Learn to Swim (or Swim Better) at the Boys & Girls Club

Did you know the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena has an indoor heated swimming pool at each location?  Did you know that the Club offers swimming lessons, swim team, and other swimming programs every day?  The Boys & Girls Club is the perfect place to learn to swim — or learning to swim better.

Our new Aquatics Coordinator at the Mackenzie-Scott Branch, Christine Lopez, just started this month and is ready to go with our Winter Swimming Schedule.  Ask Ms. Christine or Branch Director Mario Maytorena for more information.

M-S Aquatics Coordinator Christine Lopez

2018 ImageMakers Art Show & Reception

Densel M.'s photo called

ImageMakers is a year-round program that enables youth ages 6-18 to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through the appreciation of photography. Members go on field trips to The Huntington Library, Downtown Los Angeles, Olvera Street, Downtown Pasadena to learn the art and science of photography through multiple categories: Culture and Tradition, Portraits, Nature and Surroundings, Fashion and Style, and Editing and Filter. Photographs are displayed at local and regional exhibits around the country.
This year’s event was hosted by the Pasadena History Museum giving our members the best opportunity to show case their work. The museum often partners with the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena by offering complimentary tours to our members.  Pasadena Museum of History is the only museum and research library dedicated solely to preserving and sharing the history, art, and culture of Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley. Since 1970, the Museum has been headquartered on the two-acre grounds of the Fenyes Estate, a Pasadena Cultural Landmark that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

You can view the photos from all of this year’s winners online here.
Read the article from the Pasadena Star News about the Boys & Girls Club and the ImageMakers program online here.

It’s a theater takeover with the L.A. Dodgers!

Theater takeover with the Dodgers
This afternoon, a bus pulled up outside the Mackenzie-Scott Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena. Children from northwest Pasadena filed out of the Club and onto the bus for a short ride to Burbank. When they arrived, they were greeted by Chris Taylor and Kyle Farmer of the Dodgers.  Each child received a special “Dodgers Love LA” t-shirt and Dodgers cap and then the real excitement began:  they were treated to a special screening of Paddington 2!

The staff of the Boys & Girls Club came back with a special surprise as well:  a $2,000 grant from the Dodgers to support the Mackenzie-Scott Branch in Northwest Pasadena.

Chris Taylor of the Dodgers
Chris Taylor and Kyle Farmer of the Dodgers
Thank you Fandango!

There’s an Olympian at the Pool

Every day, Wilma Wong coaches nationally ranked swimmers at the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena’s Mackenzie-Scott Branch.  She brings them to the Club because we have one of the few 25-meter swimming pools in the region and her unique workout requires the 25-meter length.  Few of our members ever see these workouts, as it happens in the mornings before the Club is opened.  But on Monday, December 4, our members got up close and personal with these accomplished athletes.

Wilma brought Mexican Olympic swimmer (2012 and 2016 games) Liliana Ibanez Lopez and nationally-ranked United States swimmer (and 2020 Olympic Hopeful) Luke Pechmann to meet the Boy & Girls Club of Pasadena Blue Rays and provide them a special Olympic-class swimming clinic.  We are thrilled to provide these types of experiences to our members.


Making the Holidays Brighter!

GREAT FUTURES START HERE!  Bright futures start this holiday season!  
Did you know that the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena will distribute hundreds of presents to its members this holiday season?  Many of our families rely on the Club’s festivities to brighten up their holiday season.  You can be party of the joy by giving a gift for our Holiday Toy Drive.  We are collecting new, unwrapped presents for boys and girls of all ages.

In special demand are gift cards for our teenagers.  A donation of a gift card tells one of Pasadena’s teens that someone is thinking about them and that they are special.

You can bring your donations to either branch of the Boys & Girls Club:  Mackenzie-Scott Branch at 2020 North Fair Oaks Avenue or the Slavik Branch at 3230 East Del Mar Boulevard.  If you have any questions, you can email Brian Davis at brian.davis@bgcpasadena.org.

Join the giving spirit this holiday by donating to the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena's Holiday Toy Drive!

Join the giving spirit this holiday by donating to the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena’s Holiday Toy Drive!

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BDO Serves Up Great Futures

Click here to find us on Facebook and see photos from BDO’s big day at the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena.

The staff from BDO’s Los Angeles office came to the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena on Thursday, November 9 to participate in a very special “Done in a Day” program.  The team of 30 showed up early to the Club to learn all about what awaited them and were ready to go and greet the kids as they showed up to start their day at the Club.

The volunteers settled in an helped serve that day’s snack, which is provided to our members free of charge through a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Revolution Foods.  The snack program is an important part of the day, providing the fuel for their minds and bodies.  With many school children eating lunch early in the day, they benefit from the healthy boost provided at 3:30.  The BDO team was particularly interested in the snack program because they raised $9,395 from 112 donors to purchase new tables for the kids in the snack program.

The volunteers split into two groups:  one heading into the Teen Center and another to do a crafts project with the younger members.  In the Teen Center, volunteers participated in the Career Launch program.  They met with teenagers and discussed way to explore careers, apply for internships, and research potential employers.  The teens and mentors all came back together and shared what they learned with the whole group.

And then everyone headed to the gym:  it’s Volleyball Time. A game of volleyball with BDO vs. the teens from the Boys & Girls Club was a great way to wrap up a fun and meaningful day.


The Boys & Girls Club Reaches Out!

As the news of hurricane devastation throughout Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico reached the west coast, the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena felt compelled to act!  Teens in our Teen Centers organized a drive of cleaning supplies and self-care products to send to their peers at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, and the Boys & Girls Club of Puerto Rico.  The teens took over the “We Own Fridays” event to make care packages and create banners of love and support for the kids just like them.  “We Own Fridays” is the extended hours program of the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena.  The Club stays open late on the first Friday of every month to provide special programs for Pasadena’s teenagers.

The Board of Directors took up a special collection at their September meeting to provide a donation to our sister Clubs experiencing loss from the hurricanes.

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NBC4 was LIVE from the Club!

The Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena has been “homebase” for the Los Angeles Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs‘ and NBC4/Telemundo52’s “Supporting our Schools” campaign this year.  Reporters and anchors have been at the Club talking about all the great work that happens every day here and at the other 21 Clubs in Los Angeles County.  The purpose of the campaign has been to collect school supplies for our members as they head back to class soon.

Today, the campaign wrapped up with hundreds of donations and live broadcasts on both channels all morning long.  The best part of this project was reminding everyone in Southern California how important Boys & Girls Clubs are and being able to show everyone that GREAT FUTURES START HERE!

Eat Chipotle. Help the Club!

You can feast on burritos and tacos and help the Club all at once this Friday!  Take this flyer to the Chipotle at 246 South Lake Avenue from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM this Friday, July 28, and 50% of your purchase will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena.