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Disney Donates One Million Dollars Towards Boys & Girls New Clubhouse

from a press release issued by Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley is proud to announce that The Walt Disney Company is donating a one-million-dollar lead gift for the Club’s Capital Campaign for a new Main Club facility.

The donation from Disney will provide the funds needed to build the new facility, giving 400 Boys & Girls Club members a safe place to go after school. The new facility will be a two-story, 16,000 square foot space, which will have two multi-purpose rooms, a games room, creative arts space, STEM lab, teen club, two learning centers, teaching kitchen, conference room, and garden/roof patio.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Surrounded by Club supporters, City of Burbank stakeholders, Burbank Unified School District personnel, political representatives and special guests, Elissa Margolis, Disney’s Senior Vice President, Enterprise Social Responsibility, presented Boys & Girls Club CEO Shanna Warren with the check.
Standing on what will be the future site of the Club, Warren said, “For the last ten years, we have been on a journey to acquire a new main club facility that meets our ever-expanding needs. Because of The Walt Disney Company’s confidence in the Club and financial support, we have just taken a major step forward in making our dream come true.”

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

“The Walt Disney Company is pleased to make this contribution and fund the construction of a new main club facility,” said Margolis. “The impact of this new club will more than double the number of members served by The Boys & Girls Club and provides a safe place that meets the diverse needs of our local youth.”

Also on hand was Matt Hill, superintendent of Burbank Unified School District and Jen Culbertson, principal of Providencia Elementary School. “This project has been a joint effort with BUSD and our Club,” said Warren. “We look forward to sharing the new facility with BUSD.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley opened its doors in 1995. For the past 24 years, it has been a premier youth development organization serving more than 3700 youth a year, in six different cities including, Burbank, North Hollywood, North Hills, Van Nuys, Sun Valley, and Hollywood. Offering a variety of programs including Creative Arts, Athletics, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) College Bound and the only Deaf and Hard of Hearing program in the area, the Club’s mission is to help every child reach their full potential, focuses on academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership.
The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2020.

The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank Honored Its Founders During Recent Gala

The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley honored its founders during its “Great Futures Gala — Celebrating 20 Years” at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel in mid-May.
Founders attending were Dave Augustine, the Rev. Dr. Jerry Jones, Tim Murphy, Marsha Ramos, Jack Reardon and Al Shapiro.

Boys & Girls Gala Pic

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Our founders had a vision and made it a reality,” said Chief Executive Officer Shanna Warren. “Our club would literally not exist without them. The most amazing part is how they all still support the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley.”

The idea to bring the after-school program to Burbank was initiated by former mayor Tim Murphy.

While working as a public defender, Murphy met Clay Holopeter, program director of the Boys & Girls Club of El Monte.

“He would come up to me and say ‘I can help that kid’ ” Murphy said.
Murphy went to the program to see what is was all about.

“Program leaders were trying to get into the hearts and souls of the kids and get them out of the gang lifestyle,” he said.

When Murphy was voted onto the Burbank City Council in 1989, he said he had no interest in starting a Boys & Girls Club program until he started talking to a lot of the senior citizens who had complaints about the graffiti and gang activity.

Boys & Girls Gala Pic

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

He did research on what programs were effective at keeping kids from a negative environment and Boys Scouts and Boys & Girls Club came out on top for that. He talked to the national Boys & Girls Club and they put him in touch with the local representative. A study was conducted by the organization and it concluded that a club was needed.

Murphy started working on getting the legal paperwork started in 1991 and put together a board of directors. It took about three years to open the doors, he said. They needed a place, money and an executive director. The city leased the former fire station on Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Road at $1 a year to the club.

Murphy started talking to people who were interested in serving on the city’s boards and commissions. Coming on board during those three years were Marsha Ramos, Barbara Sykes, the Rev. Dr. Jerry Jones, Kevin McKenna, Dave Augustine and the late Liz Shapiro

“Liz donated a lot of money and resources,” he said. “She forced her husband and son to join the board.”

