“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 […]
Over 100 youth and families from El Nido Family Centers’ Gang Reduction program were treated to a party in the park with their families thanks to the members of the newly organized El Nido Junior Board of Directors.
About the Junior Board of Directors The Junior Board is a group of philanthropically-minded young professionals seeking to positively impact the lives of at-risk children and youth in the greater Los Angeles area through enriched extracurricular offerings and increased exposure to diverse education and career opportunities. Specifically, the Junior Board has undertaken the mission of ensuring the […]
“The best thing I can do, as Ghandi said, is to be the change you want to see in the world” Joe C. was raised in the San Fernando Valley along with a younger brother and two sisters. Growing up, Joe was not a troubled kid, but he was a graffiti artist, and in high […]
All of my goals have been accomplished, because as a teen parent El Nido Family Centers taught me how to set goals and boundaries for myself, how to be a great mother, how to apply for a job, and how to give back to my community.
“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 […]
When Robert was thirteen, a friend who was in El Nido Family Centers’ GRYD program brought him to El Nido.
“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 […]
“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 […]
On June 19th thirty-six clients of El Nido were awarded scholarships while their families, El Nido staff, and donors gathered to support their achievement. Go East LA graciously hosted the luncheon event on campus at California State University of Los Angeles. The event opened with words of encouragement from the keynote speaker Dr. Jessica Morales-Chicas […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Since 1984, the In-N-Out Burger Foundation has been helping abused and neglected children as their way of giving back to the communities where they live and do business. For almost 20 years, they have been a steadfast supporter of El Nido’s efforts to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect in some of the most […]