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Los Alamitos Youth Center Inc

 10909 OAK ST
[P] (562) 493-4043
[F] (562) 596-4747
[email protected]
Lina Lumme
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Organization DBA The Youth Center
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-2142369 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of The Youth Center is to transform children's lives one family at a time through collaborative social, educational, and recreational programs.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Youth Center is to transform children's lives one family at a time through collaborative social, educational, and recreational programs.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $735,000.00
Projected Revenue $750,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Drop-In After School Program with Learning Center

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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Mission Statement

The mission of The Youth Center is to transform children's lives one family at a time through collaborative social, educational, and recreational programs.

Background Statement

Our goal is to provide a safe place for children and youth to gather after school and in the summer months, and to help support their growth into confident individuals who make positive choices. The Youth Center was registered with the IRS as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 1952. It was created to fill a gap in services in the Los Alamitos community because at that time young people had no options for productive after school activities or youth development programs. In the early 1970’s, the surrounding areas developed and became more populated. The demands on The Youth Center’s resources exceeded capacity as a growing number of parents from nearby communities also needed access to an affordable afterschool program. To accommodate this demand and with funding from the City of Los Alamitos and the school district, a new community center and gymnasium were constructed in 1976, and shortly after The Youth Center building was built. Today, The Youth Center serves approximately 1,000 children annually through a variety of programs, which include:

· Drop-In After School Program with Learning Center - Described below, this free after school program provides recreational and sporting activities, a computer center for homework completion and tutoring.

· After School Music Program - This program provides music lessons in string and band instruments for hundreds of children from more than 20 communities.

· Camp Shark  - Ten 1-week sessions are conducted annually in beautiful Rossmoor Park, offering traditional recreational activities and cultural activities.

· Teen Summer Camp - Nine 1-week sessions offer recreational activities and field trips. Because participants decide activities as a group, teens practice negotiation, compromise and team building.

· Leadership Academy - Workshops teach teens basic life skills such as goal setting, home chores, job hunting, budgeting, etc.

· R.A.S.C.A.L.S.Offered in partnership with the Rossmoor Community Services District, this program provides after school care and academic learning services at an affordable price to K-5th grade students.

· “Every 15 Minutes” Drinking & Texting While Driving Awareness - Every other year, The Youth Center partners with other city agencies to bring this program to over 3,600 students in Los Alamitos schools.

Impact Statement

We successfully launched our new program RASCALS in 2015. It was created in partnership with Rossmoor Community Service District. It enables elementary school children in Los Alamitos and Rossmoor to reach a low-cost after school program without crossing multi-lane Katella Avenue. It is available 5 days per week, serves a total of 40 children, and 30 children per day. A general tutor and a math tutor are on hand to assist with homework. We improved the program a lot in two years. We are proud to share that during the program’s operation in the second academic year, 100% of participants increased their academic performance by at least one letter grade.
We had our Leadership Academy in 2017 and 100% of our students graduated from this program. On top of it, every student was matched with a mentor.
We provided 48 scholarships to families in need. 

We are also proud to share that The Youth Center received the prestigious Safety 1st designation for our 2016 Summer Camp and the 2016 Excellence Award from the 72nd District State Assembly for providing youth in our community with outstanding services.

The Youth Center receives many thank you letters from the children and families served. These show the importance and impact of our programs. For many years, The Youth Center’s sustainability has been secured through multiple fundraising events and an annual campaign. These diversified funding sources continue to provide reliable income, with each year’s goal based on past performance. Additionally, the agency’s base of foundation funders is expanding. Additionally, we were able to better promote our A Night Among the Stars Volunteer recognition event and build more partnerships, and we launched a new Golf Tournament fundraiser. This unique fundraiser allows parents play golf with their children and helped us to raise an additional $25,000. Our goals for the next three to five years are strengthen our Board of Directors, improve our summer camps, develop 50 new partnerships, and improve the training for staff and volunteer team.

Needs Statement

Sports and Outdoor Activities - In light of the countrywide childhood obesity epidemic, an important and expanding component of this program is sports and physical activities. Funding for supplies enables more children to be physically active after school. We normally spend between $5,000 - $10,000 per year on supplies.

