Alumni & Friends: Come Back to YOUR Club!

When was the last time you visited the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena? Did you know that this is our 80th Anniversary? Or that we have more than 2,000 members?

Join your fellow alumni at the Alumni Breakfast on July 20, 2017. The breakfast is a free opportunity to connect with your Club and learn about what is happening today! All alumni and their friends are invited.

Register here to join us for this free breakfast. Coffee begins at 7:30!

New Judgement Free Zone fitness center

We’ve got a new Judgement Free Zone fitness center at the Club! Earlier this month, Mario Lopez (an alumnus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the host of Extra) came out to Pasadena to dedicate the new gym provided by Planet Fitness.

Club Hosts Emmy-Winning Television Host

Attorney, author, and television personality Cristina Perez paid a special visit to our Mackenzie-Scott branch this month to talk to our teens about the importance of education, self-esteem, family values, and what it takes to achieve their dreams. The visit was made possible by Flintridge Preparatory School in La Canada, whose students have been working with our youth for several years. Perez is an alumna of the school. Born in New York, she is the daughter of Colombian immigrants. She was the host of the reality court show, “Cristina’s Court,” which won three Emmys for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program and is the first Hispanic judge to cross over from Spanish-language to English-language television. Her most recent show was “Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez.” Her mission, she says, is to help all individuals celebrate and find strength in their own unique personal, professional and cultural identity.

Club Kid Takes First Place in Egg Drop Contest

Nine members of the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena were among the 180 participants in the Discovery Cube Los Angeles’ second annual Egg Drop Competition. Prior to the contest each of our kids designed and built an Egg Transportation Vehicle (ETV) whose goal was to keep their eggs from cracking after a 25-foot fall. Members strived to keep the mass and weight of their ETVs as low as possible and to use as few materials as possible–considerations taken during judging. Eggs belonging to two of our Club kids survived the fall and one of our members, Kalena Martin, emerged as the overall winner of the competition. For her efforts, Kalena won a $100 gift card to the Discovery Cube store and earned her family a one-year membership to the Discovery Cube Los Angeles in Pacoima. After the competition our members visited the Cube’s science exhibits. Special thanks and appreciation go out to DPR Construction in Pasadena, whose employees worked with our kids to build their ETVs.

Celebrating Black History Month


The Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena continued a tradition this month when we marched in the city’s 34th annual Black History Parade, one of the longest running such events in California. BGCP members, including our flag team, and their families stepped off at Charles White Park in Altadena along with the Pasadena City College Band and Herald Trumpeters, community groups, dancers, equestrian units, and city and county officials. The parade ended at Robinson Park in Pasadena with food, children’s activities, special displays, music, and entertainment.

2016 Youth of the Year!


We are proud to announce that Anthony Romero, 16, a member of our Mackenzie-Scott Branch, will vie for the title of Los Angeles County Youth of the Year next month against 26 other Club kids, one from each of the Clubs that comprise the Boys & Girls Club of America Los Angeles County Alliance. Youth of the Year is the BGCA’s premier youth recognition program and recognizes members’ outstanding contributions to their family, school, community, and Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles they have overcome.

Anthony was chosen for this honor from among three candidates at the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena. He has attended the organization’s Mackenzie-Scott branch since 2012. Anthony is on the track team at Marshall and is also a saxophone player in the marching band. He also serves as the freshman class president for the Associated Student Body at Marshall. Outside of school, he plays in the Altadena Little League, where his talents on the field took him to the 2015 Junior Tournament of Champions. Math is his favorite subject and he aspires to attend UCLA and become an electrical engineer.

The Los Angeles County YOY winner will be announced March 23 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. That winner will advance to state competition, followed by regional and national competition, which takes place in Washington D.C. later this year.

We would also like to send out a special thank you to our Youth of the Year judges, who had the difficult task of choosing just one member from an outstanding pool of candidates. They were Chris Wood, a member of our board of directors and a Club alumnus; Claudia Vine, also a Club alumna and community relations senior manager of JustFab; Alex Rivera, director of athletic initiatives at Flintridge Preparatory School, and Ginger Mort from the Disney Store of North America, located in Pasadena.

Mackenzie-Scott Dance Team Highlights Tree Lighting Ceremony


Our Mackenzie-Scott Dance Team was once again the talk of the town as they gave a special performance during Pasadena’s annual tree lighting ceremony at City Hall. Our girls joined the Wilson Middle School Drum Corps., the Robinson Park Tiny Tots Troupe, and the kids from Pasadena’s Afterschool Adventures Program during the event. Other highlights included strolling carolers, free holiday craft projects from the Armory Center for the Arts, a Santa’s Village, Santa Claus, of course, and even snow flurries!

M-S Hosts Second Annual Health Fair


More than 100 people from the northwest Pasadena community turned out at the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena this month for the second annual Passport to Wellness Health Fair, presented by USC’s Keck School of Medicine. The event offered free health screenings for people of all ages, ranging from basic eye and skin exams, to dental screenings, to cholesterol and glucose screenings, to vital signs (height, weight, BMI, blood pressure) testing. Eye and lung exams were also provided as were flu shots, and representatives from Covered California were on hand as well. The Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena was very happy to partner with USC in providing these vital services to the community.

BGCP Shines Light on Afterschool Programs


Our Mackenzie-Scott dance team was a featured performer at the Pasadena Unified School District’s annual “Lights on Afterschool” event, celebrating afterschool programs in our community. The dance team performed a rousing routine to Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller” at John Muir High School in front of more than 200 fellow PUSD students, teachers, and parents. On the other side of town, meanwhile, hundreds of kids converged on Wilson Middle School to participate in an afterschool carnival, with games run by our own Club kids. Slavik Branch members joined kids from Willard Learns, Willard Adventure Club, Wilson Learns, Hamilton Learns, and Hamilton Adventure Club for games, arts and crafts projects, and physical activities including relay and three-legged races.

Shop, Share and Support the Boys & Girls Club!


For the 13th year, Macy’s will present its “Thanks for Sharing Program” to support various nonprofit organizations including the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena. From September 2 through December 31, you can enroll in this program for a $25 fee on your Macy’s credit card–$10 of which will be donated to Macy’s charitable partners, including the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena.  In addition, you’ll earn 10% rewards on every Macy’s purchase you make on your credit card before December 31, and you’ll receive these Thanks for Sharing rewards points in February. With the holidays just around the corner, this is an easy way to help community kids while you work through your gift list!