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Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra

 1211 Fahringer Way
 La Habra, CA 90631
[P] (562) 691-2413 x 27
[F] (562) 697-0662
[email protected]
Michele Lawson
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-1922180 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

To help youth of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Our organization creates an environment that encourages, enlightens, and builds the self-esteem of the children in the community through Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health Skills, the Arts and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.

Mission Statement

To help youth of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Our organization creates an environment that encourages, enlightens, and builds the self-esteem of the children in the community through Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health Skills, the Arts and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2020
Projected Expenses $2,016,833.00
Projected Revenue $2,017,759.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Robert E. Fulton Education Center
  • Fine Arts Program
  • Highlander Hour
  • Physical Education
  • Teen Center/Keystone Club

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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Mission Statement

To help youth of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Our organization creates an environment that encourages, enlightens, and builds the self-esteem of the children in the community through Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health Skills, the Arts and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.

Background Statement

BGCLH has been serving youth from La Habra, Brea and Fullerton in North Orange County and East Whittier and La Habra Heights in Los Angeles County since 1955.  We operate in a 32,000 sq. ft. facility that includes two junior high size gymnasiums, a recreation room, community multi-purpose room, teen center, recording studio, fitness center, dance studio, education center, STEM Lab, music classroom, teaching kitchen, kindergarten and first grade (K-1) recreation room, and an arts & crafts room that includes ceramics.  We conduct our after school programs at an extension site on the campus of El Portal Elementary School.  Additionally, we have nine ASES units located on the campuses of the La Habra City School District.   BGCLH programs support academic, social and physical development and are offered Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Core Enrichment Program Areas include:

  • Character & Leadership Development – empowering youth to support and influence their Club and community.
  • Education, Technology & Career Development – programs that enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, set goals and embrace technology to achieve success in a competitive environment.
  • Multi-Cultural Arts Education – programs that enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.
  • Health & Life Skills – programs that develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
  • Sports, Fitness & Social Recreation – programs designed to meet State physical fitness guidelines, educating young people about good nutrition, making physical fitness a daily practice and developing individual strengths and good character.

Including outreach programs, we currently serve more than 3,000 children annually and annual membership dues remain at just $20.  Financial assistance is available and no child is ever turned away.  The children we serve come from predominantly Hispanic, low to middle income households.  75% of students in the La Habra City School District qualify for the federal free and reduced meal program, 37% are English Language Learners, and 23% live in single-parent households.  (Sources:, Dataquest, CDE, SMART,

Impact Statement

The Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra is busier than ever.  In 2018, we served more than 3,000 youth in our community.  We also added service hours and increased membership.  
Our relationship with the La Habra City School District and our ASES (After School Education and Safety) programs continues to serve up to 600 children after school daily on nine school campuses.  This program has given us the opportunity to serve thousands of youth that might otherwise have been overlooked.
From our financial standpoint, we are on target number-wise and stay right on budget, directing more than 77% of expenses to direct services for the children.  We continue to take pride in regard to transparency and fiscal effectiveness.  The financial support of the board, foundations, companies, and individuals that support us combined with efficient fiscal policies allows us to have the greatest impact while doing this important work.

Needs Statement

Inner-city conditions prevail for many La Habra children as reflected by poverty indicators, housing density, and shared living conditions due to the high cost of housing.  Children are exposed to high rates of crime, domestic violence, drug use, unmet medical and dental needs, and family dysfunction.  Most do not have backyards to play kick ball or parents that speak the language to help them be successful in school, and they come from a culture where education is not necessarily a major focus. Many do not have access to things that seem so basic to us such as a computer, backpack, crayons, or even daily meals. These are the youth that are at an increased risk of being left behind.

This is where the Boys & Girls Club is filling the voids in our members lives and the encouragement that they receive to be successful in school, lead healthy lifestyles, make lifelong friends, and dream big will follow them their entire lives. To accomplish this we emphasize to our youth and give to them attention, recognition, and a sense of belonging. In addition, we instill in all facets of our program honesty, sportsmanship, and fair play.