Learning Center and Tutoring Services – The Youth Center provides a Learning Center where children have access to 12 web-enabled computer stations. These enable students to do research, work on their homework assignments, and print completed work. This is particularly important for the low-income students we serve who are less likely to have a computer at home. An important part of the Learning Center is the availability of homework-specific assistance from our volunteer tutors. On average, 1-3 tutors are available on a daily basis. We need $20,000 to keep one tutor for  a school year.   

Our Future Home - The Youth Center's current lease agreement will expire in 2023. The team is working on raising money to purchase our new home. We estimate $2-$4 million purchase depending on a location and size.
Donor Database – We are researching to invest about $3,500 in the donor database.
Volunteer Training– $1,000 to host annual volunteer training.

CEO Statement

The Youth Center programs bring together youth from diverse backgrounds ensuring that they have opportunities to expand their interests, build confidence, and develop social skills based upon tolerance, empathy, and community.

Our long-established partnership with the city of Los Alamitos enables us to utilize the building that houses our headquarters and this program rent-free. This significant cost savings means that the After School Program can be provided at no charge beyond a low supplies fee ($50/month for children who attend five days per week), which can also be worked off by parents’ volunteer hours. This creates access to services for low-income families who cannot afford retail-priced after school programs for their children. This is the only such low-cost After School Program in the area.

Board Chair Statement

The building in which The Youth Center operates is provided to us rent-free through a contract with the City of Los Alamitos. In 2023, this contract will expire, which may necessitate finding a new home. Funding will help leadership to take the next steps to plan and launch a fundraising campaign for a future building purchase. Our goal is to proactively address this situation, thus ensuring the organization’s future financial stability and long-term sustainability on behalf of the children and families we serve.
In addition to diversifying funding sources for sustainability, the Youth Center’s leadership and staff plan for programmatic sustainability by paying close attention to families’ feedback and to needs that become apparent during program delivery.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

We accept phone, mail-in and online donations as well as in-kind donations. We offer adult and youth volunteer opportunities in a variety of our events and programs.

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
Because Los Alamitos public schools are highly rated, many parents who work in Los Alamitos enroll their children in this school district. This means that we are able to serve children from many ethnically and economically diverse communities including Long Beach, Lakewood, Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Downey, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Cerritos, Stanton, and others.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
  2. Recreation & Sports - Camps
  3. Recreation & Sports - Community Recreational Centers



Drop-In After School Program with Learning Center

This low-cost after school program provides recreational and sporting activities, a computer center for homework completion and tutoring.

Budget  $85,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Recreation & Sports, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations Families
Program Short-Term Success  To keep the program fun for kids and help them with homework.
Program Long-Term Success 

The Youth Center’s goals are:

1 - To provide a safe, supervised environment that helps children stay out of trouble during the critical early teen years, to promote their academic success, and to bring together youth from diverse backgrounds in supervised social settings, so that they have opportunities to expand their interests, build confidence, and develop social skills based upon tolerance, empathy, and community.

2 - Serve approximately 300 children every year.

3 - Provide a wide range of supervised activities, including many options for sports and physical activities. A recent grant from Run Seal Beach for $3500 enabled The Youth Center to replenish basketballs, ping pong tables, and other sports equipment, and a gymnasium behind The Youth Center is allocated for our use twice per week, which enables sports activities that require a specific field, such as basketball. There is also ample room for outdoor games on campus, such as monkey in the middle, hula hoop contests, jump rope competitions, etc.

4 - Provide a variety of indoor activities such as arts and crafts, talent shows, games, and other group activities that teach communication skills, build teamwork, and enable friendships among children of diverse backgrounds who may never meet in school.

5 - Provide a computer-equipped Learning Center where children can complete homework and get help from volunteer supervisors and part-time tutors. Local middle schools provide their textbooks for our use, which makes homework completion easier. We provide internet-equipped computers (with adult supervision and parental controls in place) so that students are able to do research, work on their projects, and print completed assignments.

