RCSD partnership with The Youth Center impacts local families

Pictured are two Youth Center children working on a painting project at Rush Park. The Youth Center’s new Rossmoor After School Club and Learning Services (RASCALS) at Rush Park is still accepting applications. For more information, please visit online at www.theyouthcenter.org.

The Rossmoor Community Services District actively partners with The Youth Center in Los Alamitos, making a big difference in the lives of local families and children. This year, The Youth Center provided more than $40,000 in scholarship funds for kids to attend summer camp thanks to the RCSD.

With the support of the RCSD, The Youth Center added a third after school program site, Rossmoor After School Club and Learning Services (RASCALS) at Rush Park.  RASCALS at Rossmoor Park was open in 2015. “From homework time, tutoring, sports, art, science projects to reading club, The Youth Center not only keeps children safe but enriches their lives with new experiences, self-confidence, and knowledge to succeed in school and life”, said Youth Center Executive Director  Lina Lumme. “The partnership with RCSD allows us to provide meaningful programing and offer scholarships to local families in need”.

“On behalf of the Rossmoor Community Services Board of Directors, we are excited to partner with the Youth Center in expanding after school programs,” said RCSD General Manager Joe Mendoza. “Anytime the District can provide programs and resources to families, and especially for our youth directly through local non-profits, it is a win-win for the community.”

The mission of the RCSD is to provide superior, cost-effective services that enhance the quality of life for the residents of Rossmoor. Approximately 10,500 residents reside in Rossmoor. The RCSD was formed in 1986 by voters, having many of the powers of a city with the exception of land-use planning. The powers granted to the RCSD were public recreation facilities and services, street lighting, road rights-of-way services, sewer services, collection and disposal of garbage, according to the RCSD website.

“Our partnership with the RCSD is vital to the community,” said Lumme. “Thanks to them, we are able to help more local families and children.”

Since 1952, The Youth Center’s mission is to transform children’s lives one family at a time through collaborative social, educational and recreational programs. Their program area not only serves Rossmoor and Los Alamitos, but also cities in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

The Youth Center now has three after school programs, one next to Oak Middle School in Los Alamitos, at Rossmoor Park and at Rush Park in Rossmoor. They receive no federal or state funding, but rely upon the community and grants to offer low cost programs to youth ages 5 to 17 years old. Registrations are going on now for their After School Program at The Youth Center located at 10909 Oak Street in Los Alamitos, with some openings at RASCALS Rush Park.  (Rossmoor Park is full.) For more information about The Youth Center, please visit www.theyouthcenter.org.

For more information about the RCSD, www.rossmoor-csd.org.