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By Charles Karsch 22 Dec, 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, we want to thank everyone who has helped support the Club whether it be a financial contribution, a gift-in-kind or a selfless donation of your time by volunteering. Your support has helped us provide programs, services, food and a second home to thousands of youth in the San Gabriel Valley.

 

This bring to mind a story of a member named Jesus. Jesus is from our Boys & Girls Club site at Ramona Gardens. As a young boy, Jesus’s mother was incarcerated in state prison and three months later his father was deported leaving Jesus to the custody of his ailing grandmother. Jesus used these events to start making bad decisions in life. As he transitioned from elementary to middle school, Jesus became involved in gang activities where he was shot at many times but never hit. One day he had the chance to visit his mother in prison. With his mother and grandmother crying to him begging him to get off of the streets and apologizing for not taking care of him the way they should have, Jesus decided that he wanted to change for them. Jesus found the Boys & Girls Club of Ramon Gardens when he was assigned to do community service hours by the court for some serious trouble he had been in. The first day at the Club he saw how caring and respectful the staff were and decided to keep going to the Club and surrounding himself with positivity. He joined programs such as Leaders In Training, where he was later elected as president by his peers. Jesus credits the staff at the Club who were able to help him get off of probation and stay off of the streets. Now, Jesus believes that it doesn’t matter where you were born or raised you can accomplish and achieve anything as long as you set your mind to it.

 

Stories like Jesus’s and many others would not be possible without your generous support. Please consider making a year-end contribution to the Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley so that together, we can help many more youth like Jesus in 2018.

 

 Warmest Regards,

 

The Boys & Girls Club Staff

By Frank Reyes 21 Dec, 2017
Congratulations to Valerie C. (not pictured), Gary C. and Marie R. who were selected as our November Youth of the Month.  These amazing young people are on their way to great futures!
By Frank Reyes 21 Dec, 2017
Congratulations to Daniel C. and Brittney G. who were selected as our November Youth of the Month.  Keep striving to Be Great!
By Frank Reyes 20 Dec, 2017
Congratulations to Nelson H. (6-8), Jesse H. (9-11) and Natalie M. (12 & Up) for being selected as November Youth of the Month!  Keep up the great work, attitude and spirit that makes this Club the place to become!
By Frank Reyes 19 Dec, 2017
Happy Holidays,

November has was a great month at the East Valley Boys and Girls Club. The Early Learning Center was busy making Thanksgiving hats and placemats for the upcoming holiday. They children had fun on the 9th with Birthday Club, their favorite part is dancing to the music playing loudly from Pandora!

The Center was closed on November 10th in honor of Veteran’s Day and we all say a big “thank you!” to the Veteran’s that have serve our country and who always are making this country great!

The School Age Club was busy doing different activities during the Thanksgiving break. They enjoyed time off from homework, played in the game room, spent time on the computers, and did crafts and projects reflecting on thankfulness and gratitude. The birthday kids had fun celebrating their special day by munching out on pizza, punch, cupcakes, and goodies!

The City of Baldwin Park put on their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30th and invited the Boys and Girls Club to participate. We were excited to accept the invitation and some of our Early Learners and School Age students joined in and sang Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Jingle Bell Rock for the crowd of spectators. The response was such a positive one, we have already been invited back next year!

Dates to put on the calendar:

December 25th & 26th – Club Closed
December 25th – January 7th – BPUSD Closed
January 1st – Club Closed
By Frank Reyes 19 Dec, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 22017 - Ling Yen Mountain Temple

Our members had an enlightening experience visiting the Ling Yen Mountain Temple in Mount Baldy! We would like the thank our sponsors of the Kids Cafe for inviting us to visit this special place! 
By Frank Reyes 19 Dec, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017 - South El Monte Community Center

We would like to thank LA County First District Supervisor Hilda Solis and her office for the donation of turkeys and bags of groceries which helped to feed many of our needy families this Thanksgiving.  Thank you for considering our Boys & Girls Club and the families we serve across the San Gabriel Valley.

