Donate to East LA Rising

Help the Kids of East Los Angeles keep their After School Safe Heaven

Dear Friends,

Supersonix Media is helping "East LA Rising" (formerly the Boys and Girls Club of East LA) raise enough funds so they can keep their doors open in 2018.

Working with them closely last year I learned that the club is the only one in LA that owns its land and building which makes all funds go to helping the kids. I also learned that they serve over 2,000 kids on a yearly basis and that since 2005 their teens have a 100% high school graduation rate.

During our work with the club since last year I also got to know the director Anna Araujo and saw first hand her love and dedication for the kids they serve and how dedicated this woman is.

This is why my team and I decided to help them raise funds since they have reached a critical point and have a huge lack of funds to operate this year.

Our goal is to have 5000 business owners or individuals donate $250 each and get a 100% tax deduction for the amount you donate this year. I hope you can be one of the people that support our efforts to help low income kids become the future of this great nation and help them overcome the day-to-day limitations they live in.

I hope to hear from you soon, thank you in advance for your attention, and if you know someone that can help us let us know.

Wendy Pineda

Partner - Operations and Business Development

Supersonix Media, Inc.

Now I leave you with a few words from the executive director of the club:

We have what we feel is very exciting news about our club. Last year, our board of directors voted unanimously to resign our charter from the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a decision that I fully support. This decision was generated from the national level when we were presented with the choice of either being merged with other area clubs into the new Boys & Girls Club of Metro Los Angeles, or resigning our charter and becoming an independent organization. Though this decision was not an easy one to make, it was done solely with the needs of the youth and families of our East L.A. community in mind. The alternate option was not one that we believed was in the best interest in serving our community which, after countless recognitions and accolades from national as well as various government and community leaders, we are confident that we know well. Please know that this was our decision alone, not one that was forced upon us by national BGCA. Having said that, our official resignation letter did include our very best wishes to them in their continued work in serving youth.

As of June 15th, we will be known as “East L.A. Rising,” with the tag of “Providing youth and family services since 1950” and our club members will be known as “Rising Stars.”  We wanted a new name that truly exemplifies both what we represent as a community, as well as the work that we do. Together with our club families and staff, we find this new beginning extremely exciting and we are more than up to the task, but we will continue to rely on donations support. Please know that we are changing in name only and that our dedicated staff and successful programming – tailored specifically to the needs of our community rather than a cookie-cutter template – will not change. Some highlights from 2016 are:

* Served 2,300 youth ages 5 to 18

* Provided daily snacks and supper for 1,200 children

* Supported our high school seniors by underwriting college application fees and additional SAT tests; offering college campus tours, FAFSA and personal statement assistance; and counseling services

* Supported Leadership Clubs to complete a total of 1,000 hours of volunteer service

* Transported 130 members from school to the club to help working parents

* Offered arts programs: guitar, piano, drums, fine art, dance, dramatic art

* Offered athletic programs: aquatics, basketball, baseball, cheer, flag football, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball; with the goal of 60 minutes of daily physical activity

* Offered STEM programs: chess, robotics, math maze, Rigamajig engineering, NPASS science

* Offered Health & Life Skills: gardening, nutrition, environmental science, meditation & mindfulness, life mapping, drug prevention, etiquette, self-esteem, character development and relationship building

* Recruited 130 volunteers and youth workers; AND

* For the 11th year, our teens achieved a 100% GRADUATION RATE.  This statistic is significant as only 34% of all adults in our community have a high school diploma. We create individualized, case managed learning plans for maximum impact.

Please feel free to contact Wendy Pineda should you have any questions, need additional information or wish to come to the club for a tour.  As “East L.A. Rising,” together we can move forward in uplifting our youth and families to be strong, confident and successful members of society.

Anna Araujo

Executive Director, East LA Rising