LA Students to Embark on ‘Discover China’ Adventure

Twenty-two students from Los Angeles County and the “Discover China” program organizers and sponsors celebrate the upcoming trip at an event last week in Los Angeles. Provided to China Daily

By LIA ZHU, China Daily

Twenty-two students from Los Angeles County will head to China soon on a “discover” trip sponsored by Chinese companies.

Selected from more than 140,000 members of the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs, the 22 “Youth of the Year” nominees will embark on the 10-day trip on June 28.

They will go to three Chinese cities – Xiamen, Shenzhen and Shanghai, where they will visit Chinese enterprises, including BYD, Coolpad and the Shanghai Aircraft Design and Research Institute, and talk with the executives and interact with local Chinese students.

As their annual community program, China General Chamber of Commerce – Los Angeles (CGCC-LA) organized the “Discover China” trip in the hope of providing the local youth with a transformative cultural experience and US-China career opportunities and insights.

Raven Wolfgang Leos, one of the Youth of Year nominees, said that for most of them the China trip was beyond the realm of possibility.

“This trip presents an opportunity to experience world travel, illuminate the Chinese culture, work to understand the importance of a global economy and how it impacts each of us and where we can have an impact,” said Leos, from the East Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club.

He said it will be their responsibility to bring everything they learn back to the communities and share these experiences so others can open their minds to go beyond the boundaries of their own neighborhood.

“This is a beautiful way of expanding horizons at a time it seems they are being cut short,” he said.

Every year in the past five years, CGCC-LA has brought together Chinese companies to give back and support the communities. The organization serves hundreds of Chinese companies that are investing and doing business in the greater Los Angeles region.

“Children are the world’s most valuable assets, and we value the opportunity to provide them with this unique experience on international culture and US-China cross-border career insights, which we believe will be transformative and impactful,” said Sherman Zhang, chairman of CGCC-LA and president of AVIC International USA.

The sponsors include Coolpad, Xiamen Airlines, BYD Motors, International Vitamin Corporation, COMAC America, North American Representative Office of Shenzhen and Shanghai Foreign Investment Development Board Los Angeles Office.

The students will fly to Xiamen from Los Angeles on Xiamen Airlines’ first direct flight between the two cities on June 28. The airline company will also sponsor all of their air travel during the trip.

“The sponsors of this China Trip are not only taking a chance on a group of youth that they hardly know, but they are also giving us the priceless gift of perspective,” said Margo Akopov, nominee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Burbank & Greater East Valley.

“I personally believe that perspective is the driving force behind collaborative efforts and successful innovation. With perspective, the knowledge and experience that we can take away from this trip is endless,” said Akopov.

With the pervasiveness of technology, it’s critical that today’s youth is exposed to and learns about technology early on, said Brandy Kang, CEO of Coolpad Americas, one of the sponsors.

“The more we invest into today’s youth, the brighter the future will be for all of us,” said Kang. “Coolpad believes that by putting together a great intercultural exploration trip, they gain hands-on experience and expand their creative minds of what could be.”

*China Daily was established in June 1981 and has the widest print circulation of any English-language newspaper in China (over 200,000 copies per issue, of which a third are abroad).[3] The editorial office is in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, and the newspaper has branch offices in most major cities of China as well as several major foreign cities including New York City, Washington, D.C., London and Kathmandu.[4] The paper is published by satellite offices in the United States,Hong Kong, and Europe.[5][6]

Meet Rita Henderson: Connecting Thousands of Employees to Serve Their Communities

One of the Faces of Nestlé driving a positive impact on individuals & families, communities, and our planet

I tell everyone that I’ve had the greatest job and career at Nestlé USA. I’ve been here for 25 years, and I’ve had the pleasure of managing Community Affairs for the last 17 years. That includes managing our partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of America, our corporate giving campaign, and the Nestlé Adopt-a-School program.

