On July 28th, El Nido’s Junior Board of Directors hosted the 2nd Annual Barrels & Bottles Benefit, welcoming over 70 people to an upscale Hancock Park home. In total, well over $6,000 was raised for El Nido’s Business and Tech academies, two programs that expose at-risk teens to in-demand careers, teach practical job readiness skills, and build confidence.
El Nido’s Culinary program students showed off their skills with tray-passed appetizers, while a volunteer sommelier oversaw wine tastings from a broad variety of vineyards.
Junior Board co-president Annie Deng summed up the feeling of her fellow board members saying “Your support of these programs means the world to us and to the students who attend them—so thank you!”
El Nido’s provides critical services to local families in need, through educational programs for youth and teens, in home counseling with parents, and comprehensive services such as parent education, employment assistance, legal aid, and community activities.
El Nido works across Los Angeles to protect children, provide educational enrichment, and lift families out of poverty.
Today, services are provided at schools, homes, and centers across Los Angeles County.
The Junior Board’s mission focuses specifically on raising funds for a subset of the El Nido’s program activities, which is to help at-risk youth transition successfully to higher education and careers. This is particularly important during these unprecedented times: the pandemic has been challenging for all of us, and many of the organization’s clients are facing significant financial and personal obstacles that have only been exacerbated by recent events.
During the past few months, El Nido’s workforce development and higher education programs (such as the Culinary, Business, and Tech Academies) have gotten creative and transitioned to providing a range of virtual support to its youth clientele, such as the Virtual Career Exploration Program and virtual meet & greets for those pursuing higher education.
In addition, the organization continues to provide critical scholarships and other assistance for youths either pursuing higher education or entering the workforce for the first time.
Thank You to our donors for helping to make a difference for youth struggling through this crisis.