Our Savior Center in El Monte, California serves the community in the way it is needed most. Originally a food pantry for hungry neighbords, Our Savoir Center has expanded to offer a number of social services to support the surrounding community including a Kids Campus Youth Center to offer a safe space and fun accessible programming.
The Kids Campus offers a preschool, a gym, outdoor space for cookouts and games, an arts and crafts room, a multi-purpose room for classes and presentations, a gallery to display art work, a computer lab, and study areas for homework and tutoring. Vincent Phan, Athletics Coordinator will be at Change the Game looking for new ways to engage the children in Our Savior Center’s surrounding community.
Learn more about Kids Campus Youth Center here.
STOKED uses action sports – surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding – as a catalyst for change in young people. STOKED believes action sports provide perfect framework for self-expression, self-discipline, creativity, and interpersonal skills, all of which are key to succeed in today’s world. Using these three sports, STOKED provides a college and career readiness program through their after school enrichment program, weekend action sports mentoring, and a community service program.
STOKED has served over 3000 youth since 2005, provided over 66,000 hours of mentoring, and has seen the positive results: 100% of principals say their students who are involved with STOKED have greater academic engagement and STOKED youth are 40% more active than other youth not in the program.
Kathryn James-Jolly, Program Coordinator, and Charlie Phillips, Operations and Outreach Manager are representing STOKED at Change the Game. We’re looking forward to having representatives from non-traditional sports to explore the power of sport system re-design.
Learn more about STOKED here. .
Julian Losoya is the Healthy Lifestyles Coordiantor for the Montebello- Commerce YMCA in LA. YMCAs offer a variety of programming for community members of any age. Julian works with youth playing softball/t-ball, basketball, and soccer. At the YMCA youth learn a combination of skill fundamentals, sportsmanship, and teamwork. The YMCA also has group swim and swim lessons, youth fitness, flag football, martial arts and more. The YMCA is a central part of its community and we’re excited to have them at Change the Game!
Learn more about the services offered at this YMCA here.
The mission of Southern California Special Olympics (SOSC) is to change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sport training and competition. Youth who participate in the SOSC programs develop improved motor skills, greater self-confidence, and positive self-image. In Southern California, more than 13,000 athletes in 11 different counties compete. SOSC offers sports ranging from bocce ball to floor hockey. We’re excited for Bill Fields, Assistant VP of Sports and Training, and Dave Dill, Director of Local Programs to join us!
Check out their 2013 summer games teaser here.
Justine Siegal is the Director of Sports Partnerships at Sport in Society, where she is responsible for cultivating relationships for academic program expansion, as well as enhancing existing relationships with Major League Baseball and other professional sports organizations. Sport in Society aims to unite the global sports industry under a shared mission of social responsibility.
Justine is the founder and executive director of Baseball for All, an organization that provides meaningful opportunities and instruction in baseball, especially for girls.
We’re excited Justine finds herself in Los Angeles during Change the Game! Justine is a game changer herself by expanding access and opportunities for girls to play and grow from baseball.
Learn more about Northeastern’s Sport in Society here.
Walk ‘n Rollers was established to bridge the gap between cities that are improving their bicycle infrastructure and the user groups within those communities.
Wall ‘n Rollers educates, trains, and encourages young people to ride their bikes more often. By bridging the gap between programs like Safe Routes to School and Bicycle Master Plan, Walk ‘n Roller, goes a step further to encourage children to ride their bikes and make their parents feel safe allowing them to do so.
Jim Shanman founded Walk ‘n Rollers in the Spring of 2011 noticing a gap in these noble community efforts to reduce pollution encourage physical activity, and create more safe spaces in communities.
We’re extremely excited to have such a unique program joining us at Change the Game this year!
Learn more about Walk n’ Rollers here.
Beyond the Bell ensure that all children and youth in LAUSD have access to high quality, safe, and supervised academic, enrichment, and recreation programs beyond the school day. Beyond the Bell serves more than 178,492 students daily in over 600 schools around the county. Students participate in three components of program including:
- Academic Tutorial Program: Students study subjects such as Reading, Math, Writing, Science, Social Studies, and Computers. In addition, high school ASSETS Programs focus on college preparation and job readiness.
- Recreational Program: Students participate in physical activities including Intramural Sports, Structured Physical Activity, Dance, and Aerobics.
- Enrichment Program: Students participate in classes such as Life Skills, Art, Cooking, and Music.
Beyond the Bell is also very serious about evaluation. Through their efforts of tracking participants and their partnership with schools, Beyond the Bell has seen improved school attendance and academic performance in math and English.
Representing Beyond the Bell are program coodinators, regional directors, and field directors: Dennis Yamamoto, Adrienne Torres, Steven Alvarado, Program Coordinator, Howard Serpas, Rick Castro, and Carlos Martinez. We’re excited to have a representative from an organization searching a large portion of LA’s youth.
Learn more about Beyond the Bell here.