CEO Statement

BGCLH is governed by an active 22-member board comprised of local business and community leaders. The board actively represents BGCLH in the community and work with the Executive Director and the Resource Development staff to identify donors, secure contributions and establish relationships with foundation and corporate funders. The strength of the board lies in the longevity of its members, 100% participation, diversity and experience. 


Executive Director, Mark Chavez, has 33 years of experience working with youth organizations. There are nine (9) full time staff, 62 part time staff, and over 100 volunteers throughout the year. Staff receives training from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, La Habra City School District, Orange County Boys & Girls Clubs Professional Association, and other associations that offer appropriate training courses relevant to our field.

Board Chair Statement

Our organization continues to develop programs that are relevant and focused on the community needs. This requires dedication, collaboration, community awareness, strong leadership skills, techniques, and best practices and our staff and community possess all of these traits.

The infrastructure is in place to provide the social, academic and life skills to our members and ultimately reach more youth in our community. Our innovative programs will help level the playing field and open the door to endless opportunities for the youth we serve.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Thank you for your consideration to support our organization. You can donate by mail, phone, Paypal, or through our website. Please contact us at 562-691-2413 if you have any questions or require additional information.

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
La Habra, La Habra Heights, Fullerton, Brea, east Whittier, La Mirada

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Boys and Girls Clubs (Combined)
  2. -
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Robert E. Fulton Education Center

The Robert E. Fulton Education Center is a resource center that provides after school homework assistance, tutoring and access to technology.  Our objective is for each member to graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment.  To achieve this goal, the Education Center includes 3 classroom spaces, a mini-conference room, 40 PC computers, scanners, printers, internet connection, and a multi-media center with 4 Apple Mac computers with design software, video and digital cameras, photo printers and an interactive Smart Board to introduce members to the latest technology.  A 3D printer give members the opportunity to design and create unique items in a team setting.  A designated STEM Lab offers a safe area that is used solely for experiments; it is equipped with lab tables, stools, sink, and storage cabinets.
Club members participate in a variety of weekly activities offered in the Education Center:  Engineering Adventures, Skill Tech Club, Game Tech Club, Reading Club, Keyboarding, Educational Games, and Computer Lab.  
Access to this technology and learning center provides them with the important skills and tools to be successful academically, apply for college and prepare for rewarding futures.
Budget  $135,990.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Provide members with technology skills that will help them be successful in school and prepare them for college or the workplace.
Introduce members to 21st century career opportunities.
Program Long-Term Success  The ultimate goal of the Education Center is to give members the support and tools required to be successful in school, graduate on time and be prepared to enter college, trade school, military or workplace.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored by staff observation of participation and attitude, pre and post tests, review of members school progress and report cards.
Examples of Program Success  --

Fine Arts Program

Our fine arts program offers music, visual arts and dance instruction. There are dedicated rooms for each of these arts disciplines and offers class and group instruction for youth ages 7-18, as well as performance and exhibition opportunities.   Instruction is offered for piano, guitar, and drums.
Budget  $42,330.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Engaging in arts activities can transform the life of a child and their educational environment, making learning a lively, invigorating experience.  With an emphasis on creative discovery and their ability to stimulate a variety of learning styles, the arts encourage enthusiasm and motivation for learning.  It also teaches discipline, the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence, and the concrete rewards of hard work.
Program Long-Term Success 
The arts offer tremendous opportunities for building resiliency in youth and helping them learn and grow in healthy ways.  Research indicates young people who participate in arts and humanities programs are more likely to stay in school and to avoid harmful behaviors.  Young people exposed to the arts during their out-of-school hours are:
*Four times more likely to have won school-wide attention for their academic achievement.
*Being elected to class office within their schools more than three times as often.
*Four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair.
*Three times more likely to win an award for school attendance.
*Over four times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored by staff observance and member participant levels. 
Examples of Program Success  --

