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CYA Grants to Aid 2 Youth Programs

The Boys and Girls Club of Ventura and the Youth Connection of Camarillo are moving ahead with plans for expanding their facilities after winning grants of $75,000 and $750,000, respectively, from the California Youth Authority.

The Boys and Girls Club provides care for disadvantaged children while offering recreation and enrichment activities for children ages 5 to 19.

Executive Director Jane Goldschmidt said the money will be used to buy equipment and furnishings for a 15,000-square-foot expansion of its facility on Bristol Road, which will include a gymnasium and a computer learning center.

The nonprofit Youth Connection was formed to coordinate and develop the Casa Pacifica project, a crisis care center able to house 85 to 110 abandoned, neglected or abused children.

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Executive Director Pamela Burke said the group’s award will go toward financing about half of the center’s administration facility on Esplanade Drive, which will include a toddler area, medical unit and nursery.

Burke said construction is slated to begin in June, 1991, and will take about a year to complete.


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