25 years ago, we found we needed a focus and strategy for giving back to our communities. That is when we started our Adopt-a-School program, which helps with everything from a special fitness program at a school for young adults with Down syndrome to building school vegetable gardens. We even continue to keep in touch with some of the kids today.

A big highlight of my career was the 150 for 150 volunteer event in 2016 (that’s me and my team the day before, above). The event had 6,000+ Nestlé volunteers working with 100+ community nonprofits to clean local parks and rivers, lead special fitness events for Boys & Girls Clubs, cook meals for families at domestic violence shelters, play games with teens who have severe physical disabilities, and so much more. To come together with Nestlé employees all over the country for one collective day of volunteering was so amazing. I think bringing everyone together for the first time was just a starting point — we’re going to continue to find even bigger and better ways to come together and support our communities.

One of my favorite parts of my role is leading teams of Nestlé employees out into the community to help those who need it the most. Every time I attend an employee volunteer event, I am reminded of what a great company we are and how much we can make a difference. It’s so valuable to give employees time off during the work day to go help in schools, educating young people on eating healthy and being active, like supporting Boys & Girls Club programs. We’re still youth-focused today and we hope this next generation grows up happy, healthy, well-nourished and physically fit.

Read more here.

American Diabetes Association offers first diabetes prevention camp in Santa Clarita

The American Diabetes Association’s Camp Power Up is coming to the Santa Clarita Valley for the first time to educate children and families on the importance of healthy living.

Youth ages 7 to 15 participating in the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Power Up. The weekend camp is coming to the Santa Clarita Valley for the first time in July. Facebook photo[/caption]

The weekend diabetes prevention camp targets youth ages 7 to 15 who are at risk for developing diabetes or have a family history of Type 2 Diabetes.

This year the two-day summer camp will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley in Newhall on July 15 and 16.

Focused on creating healthy behaviors around nutrition and physical activity, Camp Power Up allows children to make new friends, participate in outdoor activities and learn from health professionals.

Each day participants will be supervised by health professionals with an expertise in diabetes and trained counselors who act as role models as youth learn new health behaviors.

To reinforce the lessons of the program, parents and families are encouraged to also attend the camp on Sunday to engage with health professionals and learn about change for the whole family.

The goal of the program is to teach preventative measures to delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes, which effects 1 in 10 people in the Santa Clarita Valley, and reverse prediabetes.

Following the camp, the American Diabetes Association will host three reunion events at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley to teach additional healthy behaviors and to reconnect with camp friends.

Youth ages 7 to 15 participating in the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Power Up. The weekend camp is coming to the Santa Clarita Valley for the first time in July. Facebook photo[/caption]

Camp Power Up will be held on July 15 and 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley in Newhall.

Those wishing to participate in the camp must register in advance at www.diabetes.org/camppowerupsantaclarita or by calling 323-966-2890.

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.

Pasadena Boys & Girls Club Youth Of The Year To Embark On Cultural Educational Expedition To China

April 18, 2017

Ivonne Gonzales

The Pasadena Boys & Girls Clubs “Youth of the Year” Ivonne Gonzalez is joining 22 other nominees to an all-expense paid trip to China for an international, cultural and educational expedition. This journey is a part of the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs taking the program to the next level!

The China Expedition is a creation by the fantastic partners of the Alliance who had a shared vision of helping the 23 Youth of the Year nominees to see beyond their communities and looking into a world they might never know. With the mission of promoting collaboration among Chinese and U.S. businesses, communities and stakeholders, the China Enterprise Council

helped with the platform to make this extraordinary experience possible.

Club members who earn the Youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service; community service, academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.

“This trip is paramount in changing the lives of the well-deserved nominees who I believe will build on this experience and in turn help their communities see beyond for cultural integration and appreciation,” states Mary Hewitt, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs. She went on, “schools don’t have the resources to maintain their art and gym classes, let alone send students on trips outside their community. These nominees are the best of the best, we are doing this to help students become global citizens, bring life to the subjects they learn in school, and expose them to new ideas and cultures.”

