Metro CEO Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Amelia Williamson                                 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles                  
AWilliamson@bgcmla.org                      
310-972-0489                              

Sara Leutzinger
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
sleutzinger@bgca.org
404-487-5624

LOCAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS UNITE TO ACHIEVE STRATEGIC SCALE AND IMPACT,
ANNOUNCE NEW CEO

Unprecedented Combination Establishes Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles, Led by CEO Calvin Lyons, with the Consolidated Organization Aiming to Increase Programs and Youth Served in the Community

LOS ANGELES, July 26, 2016 – Through a groundbreaking combination that will provide vital resources for youth in Los Angeles and its surrounding cities, several long-standing Boys & Girls Club organizations serving the community for nearly 60 years have joined forces to harness their collective strength as a unified entity. The newly established Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles will positively impact more youth, more effectively, and establish a national model for positively impacting kids and teens in America’s major metropolitan areas. The consolidated organization will expand the number of Boys & Girls Club locations, increase programmatic offerings and serve a greater number of youth in areas of Los Angeles most in need of its services.

Newly appointed CEO Calvin Lyons will lead Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles. A Club alumnus himself, Lyons joins the organization from Boys & Girls Clubs of King County in Seattle. During his four years there, Lyons implemented a strategic plan that eliminated the organization’s nearly $10 million in debts and enabled the organization to recover and grow. He also helped pass King County’s six-year Best Starts for Kids levy, which generates approximately $65 million annually and is considered the nation’s most comprehensive approach to early childhood development. In addition, under his leadership, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County achieved a substantial turnaround in fundraising, membership and quality programming, including a standout youth workforce development program.

Prior to joining Boys & Girls Clubs, Lyons gained knowledge and experience through his nonprofit work at youth development organizations such as the Talaris Institute, Rainier Scholars and INROADS. He has also worked within the private sector in both diversity and senior human resources roles at Washington Mutual and the Boeing Company. Lyons has a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Pepperdine University, and completed an Executive Leadership Program in Business at Seattle University.

“Having lived in Southern California for 15 years, I’m thrilled to be returning to a place I call home to lead this unprecedented collaboration and establish an organization that allows for a bigger, better and stronger Boys & Girls Club presence in the Los Angeles area,” said Lyons. “For nearly 60 years, local Boys & Girls Clubs have operated independently to serve Los Angeles youth, helping them to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Through the creation of the new Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles, we’re evolving to meet the needs of the community and positively impact a greater number of area young people through expanded services, improved programs and streamlined funding.” 

The following organizations, which serve more than 4,000 local children and teens annually, currently comprise Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles:

Boys & Girls Club of Nickerson Gardens, a partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
Lou Dantzler Challengers Boys & Girls Club, which has served South Los Angeles since 1968
Bell Gardens Boys & Girls Club, which was formerly served by the Rio Hondo Boys & Girls Club since 1960
Roy W. Roberts, II Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club, which has served Watts since 1957

Several other area Boys & Girls Clubs are expected to complete the consolidation process and join Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles soon. Across all locations throughout Los Angeles County, Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 100,000 youth in area communities.

“As we embark on this exciting initiative, we are confident that the creation of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles, under the proven leadership of Calvin Lyons, will deepen our impact on Los Angeles area youth, families and communities,” said George Brown, Vice Chair and Acting Board Chair for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles. “Throughout his career with Boys & Girls Clubs and beyond, Calvin has demonstrated an exceptional ability to effect meaningful change and create efficiencies. By leveraging his skills and experience as well as the collective strength of the collaborating organizations, we can extend our reach and assure that success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors.”

For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles, visit http://bgcmla.org/.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles
The new Metro LA collaboration grows out of our desire to expand our youth services, improve existing programs, streamline funding and meet the evolving needs of our community. This move not only reflects our full commitment to the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs to enable all young people to reach their full potential, but it also represents our goal to increase capacity for scaled impact. Three long-standing Boys & Girls Clubs and one new Club have officially merged to form Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles with a goal of further expansion. Recognizing the power of collaboration, the following four Clubs are building a strategic partnership founded on a strong history of serving our communities:
Boys & Girls Club of Nickerson Gardens – a newly created partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
Lou Dantzler Challengers Boys & Girls Club – serving South LA since 1968
Bell Gardens Boys & Girls Club – formerly operated by Rio Hondo Boys & Girls Club since 1960
Roy W. Roberts, II Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club – serving Watts since 1957
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly four million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

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