About us

About Us

Our Club is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with after-school programs in Carson, Gardena and South Los Angeles serving nearly 700 elementary, middle and high school youth each day. We cultivate their ability to dream, discover and develop into lifelong learners.

Our Mission

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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We Achieve it by

Creating a safe, engaging, and equitable space for every child in the greater Los Angeles South Bay region – one of the Nation’s most diverse communities. We provide support and guidance to empower leaders of tomorrow through educational programming focused around good character and citizenship, healthy lifestyles, and academic and career success.

Our Commitment to Inclusion

We believe every kid has what it takes. The mission and core beliefs of Boys & Girls Clubs fuel our commitment to promoting safe, positive, and inclusive environments for all. Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson supports all youth and teens – of every race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and socio-economic status in reaching their full potential.

Who We Serve

Despite 97% of our youth living in poverty, they are bright, determined and eager to learn! 54% of Club alumni report that Boys & Girls Clubs saved their life. How do we make Great Futures possible?  Hear from our 2016 & 2017 Youth of the Year, Diane Dizon.


Our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers continually ask: How we can improve our programs and reach more youth who need us most? Collectively, we have a deep-rooted commitment to making the playing field more equitable for all kids.


Our Board of Directors is comprised of individuals who give generously of their time, talents and resources to ensure the Club meets the needs of at-risk youth year after year.


We are fortunate to partner with dedicated community, corporate and foundation partners who invest in our programs to help create the leaders of tomorrow.

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Our Approach

Our programs offer compassion with action to help improve lives. We are always tracking, asking for feedback and getting input from Club members and their families to improve.

Our Success

Read about the impact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson has on the lives of the children we serve from elementary school, middle school, to high school.

Our Impact

We provide welcoming, positive environments in which kids and teens have fun, participate in life-changing programs, and build supportive relationships with peers and caring adults.

Help Provide Essential Skills and Limitless Opportunities

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson’s Board of Directors are elected for three-year renewable terms and commit to serving as vocal champions for at-risk youth in Carson and South Los Angeles. Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the Club’s future through sound and ethical legal governance, and financial management policies with adequate resources to advance our mission.

In addition to fiduciary duties, each Board member adopts one of our twenty-one club locations.

Through site adoptions, Board members serve as supportive and encouraging partners to frontline staff – whether that is field trip opportunities, volunteer fulfillment or sometimes simply dropping by to lend an extra hand.

Executive Committee

  • President: Jeri Vick
  • Vice President: Paul Traughber, Alandale Insurance
  • Secretary: Lori Henderson, Northrop Grumman
  • Treasurer: Roger von Ting, Watson Land Company
  • Immediate Past President: David Traughber, Mattel, Inc. 

Board Members at Large

  • Khaleah Bradshaw, City of Carson
  • Todd Burnight, Carson Companies
  • Reese Johnson, Community Volunteer
  • Tamala Lewis, Dignity Health Sports Park
  • Amy Lupo, NASCAR
  • Luis Martinez, Marathon Petroleum 
  • Megan McArdle, AON Risk Solutions
  • Jarrett Nobles, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Lisa Reddy, ProLogis
  • Jacquelyn Thomas, Community Volunteer
  • Randy Wilson, Norm Wilson & Sons, Inc.


Regents are Board members who serve in an advisory capacity after many years of dedicated Board of Directors service.

  • John Hawkinson, The Carson Companies
  • Kenneth Johnson, AEG
  • Susan Moulton, Waste Management Inc.
  • Walter Neil, Tesoro (Retired)


Associates are individuals who assist the Club in a more-specialized ongoing volunteer capacity on projects such as our annual gala and holiday toy drive. If you are interested in learning more about the Associate Board contact the Club’s Development Manager, Joseph Hocking.

  • Emily Hernandez, California Water Service
  • Lorie Pickens, Watson Land Company
  • Frankie Stewart, City of Carson
  • Harriett Switzer, Retired
  • Katy Wong, Waste Management

Help Provide Essential Skills and Limitless Opportunities

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In-kind donations save Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson thousands of dollars each year. 

Right now, BGCC has a high demand for the following in-kind donations:

  • Gently used books – all ages
  • Business attire – male and female for high school students
  • Art supplies – new pencils, crayons, paint and markers
  • New or used laptops for Club members 

Please contact Deisi Gonzalez, Manager of Development & Marketing for assistance in making an in-kind contribution at 310.522.0500 ext 210 or by email at [email protected]

Make a greater impact with your stock investments! 

Fill out the Wells Fargo Stock Transfer Application and fill in our information below: 

  1. Brokerage Account Number 4843-4988
  2. Brokerage registration : Boys and Girls Club of Carson
  3. Our code for ACAT transfers : 0141

Jeremiah Milbank was a remarkable person and lifelong volunteer who gave generously to Boys & Girls Clubs programs. It is through his legacy that Boys & Girls Clubs of America created The Jeremiah Milbank Society as a way to pay tribute to local Club donors on a national level.

The society was created to inspire and recognize higher level unrestricted giving from individuals within local Clubs. Each member of the society has given a minimum of $10,000 to their local Boys & Girls Clubs organization. Through their leadership and generosity, Jeremiah Milbank Society members have helped to assure that every young person who attends Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson is provided with hope and opportunity, through a safe place to learn and grow, and have adult mentors who positively impact their life.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson are honored to have Jeremiah Milbank Society members, who support the work that goes on at our Clubs. We thank them for their generosity and their unwavering dedication to the youth in our community.

The benefits for joining the Jeremiah Milbank Society includes recognition throughout Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson materials and national recognition within the Jeremiah Milbank Society catalogue.

For more information about the Jeremiah Milbank Society contact:
Nina Patel, VP of Development & Marketing
310-522-0500 ext. 205 • [email protected]

Diana’s commitment to lifting up the voices of the community began in Wilmington as the youngest community organizer and Honorary Mayor of Wilmington. Diana continued organizing with the California State Assembly where worked with leaders in various cities and neighborhoods to advocate for the advancement of education equity, immigration justice, supportive services, and reentry programs. She most recently served as the Neighborhood Revitalization manager with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles leading the implementation of an innovative framework to improve the quality of life of residents in the city of Long Beach through sustainable partnerships and creating a model for collaboration across neighborhoods. Her efforts were commended by the Long Beach Rescue Mission awarding her partner of the year for creating lasting connections across all sectors.
Nina's passion for the non-profit sector began in 2011 with the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation. Over the course of five years, she led the Foundation's fundraising endeavors, initially focusing on district-level initiatives before stepping into the role of President. In 2015, she joined The Friendship Foundation as the Development Director and was promoted to Managing Director shortly thereafter. Nina joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Caron in August of 2022 bringing with her extensive experience in fundraising, event planning and operational and strategic insight. She was honored with the National Newcomer Excellence Award in Resource Development in 2024 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for her outstanding contributions in fundraising. Nina is active in the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club and has served as the International Chair, Vocational Chair, and Social Chair. Together with her husband, Nina has raised three boys in Manhattan Beach.
Don Abbe has 35 years of experience working in the private and nonprofit sector. He joined the Club in 2010 and ensures that every dollar is spent in the most efficient manner. Don works closely with auditors to make sure that our organization complies with all federal, state and local statutory requirements. He also ensures that all stakeholders get a complete and accurate assessment of the financial health of the organization. Don’s past nonprofit work experience includes working with the YMCA of Greater Seattle and Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles. He received a BS in Accounting and Business Management from the University of Washington. Don’s favorite Club program is Youth of the Year.