LocationAlhambra , CA United States
Monterey Park, CA (August 2, 2017) – On Tuesday, June 31, Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley (the Club) members returned to their respective Club sites after a week in Taiwan. The trip was funded by local philanthropist Vicky Chang. The purpose of the trip was to show the teens a world beyond the Club walls and outside their immediate community. Ms. Chang, already a dedicated and a longtime Club donor, wanted to do more for Club members: she wants to inspire the kids to dream big. The trip was a life-changing experience for all.
The 10 Club members returned from the trip excited about the culture and what they learned about themselves. Pragya, a 9 th grader, expressed how she enjoyed visiting places that represented different cultures within Taiwan. It made her realize the importance of being able to communicate with people from other parts of the world.
Matthew, a 10th grader, credits the trip for teaching him how to be independent. “I had to learn how to be responsible. Although there were chaperones, my parents, who I usually go to, were far away. I had to learn limits and how far to go, like at the night markets.”
In addition to the night markets—unanimously the members’ favorite- some of their experiences included a visit to the National Taiwan University and the Chiang KaiShek Memorial. They also took a tour of Taipei and learned about its transportation system. Club members also participated in a workshop provided by executives of Liuli Crystal Art. They learned about crystal art, designed and created their own models.
There was no better tour guide for the trip than Ms. Chang, whose family is in the Travel business. Ms. Chang’s son, Roy, also helped guide the tours, in particular, the city experience. They were joined by the Club’s Executive Director, JR Dzubak, and Club staff, Priscilla Alfaro.
Because of this trip, the Club members are even more excited about the new school year, which begins next week. They now truly understand that the world is big and rich with different cultures, people, and opportunities. And that there is a lot more they need to learn.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Club serves kids ages 6 to 17 in the communities of Monterey Park, Alhambra, Rosemead, San Gabriel, Montebello, City of Industry, La Puente, and Baldwin Park. In addition, we now also serve Boyle Heights. In partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, we have units at Ramona Gardens and Estrada Courts Housing Projects. The Club delivers exciting and educational programs to over 2,700 boys and girls each year.