29th Vision Awards Dinner
In-person in 2022!
Our Vision Awards trophy is presented to honorees who made significant impacts at the center. We also present medals to Wooten student achievers. Here's Candice at our last dinner gathering in 2019 giving her acceptance speech for the academic excellence in reading award.
Vision Awards Dinner 2022...Location TBD
Our Vision Awards Dinner will be in-person again this year after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. There will be a reduced attendance and social distancing protocols but we are glad and grateful to be back and to see our friends again.
If you cannot attend, your support is still wanted to help us provide tuition-free afterschool and summer programs for more than 400 students in grades 3-12 per year.
The center reopened in June 2021 and is currently operating hybrid programs both onsite and online. Thank you to the college students and professionals and other volunteers and staff helping provide more than 100 free virtual private tutoring sessions per week.
Our Catch the Vision Awards Dinner is a charity event presented annually by our Board of Directors to raise support for our youth center programming. Click on the Donate button to give online or mail your gift to the address below.
Thank you. :)
Naomi McSwain, Executive Director
(323) 756-7203 office
Thank you to our 2021 sponsors:
Platinum-Plus: John and Evelyn Lapham,
Kit and Karen Jennings
Gold: Paul and Melinda Wetmore
Silver: Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Keith and Paulette Parker
Bronze: Terry Dobson and Dr. Saeri Dobson, Drs. Bernard and Connie James
And thank you to our 2020 sponsors who helped us get through our initial pandemic financial challenges:
Platinum-Plus ($15,000): John and Evelyn Lapham
Platinum ($10,000): Kit and Karen Jennings, Steven and Debra Oh
Gold ($5,000): Bank of America, Tom and Laurie McCarthy,
David and Elizabeth McFadzean, Gary and Karen Wagner, Paul and Melinda Wetmore
Silver ($2,500): Dr. Dean Baim, Kinecta Federal Credit Union
Bronze-Plus ($2,000): Brian Condon and Kara Rossi
Bronze ($1,500): Drs. Bernard and Connie James, Amy Johnson, Keith and Paulette Parker,
Alice Short and Steve Vielhaber, John and Kathy Talley-Jones
Partners ($1,000): Deborah Gero
Click here to confirm your sponsorship or other donation and to make payment via your PayPal account or debit or credit card.
Mail a check or money order payable to
Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center to:
Naomi McSwain, executive director
Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center
9106 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90047
(323) 756-7203 office
Yes, we accept stock donations!
Please contact our broker at:
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
333 South Hope Street, 39th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
We closed our youth center buildings at 91st and Western in Los Angeles temporarily in March 2020 due to the pandemic. We reopened in June 2021 with a limited 15 students onsite and fully opened in summer 2022 with 60 students.
Here are some pics from our free afterschool and summer programs for students in grades 3-12.