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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica (BGCSM) is has announced that OneWest Bank, the Southern California branch division of CIT Bank, N.A., has gifted the club a $200,000 grant. This is the second time in three years that OneWest Bank has made a made a contribution including a $150,000 grant awarded to the organization in 2016 for teen leadership programs. This year’s grant will be used to continue the club’s programming in its three pillars: academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship.

“We are incredibly grateful to OneWest Bank for the exceptional support that translates into positive life changing experience for our teens. This grant will provide these programs to our Teens here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica. The programs focus on holistic development – excelling in academics, good character & leadership, healthy lifestyles, and social-emotional wellness awareness and skills,” said Michelle Arellano, CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica values partners like OneWest Bank because their support helps the organization to continue serving youth. Officials said OneWest places a high level of importance on helping the community. Part of that support includes recognizing the intentional work of local organizations. Fully committed to meeting the needs of Southern California communities, OneWest continues to clearly show their dedication to youth and the Boys & Girls Club mission.

“OneWest is passionate about serving the local community and is pleased to partner with the Boy & Girls Club of Santa Monica to support this impactful program,” said Steve Solk, president of Consumer Banking. “From college preparation to financial literacy, the Teen Program provides local youth invaluable skills to excel in the classroom and beyond.”

For 73 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica has been providing generation-changing programs and after school services that have enduring impact. The club’s mission is “to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring, responsible, productive citizens.” The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica serves more than 4,000 youth each year, and unrestricted funding is essential to sustaining and improving the Club’s services and programs in education, career, character, leadership, health, life skills, and more. To learn more, please visit www.smbgc.org or call (310) 361-8500.

Founded in 1944, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica works to inspire and enable all young people to reach their full potential as caring, responsible and productive citizens. Through membership and outreach, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica currently serves approximately 4,000 youth across its 5 sites throughout Los Angeles County. Members come from 129 different ZIP codes, with the majority of members coming from Santa Monica, Culver City, Venice, West Los Angeles and Inglewood. Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, technology and sports/fitness/recreation opportunities. For more information, visit www.smbgc.org or follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/smbgcfan) and Twitter (twitter.com/SMBGC).

Submitted by Nailah Roque, Director of Development Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica