Our Building Story

On October 27, 2022 The Youth Center Board voted to submit an offer letter for a property. Represented by Eric Daschbach, our broker, an offer letter was submitted.  The amazing seller, Jason Von Arx and his family, accepted an offer at $125,000 less than asking price. We will be forever grateful to Jason!

We went through the long escrow process (October – December). We got approved for the loan from Southland Credit Union, closed the escrow and got our keys at the end of 2022! We could not have done it without the support of our broker Eric Daschbach.

Best holiday present ever!

The Youth Center purchased the property on December 16, 2021.  Size: 2,200 Sq. Ft. Shared parking. Layout (office spaces). Walking distance from schools

There were many offices inside the building. 

In Early 2022, Cal Custom Construction opened up the room to give us an open space for kids. 

When everything was cleaned up, the room looked pretty big. 

We drafted a Center that works with our programs:

  • STEAM Learning Lab
  • Tutoring Center
  • Culinary Kids Lab
  • Music Academy Hub
  • Library and Literacy Center
  • Creative Learning Space
  • Recreation Area
  • Offices for Staff
  • Pantry, Bathrooms & Storage Area

 

We thank all the individuals and organizations that stepped up to help us raise funds to build our Center for Kids:

  • The Bates Family (10K)
  • Pat Adams (in memory of Chad Kidder) ($25K)
  • The Frankenberg Family (10K)
  • Seal Beach Lion’s Club (25K)
  • Kenny Brandyberry (5K)
  • Carrie Townsend Foundation (2,5K)
  • Timken / Bii Aero Services by Timken (60K)
  • Run Seal Beach ($2,5K)
  • Talley Foundation (10K)

Additional donations from Nate Epstein, Rotary Club, the Barclay Family, the Christin Family, and the Meseck Family. 

On September 17, over 150 guests gathered at The White House in Anaheim to celebrate this nonprofit’s accomplishments and highlight the best of the best volunteers. A proclamation was presented to The Youth Center by Congresswoman Michelle Steel and Assemblywoman Janet Nguyen. Funds were raised to support the new building.

Studio M&A provided Architectural Service.  For 6 months in 2022, Michael Song worked with his team to create a functional center that will look and feel open and bright. We were able to maximize the  space even more by redesigning the bathrooms, adding one more tutoring space and added a storage in the loft area.

10.26.2022 – What a great day! Our permits are pulled for our new Youth Center home and we are so excited to start the building process. If anyone is interested in learning more about our new home or support our project, contact us.  

Let's Build a Center for our Youth Together

The Youth Center is building a facility that will be the home we need to expand our mission for years to come… But we cannot do it alone.

$100 – funds one computer chair for child, $250 – provides security device for the center, $500 – provides a sign for the front of our building, $1,000 helps make facility accessible for all children and ADA compliant. Help us make our dream a reality!

Help us reach our goal of $517,540
Donations so far 83%

Property History

1949 – A local man donated his land to build The Youth Center.

1972 – The building was sold and the funds were given to the City of Los Alamitos with the agreement that The Youth Center will lease the Oak facility. The lease included free rent, free maintenance and free utilities until 2023.

2022 – The Youth Center purchases property on Los Alamitos Blvd with the goal to build a state-of-the-art facility for kids and move operations before the end of the current lease.

Programs for Kids

1952 – The Youth Center becomes an official 501 (c) 3 nonprofit and starts providing after school activities for local children.

1972 – Relocated to the new facility and started providing more programs and serving more communities.

1996 – Summer camps were opened with the partnership of RCSD.

1998 – The center becomes the only provider of music education at all elementary schools in LAUSD.

2015 – More educational and leadership programs added.

2020 – Free childcare offered to essential workers.

2021 – 514 volunteers helped the center during events and programs. 47 adult professional staff and music instructors on the team. 3,185 clients served in one year. One million service hours provided to children since 1952.

2022 – Our future awaits…