The board members got their hands dirty cleaning up the old fire house.

“We were painting and scraping and then we were getting computers and hooking them up and having garage sales and bake sales to raise money,” he said.

Even some of the kids came to help because they wanted a club in Burbank.

The Rev. Dr. Jerry Jones served three terms as president of the board, Murphy said, and he brought a lot of energy and leadership to the board. Jones came up with the idea to have each board member take charge of one room of the fire station and see it to completion.

Local businessman Jack Reardon owned a glass business and donated glass work to the clubhouse. Ramos had a contact with an asphalt business that had done a lot of work for the city of Burbank. They repaved the asphalt over the outdoor play area for free and in exchange, the board allowed them to store their machinery there overnight so they didn’t have to transport it back to the office in Santa Clarita.

Jack O’Neil helped with securing surplus portable classrooms from the NBC property that were turned into computer labs for kids to do homework at the clubhouse.

Boys & Girls Gala Pic

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The business community continues to support the club, Murphy said. Cartoon Network employees give time on the weekends to paint the clubhouse. Nike donated a rubberized asphalt for the outdoor court.

The board of directors continues to raise funds and the major fundraiser is the annual gala. This year, master of ceremonies was Mario Solis, NBC4 Southern California sports anchor and reporter. Kurt Long, from the Disney Channel’s “Liv and Maddie”, was auctioneer during the live auction. Gala co-chairs were Leena Mathew and Joan Ortiz.

This year’s live auction was a recording-breaking event. Overall, more than $200,000 was raised with proceeds going directly to the club’s education programs, including but not limited to: After School Enrichment, Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) program, Creative Arts, Athletics, College Bound, STEM and Teen Programs.

There were interactive play stations set up at the event, illustrating program areas that allowed guests to have a club experience. And, just to add more fun to the jam-packed evening, a grand stakes opportunity drawing took place and Marsha and Dave Ramos were the lucky winners of $10,000 in prize money.

Sponsors were Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., Cusumano Real Estate Group, The Walt Disney Company, Midnight Oil and Dave and Pat Augustine.

Members of the Creative Arts Program and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students performed live, and Sapphyre Price, the Youth the Year, got a standing ovation from the crowd after announcing that she was recently awarded a full scholarship to Cal State Northridge.

Boys & Girls Gala Pic

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“She had been in a single-parent home — her mother with three siblings — they were homeless for four years and lived in their car for one year,” Murphy said.

They were all members of the club, he added, because no youngster is ever turned away, even if they don’t have the means to pay the membership fee.

“Sapphyre is on her way,” Murphy said. “She told the audience that the club meant everything to her and her siblings and she said we saved their lives. That’s the greatest reward. Our product is kids and we are saving them everyday.”

Cartoon Network Screens Burbank Boys & Girls Club PSA

Cartoon Network recently screened a Burbank Boys & Girls Club PSA created by a group of nine middle and high school kids with the mentorship of Mike Roth, an animator and director at the studio.

The screening was held at the Burbank-based studio on Wednesday, December 3, to celebrate completion of the anti-bullying animated short and honor retiring Cartoon Network Director of Operations and Community Relations, Zita Lefebvre. The PSA will be posted on the Cartoon Network and Burbank Boys & Girls Club websites.

Cartoon Network held a screening of the anti-bullying PSA "Revelation" created by youth at the Boys & Girls Club under the mentorship of Mike Roth. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Cartoon Network held a screening of the anti-bullying PSA “Revelation” created by youth at the Boys & Girls Club under the mentorship of Mike Roth. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Called Revelation, the PSA discusses bullying, based on the participants’ personal experiences. After Roth taught lessons on writing,storyboarding and illustration, the kids collaborated to write the story and created characters, backgrounds and storyboards, explained Lefebvre.

“They came into the studio to record the voices and did an amazing job,” she added.

“I requested and received a grant from Turner in Atlanta to create a PSA with the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank,” said Lefebvre, of the process of putting the project together. “Mike Roth directed the film and went with me weekly to Boys & Girls Club and worked with the kids to teach them the animation process.”

