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Supporting at-risk youths transition to productive adults

SHELTER 37 seeks to improve the overall well-being of children and young adults whose lives have been affected or disrupted by crime, violence, or abandonment and, as a result, are more at risk of turning to gangs, crime, drugs, or becoming withdrawn, antisocial, or socially inept.

SHELTER 37 was founded by James Washington in 1993 as a not-for-profit public benefit corporation that provides highly effective life skills, job training, and educational programs to youth in southern California.

Fundraising events occur throughout the year to support our mission. Popular events, such as the annual Battle of the Greens Golf Classic, are enjoyable ways to spend the day while making an indelible impact on the lives of those served by Shelter 37.

Other fundraising events help fund additional programs and community activities such as Institute for Aspiring Leaders, Champs for Life- Life Skills Program, and Back to the Basics Youth Football Camps in coordination with the UCLA football program, tickets and transportation to UCLA home football games in support of the “I’m Going to College” youth outreach program, Say “Yes” To Life healthy living program, and the annual Holiday Toy Giveaways for children in need.

Support Our Cause to Help Young Adults Reach their Potential

Your generous donation can help us provide essential resources and support to help young adults transition into productive adulthood.


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