Brian Davis, Executive Director & CEO of the Pasadena Boys & Girls Clubs states, “Travel is a powerful agent for change. It broadens our horizons and helps us find our purpose. Think how travel has been a positive influence on your life and how it’s connected you to people and communities. We are thrilled with this opportunity for Ivonne.”

This trip is the first of its kind for the Boys & Girls Clubs to have all Youths of the Year travel together overseas. It would not be possible without the support of these incredible sponsors: China Enterprise Council, Coolpad, XIAMEN Airlines, BYD, International Vitamin Corporation, and COMAC America.

WANU Water Joins NBA All Star DeAndre Jordan to Hydrate Los Angeles Youths

WANU Water joined with Olympic Gold Medalist and NBA All-Star, DeAndre Jordan, and the American Diabetes Association of Los Angeles to donate 9,000 bottles of nutrient infused water to the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys and Girls Clubs with a mission of spreading healthier hydration to local youths.

For each point and rebound he scored during the February 19th NBA All-Star game, the LA Clippers star pledged 100 bottles of locally produced, WANU Water to the 23 chapters served by the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys and Girls Clubs. Jordan, the only representative from either Los Angeles basketball team, recorded six points and three rebounds, and immediately following the game decided to increase his donation to 1,000 bottles per point and rebound.

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February 25, 2017 –

Youth of the Year Career Panel Day at ABC7 studios with Elex Michaelson!! 

#GreatFuturesLA #BeGreatLA #YOY #ABC7

January 13, 2017 –

Jocelyn Woods shared her journey to becoming National Youth of the Year at ABC7 studios with Elex Michaelson!! You won’t want to miss this….

#GreatFuturesLA #BeGreatLA #YOY #MistyCopeland #ABC7

Getting Healthy

Sponsored by Aetna and ABC7 in partnership with the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs

January 13, 2017

Important public safety outreach program for Airbag Recall: Southern California. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an airbag recall.  We are working urgently to reach out to drivers of certain 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles and urge them to immediately take their cars to an authorized dealer for a FREE repair of potentially deadly defective airbag inflators.  
For Southern California residents, the situation is particularly urgent. Prolonged exposure to high heat and humidity degrades the chemical propellant in a defective airbag inflator over time, which makes it more explosive and increases risk of serious injury or death. 
Recall notices have been repeatedly mailed to car owners, but we know more must be done.
Airbag Recall: Southern California is a group of community organizations and leaders working to make people aware of the risk that they face driving in cars with defective airbags.   

Happy Holidays Everyone.

Former Boys & Girls Club Member Shaun White is at it again!

CLUBS, please send this out to all of your supporters to promote this HOLIDAY Event Fundraiser.  Tweet your support to @shaunwhite

Each Club that promotes the event through Social Media using hashtag @shaunwhite will be entered into a raffle for a special prize.


Please join Air + Style us as we give back this month. 15% of proceeds from December ticket sales will benefit our 3 LA-based non-profit partners: Boys & Girls ClubInner City Arts, and The Clubhouse at Expo Center. Air + Style is proud to partner with these organizations which provide young people the opportunity to experience music, sports, art, and technology.

Air + Style brings the snow to Downtown LA for a two day snowboard and music festival featuring Major Lazer, Flume, TV On The Radio, the world’s best snowboarders, and more. February 18 and 19, 2017 at Exposition Park. Tickets and info at airandstyle.com The direct link to the Los Angeles event page is http://air-style.at/los-angeles-2/

Los Angeles County Alliance names Keynote Speaker for 2016 Teen Summit

On October 15th Ramsey Jay Jr. will take the stage to speak to our 1,200-1,500 teens. UCLA’s Drake Stadium will be the “home base” of this year’s event which will take the students to all ends of the campus. Ramsey Jay is an accomplished speaker, with a powerful message geared towards these young adults we care so much about!