Press Release

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ALLIANCE FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS 

NAMES 2016 CO-YOUTHS OF THE YEAR

Caleb Gomes from the Malibu Club and Mark Perez from Whittier Boys & Girls Club

Los Angeles, Calif., March 25, 2016 – The Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs named its co-Youths of the Year on March 23, at an event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.  Caleb Gomes of the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu and Mark Perez of the Whittier Club were selected as co-winners from 26 nominees.  They are now moving on to compete and represent the L.A. region in the California Youth of the Year competition in April. Winners eventually proceed to the Regional and National Youth of the Year competition in the fall.

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Caleb Gomes

The Walt Disney Company was the presenting sponsor of the Youth of the Year Event.  The audience was treated to appearances by Disney stars, Karan Brar, (BUNK’D, Disney Channel), Miranda May (BUNK’D, Disney Channel), Skai Jackson (BUNK’D, Disney Channel) and on-air personality Candice Huckeba (Radio Disney) who celebrated the accomplishments of these inspirational young people.  ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Elex Michaelson was the Master of Ceremonies and Phil Guerini, vice president, music strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide and general manager, Radio Disney Networks, shared in a wonderful night of stories of perseverance and hope.

Each of the 26 Nominees were previously named Youth of the Year in recognition of his or her respected Club location based upon their personal and academic accomplishments, as well as their commitment to their Club and their community.

“These two outstanding young people who earned recognition as Youth of the Year are living proof that Boys & Girls Clubs are impactful in helping their member’s become model citizens in their community,” said Mary Hewitt, Executive Director the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs.  “Mark Perez and Caleb Gomez are quite a testimony that “Great Futures Start Here” at Boys & Girls Clubs.”

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Mark Perez

The two winners each received $2,250 in scholarships to assist in their further education.  Time Warner Cable provided $750.00 per each winner.  All Youth of the Year are awarded with a $1,000 scholarships.  Additionally, each of the nominees received Bicycles compliments of Walmart, a family four-pack to Disneyland and back packs filled with items.

To learn more about Malibu winner Caleb Gomez, visit The Malibu Times HERE.

To learn more about Whittier winner Mark Perez, visit La Opinion HERE. (Spanish translation available)

Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year Program Sponsors

The Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs annual Youth of the Year Competition is supported by presenting sponsor Disney, media sponsor ABC7, along with supporting sponsors:  Pacific Youth Foundation, Bank of America, Ralphs/Food 4 Less, Nestlé, Time Warner Cable, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Walmart, Pace Pictures and AEG.

About the Youth of the Year Program

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club teens. Club members who earn the youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people. The two L.A. County Youths of the Year will proceed to the state-level competition and could continue on to the National Youth of the Year scholarship program. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., to compete for the title of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National YOY. The national winner will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 and will meet the President of the United States in an Oval Office ceremony.

About The Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs

The Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs is made up of 26 Boys & Girls Club organizations serving over 140,000 youth ages 6-18 throughout Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs is a unified and collaborative force representing all 26 Clubs with the purpose of securing resources, marketing, and financial support to further the efforts of individual Clubs and increase the impact and reach in their communities.

The Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs exists to support the individual Boys & Girls Clubs located in Los Angeles County in their efforts to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring responsible citizens.

All funds donated to the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs is always divided evenly among all 26 member Boys & Girls Clubs for use in filling funding gaps in existing programs that comprise our five core program areas:  Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, the Arts, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (bgca.org) has enabled young people, especially those who need Clubs most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  Today, some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 4 million young people 6-18 years old through Club membership and community outreach.  Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach.

SUPER YOUTHS SET FOR GREATFUTURES

 Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs Announces 2016 Youth of the Year Finalists

Disney, presenting sponsor of 2016 Youth of the Year competition, to celebrate extraordinary achievements of Club Youth who embody leadership and service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles

Los Angeles, March  21  – The Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs will host its annual Youth of the Year award celebration at the El Capitan Theatre on March 23, 2016 at 6:30pm.  ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Elex Michaelson will emcee the event. Disney stars, Karan Brar, (BUNK’D, Disney Channel), Miranda May (BUNK’D, Disney Channel) and Skai Jackson (BUNK’D, Disney Channel) will participate in the program.

