Southern California Program

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor

Civic and Community
San Pedro, CA
December 2018

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor (BGCLAH) serves 9,000 vulnerable youth at 18 sites in the communities of San Pedro, Wilmington, and Harbor City.  Sixteen years ago, the BGCLAH established the College Bound program when it found that only half of its teenage members were graduating from high school.  The program has proved highly successful and has been replicated throughout the Boys & Girls Club system.  Recognizing that not all high school students plan to attend college, BGCLAH piloted the Career Bound program two years ago to provide an alternative pathway to careers.  The program offers a combination of academic support, employment readiness workshops, internship opportunities, and assistance with job placement upon high school graduation.  A Keck Foundation grant will support the additional staff needed to expand the program and double the number of youth served to 200 over the next two years.

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