By Frank Reyes 19 Dec, 2017
On Wednesday, November 29th ten incredible youth from the various branches of the Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley gave their well prepared speeches and answered questions from a panel of five judges (from organizations such as Athens Services, UPS, Quemetco, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Wells Fargo).  After much deliberation, a decision was made and the judges placed the name of their choice for Youth of the Year into an envelope to be revealed later in the evening.  

Each of the ten candidates gave their three minute speech to a crowd of over 100 people including representatives from local City and elected offices.  They were all very well delivered and heartfelt.  After the speeches were done, it was time to announce the winner.  Kaitelynn N. was chosen as the 2017 Youth of the Year and will represent the Club at the county contest in March of 2018. 

Kaitelynn is 17 years old and has been a member of the Club for 3 years. Her hobbies include reading, writing, sailing and volleyball.

At the age of 7, Kaitelynn's parents decided to end their marriage. Due to this change in her life, it caused Kaitelynn to lose sense of what it meant to be a kid. Slowly, Kaitelynn started to avoid her peers at any cost. As time progressed, she found herself deep in the shell and with her biological mother's physical and mental abuse, it only made her lose herself. In order to help her be a kid again, her father and step mother had her join the Boys and Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley. The staff would soon help Kaitelynn crawl out of her shell and make her a new person. They did just that, She became President of LIT (2016- Present), President of Keystone (2017- Present), Keystone Member of the Year (2016- 2017), and Brent’s Club Member of the Year (2016- 2017). The Club even helped her go on a one week trip to Taiwan and a three day College Bound Trip to visit seven different Northern California Universities. She also is involved in a volunteering program at school called Interact Club.

What my Boys and Girls Club means to me:   "The Boys and Girls Club means a door of new beginnings. They opened me to a new me that I would have never guessed I would become. They opened me to new friendships and new chances."
By Frank Reyes 30 Aug, 2017

For confidentiality purposes family names have been altered.

 

The Nava family consists of Ms. Nava and her three children: Charlie (18), Matty (11) and Jon (7). 

     The Nava family came to the attention of DCFS, due to a domestic violence incident between Mr. Nava and his wife, which included their oldest son, Charlie.   During the incident, Mr. Nava physically attacked his wife, and subsequently punched his son, Charlie, in the face when minor intervened.  Minor was left unconscious.

     Once DCFS investigated said case, it was found that there was a long history of severe and sustained domestic abuse by Mr. Nava against his wife, minors all being exposed to this abuse.

     Mr. Nava was asked to vacate the household and a restraining order was placed on him.  

     IHOC (In-Home Outreach Counselor)(employee of Club) found family to be under lots of stress, both emotional and economic, now that there was one less income.  Ms. Nava appeared to be mildly depressed and overwhelmed, and all three children were sad, confused and uncertain.  Charlie was failing his classes in his senior year, Matty was very behind in her reading and overall academics, and Jon had behavioral issues in his classroom.  

     IHOC commenced by referring all three children to Pacific Clinics for individual therapy services.  Minors were asked to be seen at their school, in order to minimize inconsistency with attendance.  Ms. Nava was referred to EVBGC for individual therapy (transportation offered, since she does not drive).  She was provided with a link to Wings for domestic violence group, but due to her very long work hours (housekeeping work) this was not possible.  Hence, it was decided at MCPC that domestic violence topics would be extensively addressed in individual therapy (licensed therapist), as well as with IHOC.  This was the first time any family member had ever received therapeutic services.  

     IHOC provided Ms. Nava with a written request to commence IEP services for Matty, since minor had been displaying poor academic performance for the past few years.   IHOC addressed with Jon's therapist minor's history of family violence and the need to address his disruptive behavior in class.  

      IHOC assisted Ms. Nava in acquiring police report of the incident and provided her with information to the Immigration Center for Women and Children, which commenced the process for her and Charlie to become United States residents, through VAWA.  EVBGC assisted family with initial appointment fee, as well as subsequent case fees.  IHOC also assisted Ms. Nava with child support procedure through the District Attorney.  Auxiliary funds were also accessed, as family was assisted with three month's rent totaling $2,700, dinette set and a chest of drawers. This economic assistance reduced the economic stressors affecting Ms. Nava, allowing her to reevaluate her current employment options with more clarity.

