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Assemblywoman Luz Rivas Secures $5 million for Boys and Girls Club of San Fernando Valley

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Luz Rivas(D-San Fernando Valley) presented a $5 million dollar check to the Boys and Girl Club of San Fernando Valley (Boys and Girls Club). This state funding will go towards maintenance and safety upgrades, closing the digital divide, modernizing its afterschool science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) activities, increasing staffing capacity and providing afterschool meals to ensure children and teens have a safe place to play and learn.

“Since 1966, the Boys and Girls Club has been a beacon of light for youth in the northeast San Fernando Valley. They have consistently provided essential recreational and social services for children and their families in our community,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. “As a founder of a non-profit that provided enrichment programs to young girls, I know firsthand the positive impact nonprofits have on children, and the Boys and Girls Club is no different. The passion and dedication of their staff does not go unnoticed. $5 million is a humble investment that will support the Boys and Girls Club of San Fernando’s mission and commitment to providing vital extracurricular opportunities to enhance the lives and shape the future of our disadvantaged youth.”

“On behalf of the board of directors, we appreciate Assemblywoman Rivas’ confidence in the Boys and Girls Club to be part of total community solutions. Her intimate understanding of the community she grew up in and sincerity are invaluable,” stated Severyn Aszkenazy, Boys and Girls Club of San Fernando Valley Board Chair.

For over 50 years, the Boys and Girls Club has been at the forefront of youth development in the impoverished community of Pacoima, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances. To date, the Boys and Girls Club is the oldest nonprofit full service youth agency in Pacoima, operating out of a 30,000-square-foot complex to enrich the lives of underserved youths living in our community.

Assemblywoman Luz Rivas proudly represents the 39th Assembly District, which includes the City of Los Angeles communities of Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Granada Hills, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar, and the City of San Fernando.