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Culture Club Launches Spring Camps, Seeks Community Volunteers

Apr 23, 2024 10:33PM ● By Mb News Staff

Photo via Culture Club South Bay.

Culture Club South Bay, a non-profit organization based in Manhattan Beach, is resuming its programming this spring and is seeking community volunteers for its youth camps. 

Culture Club has worked to bring diversity and inclusion enrichment programs to youth and families each spring and fall for the last three years. Its programs are located at the site of the original Bruce’s Beach in Manhattan Beach, with the intention of highlighting the legacy of the historic site.

The camps will run for the next three Saturdays, from April 27 to May 18. The programs, for kids ages 8-13, include recreation and experiences such as volleyball, surfing, arts, education and ocean awareness. All of the programming is led by volunteer community leaders and experts. Participants rotate through each activity during the program session, giving every child the opportunity to explore different newfound passions. 

Community members are encouraged to volunteer during these sessions to provide support with registration, monitoring youth activities, and ensuring smooth transitions for families and participants.

The sessions will begin at Bruce’s Beach parking lot and will run from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. each Saturday. Food will be provided for free to all volunteers as part of Culture Club’s partnership with local food vendors and trucks.

Culture Club Aims to Create Inclusion Opportunities

Culture Club South Bay was founded by Allison Hales in the fall 2020 to celebrate diversity and create inclusion in the South Bay. The group originally started with live events on Zoom during COVID lockdowns to showcase multicultural talent through art, dance, and entertainment.

In fall 2021, the group launched its first youth engagement camp at Bruce’s Beach with the goal of uniting local youth through surfing, volleyball, arts, education, and culinary experiences.

(Photo via Culture Club South Bay)

“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 Hales in a statement. "[It creates] much-needed diversity in Manhattan Beach [and gives] 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."

Culture Club has continued with its goal of providing complimentary programming for each of its sessions.

"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."

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