     Family was also provided with a list of food banks in the area in case the need arose.  Funds were also made available to assist minors with fees to enroll in sporting activities.  Transportation was made available to this family for court issues, mental health, as well as MCPC's, and some doctor's appointments.  

     As time progressed, Ms. Nava became more aware of her strengths and ability and was able to differentiate between a life filled with stressors and violence, and one of peaceful coexistence, where she was more able to implement household rules and expectations.  

     Ms. Nava's decision making skills improved, which had a calming effect on the children.  Charlie was able to graduate for Azusa H.S., is employed part time, and looking into Citrus Community College.  Matty improved her grades, and is still being monitored for further needs, and Jon's overall behavior at school has improved from being overly aggressive, to being perhaps overly playful.

     Minors have addressed in therapy missing their father, since Mr. Nava has not made any efforts to reconnect with his children.  Matty made the following statement: "I think my father is like a book.  You can read it over and over and it never changes."    
By Frank Reyes 30 Aug, 2017
The Family Preservation Program [FPP] is a strength-based, collaborative program aimed at helping families to identify and build upon existing strengths; resolve problems causing child safety concerns; advocate for their children at school and in other public settings; and expand, or establish for the first time, the family’s connection to resources and supports in the local community. One of the primary goals of the FPP is increased self sufficiency within the family and a reduced reliance upon public agency intervention.

When DCFS and the family come to the table at the initial Multi-Disciplinary Case Planning Committee [MCPC] meeting to develop the MCPC case plan, representatives from community service agencies are also present. The Family Preservation Program’s MCPC meetings serve as a continuation of the strength-based process initiated at the Team Decision Making meeting held during the early stages of DCFS intervention. Together, a new vision is created with and for the family during the MCPC meeting; goals are set and the foundation for the relationship between the family and this multi- dimensional support team is laid.

The FPP is, for many DCFS families, an essential component of successful reunification of children with their families. The program may be initiated several months prior to children returning home as a way of smoothing the transition, putting needed supports in place, and helping the family to prepare for their reunion. FPP support services are offered from 6 months to 12 months, or more, after the children are reunified, depending upon the family’s individual needs.

If you would like to read more about this program, CLICK HERE.

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By Charles Karsch 22 Dec, 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, we want to thank everyone who has helped support the Club whether it be a financial contribution, a gift-in-kind or a selfless donation of your time by volunteering. Your support has helped us provide programs, services, food and a second home to thousands of youth in the San Gabriel Valley.

 

This bring to mind a story of a member named Jesus. Jesus is from our Boys & Girls Club site at Ramona Gardens. As a young boy, Jesus’s mother was incarcerated in state prison and three months later his father was deported leaving Jesus to the custody of his ailing grandmother. Jesus used these events to start making bad decisions in life. As he transitioned from elementary to middle school, Jesus became involved in gang activities where he was shot at many times but never hit. One day he had the chance to visit his mother in prison. With his mother and grandmother crying to him begging him to get off of the streets and apologizing for not taking care of him the way they should have, Jesus decided that he wanted to change for them. Jesus found the Boys & Girls Club of Ramon Gardens when he was assigned to do community service hours by the court for some serious trouble he had been in. The first day at the Club he saw how caring and respectful the staff were and decided to keep going to the Club and surrounding himself with positivity. He joined programs such as Leaders In Training, where he was later elected as president by his peers. Jesus credits the staff at the Club who were able to help him get off of probation and stay off of the streets. Now, Jesus believes that it doesn’t matter where you were born or raised you can accomplish and achieve anything as long as you set your mind to it.

 

Stories like Jesus’s and many others would not be possible without your generous support. Please consider making a year-end contribution to the Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley so that together, we can help many more youth like Jesus in 2018.

 

 Warmest Regards,

 

The Boys & Girls Club Staff

By Frank Reyes 21 Dec, 2017
Congratulations to Valerie C. (not pictured), Gary C. and Marie R. who were selected as our November Youth of the Month.  These amazing young people are on their way to great futures!
By Frank Reyes 21 Dec, 2017
Congratulations to Daniel C. and Brittney G. who were selected as our November Youth of the Month.  Keep striving to Be Great!
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