Highlander Hour

Highlander Hour is an outreach program offered every Friday throughout the school year and is currently attended by up to 100 high school students who attend La Habra High School, and as many as 137 have attended.  La Habra High School is located directly across the street from the Club.  Each Friday, the students have an extended lunch period and we observed that many teens would come to the park and just "hang out" or walk to the local fast food restaurants.  Also, many students participated in risky behavior during this unsupervised time.  With the support of the high school administration, we open the club and offer $1 pizza for lunch.  The teens are now spending their entire lunch period at the Club where they use the games room, teen center, and gymnasium.  During their time at the Club, the are "supervised" from afar by the staff to make sure that everyone is having fun and following Club rules.  
Budget  $30,132.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Immediate success was noted when teens began spending more and more time at the Club during their lunch hour.  They are able to do homework and get tutoring in the Teen Center, socialize with their friends, and many spend their time in the gymnasium.  They play basketball games, indoor soccer, and flag football.  They are able to release some of their energy and go back to school prepared for an afternoon of productive class time.
Program Long-Term Success  Positive outcomes include:  high school graduation rates increase, prepare youth for college/career, reduction in teenage pregnancy, reduction in childhood obesity, juvenile crime prevention, and improved parental ability to work/go to school while teens are at the Club.
Program Success Monitored By  Success is monitored by attendance and participation as a result of staff tracking and observation.
Examples of Program Success  --

Physical Education

The Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra is fortunate to have two gymnasiums. They are used for open play as well as well as talent shows, pep rallies, and community events.   The physical education programs include organized sports activities for both boys and girls that includes basketball, flag football, indoor soccer, and volleyball.   A fitness center with free weights and cardio machines is available for youth ages 13-18, and exercise classes are held twice weekly for youth ages 9-12.  Leading a healthy lifestyle has been identified as a priority outcome for the Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra.
Budget  $37,213.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Establish an environment that promotes physical activity and access to nutrition education.
Program Long-Term Success  Physical Fitness Education and leading a healthy lifestyle are important for the long term success of our youth.  Young people that understand how physical activities and proper nutrition can fuel them for energy, health, and strength will more likely make good decisions to lead a healthy lifestyle.  A healthy lifestyle can help lead to mental, physical, and emotional wellness.
Program Success Monitored By  Success is monitored by more than physical transformation.  Staff observe participation and appreciation of members that participate in physical activities and learn the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Examples of Program Success  Many youth in our immediate community cannot afford to play in organized sports leagues.  Because our costs are very minimal, this has made it possible for families with limited resources to sign their children into the programs.  And no family is ever been denied the opportunity to participate if they are unable to pay, we seek scholarship funds or donations to cover these costs.

Teen Center/Keystone Club

The teen members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra have a separate dedicated space.  The Teen Center is open to members ages 13-18.  It provides opportunities to learn, accept and practice good character traits and exercise them in their daily lives.  The "lounge" like space has six computer workstations, games tables, couches, video games, flat screen tv, karaoke, and music systems.  Teens can work on their homework with help from the staff and socialize in a safe environment.  Many of the teens are active in the Keystone Club which is a Boys & Girls Clubs of America teen leadership club.  The Keystone Club elects officers and meet each Tuesday to discuss community activities.  They are very involved in our local community and raise funds for many of their outings.  In the spring, they attend a National Keystone Conference (different location each year) where they meet over 2,000 other like-minded teens from across the country.  They attend workshops on a variety of teen topics including applying for college, anti-bullying, safe dating, and being a responsible citizen.  The Keystone Club members are the leaders of our Club, serve as mentors to the younger members, and the younger members look up to them with respect.
Budget  $70,100.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Teens graduate on time, are ready for college or the work force.
Program Long-Term Success  Teens become responsible and caring citizens that know the value of being part of a community by giving back, volunteering, and taking care of their neighbors.
Program Success Monitored By  Participation and new memberships.
Examples of Program Success  Our Keystone Club earned Legacy Status at the most recent Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Annual Keystone Conference in Atlanta, GA.  Clubs are required to be very active and maintain Gold Status for two years before earning the Legacy Status.  This is a form of recognition from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.


