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.

 

Pasadena Rotary Makes SAT Prep Possible for Teens

Our deep thanks go out to the Rotary Club of Pasadena, which awarded us a grant for a technology upgrade in our Teen Centers that will improve our internet access. Doing so will allow our teens to access free online SAT preparation courses made available through a partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the College Board, and Khan Academy.

The partnership is designed to increase teens’ access to SAT prep courses and practice tools–particularly for those teens without a computer or internet access at home–and help level the playing field for them, many of whom come from disadvantaged circumstances and cannot afford the usually costly college prep courses that their wealthier peers can.

Club Holds Duet of Music Recitals

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Our Music Program has grown so much in the past year that we hosted not one, but two, annual music recitals this year. Our Performing Arts Center was the site of these musical interludes, which featured both seasoned students and those new to musical instruction. Some 33 students performed before an audience of family members, board members, and Club staff on instruments ranging from piano, violin, cello and flute to clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, baritone horn, and drums.

“We elected to have two recitals this year because of the increasing number of students we currently serve,” said Music Director Hope Kikuchi. “Having two shorter recitals provides a more intimate setting for both performers and audience members.”

A Birthday Fit for a Bard

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Following an invitation from the Huntington Library in San Marino, a half dozen of our members brushed off their knowledge of verse in order to help out at the library’s annual Shakespeare Day. Our members assisted event attendees with bard-related activities such as “quarto” construction. Quartos date from Shakespeare’s time and are created by folding one large sheet of paper twice to make an 8-page book or pamphlet. Our kids helped distribute the quartos and also made their own in which to write their own stories, rewrite their favorite Shakespeare scenes and draw pictures.