Mike Roth teaches elements of the animation process to kids at the Burbank Boys & Girls Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mike Roth teaches elements of the animation process to kids at the Burbank Boys & Girls Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank-based photographer and myBurbank.com Chief Photographer Ross Benson took interior and exterior photos at Robert L. Stevenson Elementary to provide source material Roth used for some backgrounds.

“It was a wonderful project to work with the kids, teach them a process and to have them create an animated film that will be shown on the Cartoon Network and Boys & Girls Club webpage,” commented Lefbvre. “It was a great experience for the kids to come into the studio to voice record their PSA.”

“When I was a kid, I would have loved an opportunity to make a real cartoon,” said Roth. “So it was very special to be a part of helping provide this opportunity to this group of boys and girls at the BGCA. They did an amazing job and I’m very proud of them and the work they did.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Revelation PSA was an offshoot of the Young Writers Program that Cartoon Network started at Stevenson Elementary in 2012. Cartoon Network purchased several computers for the Burbank Boys & Girls Club this past summer and beings a project in 2015 teaching the kids to create their own movies.

“This partnership with the Cartoon Network allowed the kids to experience the real world of animation and inspired them to dream,” commented Sherry DeLizia, Creative Arts Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley. “Most importantly, it empowered the kids to make a difference.”

Rotary Clubs Assist Boys and Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley started out with a few dozen kids at one Burbank site. Today, BGC serves over 1,500 young people (six to 18) from two clubhouses and 15 satellite locations throughout Burbank, Glendale, North Hollywood, Sun Valley, La Crescenta, Sunland, La Canada, and Tujunga.

Like many of the children it helps, BGC is having growing pains and is going through its own version of “the awkward age.” The staff is having a hard time with coordination: No server networks the many branch facilities, and the phone system is too small and out-of-date.  BGC needs a nervous system that’s equal to its strecthing muscles.

And the kids need an up-to-date Tech Lab. Many of them come from struggling, single-parent families. Other than in school, that lab is the only opportunity they have to gain computer literacy.

Trouble is, the BGC doesn’t have enough funds for system upgrades. Most all their money goes to helping the kids directly.

Several local Rotary clubsBurbank Noon, Burbank Sunrise and Glendale—are stepping in to fill the funding gap.  They are pooling their individual contributions with additional funds from the local Rotary District, creating a single grant to fund the initial purchase of equipment and software. Once the upgraded systems are in place, BGC will be able to manage the ongoing maintenance and future upgrades, thanks to the help coming from additional angels:

  • Charter Communication will provide the Internet access for BGC at a greatly reduced rate.
  • Burbank Unified School District, Los Angeles County and others will coordinate Internet access at the BGC sites on their properties.
  • Community Foundation of the Verdugos will help with the start up funding and will also provide funds to sustain the program.
  • Microsoft will provide the most current software as a donation or at a deeply discounted rate.
  • Burbank-based TVG Consulting will donate the labor for installing the system and doing the long-term maintenance.

Any funds not needed for start up will be put aside to help cover future costs of sustaining the technology.

Burbank Noon Rotarian Garet Chipman is taking the lead in the overall design and implementation of the new system. He had secured the long-term commitments from vendors to make donations or provide discounts. Once the grant funding is secure, Rotarian Chipman will develop a project schedule that coordinates the efforts of Rotary volunteers.

Woodbury to Help Boys & Girls Club in Fundraising

Woodbury President Luis Maria R. Calingo PHD and Shana Warren Exec from Boys & Girls Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Woodbury President Luis Maria R. Calingo PHD and Shana Warren Exec from Boys & Girls Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Woodbury University announced on Tuesday December 10 that they will be supporting The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley’s Amazon fundraising campaign by encouraging their faculty and students to participate.

During the holiday shopping season, faculty and students will be encouraged to log onto www.bgcburbank.org and click on the Amazon banner to access the Amazon website. With every purchase made 4-10% of the transaction will be donated back to the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley from Amazon. There are no special codes or hidden fees.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Faculty and students will be given stickers to place on their cell phones and computers as a reminder about the campaign. The donations will go to help expand and sustain academic success programs such as College Bound, where Club members receive guidance and resources to fulfill high school graduation and college eligibility requirements.

