Girls Club of Los Angeles’ (GCLA) mission is to enrich the lives of low-income children, youth and families through early education, youth development and community outreach in South Los Angeles.
GCLA’s Project LEAYD (Leaders in Enrichment of Adolescent and Youth Development) strengthens and promotes positive, healthy lifestyles and encourages responsible decision-making among youth. The goal is to move youth from survival mode to becoming advocates who will seek out support services for themselves, their families and others.
“I learn things that I didn’t learn in school at the Girls Club. Together with students in high and middle school, I learned we have a lot in common. I enjoyed hearing from guest speakers, a DACA student inspired us to never give up on our dreams. He shared his immigration status, losing his house and job when his visa expired, but he never gave up on his dreams.”
"Young people’s success is our passion. We provide “real life” learning experiences that instills in youth a sense of confidence, connection, compassion and character. Under careful stewardship, youth reach their full potential, becoming healthy, contributing adults. I am elated that Girls Club of Los Angeles (GCLA) is part of the Ready to Rise (R2R) Initiative."