Program Success Monitored By  Program Outcomes and Evaluation - The Youth Center receives feedback in the form of letters from parents expressing appreciation and at times offering suggestions. In addition, since we focus on improving the academic performance of the children we serve, their educational progress is monitored and rewarded. Program staff and volunteers establish a positive, trusting relationship with children and ask them if they want to improve their grades. Children who need academic help can work with our tutor volunteers while completing homework. If they improve a letter grade in any given class, children receive a surprise/prize from us, which has proven to be an effective motivator. Our Office Manager, checks report cards and gives successful students a star to redeem for a prize. A significant, measurable outcome is that 75% of our participants increase at least one grade level or maintain an “A” grade during their time with us. Another measure of success that staff and volunteers observe on an ongoing basis is that children participating in this program lose their fear of beginning homework assignments. Our volunteer tutors provide assistance that is knowledgeable, topic-specific, respectful, and encouraging. This support is especially beneficial for children with academic struggles who are reluctant to begin homework and give up quickly. As they develop trust, many children change this behavior and finish their homework assignments at The Youth Center, instead of having to complete them later in the day at home. To create these outcomes and the range of activities described above, The After School Program depends on staff multiple volunteers.
Examples of Program Success  One of the participants did not speak English well when he started our program and was struggling at school. Because of one-on-one tutoring at the program, he was able to not only improve his reading level in English but did not have to stay a year behind in school.


CEO/Executive Director Lina Lumme
CEO Term Start Oct 2005
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Lina Lumme was raised in Russia and received a Master's Degree in Linguistics from Adygh State University, Maykop, Russia. Since she immigrated to America in 2003, Lina has been involved with non-profit organizations serving the local community. She speaks English, Russian and German. Lina is responsible for the inclusion of cultural enrichment activities during our Camp Shark. She is a member of the California Association of Non-profits and holds a Certificate in Volunteer Management from the Volunteer Center of Orange County and Points of Light. Lina has served as the Executive Director/CEO of The Youth Center since January 2010. Lina served 10 years on the Boards of Directors of the Precious Life Shelter, and is currently on the Board at Los Alamitos Education Foundation  and Rotary Club of Los Alamitos/Seal Beach. In 2010 Lina Lumme was honoree of Life Time Achievement by NPDOC. In 2011 Lina graduated from Wells Fargo New Executive Directors Institute, 2013 from EDLI, and in 2017 from Executive Directors Leadership Academy.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Thomas Stretz Sept 1995 Dec 2009

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
Best Nonprofit in Los Alamitos, CA News-Enterprise 2017
Platinum Seal Guide Star 2017
Top Rated Nonprofit GreatNonprofits 2017
Top Rated Nonprofit GreatNonprofits 2016


Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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  • Since the birth of the Youth Center in 1952, this charity has been honored to have the opportunity to establish valuable partnerships within the community. The Youth Center takes deep pride in the stellar network of collaborators. The Youth Center fully acknowledges their critical importance in this organization's levels of current and future success. 

  • After School Program & Summer Camp Partners:

    • CrossFit Tribe – Los Alamitos
    • Grateful Hearts
    • Precious Life Shelter

    Every 15 Minutes Program Partners:

    • C.A.R.E. Ambulance
    • California Highway Patrol
    • Forest Lawn Mortuary – Cypress
    • Los Alamitos High School
    • Los Alamitos Medical Center
    • Los Alamitos Police Department
    • M.A.D.D.
    • Marriott Hotel – Cypress
    • Mercy Air
    • Mr. C's Towing
    • Orange County Fire Authority
    • Orange County Sheriff's Department
    • Seal Beach Police Department
    • The Department of Highway Safety

    Program Partners:

    • Automobile Club of Southern California – AAA
    • Better Lives Foundation
    • Coastline Auto
    • Chief Tech – Long Beach
    • Grace Counselling – Los Alamitos
    • Oak Tree Wealth Group
    • Southland Credit Union
    • Women Helping Women
    • Applied Music Studio
    • Ganahl Lumber   
    • Leone Electric
    • News-Enterprise
    • Sun Newspaper
    • Event News

    Staff Information

    Number of Full Time Staff 3
    Number of Part Time Staff 34
    Number of Volunteers 500
    Number of Contract Staff 34
    Staff Retention Rate % 70%
    Staff Professional Development Yes

    Staff Demographics

    Ethnicity African American/Black: 13
    Asian American/Pacific Islander: 7
    Caucasian: 33
    Hispanic/Latino: 21
    Native American/American Indian: 0
    Other: 26
    Other (if specified): 0
    Gender Female: 55
    Male: 45
    Not Specified 0

