Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley (Canoga Park, CA)


  • Name:Shani Grafman
  • Title:Director of Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley
  • Address:7245 Remmet Ave.
    Canoga Park, CA 91303
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(818) 610-1054
  • Main fax:(818) 610-1094

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

  • Overview:
  • There are little to no youth development programs in the area outside of the Club. Without the programs and services of the Club many of the youth we serve would be at home alone or out on the streets. Youth from our communities face various challenges and barriers that put them at risk for gang involvement, crime, dropping out of school, and substance abuse. Gangs, poor academic achievement, and higher health risks are just some of the challenges and issues our Club members face.

    The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley’s main campus is located in Canoga Park, a neighborhood that is very challenging for a child to grow up in. This is where there were 101 violent crimes and 898 property crimes in just the past six months . According to data from the Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A. Project, the crime rate in Canoga Park (164.9) is higher than that of the neighboring communities of Chatsworth, Woodland Hills, West Hills, and Winnetka. Gang violence is a daily threat.

    Additionally, 7.6% of the San Fernando Valley population that receives some form of public assistance and/or food stamps and 9.4% of the entire San Fernando Valley population are from single-parent families a striking difference to the 18.1% from Canoga Park, CA .

    We know our programs keep kids in school more days a year, have higher graduation rates, and have higher test scores than children who do not attend our programs. Our goal is to bridge knowledge and skills gaps, particularly for at-risk youth, by integrating fun, educational activities throughout all of the Club's programs. We offer a wide array of programming from Cyber Patriot (a cyber defense competition), ceramics, digital arts, Healthy Habits, College Bound, drama, tutoring, and so much more. Our programs are so well received with parents, youth, and school administration that we have had an increase in attendance at several of our sites and will need to hire more staff to accommodate the influx of new members.

    We offer a wide array of innovative life-enhancing programs and support. Our programs provide positive options and activities that build knowledge, skills, confidence, and self-esteem. Programs are provided in five key focus areas: Education and Career Programs enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations, and embrace technology to achieve success in a career. An assessment of elementary school Club members last year show that GPAs increased by one quarter of a grade and work study habits increased across the board. Character and Leadership Programs empower youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others’ cultural identities. Arts Programs enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through dance, theater, drama, fine arts, and digital arts. These programs are even more essential as art and music continue to be cut in schools. Health and Life Skills Programs help youth engage in positive behaviors that nurture their well-being, set personal goals, and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. A significant majority of parents (70%) report that their child is making better food and drink choices as a result of these programs. Sports, Fitness, and Recreation Programs develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, athletic skills, an appreciation for the environment, and social skills. A Club member survey shows that 74% engage in at least 30 minutes of sports and physical activity at the Club. A much needed program when State Physical Education Testing show almost half of local 5th grade students are at high risk in body composition and need improvement in their aerobic capacity. These programs take place at nine locations throughout the West San Fernando Valley.

  • History:
  • Founded in 1992, the Club was established in response to the need for safe, quality, affordable, programs for vulnerable youth in the community. Throughout its first decade, the Club went from one temporary location to the next outgrowing facilities as the demand for its services and Club membership grew. With the purchase and renovation of its current facility in Canoga Park in 2004, the Club finally had a place it could permanently call home. Later that year, the Club opened a satellite site at Blythe Street Elementary School. That success led to the creation of additional sites at Reseda Elementary School and Canoga Park High School in 2007. Then in 2008, the Club opened a site at Tierra del Sol, an affordable housing unit with its own adjacent school for low-income families. The newest sites Chatsworth and Cleveland High Schools, were added in 2012 while Topeka Drive Elementary School and Hale Middle School, were added in 2009 and 2011. Today, we implement programs from a total of nine sites.

    In 2013, the Club served 2,900 youth (6 to 17 years of age) from communities throughout the West San Fernando Valley. The demographic breakdown of youth is 61% Hispanic, 7% African American, 13% Caucasian, 9% Multiracial, 9.5% Asian, and .5% Native American. The majority (82%) live below poverty level while 37% live in a single parent household.

  • Year established:1992
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:24
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:57


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:95-4419365

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:954419365
  • Organization Name:WEST VALLEY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:7245 REMMET AVE
  • Organization City:CANOGA PARK
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:91303-1532
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:September, 1997
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):320
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
  • Organization Code:5 (Association)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:Z99Z
  • Asset Amount:$2,864,694
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,880,501
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,819,279
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 9:57:15 pm

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