Culture Club South Bay Youth Camp ReturnsSep 09, 2023 08:44AM ● By Mb News Staff
Photo courtesy of Culture Club South Bay
Culture Club South Bay's youth camps, which aim to bring under-served youth to the beach, resume for the fall starting today at Bruce's Beach in Manhattan Beach.
The non-profit Culture Club has worked to unite youth and families through diversity and inclusion enrichment programs each spring and fall in the South Bay for the last three years.
Its programs are located at the site of the original Bruce’s Beach in Manhattan Beach, with a goal of preserving the historic site's legacy while also providing education.
The Culture Club camps will run for the next three Saturdays, from September 9 to September 23; from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All interested community members are invited to volunteer their time for their upcoming fall sessions. This includes support with registration, monitoring youth activities, and ensuring smooth transitions for families and participants. Food will be provided for free to all volunteers as part of Culture Club’s partnership with local food vendors and trucks.
“Creating this youth camp has been one of the most purposeful experiences for me. I have witnessed the joy and the impact the camp has had on not only the youth participating, but their parents along with our many volunteers and team members," said Allison Hales, founder of Culture Club South Bay. "Creating much needed diversity in Manhattan Beach, giving access to underserved youth who don’t get to experience beach activities that locals do... It is also a wonderful opportunity for local youth to experience diversity in their back yard, creating long lasting memories and friendships."
[Editor's note: Saturday, September 9, is also the day of the P.S. I Love You Foundation's Day at the Beach, which takes place in the sand between 6th and 8th Streets.]
Culture Club's fall programming includes recreation and experiences such as volleyball, surfing, arts, education and ocean awareness. All of the programming is led by community leaders, experts, and speakers who volunteer their time to in support of Culture Club. The children rotate through each active offering during the program session, giving every participant the opportunity to explore different activities.
"Culture Club South Bay aims to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of
young people," said Billy Corvalan, Culture Club’s surf lead and current board member. "We believe that by investing in our youth and fostering their growth, we contribute to building a brighter future for individuals, communities, and the environment. I am proud to be part of such an incredible organization that cares so deeply."
For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.cultureclubsb.com.