Community Spotlight

Back-a-Youth in 2014!


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica offers a safe and positive place for youth to learn, become leaders, make new friends, and just enjoy being a kid. Our doors are open to all who need our help. To serve as many children as possible, we charge only $20 a year to be a member, while our actual costs are more than $1,000 per child (and some of our sites even operate free of charge!). We have to do all we can to ensure that our young people become caring, responsible and productive citizens – but we can’t do it alone. We need your support and commitment in 2014. “Back-a-Youth” is our annual fund drive to raise unrestricted support for Club programs, and to ensure that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica can continue to serve the young people who need us most. Contribute now.

Your contribution of:

    • $20 will sponsor 1 Club member for 1 week
    • $100 monthly will sponsor 1 Club member for 1 year
    • $250 monthly will sponsor 3 Club members for 1 year
    • $500 will sponsor 1 Club member for ½ year
    • $1,000 will sponsor 1 Club member for a full year
    • $5,000 will sponsor 1 Club member for 5 years
    • $12,000 will sponsor a Club member for their entire life at the Club (up to 12 years)


For every $1 invested, the Boys & Girls Clubs within L.A. County generate $16.18 of positive economic impacts for the community.


    • Increased opportunities for Great Futures
    • Increased high school graduation rates
    • Decrease in teenage pregnancy
    • Decrease in juvenile crime
    • Improved parental ability to work & go to school

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To contribute, or to find out more about the Back-a-Youth program, go to or contact: Janis Morse at or 310.361.8523.


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2nd Annual Poker for Great Futures

 Poker Flyer april 24 copyA Celebrity Poker Tournament to Brighten the Futures of our Youth!

Buy Tickets Now!

On April 24th from 6:30-11:00 pm, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica will host a Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament and party featuring amazing silent auction items, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a poker tournament with incredible prizes!

Join 20-30 celebrities, VIP’s, Club supporters & friends at the Lexus of Santa Monica showroom, located at 1501 Santa Monica Blvd. Registration at 6:30pm, and the tournament begins at 8:00 pm sharp!

Seating is limited, so buy your tickets now! This event is proudly sponsored by Lexus Santa Monica, an LAcarGUY Dealership.

Exclusive sponsorship opportunities are also available., Please contact Susan Emmer at or (310) 361-8519 for more information.  Seating is limited, buy your tickets now!

  • Date: April 24th, 2013
  • Time: 6:30 – 11:00 pm
  • Location: Lexus of Santa Monica Showroom @ 1501 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 90404, Valet provided.
  • Tickets: Buy Your Tickets Now! 

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Read more about the event here.

YOY 2014 Nominees & Board Chairman Bill Dawson

2014 Youth of the Year Winner Announced!

YOY 2014 Nominees & Board Chairman Bill Dawson
Pictured: finalists Tayon Blockmon & Geanna Grammatico, Board Chairman Bill Dawson, 2014 YOY Winner Gabriela Hernandez & finalist Aemoni Harris

Club Members Honored for their Achievements, Demonstrated Leadership and Commitment to the Community 

Gabriela “Gaby” Hernandez was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica’s (BGCSM) 2014 Youth of the Year. This extremely prestigious honor is awarded to the Club member that has demonstrated exceptional service to the Club, community and family, as well as academic success, leadership and life goals.

One of the event’s highlights was a surprise for the final YOY candidates. As they stood onstage waiting to find out the 2014 YOY, Deb Carson announced that a generous Club benefactor who had been a YOY judge and couldn’t pick just one winner, decided to award each of them one thousand dollars per year, for four years, for a total of sixteen thousand dollars.

Gaby Hernandez, BGCSM’s 2014 Youth of the Year, was stunned by her win as well as by the unexpected monetary bonus that she will receive on top of her YOY prize of one thousand dollars per year for four years, provided through the David A. Cathcart College Scholarship. “It’s something that I still haven’t entirely processed.  It means the world because the Club means so much to me and for them to recognize me is incredible,” said Gaby.


Upcoming Events

  • Events on April 24, 2014

    Poker for Great Futures Benefiting BGCSM

    Starts: 5:30 pm

  • Events on May 16, 2014

    JAMS - Youth of the Month Party

    Starts: 3:30 pm

  • Events on June 20, 2014

    JAMS - Youth of the Month Party

    Starts: 3:30 pm