CEO/Executive Director Mark Chavez
CEO Term Start July 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
35 years in the Boys & Girls Club Movement
14 years Executive Director Experience

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Daniel Casey Jan 1991 July 2010

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Maggie Ascencio Education Director --
Pat Favela Program Director --
Ofelia Hanson Director of Education Service --
Michele Lawson Director of Resource Development --
Zoila Rodriquez Program Director - Mornings --
Amber Villasenor Teen Director --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Non Profit Youth of the Year 29th CA State Senate District 2017
Lifetime Achievement Award La Habra Area Chamber of Commerce 2016


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


La Habra City School District
Lowell Joint School District 
City of La Habra
La Habra Collaborative
La Habra Education Collaborative
Institute for Healthcare Advancement
Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange County Area Council
Help for Brain Injured Children (HBIC)
Advance! on to College
Rosie's Garage 
North Orange County Public Safety Task Force 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 10
Number of Part Time Staff 68
Number of Volunteers 80
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 67
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 60
Male: 28
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Daren Nigsarian
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff
Board Chair Term Jan 2018 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Jack Brown JKB Construction, Inc. Voting
John Campos -- --
John Campos Retired, La Habra business owner Voting
Primo Castro American Cancer Society, Govt Relations Voting
Randy Clayton Clayton Insurance, State Farm Agency Voting
Henry Esparza Deputy Chief, Santa Ana Police Voting
Kathy Felix Realtor, TNG Realty Voting
Ray Fernandez -- --
Richard Hermann Retired, La Habra City School District Superintendant Voting
Jason Jamison GM Properties, Inc. Voting
Richard Jones Attorney, Jones & Mayer Voting
Belinda Kahn Broker, New American Funding Voting
Christine Kennedy -- --
Warren Kraft President, La Habra Fence Co., Inc. Voting
David Little Eclectic Associates, Inc. Voting
Tom Mauk -- --
Dave McCauley Consultant, City of La Habra Voting
Daren Nigsarian -- --
Kent Roberts President, Ballard & Tighe Publishers Voting
Steve Simonian Retired, Chief of Police, City of Montebello Voting
Cindy Singer Owner, Singer Music Voting
Dawn Stille Vice President, Pacific Mercantile Bank Voting
Jane Williams La Habra Heights City Councilwoman Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 16
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): Armenian
Gender Female: 7
Male: 15
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Building
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Endowment
  • Finance
  • Human Resources / Personnel
  • Nominating


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $2,099,975 $1,884,196 $1,860,628
Total Expenses $1,973,652 $1,807,179 $1,783,569

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$667,431 $608,057 $520,948
Government Contributions $722,766 $649,422 $679,341
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $722,766 $649,422 $679,341
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $680,970 $459,845 $445,820
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,672 $6,941 $2,614
Membership Dues $25,607 $27,170 $27,413
Special Events -- $130,729 $183,515
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $0
Other $1,529 $2,032 $-182,538

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $1,575,514 $1,390,473 $1,399,593
Administration Expense $398,138 $416,706 $383,976
Fundraising Expense -- -- $0
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.06 1.04 1.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 77% 78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $1,283,961 $1,137,687 $1,063,920
Current Assets $1,109,794 $549,148 $498,337
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $75,454 $55,503 $58,753
Total Net Assets $1,208,507 $1,082,184 $1,005,167

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 14.71 9.89 8.48

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $2,056,441.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements and Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are shown together under Foundations and Corporation Contributions.


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