Wells Fargo Donates $100,000 to 4-H After School Program

The Bank Is a Strong Supporter of Educational 4-H Activities

That Keep Kids off the Streets



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from 4-H After School Activity Program

    LOS ANGELES, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- "The future health and wealth of our
 state will be measured in large part by our willingness to take responsibility
 today for helping children become employable adults tomorrow" says Les Biller,
 Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Wells Fargo Bank, who will
 present a $100,000 check to the 4-H After School Activity Program at Compton
 Avenue Elementary School, 1515 East 104th Street in Watts, on Thursday, April
 26th at 3:30 p.m..
     Wells Fargo demonstrates the very willingness Mr. Biller is talking about,
 providing more than $200,000 in direct support for this program in the past
 two years.  With the overwhelming societal needs of a city like Los Angeles,
 the program's continued survival depends on securing adequate private
 contributions each year.  Other major contributors include the George Hoag
 Family Foundation, the Henry L. Guenther Foundation, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
 LLP, QueensCare, The Rose Hills Foundation, the S. Mark Taper Foundation, The
 Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation and Unocal Corporation.
     "This place is safer than being on the streets and I'd rather learn from
 4-H than on the streets," says 12-year-old Tymeka Kelly, who lives in a low-
 income housing community in the Watts area and participates in the 4-H After
 School Activity Program (4-H ASAP).  Life in public housing is challenging;
 most of the resident families are in very low-income categories and academic
 resources are limited.  Since nearly 25 percent of juvenile crime occurs
 between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 p.m., it is imperative that children have a
 safe and supervised place to be after school.
     4-H is a University of California youth development program that has
 helped young people become responsible citizens for nearly 90 years.  4-H ASAP
 exemplifies UC's commitment to K-12 outreach, offering educational activities
 during the after school hours when young people are at high risk for becoming
 involved in unsafe behavior, and the acronym underscores the urgency of
 providing a healthy alternative to unsupervised time after school.
     This service is provided without cost to the low-income families of more
 than 500 children who are able to participate because of a unique combination
 of supporters that include UC, the City and County of Los Angeles, LA's
 Housing Authority and private investors like the Wells Fargo Foundation who
 recognize the critical importance of keeping the doors open.
     4-H ASAP's effectiveness has earned notable acclaim during its 12 years of
 service in Los Angeles, including USA Today's prestigious National Coalition
 on Education award.  Through structured educational activities, homework
 support and community service, 4-H ASAP enables the children enrolled in the
 program to envision themselves as contributing citizens, encourages them to
 pursue a college education and helps build the confidence they need to become
 capable members of the future work force.
     "The students in the 4-H Program do their homework and participate in
 enriching activities that develop life skills and make connections with
 academic subject areas," says Sylvia Ruiz, principal of Compton Avenue
 Elementary School in Watts.
     For additional information or to provide financial support for 4-H ASAP,
 contact The California 4-H Foundation at (530) 757-8740.
 
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    LOS ANGELES, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- "The future health and wealth of our
 state will be measured in large part by our willingness to take responsibility
 today for helping children become employable adults tomorrow" says Les Biller,
 Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Wells Fargo Bank, who will
 present a $100,000 check to the 4-H After School Activity Program at Compton
 Avenue Elementary School, 1515 East 104th Street in Watts, on Thursday, April
 26th at 3:30 p.m..
     Wells Fargo demonstrates the very willingness Mr. Biller is talking about,
 providing more than $200,000 in direct support for this program in the past
 two years.  With the overwhelming societal needs of a city like Los Angeles,
 the program's continued survival depends on securing adequate private
 contributions each year.  Other major contributors include the George Hoag
 Family Foundation, the Henry L. Guenther Foundation, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
 LLP, QueensCare, The Rose Hills Foundation, the S. Mark Taper Foundation, The
 Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation and Unocal Corporation.
     "This place is safer than being on the streets and I'd rather learn from
 4-H than on the streets," says 12-year-old Tymeka Kelly, who lives in a low-
 income housing community in the Watts area and participates in the 4-H After
 School Activity Program (4-H ASAP).  Life in public housing is challenging;
 most of the resident families are in very low-income categories and academic
 resources are limited.  Since nearly 25 percent of juvenile crime occurs
 between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 p.m., it is imperative that children have a
 safe and supervised place to be after school.
     4-H is a University of California youth development program that has
 helped young people become responsible citizens for nearly 90 years.  4-H ASAP
 exemplifies UC's commitment to K-12 outreach, offering educational activities
 during the after school hours when young people are at high risk for becoming
 involved in unsafe behavior, and the acronym underscores the urgency of
 providing a healthy alternative to unsupervised time after school.
     This service is provided without cost to the low-income families of more
 than 500 children who are able to participate because of a unique combination
 of supporters that include UC, the City and County of Los Angeles, LA's
 Housing Authority and private investors like the Wells Fargo Foundation who
 recognize the critical importance of keeping the doors open.
     4-H ASAP's effectiveness has earned notable acclaim during its 12 years of
 service in Los Angeles, including USA Today's prestigious National Coalition
 on Education award.  Through structured educational activities, homework
 support and community service, 4-H ASAP enables the children enrolled in the
 program to envision themselves as contributing citizens, encourages them to
 pursue a college education and helps build the confidence they need to become
 capable members of the future work force.
     "The students in the 4-H Program do their homework and participate in
 enriching activities that develop life skills and make connections with
 academic subject areas," says Sylvia Ruiz, principal of Compton Avenue
 Elementary School in Watts.
     For additional information or to provide financial support for 4-H ASAP,
 contact The California 4-H Foundation at (530) 757-8740.
 
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