Although Woodbury is launching their support during the holiday season, Amazon will continue this fundraising initiative on an on-going basis. “We are grateful to both Amazon and Woodbury for their support to us. These are great partnerships that will help us grow and continue to serve youth in the community,” says Shanna Warren, Executive Director.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Woodbury University Leadership Program Graduates First Class

Giving tomorrow’s leaders an appropriate send-off, Woodbury University and the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley Leadership Excellence and Development (L.E.A.D.) Certification Program today graduated its first class.  The five-month certification program covered a range of organizational leadership topics.

The program is the brainchild of Woodbury University’s Paul Decker, Coordinator of Organizational Leadership Programs; Woodbury Professor Armond Aghakhanian; and Shanna Warren, Boys & Girls Club’s Chief Executive Officer.  The program was designed and taught by Prof. Aghakhanian, Boys & Girls Club Director of Operations Brittany Vaughan and three Woodbury University Masters in Organizational Leadership program students: Garett Monroe, Kandece Bennett and Sigfredo “Sig” Villegas. This project was operated by volunteers from both organizations.

In addition to parents and friends, attendees included Warren; Eric Schockman, PhD, new chair of Woodbury University’s Organizational Leadership Program & Center for Leadership; and Mary Manoukian, representative for state Assemblymember Mike Gatto, who presented each with a certificate of recognition.  Graduates also received certificates of recognition from the offices of U.S. Rep. Adam B. Schiff, State Sen. Carol Liu, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and Los Angeles City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes.

“As the new Chair of the Center for Leadership, it gives me great pleasure to inherit the professionally run, top-notch leadership program of Woodbury University and the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley Leadership Excellence and Development,” said Schockman.  “I applaud Prof. Aghakhanian, Paul Decker and Shanna Warren, for making this program happen. It truly marries the stellar academic work of Woodbury’s Masters of Organizational Leadership graduate students with mentoring and guiding a new crop of younger and dedicated leaders.  I am delighted that this has inspired a new effort, in the form of the L.E.A.D. Teen Academy, which will work with teenagers on leadership development.  I hopeful that this will become a model for other collaborations in the future.”

“I am very proud of our dedicated staff members who completed Woodbury University’s L.E.A.D. program,” said Warren.  “I look forward to seeing their leadership skills put in action every day within their roles at the Boys & Girls Club.  I am grateful for Woodbury and their belief in our organization and for wanting to engage our staff members in this program.”

 

Boys & Girls Club’s Programs Benefit from Gordon Biersch Tapping Party

Supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and the Greater East Valley came out to Gordon Biersch Restaurant for a tapping party in honor of its 25th anniversary brew on Tuesday evening.

The club provides after-school and summer programs for boys and girls ages 6 to 18. Youngsters are offered opportunities in leadership, health and life skills, education and career development, the arts and sports and fitness.

Celebrating the fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club are board members, from left, Lynn Shelby, Brett Everhart, Gordon Biersch Assistant General Manager Kellye Vassar, Shanna Warren and Michael Dragan. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Celebrating the fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club are board
members, from left, Lynn Shelby, Brett Everhart, Gordon Biersch
Assistant General Manager Kellye Vassar, Shanna Warren and Michael
Dragan. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Scholarships Fund, allowing more youngsters to attend the summer and school-year programs, said Chief Executive Officer Shanna Warren.

This was the second time Gordon Biersch had coordinated a fundraiser for the club and it drew more people than the first event, Warren said. Half of those attending are special patrons of the restaurant that come to support the tapping nights.

Kellye Vassar, assistant general manager of Gordon Biersch Restaurant, worked with the club to organize the fundraiser.

