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June 8, 2012

We invite you to join us as we celebrate College Bound Graduation 2012!
The Boys & Girls Clubs
of the
Los Angeles Harbor
Request your presence
At a Graduation Celebration
In honor of our
2012 College Bound Graduates
Tuesday June 5, 2012
6:00 PM
At the
Warner Grand Theater
478 W 6th Street, San Pedro
Please RSVP to our Development Office
(310) 833-1322 ext 230 or 242
“The Warner Grand Theatre is a facility of the City of Los Angeles, operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor’s College Bound Program has brought hope, commitment, and expertise to youth throughout the communities of the Los Angeles Harbor. College Bound has brought student achievement far above the area average and college acceptance for students who traditionally did not have that hope and opportunity in the past. Youth are not only graduating, they are going to college. Since the Club began implementing the program at our San Pedro Teen Center in 2002, the graduation rate of Club members increased from less than 50% to an average of 90% over the past five years! In the 2011 College Bound program, 98% of all seniors graduated in June 

In 1996, the Club established Education 1st! within the organization, prioritizing education throughout all of our daily programming. This began the focus of resources, both human and financial, into education activities and services that eventually lead the creation of our College Bound Program in 2002. College Bound was created to address the alarming graduation rate (less than 50%) of our San Pedro Club members. We realized that just providing a safe space and tutoring was not meeting the needs of our youth, and that a much more comprehensive education assistance program was needed to assure that they were graduating and going on to college.

College Bound provides youth (4th thru 12th grades) throughout the Los Angeles Harbor with the guidance, support, and resources they need to reach their academic and personal goals – resources that are not readily available or even accessible to the majority of our youth. The intensive and comprehensive one-on-one academic case management is the heart of the program. Daily academic assistance and tutoring ensures that all youth focus on academics for at least one hour each day. Resources include free Princeton Review SAT prep classes, intensive scholarship and financial aid application workshops, and college credit courses. These resources can make the difference between community college and a university for many youth. Weekly College Bound activities provide youth with knowledge and information. Field trips to universities, mentors, and speakers provide youth with the confidence and belief that college is attainable