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Burbank students packed for success

Molly Shore

Several Burbank groups are joining together to make life easier for

disadvantaged students.

The Burbank Youth Board has collaborated with the Burbank Outreach


Center and We Care for Youth on Pack for Success, a pilot project to

donate backpacks filled with school supplies.

The board’s role is to collect supplies, said Teri Stein, deputy

director of Park, Recreation and Community Services. Between now and


the end of summer, youth members are soliciting donations, including

backpacks, binders, paper, pens and pencils, glue sticks, rulers,

erasers and calculators or money.

Stein isn’t sure if Pack for Success will be an ongoing project.

“The goal now is to try to have 40 [backpacks] on hand at the

Outreach Center, Stein said. “It’s based on the response and the


Members of the youth board are appointed by the City Council, and


meet monthly to discuss and address items of concern to Burbank

youth. We Care for Youth is a local nonprofit organization that

assists children.

The school district, the police department, L.A. County Probation

Department, and the Department of Children and Family Services

comprise the Burbank Outreach Center. Its primary goal is to serve

at-risk youth by assisting them in academic, occupational and

personal support services. Center personnel will determine which


students are eligible to receive backpacks.

Checks should be made payable to “We Care for Youth -- Pack for

Success,” and mailed to the Burbank Outreach Center, 326 E. Orange

Grove Ave., Burbank, CA 91502. Donations can be delivered to the

Outreach Center. For more information, call 238-5328.