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A new place to hang after school

Boys & Girls Club of SCV Teen Center at Sierra Vista gets new look

Posted: August 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Volunteers paint the Teen Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley Sierra Vista location

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Just in time for the start of the school the Teen Center at the Sierra Vista branch of the Boys & Girls of Santa Clarita Valley has been transformed and updated into a clean, fun space for the club’s teen students.

Brandon Stuart, a founder of the nonprofit The Sitting Tree and a graduate of William S. Hart High School, said the mission of The Sitting Tree is to lend a helping hand to families in need.  

“Most of our efforts involve working with families on a one-on-one basis, but we try to host a few events each year that allow our volunteers to get out and about and see the impact of their work,” said Stuart.

Founders of The Sitting Tree include Stuart, Vince Villanueva and Erik Lima.

The Sierra Vista Teen Center was chosen as the group’s project after Stuart reached out to Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of SCV.

“I grew up in Newhall, so it was really special to me to have the opportunity to positively impact my home community,” said Stuart.

Stuart said parent volunteers from the club’s students made up a portion of the volunteers who painted, cleaned and installed new furniture and electronics.

“The room was cluttered and in need of some love and attention so we worked hard to transform it into a space that could be used for entertaining and educational purposes,” said Stuart. “We arranged the new furniture in a way that the space was broken up into a workspace, gaming area, etcetera. We also mounted a new plasma TV.”

The Sitting Tree donated two new couches, a plasma TV with a wall mount, multiple video games, game controllers, a desk, an entertainment center, an office chair and new blinds for the room.

Stuart said everything donated was new, not used and purchased from proceeds raised at The Sitting Tree fundraisers. The most recent fundraiser was an art auction held in Santa Monica.

“We were able to get the Boys & Girls Club every item on their wish list,” said Stuart.

 The more than 30 volunteers included a mix that include about 15 from The Sitting Tree and an equal number from the SCV.

The entire transformation took only about five hours.

“We worked hard, we hustled,” Stuart said.

The Sitting Tree nonprofit gets its name from a tree in Stuart’s Newhall backyard.

Stuart said the fallen tree offered the “perfect seat for reflection and creative contemplation.”

Ventress said the members of the club are pleased with the new space.

“We are thrilled at what they contributed in time, effort, supplies and equipment,” said Ventress.

Stuart said all donations go directly to benefit families.

For more information email brandon@thesittingtree.org  or visit
www.thesittingtree.org.

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