    Plans & Policies

    Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
    Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
    Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
    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 Yes Annually

    Government Licenses


    CEO Comments


    Foundation Comments



    Board Chair Karen Frankenberg
    Board Chair Company Affiliation Telleycom
    Board Chair Term July 2016 - June 2018
    Board Co-Chair Debbie Kent
    Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation McAuliffe Miffle
    Board Co-Chair Term July 2016 - June 2018

    Board Members

    Name Company Affiliations Status
    Patricia Adams Ganahl Lumber Voting
    Jeffrey Blancq New York Life Voting
    Dr. Sean Braithwaite Braithwaite Chiropractor Voting
    Nate Epstein Law Offices Voting
    Patricia Eskenazi Chamber of Commerce Voting
    Arnie Fine Fine PVF Sale Voting
    Jennifer Fontanilla Oak Tree Wealth Group Voting
    Eric Frankenberg Belkin Voting
    Karen Frankenberg Telleycom Voting
    Laura (LOA) Herzog Honoring Our Fallen Voting
    Debbie Kent McAuliffe Middle School Voting
    Justine Kim Los Alamitos Police Department Voting
    Debra Macknicki Retired Oak Middle School Voting
    Shawn McLean Sir Speedy Printing Voting
    Beth Piburn Los Alamitos Medical Center Voting
    Raymond Piluso Angelus Block Co. Voting
    Mark Anthony Ruiz C21 Voting
    Ryan Ziegenbusch Lion's Club 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: 20
    Caucasian: 35
    Hispanic/Latino: 37
    Native American/American Indian: 1
    Other: 7
    Other (if specified): 0
    Gender Female: 48
    Male: 52
    Not Specified 0

    Board Information

    Board Term Lengths 4
    Board Term Limits 3
    Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
    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

    Since 1952, The Youth Center has served over 103,000 local families. Every year, over 300 students participate in After School Program & Learning Center, 350 students learn to play music, and thousands of High School Students are impacted by Every 15 Minutes program. During summer, 500 students attend day camp, teen camp, and leadership academy.

    Foundation Comments


    Standing Committees

    • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
    • Executive
    • Finance
    • Program / Program Planning
    • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)


    Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

    Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

    Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

    Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

    Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
    Projected Revenue $750,000.00
    Projected Expenses $735,000.00
    Form 990s

    2016 990

    2015 990

    2014 990

    2013 990

    2012 Form 990

    Audit Documents

    2016 Audit

    2015 Audit

    2014 Audit

    IRS Letter of Exemption

    IRS Letter of Determination

    Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

    Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
    Total Revenue $607,296 $548,812 $565,976
    Total Expenses $626,337 $547,901 $482,115

    Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

    Revenue By Revenue Source
    Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    $239,151 $161,698 $79,658
    Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
        Federal -- -- --
        State -- -- --
        Local -- -- --
        Unspecified $0 $0 $0
    Individual Contributions -- -- --
    Indirect Public Support $0 $0 $0
    Earned Revenue $297,985 $295,614 $322,188
    Investment Income, Net of Losses $4,732 $0 $2,125
    Membership Dues $0 $0 $0
    Special Events $63,985 $77,205 $142,122
    Revenue In-Kind $27,205 $62,236 $55,074
    Other $-61,637 $-62,910 $-122,239

    Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

    Expense By Type
    Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
    Program Expense $486,409 $452,916 $377,041
    Administration Expense $125,100 $54,990 $56,368
    Fundraising Expense $14,828 $39,995 $48,706
    Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 $0
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.97 1.00 1.17
    Program Expense/Total Expenses 78% 83% 78%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 17% 22%

    Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
    Total Assets $381,644 $337,850 $323,980
    Current Assets $152,172 $167,252 $181,815
    Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
    Current Liabilities $77,769 $75,737 $62,778
    Total Net Assets $303,875 $262,113 $261,202

    Short Term Solvency

    Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.96 2.21 2.90

    Long Term Solvency

    Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
    Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
    Endowment Value --
    Spending Policy N/A
    Percentage(If selected) --
    Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
    Capital Campaign Purpose --
    Campaign Goal $4,000,000.00
    Capital Campaign Dates Mar 2018 - July 2023
    Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $200,000.00
    Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

    CEO Comments


    Foundation Comments

    Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.