Grace Farenbaugh, left, with her guest, actress Bergen Williams of "General Hospital."  (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Grace Farenbaugh, left, with her guest, actress Bergen Williams of
“General Hospital.” (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

“I want to thank Gordon Biersch for coordinating the fundraiser for us,” Warren said. “They do it for Burbank Temporary Aid Center and I believe that BTAC Chief Executive Officer Barbara Howell recommended the Boys & Girls Club to Gordon Biersch and so I am very grateful that they chose to add us to the list of nonprofits they support in Burbank.”

Among the more than 75 guests attending were educators Sandi Sutter, Lesli Melchor and Sonia Arce; actress Bergen Williams from “General Hospital”; Zonta Club President Grace Farenbaugh; and Donna and Scott Hall, coming all the way from Simi Valley.

 Donna and Scott Hall came from Simi Valley to support the Boys & Girls Club. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Donna and Scott Hall came from Simi Valley to support the Boys & Girls Club. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

The Boys & Girls Club is also benefitting this month from a fundraising project implemented by JCPenney. When customers check out, register employees will ask them if they would like to round up their total to the nearest dollar, which will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club.

“They do that for us every year,” Warren said. “All those funds will come to our club to support the Project Learn program, which provides tutoring and homework assistance to club members.”

Boys & Girls Club supporters, from left, Sandi Sutter, Leslie Melchor and Sonia Arce toast during the fundraiser Tuesday night at Gordon Biersch. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Boys & Girls Club supporters, from left, Sandi Sutter, Leslie Melchor
and Sonia Arce toast during the fundraiser Tuesday night at Gordon
Biersch. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Over the summer, Warren said there are many activities for youngsters from academic programs to recreation. There are educational projects geared to Summer Learning Loss to keep kids up to speed as they prepare to start the next grade level, such as spelling bees, math science projects and academic decathlons.

Also this summer, the club is partnering with DeBell Golf Course and the Professional Golfers’ Assn. on a pilot program to provide youngsters with golf lessons. Golden State Gymnastics in Burbank allows club members to come twice a week for free gymnastics classes.

“It’s great because we can walk there,” Warren said.

Boys & Girls Club Honors Locals During Gala

Success. Such a simple word. For some, it comes effortlessly. Others earn it but not without a struggle. The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley honored three of its supporters Saturday during its 18th annual gala and allowed those who have succeeded to tell their stories.

Guests packed the lobby of the Marriott Burbank Airport Ballroom, bidding on everything from trips to meals at restaurants in the silent auction during social hour. Dinner was followed by a live auction touting such prizes as a Maui vacation and a flight aboard a World War II AT-6 with the Condor Squadron. Although he wasn’t there to claim his prize, Al Shapiro will be ecstatic when someone calls and tells him he holds the winning ticket for the $10,000 cash prize!

It is the club’s mission to inspire and enable all young people to recognize their fill potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. It accomplishes that goal by offering after-school programs at 17 sites in Burbank. The club serves 1,500 youngsters each day between ages 6 and 18. They engage in mentoring programs, homework assistance, technology, visual and performing arts, athletics and groups like Girl Scouts. There is also a Deaf and Hard of Hearing program and teen program.

The best part of the program is that with all the community support the club receives, no child is ever turned away from membership because their parents can’t afford it.

“The Gala is our biggest fundraising event of the year and assists us in providing 50% of our members with full or partial scholarships,” said Gala chairwoman Jami Rice.

Chief Executive Officer Shanna Warren told a story of a deaf boy who moved to Burbank from Mexico and when he came to the club, he learned American Sign Language to communicate with those at the club.

“It took a frightened little boy from a scared caterpillar to a social butterfly,” she said.

Another success story was told by the 2012 Youth of the Year Carlos Huerta. After heading down the wrong path, Carlos became a part of the Boys & Girls Club and turned his life around, he said. The Burroughs senior will start college in the fall and plans to major in business with his sights set on starting his own restaurant.
Keeping the proceedings rolling along was master of ceremonies Todd Newton, host of the Hub Network’s “Family Game Night.”

