The historic Avondale Fire Hall will soon become the new home of the Garage Community & Youth Center, replacing its current location in West Grove and joining the garage’s original home in Kennett Square.

By Richard L. Gaw

Personal editor

Since its founding 20 years ago, the Garage Community & Youth Center has served as an after-school and youth development center for thousands of middle and high school students in Kennett Square and West Grove.

Early in the morning of October 2, a group of nearly a dozen warm souls who volunteered for The Garage entered the former Avondale Fire Hall with the intention of demolishing some of its interior walls and begin the next chapter in the organization’s history.

Over the next few hours, garage general manager Kristin Proto and volunteer project manager Alex Kotler placed tools in the hands of volunteers, including Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell, in an effort to transforming the historic building from a former fire station into what will soon become the new home for The Garage, following the organization’s purchase of the building on September 17.

The building, slated to open next winter, will replace The Garage’s current Avondale-West Grove Center on Rosehill Avenue in West Grove.

Negotiations to purchase the building began last winter during talks between members of the Garage and Christine Trumbull, wife of the late David Hughes, who was a longtime owner of a local Servpro franchise, and whose company occupied the site for several years.

“Christine contacted us and told us that the building was for sale and that David loved this building – that it was his pride and joy that he was able to work in this space,” Proto said. “Christine then told us that she really wanted the future of this space to serve the community, and go to those who would take great care of it.

“She told us several times that every time she walked past the building, she felt like it would be a perfect home for The Garage.”

A recent tour of the two-story, 11,000 square foot building clearly shows that the first phase of its extensive renovations will better meet the needs of youth in the West Grove-Avondale community. One room will be repurposed as a performance and stage space, with portable audience seating that can be adjusted to serve other purposes. The first floor projects will also include bathroom upgrades and the conversion of a space to be used as a creative space, a small cafe.

The second floor will be redeveloped to include the Garage’s administrative offices, as well as provide possible office space for local nonprofit and legal aid organizations and agencies that partner with the agency.

The second phase of the renovations will see the building’s kitchen expanded and its laundry room converted into a meal preparation area.

Several advantages

The benefits of moving the West Grove-Avondale branch of The Garage from its current location in the West Grove Borough to its new location are numerous, Proto said.

“Once we did that first tour, we realized there was so much potential here,” she said. “It is the location of so many families we serve in Avondale and so many other young people who could use our services. Because of the size of this new space, we knew we could expand our services, either on our own or by partnering with other organizations we already collaborate with. »

Although Kotler is now the main contractor for the renovation of the old fire station, he is by no means a stranger to the Garage. When he was a student at Willowdale Chapel, he often participated in garage programs and later volunteered as a mentor to students. His wife Kristin is also a former staff member of The Garage.

The Garage is set to kick off a $900,000 fundraising campaign that will be led by Proto, Development Director Kate Martin and The Garage’s Board of Directors. The funds raised during the campaign will be used to pay for the purchase of the building, as well as renovations. Once the campaign reaches its goal, Proto said The Garage can then devote more funds to student programming, hire additional staff and reduce the cost of expenses. She called the fundraising campaign “a long-term investment in the Avondale community.”

“We are confident that we have such a large base of funders who are so generous and so invested in the work that we do, that we are very confident that we will achieve our goal,” she said. “The Garage has been in Avon Grove for ten years, and the investment that will be made in our fundraising campaign, which will translate into the next 30 to 40 years of the Garage and its commitment to thousands and thousands of young people in this area , for generations to come.

For more information on The Garage’s new Avondale home, visit www.garageyouthcenter.org/avondale.

To contact editor Richard L. Gaw, e-mail [email protected]

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