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Teen seeks academic help from El Nido and grows to become community volunteer and encourages others to seek help too

“El Nido is a lifeline. The staff and volunteers of El Nido have a sincere concern and love for their clients and they have a vested interest in their lives” Regina P. has devoted her life to giving back to her community. She has worked for a southern California city for more than three decades...
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An isolated girl becomes an educator and author

“El Nido saved my life and I think it probably saved my mother’s life too” Dr. Tessa W., a doctor of educational psychology, has spent much of her professional career empowering individuals, and women in particular. The author of four books, Tessa was teaching women how to “lean in” long before Sheryl Sandberg. In addition...
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An at-risk youth finds direction and a bright future with El Nido’s help

“El Nido can change a person’s perspective, creating positive images for a life that feels good” Robert and his younger brother grew up in the Pacoima barrio where drugs were everywhere and gangs were a constant threat. When Robert was thirteen, a friend who was in El Nido Family Centers’ Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD)...
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A teen mother learns there are people who care about her and want her to succeed in life

“No matter how bumpy the road, you have to get up and keep trying because everyone has a purpose in life; you just have to find out what it is and then pursue it” Felicia G. was first introduced to El Nido Family Centers at the age of 16, shortly after she’d given birth to...
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An angry, sad teenage girl becomes an award-winning television pioneer

“El Nido saved my life” Last year, Kathy P., proudly added a fourth Emmy to her mantle. She won her first three Emmys as well as a Peabody Award, a Columbia duPont Award, and two Golden Mike Awards for her work directing local newscasts and high-profile trials over the past three decades, including covering the...
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Years of abuse and suicidal thoughts brings El Nido to the rescue

“El Nido was an agency that saved my life, by creating a belief in myself and what I can do as a positive force” Diane M. lived the kind of life in which suicide was never far from her mind. A childhood victim of sexual abuse by a grandfather, Diane was also afflicted with schizo-affective disorder, a persistent...
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Scholarship July 2018

Payson Wolff 26th Annual Scholarship Awards Event

Thirty-six El Nido clients were awarded scholarships while their families, El Nido staff, and donors gathered to support their achievement. Each recipient received their awards as their academic achievements and involvement with El Nido and communities were highlighted by their donors.
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Culinary Academy and Training Kitchen

El Nido has built a learning kitchen to provide pathways to success for the next generation! We’re no longer a culinary class without a kitchen. After months and months of planning, fundraising, heaps of red-tape, and hurdles, we are now a culinary class with an AMAZING state-of-the-art kitchen. We’ve come a long way from the...
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Young mothers

Young mothers receive motivation, therapeutic help

Young mothers receive motivation – El Nido Family Centers in LA offers therapeutic help and encourages them towards academic achievements La Opinion, by: JACQUELINE GARCÍA  MAY 12, 2018 Evelyn Balbuena was just 16 when she found out she was pregnant. She was afraid, not only because she had to face motherhood at a very young age,...
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teen-conference

Third Annual By Teen for Teens: Teen and Young Parent Conference

On April 24, El Nido Family Centers’ Building Stronger Families Young Drive Parents (YDP) Leadership Group presented the Third Annual By Teen for Teens: Teen and Young Parent Conference at the Compton-Dollarhide Community Center. The goal of the conference was to build stronger social connections between teen and young parents, social service providers, educational institutions...
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