Watts/Willowbrook

Watts/Willowbrook

Our Mission

The primary mission of the Roy W. Roberts, II - Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club is consistent with that of Boys & Girls Clubs of America: “To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” We endeavor to assure and enhance the quality of life for boys and girls as participating members of a richly diverse society. With special concern for the disadvantaged, our organization assists children to realize their potential for growth and development. Our organization is fully aware of the influences of today’s urban environment. As a result we work to provide our youth with relevant programs and services which demonstrate that we care for them and for their development. In striving towards our mission we seek to provide services based on the principles which will achieve the health, social, educational, vocational, character and leadership development of our membership. The organization provides delinquency prevention and youth development programs and services for boys and girls, ages seven through eighteen. Over the years the Roy W. Roberts, II -Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club has been a stable, positive force in the lives of thousands of young people - a beacon of hope, encouragement and possibilities.


Our History

In 1957 the Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club (WWBGC) was founded as a gift to the community from the Los Angeles Times Charities, Inc. Originally incorporated as Southern Area Boys Club, this organization was the first club to serve the south Los Angeles area. It is now named in memory of its long-time executive director of twenty-seven years, Roy W. Roberts, II who passed away in 2002.


Our Programs

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Arts & Crafts 
Members discover their artistic side through multiple art projects. Members paint, mold, and create various new ways of utilizing their imagination through our artistic expression program.

Diplomas2Degrees
Diplomas2Degrees is our college readiness program, provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success.

Music Production 
Members of the music production class will learn how to compose, compile, and present their original musical works through digital music production software. They will get many opportunities throughout the year to showcase their work. 

Photography
The photography class helps members view the world through a different lens. They are taught how to work a professional camera and how to capture images of professional quality. 

Power Hour
A homework assistance program where youth receive tutoring, use computers for homework and are encouraged to maintain good grades. Students also have access to reading materials and grade appropriate textbooks so that all daily assignments can be completed.

Science Class
Whether they're making a volcano, creating chemical solutions, or learning about the properties of water, our Science Class is always looking for ways to further our members' scientific knowledge.

Video Production
Members of the video production class will learn how to shoot, edit, and compile video and film with the instruction of a trained staff. Their projects are showcased throughout the year.





HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

Basketball 
Because of our NBA regulation-size gymnasium, our basketball program has flourished. Many of our teens participate in basketball games against other Boys & Girls Clubs. 

Chess Club
Our Chess Club here at Watts/Willowbrook began in Summer 2016 and has grown to be a novel program. Youth of all ages participate in the program and learn various key life skills through the game of chess. They receive various opportunities throughout the year to participate in tournaments.

Flag Football
MORE TO COME ON THIS NEW PROGRAM

Golf
Because of a generous donation on behalf of the Chris Paul Foundation and GolfZon, WWBGC owns its own golf simulator that is used to teach members how to play golf in life-like settings

Lacrosse 
MORE TO COME ON THIS NEW PROGRAM

Soccer/Futsal 
Apart from having our very own futsal field, we have a NBA-regulation size gym that we often use for soccer games and soccer practice. We also utilize our futsal field for games and practices. 

Social Recreation
Our Club houses a Social Recreation rooms that contains pool tables, foosball tables, a ping pong table, board games, and much more!

Step Class
WWBGC’s Step class teaches its members discipline and hard work, as well as keeps them healthy.

Volleyball 
One of the many sports we can play in our gymnasium is volleyball. Our members are constantly playing against each other in teams, creating a sense of sportsmanship and discipline. 


GOOD CHARACTER & CITIZENSHIP

Keystone
Keystone is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for teens ages 14 to 18. Teens participate in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community. 

Passport to Manhood
Passport to Manhood sessions concentrate on a specific aspect of character and manhood through interactive activities. Each member receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. The program includes a service project where boys learn the importance of giving back to the community. 

SMART Girls
Through group discussions, activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with positive adult women, our SMART Girls participate and explore their own social attitudes and values. The girls focus on healthy eating habits, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.

Youth of the Year
Youth of the Year is our premier teen recognition program. Throughout the year teens ages 14-18 participate in various activities that make them stand out. At the end of the year they have the opportunity to be nominated as the Youth of the Year. As they progress through the Youth of the Year competitions, they have the chance to eventually become the National Youth of the Year.



Success Story

Sarai Sosa is a seventeen-year-old Club member who has been attending the Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club for the last seven years. Currently, she is completing her last semester of high school at King Drew Magnet High School. Although life has not been easy on her, Sarai does not give up. With unquestionable perseverance, she makes it her priority to complete all her responsibilities as a Club member and student.  

At the Club, Sarai participates in community outreach, provides one-on-one mentoring for younger Club members, and strives to improve everyone around her. After winning her peers' nomination and approval of becoming the teen leadership program's President, she has set the standards to be an effective and inspirational leader. Although the position may be stressful, she takes pride in herself to be a positive role model for her peers and the younger Club members.

Most recently, Sarai was selected to represent Boys & Girls Club of Metro Los Angeles as the 2016 Youth of Year. 

Her hobbies include watching and reading anime, completing STEM-based research projects, drawing, and painting. After the completion of high school, she desires to attend college at UC Merced or enroll into the U.S. Navy. Sarai will attain her goals and become a successful Club alumnus in whatever she carries out.

Club Director

Veronica Jimenez
VP of Operations

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