Partner Spotlight: The Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley

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Grandparent. Parent. Child.

Celebrating 45 years in West San Gabriel Valley, the Boys & Girls Club has been in the community long enough to see three generations of a family come through its doors.

This is the type of long-term community commitment and support that United Way of Greater Los Angeles looks for in its nonprofit partners. That’s why we’re so proud to count the Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley as a partner, offering financial support in their efforts to provide a safe, structured environment for young people after school, during holidays, and on summer vacation.

Like so many community organizations, the Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley came to life when a single individual recognized a need within the community. Realizing there were no after school activities for his own children, founder Dr. Friedrich Thomas helped start the club by donating the original building and providing seed money to initiate club programming.

Since its founding in 1972, the Boys & Girls Club has expanded its physical footprint in West San Gabriel Valley and has expanded its roots even further.

In every community, without safe and supervised after school activities, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

The Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley inspires and nurtures area youth aged 6-18 with five core program areas:

  • Character & Leadership Development

  • Education & Career Development

  • Health & Life Skills

  • The Arts

  • Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Through support from United Way’s donors, Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley has been able to expand its programming to offer tutoring for kids grades 4-8, case management, and a web-based learning program to help students improve in math and language arts! For students in grades 9-12, Boys & Girls Club has even been able to implement a College Bound program to provide support teens need to graduate on time with a plan for college.

Learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley by visiting their website and also by watching their 2017 Program Highlight Video below.