Junior Board and GRYD “KickNic” @ Pacoima

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.  The Kickball Picnic (or “Kicknic”) was held at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center in Pacoima on Saturday, January 26, and provided guest with a generous array of family games while El Nido’s culinary students prepared food for all.  

The Junior Board, a group of motivated and community-minded young professionals, raised funds for the event and worked with El Nido staff to organize the day.  Juliana Soic, Founder and Chairperson of the Junior Board, says, “Our focus in putting together this event was community visibility and engagement, with an eye to bringing together El Nido’s donors, volunteers and its served community in a fun, casual, and family-friendly environment. We want to use this opportunity to show El Nido’s clients that El Nido’s supporters are fervently and personally invested in those clients’ success and their continued participation in El Nido’s life-changing programming initiatives.” 

The Junior Board raises money to provide educational opportunities for vulnerable and at-risk youth, and you can support their mission, and these youth, by making a donation at this link (write ‘Junior Board’ in the memo field).

El Nido is grateful to the following generous sponsors for making this event possible:


About the Junior Board

The mission of El Nido’s Junior Board is to ensure the continued operation and success of the Business and Tech Academies through innovative fundraising events. Click here to learn more about the Business and Tech Academies. The goal is to transition these vulnerable youth from high school into post-secondary education and ultimately to high-demand careers.

EL Nido Family Centers Junior Board of Directors 2019

Juliana M. Soic, Real Estate Attorney and Consultant, Jr. Board Chairperson
Xiomara Peña, Xio Partners
Juliette Estrade,West Coast Production, HBO
Arden Baker, The Forum, The Madison Square Gardens Company
Roger Chen, Karlin Asset Management, Inc
Annie Deng, Karlin Asset Management, Inc. 
Megan Lorenzen, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Shanda McCune, Codesmith
Alex Sigoloff, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Sam Stewart, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Jordan Harper Weiss, Plus Capital

About El Nido Family Centers

El Nido works across Los Angeles to protect children, provide educational enrichment, and lift families out of poverty. El Nido (the Nest) was founded in 1925 by the National Council of Jewish Women to provide meals and respite care to undernourished and neglected girls. In the 1960s, the organization expanded to include residential shelters, and offered guidance for abused, abandoned and runaway girls.  By 1979, El Nido became formally independent and had grown to include both boys and girls. As the incidence of child abuse, school failure, youth crime and teen pregnancy increased, El Nido’s focus evolved to community-based prevention and early intervention.  Today, services are provided at schools, homes, and centers across Los Angeles County.