The Los Alamitos Youth Center is proud to present Los Alamitos Police Support Services Captain Byerley as the Chair and Spokesperson of their 2021 Community Support Campaign. This year’s campaign theme is “Keeping Kids Healthy and Safe” and will run from February 27 through March 27. The 2021 campaign will culminate in a safe, socially distanced Bollywood Experience at the Old Ranch Country Club on March 27, 2021. 

Each year, the Youth Center’s Community Support Campaign Chair presents a new slogan for the campaign. Captain Byerley chose a slogan that is close to his heart, “Keeping Kids Healthy and Safe”. “Based on the types of calls we respond to in the department, we see first-hand how important it is to keep kids chaperoned, educated, entertained and off the streets,” said Byerley. “The Youth Center offers kids a safe, healthy environment in which to thrive and develop into well-adjusted, successful young adults and I am proud to chair this year’s fundraising campaign,” he added.

2020 has been a difficult year for many families, leaving some with limited income and resources to provide activities and programs to keep their kids occupied and supervised during the day. Through the 2021 Community Support Campaign, individuals, local businesses and the community at large have been challenged to raise $1,000 each to help The Youth Center meet the needs of and inspire hope in our local kids this year. Funds will be raised through sponsorships and individuals asking friends and family for their support. Money raised during the Community Support Campaign will help The Youth Center to nurture youth in mind, body and spirit by keeping them safe and active, providing tutoring and homework help, teaching instrumental music, offering leadership, life skills and career training and offering scholarships to families in need. 

The Bollywood Experience at the conclusion of the campaign will be a fun and unique adventure not to be missed! Guests will be greeted with a champagne welcome and led to socially distanced (each family will arrive and move through the experiences separately) stations highlighting Indian culture, food, entertainment and dancing, with clues and challenges that must be solved in order to move to the next experience. Hand sanitizing stations will be available at each station. If Covid-19 guidelines allow, families will dine on traditional Indian fare outdoors at socially distanced tables. Otherwise, to-go meals will be provided to each guest as they depart. 

Lina Lumme, Executive Director of The Youth Center stated, “Since our doors opened 69 years ago, we have served more than 100,000 children ages 5-18. We work hard to provide high quality programs and have logged over one million nine thousand service hours for local children, thanks to the tremendous support of our community members and business sponsors including Ganahl Lumber, New York Life, Better Lives, Pacific Premier Bank, Edward Jones and the Seal Beach Lions Club.”

For more information about the Bollywood Experience, to purchase tickets or to donate to this year’s campaign, please go to https://www.theyouthcenter.org/bollywood-nights/