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Information about our Clubs can be found on our Facilities page.

One of the oldest Boys & Girls Clubs in California, we were originally established as the Boys Club of San Pedro in 1937 by the San Pedro Civitan Club and John S. Gibson who would later serve on the Los Angeles City Council for thirty years. The name was changed to the Boys & Girls Club of San Pedro in 1994 to reflect the hundreds of girls in our membership. In 2002, we opened the Port of LA Boys & Girls Club and, in 2004, we merged with the Wilmington Boys & Girls Club to create the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor.

In response to the increasing demand and the needs of the youth we serve, we built two High School Centers, divided our Clubs into separate centers for elementary, middle and high school students, and greatly enhanced our enrichment programming. Today, we are the largest private daily service provider to at-risk youth in the Los Angeles Harbor area, operating three Clubhouses, providing programming on eleven school campuses, and offering sports and recreation programming at the Daniel’s Field Recreation Center. We serve over 11,000 youth (ages 5 to 18) every year.

 

Awards & Recognitions

Our organization, programs and staff have been acknowledged nationally and regionally.

2008: Executive Director Mike Lansing honored with The Vision Award by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce.
2008: Executive Director Mike Lansing named Pacific Region Executive of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club Professional Association.
2009: Best Non-Profit Organization by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
2011: Selected by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation as one of four “Graduate to Go Studios” nationwide.
2011: Executive Director Mike Lansing receives the Durfee Foundation Fellowship
2013: College Bound Director Yesenia Aguilar receives the Mujeras Destcadas (Outstanding Women) Award by La Opinión Newspaper in the field of education.
2014: Selected by the Palos Verdes Young Professionals as the Nonprofit of the Year.
2014: Executive Director Mike Lansing awarded the National Professional Service Award by Boys & Girls Clubs of America President Jim Clark.
2015: Awarded the BGCA Marketing & Communications Gold Award for Interactive/Online Marketing to Marketing & Communications Coordinator Kimberly Caballero.