In recognition of its success in helping boys and girls reach their full potential, the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club was honored last week by the Gas Company and United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
“We congratulate the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club for its achievements in United Way’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program, which delivers meaningful and measurable results in building children’s skills in math, English, computer literacy and social abilities,” said Lee Stewart, senior vice president of gas transmission for The Gas Company, a founding sponsor of Tomorrow’s Leaders.
Last year, the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club provided 10-week training programs for 175 children in computer skills, homework assistance, and adult-supervised social activities. Based on pre- and post-testing results, 80 improved in math, 72 improved in English, 99 improved their social abilities, and 54 improved their computer skills.
“The Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club’s successes are helping to make Tomorrow’s Leaders a national model for results-oriented youth development programs that build academic achievement and self confidence,” said Elise Buik, president of United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
Last year, United Way of America recognized Tomorrow’s Leaders as a best practice youth development program.
“Together, we are working to change the lives of thousands of children each year, helping kids stay in school and develop to their full potential,” Buik added.
The Gas Company also recognized Activision as a new funding partner of the Tomorrow’s Leaders initiative.
Founded in 2001 with 11 participating community agencies, Tomorrow’s Leaders has provided 10-week training programs to more than 10,000 children in Los Angeles County. The program now has 32 participating agencies.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization that helps the working poor break the cycle of poverty through education, economic empowerment, and basic needs like food and health care. Last year, United Way’s safety net of 250 local charities helped 3.5 million people in Los Angeles County.The Gas Company is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE). Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company.