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.

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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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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.

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NBC4 Goes Inside the Boys & Girls Club

This month, NBC4 and Telemundo52 are running a school supplies drive:  SOS – Supporting our Schools!  Viewers are encouraged to bring donations of school supplies to any Los Angeles County Boys & Girls Club — including the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena.  On Saturday, July 29, 2017, viewers are encouraged to come to the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena during the 7:00 AM Saturday morning news broadcast.

For more information, visit:  NBC4-Telemundo52 Supporting our Schools

NBC & Telemundo: Supporting Our Schools!

NBC4 Southern California / KNBC and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles / KVEA announced today the launch of the Supporting Our Schools or Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas, a campaign designed to raise awareness about the needs of students and inspire its viewers to take action with the television stations and help make a difference in local communities. The initiative kicks off as an immediate call to help students who are the most vulnerable to dropping out of school in hope of achieving a brighter future.

Beginning on July 17, the public can make a donation of popular school supplies at participating Boys and Girls Clubs across more than 20 locations. The public may also make a financial contribution to provide much needed supplies to underserved youth. To learn more on how to donate, visit NBCLA.com/SupportingOurSchools or Telemundo52.com/ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.

“We know that education matters among all families in Southern California and this call to action will make an enormous impact to better equip students with basic back-to-school supplies,” said Steve Carlston, President and General Manager of NBC4 Southern California. “Our local efforts will help thousands of students reach their full potential.”

“Helping our viewers access resources needed to succeed is at the core of our business,” said Celia Chavez, President & General Manager of Telemundo 52 Los Angeles. “I look forward to seeing this campaign flourish and help local students prepare for a successful start to the new school year.”

The Supporting Our Schools initiative culminates with a school supply drive with NBC4 news reporters Annette Arreola, David Biggar and sports anchor Mario Solis, and Telemundo 52 Weather Anchor Gabriela Rosales at the Boys and Girls Club located at 3230 East Del Mar Boulevard in Pasadena on Saturday, July 29 from 7 a.m.-11 a.m.

The Supporting Our Schools initiative is a national effort led by the NBC and Telemundo-owned stations located in 20 markets across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico, that seeks to raise awareness about classroom needs and what communities can do to help students.

Tune in to NBC4 and Telemundo 52 for more information, including news content about classroom needs and follow the effort on social media @NBCLA and @Telemundo52, with the hashtags #SupportingOurSchools and #ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.

For more information visit NBCLA.com/SupportingOurSchools or Telemundo52.com/ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.

Inside the Club: Black History Month

Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena are as diverse as the city we serve. We celebrate with Pasadena and the nation during Black History Month every year. Members of the Slavik Branch convened for a celebration on Thursday, February 23. Our members created this video to teach each other about the origins of Black History Month and the civil rights movement:

At the Mackenzie-Scott Branch, they continued a tradition that is almost 10 years old: the Annual Soul Food Dinner! Teens gave a special presentation about Brown v. Board of Education. Then, more than 50 of our members and their families shared a meal together on February 28.

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.

 

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Edison International Supports Project Learn

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The Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena is delighted to be the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Edison International for our Project Learn program. Project learn gives our members the support they need to engage them in learning, encourage them to succeed in school, and help them become lifelong learners. Through homework help and tutoring, high-yield learning activities, and strong partnerships with schools and parents, our kids are able to build self-confidence, start each school day better prepared, and ultimately perform better in school.