 The Youth of the Year program is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America premiere leadership program and focuses on Club involvement, community service and personal growth.  The 2016 Youth of the Year program, supported by The Walt Disney Company as presenting sponsor, will showcase candidates representing all 26 Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Los Angeles County.  These young people were selected from more than 140,000 Club members served each year by the Clubs. The field has been whittled down to six semi-finalists, from the first round of judging done on February 24.  By the end of the event, two of the six semi-finalists will be named Los Angeles County Alliance Co-Youths of the Year.  They will advance to the statewide competition in April.

“Disney’s continued commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs, including the Los Angeles County Alliance, will help boost the next chapter of the Clubs’ movement to develop great futures for all Angelino Boys & Girls Club kids,” said Mary Hewitt, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs. “Through providing young people with experiences that develop their knowledge and leadership abilities in the areas of education, health and wellness, service, and civic engagement we are proud to equip kids with the tools they need to succeed.”

The six finalists that will compete to be the final two Co-Youth of the Year are:

Mark Perez – Boys & Girls Club of Whittier

Iddris Sandu – Boys & Girls Clubs of the South Bay
Caleb Gomes – Boys & Girls Club of Malibu
Jannyda Sre – Boys & Girls Club of Pomona Valley
Margo Akopov – Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley
Alizé Neal – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Foothills

The Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs annual Youth of the Year Competition is supported by presenting sponsor Disney, including ABC7, along with supporting sponsors:  PYF, Bank of America, Ralphs/Food 4 Less, Nestlé, Time Warner Cable, Manatt, Pace Pictures and AEG.

*MEDIA OPPORTUNITY FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23*

 LOS ANGELES COUNTY ALLIANCE FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS “YOUTH OF THE YEAR”
COMPETITION AWARD CEREMONY

Disney, presenting sponsor of 2016 Youth of the Year competition, to celebrate extraordinary achievements of Club Youth who embody leadership and service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles

WHAT:                 The Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs annual “Youth of the Year” award celebration at the El Capitan Theatre on March 23, 2016.  ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Elex Michaelson will emcee the event. Disney stars, Karan Brar, (BUNK’D, Disney Channel), Miranda May (BUNK’D, Disney Channel), and Skai Jackson (BUNK’D, Disney Channel) will participate in the program.

The Youth of the Year (YOY) program is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America premiere leadership program. The YOY program focuses on Club involvement, academics, community service, health and fitness, and personal growth. On March 23, candidates representing all 26 Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Los Angeles County will participate in the showcase.  These young people were selected from more than 140,000 Club members served each year by the Los Angeles County Alliance BGCA Clubs.

WHO:                   26 Los Angeles County Alliance Boys & Girls Clubs “Youth of the Year”. The field has been whittled down to six semi-finalists, from the first round of judging that was held on February 24.  Two of the six semi-finalists will be named Los Angeles County Alliance Co-Youths of the Year at the March 23 event.  They will advance to the statewide competition in April.

WHERE:               ProgramEl Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles, Calif. 90028

Parking validated across the street at Hollywood & Highland

 Post Celebration:  Madame Tussauds

6933 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, Calif. 90028

WHEN:                 Wednesday, March 23

5:30 p.m. Arrivals

6:30 p.m. Program begins

8:00 p.m. Post Celebration

 VISUALS:             Disney stars, 26 “Youth of the Year” nominees, two winners

The Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs is a collaborative group of 26 individual members:

 

Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Clubs Boys & Girls Clubs of Burbank and Greater East Valley Fort MacArthur AFB Youth Center
Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica Salesian Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Club of Malibu Boys & Girls Clubs of the Foothills Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor Variety Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Club of Pomona Valley Boys & Girls Clubs of the South Bay Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley Challengers Boys & Girls Club West Valley Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Club of Venice East LA Boys & Girls Club Whittier Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley East Valley Boys & Girls Club

For more information, contact:

Mary Hewitt
Executive Director
Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs
578 Washington Blvd., Suite 199
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Tel 310 303-2869
MHewitt@BeGreatLA.org

PEACE IN THE STREETS THIRD ANNUAL GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL

2016 Competition Open for Submissions and launch at the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena

Los Angeles, CA. –Submissions for the third annual Peace In the Streets Global Film Festival will open on March 14, 2016, at the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena.  Subsequently, the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs will be introducing the program in the other 25 Boys & Girls Clubs in the Alliance.

