Success Stories

We celebrate the successes of our member charities and champion their causes as our own.

Why We Tell the Story: A Dream Role Come to Life

“Ti Moune was one of my dream roles ever since I found out what the show was…” actress, Rhyan Wilson, gushes to us. She will headline as the Arts & Learning Conservatory’s very own Ti Moune during their production of Once on This Island, Jr., which opens July 16th at Concordia University’s outdoor amphitheatre.   …

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“I am so thankful for all the support The Wooden Floor gave me during my time as a dancer and in college.” – Emma, The Wooden Floor, Class of 2017

“I am so thankful for all the support The Wooden Floor gave me during my time as a dancer and in college. They taught me the value of giving back to a community and inspired me to do the same, which is why it’s important for me to be involved in their Alumni Professional Network …

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“I’m in the Annual Concert and it is a dream for me.” – Karen, The Wooden Floor Class of 2027

“I love to dance. I used to always dance in my room because I wasn’t brave enough to dance in front of my family. Now The Wooden Floor has helped me be comfortable dancing in front people, which feels good. The Wooden Floor helped me get those nervous thoughts out. I’m in the Annual Concert …

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Sara’s Resilience Amid the Pandemic

Sara, a local Los Angeles resident and mother of two, made the most of this unusual time during the pandemic and refused to let it hinder herself or her family. Sara and her two daughters have been a part of the Children’s Bureau family for multiple years. She first discovered Children’s Bureau while she was …

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Meet Rachel, Reason & Baby D

Rachel had always wanted a large family and having grown up with two adopted siblings, she always considered the option of fostering or adopting. After going through the process to become a certified foster parent with two close friends, she has opened her family to a 17-year-old girl, now 19, and an infant with less …

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Seals Sparking Smiles!

Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) launched Seals Sparking Smiles (SSS) in December of 2020. This exciting new addition to the organization’s line-up of free community “give back” programs is geared to provide a memorable and joyful experience for children (up to age 21) who are going through severe personal challenges in their own lives. This …

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Teaching the Next Generation of Naturalists

The Bolsa Chica Conservancy, a non-profit environmental organization based in Huntington Beach, has been providing leading environmental education throughout L.A. and Orange counties since its beginnings in 1990. The Conservancy offers a myriad of both on- and off-site programs for all ages, all of which are aligned with current California State Standards and the new …

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Do a Good Tern

The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve suffered a great loss during the 2021 bird breeding season. On May 11, 2021 a drone crashed on North Tern Island which caused approximately 3,000 Elegant Terns to abandon their nests. CA Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) estimates that over 1,500 eggs were lost as a result of this …

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Stephany heads to Harvard

Stephany Gutierrez, Santa Ana High School & Project Youth OCBF Higher Education Mentoring Program Graduate Class of 2021, Harvard University   Stephany applied to twenty-three colleges and universities, receiving acceptance letters from flagship public universities, highly competitive colleges, and four Ivy Leagues. She will be attending Harvard University, exploring her interests in the Humanities with …

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Oscar excited to attend Vassar

Oscar Martinez, Valley High School & Project Youth OCBF Higher Education Mentoring Program Graduate Class of 2021, Vassar University   Óscar attended Valley High School as part of the graduating Class of 2021. High school was a double-edged sword for Oscar; for him it was characterized with joy, but also was attributed with many hardships …

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