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Community Center making a difference

Posted: February 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Thank you to The Signal for its wonderful article recently about Efren Galindo and the Newhall Community Center (“New approach for cleaning up neighborhoods,” Feb. 3).

We are encouraged that the article helps to demonstrate to the community what the Newhall Community Center has to offer its residents, as well as the city’s mission to keep teenagers off the streets and focused on a positive, productive lifestyle.

The community center recently celebrated its five-year anniversary at the Newhall facility.

Since opening its doors in 2006, more than 14,000 memberships have been issued.

Many volunteers have donated hundreds of hours teaching classes, tutoring, coaching and fund-raising, all for the benefit of our community.

The Newhall Community Center offers programs and classes that are diverse and serve different ages and interests. Popular classes such as boxing, Ballet Folklorico, karate and numerous after-school activities have proven to be successful at keeping troubled youth from following a destructive path to gangs.

A quote from Galindo in The Signal’s story sums it up perfectly: “Knowing how much I struggled, I realize how important it is to have positive role models.”

For underprivileged youth, these role models act as the voice of reason that is often missing from their lives and are essential for keeping our community’s youth on the right path.

The Newhall Community Center will continue to offer its services to those in need by delivering worthwhile activities to high-risk youth, helping to promote a productive, positive lifestyle.

We look forward to the next five years and would like to thank The Signal again for its inspiring article.

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