Nice touches throughout the evening were the instant photo booth, where guests donned feather boas and gold bead necklaces or shiny bow ties; thank you notes to each guest made by club members and the entertainment by the club’s Dance Team.

Two Burbank businesses and one individual were given special recognition during the evening.

Burrtec Waste Industries, a waste management company, has served the community for 50 years as experts in California regulation and legislation regarding recycling, refuse and the environment. They have been major supporters as well as worked on recycling projects with club members. Accepting the honor was Olivia Sanchez, municipal program manager.

Also honored was the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 18, Unit 50. When the Boys & Girls Club was starting 17 years ago in Burbank, Gus Corona, then Unit 50 chairman, served on the Boys & Girls Club board and helped to organize the donation of materials, manpower and use of equipment to transform the antiquated fire house into an after-school program for youngsters. Unit 50 continues its support of the club and other Burbank charitable groups.

Karen Volpei, a Realtor with the Keller Williams team, has been a longtime supporter of the club. When she decided to go into real estate, she chose Keller Williams because of its philosophy “Give Where You Live.” She says as a recipient of the honor, she represents all Realtors in town as so many are supporters of charitable organizations in Burbank.

She shares credit of her volunteer accomplishments with her husband Barry Gussow.

“Yes I am the organized one but he is very much the nicer one,” she said. “He is always there when I over commit and picks up the pieces to make sure that we get everything done.”

Woodbury University teams up with Boys & Girls Club of Burbank

A group of young emerging leaders currently employed by the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley attended the first Leadership Excellence and Development (L.E.A.D.) certification program at Woodbury University.

IMG_7806The program is a partnership between Woodbury University & Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley.

The program is the brain child of Woodbury University’s Paul Decker, Coordinator of Organizational Leadership Programs, Professor Armond Aghakhanian and Boys & Girls Club’s Chief Executive Officer, Shanna Warren. The certification program is a five-month program, and it covers a range of organizational leadership topics. Topics include: leadership and its history, psychology of organizations, ethics, communications and personal leadership development.

The program is designed and taught by Woodbury University Professor Armond Aghakhanian, Boys & Girls Club Director of Operations Brittany Vaughan and three Woodbury University Masters in Organizational Leadership program students: Garett Monroe, Kandece Bennett and Sigfredo “Sig” Villegas.

“This is a great opportunity for our two learning organizations to collaborate in the leadership training of young professionals,” said Paul Decker, Coordinator of Organizational Leadership Programs at Woodbury University. We look forward to an ongoing relationship.”

“Boys & Girls Club is proud to be partnering with Woodbury’s Masters in Organizational Leadership program. As a graduate of the Master’s program myself, I know the value of what Woodbury has to offer our staff. This partnership is a true reflection of the University’s commitment to the community and the Club’s commitment to leadership excellence,” said Shanna Warren, CEO Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley.

The Boys & Girls Club Organization’s New Chief Development Officer.

The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley is pleased to announce the recent hire of Anja Kloch as the organization’s Chief Development Officer.

Anja brings over 20 years of experience in non-profit fundraising. She began her career in the arts world, but quickly found her passion in working for organizations whose mission is to serve children. “I have a belief in the power of well-timed support. If you make yourself truly present for a child at a critical moment you can have a positive impact on the rest of their lives. The familial and mentoring relationships that develop between the Youth Development Professionals and the members of the Club ensures that we will be there when needed. I am excited to be a part of this extraordinary team and look forward to being of service to the community I call home.”

Anja Kloch

“Anja is passionate about helping children and making a difference. She has the energy, talent, commitment, and experience to help the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and GEV go from Good to Great,” said Shanna Warren the Chief Executive Officer.

A resident of our community since 2002, Anja lives in Burbank with her husband Henry, a small business owner, and her two children.

The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley serves over 1,500 youth each day.  Over 60% of families at the Club are low income and receive financial assistance. Families were specifically selected to benefit the kids who need it most.

For support opportunities and to learn more about our Club and programs contact Anja at 818-842-9333 ext.14 or please visit www.bgcburbank.org or call (818) 842-9333.