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El Nido program helps teen acquire job skills to become successful business entrepreneur

“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...
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Teen mom gets help with parenting, earns degree and becomes successful business entrepreneur

“El Nido offers you hope and faith even when you may not be able to have it on your own. I am grateful. I am blessed to be an El Nido alumnus” Xiomara discovered El Nido Family Centers at a critical time in her life. “I was 16 years old, still in high school, and...
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El Nido programs help a family and changes a mother’s life for the better

“I just want to thank El Nido for changing my life” Anderne found El Nido Family Centers through her husband, who spotted a sign for El Nido’s Early Head Start program outside her doctor’s office. He signed up their third daughter for the program on the spot. “My life has never been the same since.”...
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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 teen mother learns parenting, earns Master’s degree and gives back to the community

“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.” When Zuly was just 13, she found herself living...
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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 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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