Participating sponsors and supporters include UNICEF’s Voices of Youth, Plural+, Foundation for Culture of Peace (Madrid), Department of Justice, Fathers Inc. (an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), US Department of Education, GlobalKids, the Riordan Foundation, Womensphere, Impact Inc., iHEART RADIO, Sony Creative Software, and Uber.

How it works: Youth compete by submitting videos of up to five minutes long on how they would make Peace In The Streets at www.psgff.com or #psgff. There are three age categories: eight and under, nine to 13, and 14 to 18. Deadline for entries is September 15, 2016.

 Launch and training session for Club youth and Media

Where: The Los Angeles launch will be held Monday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena Slavik Branch (3230 East Del Mar, Pasadena CA 91107).

Selecting a winner

Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held at the United Nations where their films will be shown in the United Nations Delegates dining facilities.  There will be another day of activities at the Paley Media Center hosted by our partners Plural+ with youths from all over the world.

“Films can be made on any device: phones, tablets, video cameras, etc. and will be judged on the story told, not necessarily on production values,” noted Carole Sumner Krechman, the Chairman, Founder and President of the Peacemaker Corps Association, a non-profit 501-C3 charity dedicated to teaching children around the world how to make Peace in the Streets. PCA is a United Nations NGO with ECOSOC status (www.Peacemakercorps.org).

Brian Davis, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena, added, “This competition is a wonderful way for our kids to learn how to tell a story using technology while being encouraged to unleash their creativity. Creating peace is an aspiration that rightly deserves our attention and we are happy and honored to be launching this program at our Club.”

More information: Find tips and information for submitting and making films at psgff.com. To view the 2014-2015 Award winners, visit psgff.com or watch the Shorts Showcase on PBS Television at shortsshowcase.com.

Contact:

Mary Hewitt
Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs
mhewitt@begreatla.org
310 303 2869

JUSTFAB TEAMS UP WITH THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY ALLIANCE FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS

 Select Students to Take Professional Headshots at the JustFab Headquarters

WHAT: The leading worldwide fashion subscription e-commerce and lifestyle brand, JustFab (www.justfab.com) is teaming up with the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs to help 26 “Youth of the Year” nominees to achieve their dreams and learn about the fashion industry.

JustFab will invite the students who are the 26 Los Angeles Boys & Girls Clubs nominees for the 2016 Youth of the Year awards Clubs to visit the El Segundo headquarters to tour the campus and have their headshot taken for their LinkedIn profile or business portfolio by a professional photographer in one of JustFab’s in-house photo studios. JustFab will provide full head-to-toe looks for each student.

WHERE: JustFab, Inc.
800 Apollo St.
El Segundo, CA 90245

WHEN:  Thursday, March 3, 2016
2:00PM – 6:00PM

PRESS CONTACT: JustFab, Inc. | Kira Cohen | 310.683.0940 X 1273 | kcohen@justfab.com

 

ABOUT JUSTFAB

Founded in 2010, JustFab is the leading fashion-subscription ecommerce site and lifestyle fashion brand that offers members an engaging and personalized shopping experience. Millions of members worldwide are given the celebrity treatment every month as they receive a customized selection of shoes, apparel, handbags and jewelry. Members have exclusive access to fashion tips and content, clickable style boards to shop complete outfits and the team of JustFab fashion consultants for expert advice. At mostly $39.95 an item for VIP members, JustFab offers high-fashion looks at affordable prices and shipping is free for all items over $39.95. JustFab is available in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.

ABOUT LOS ANGELES ALLIANCE FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS

The LA County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs is helping over 140,000 youth start great futures by providing a safe place to learn and grow after school.  To secure your child’s great future, find your local club, or for more information visit greatfuturesla.org.

Alliance Contact – Mary Hewitt | Executive Director | 310 303 2869 | mhewitt@begreatla.org