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National League of Young Men of  La Jolla Hosts 3rd Annual Compass Dinner

May 25, 2017 – La Jolla, California.

The La Jolla Chapter of the National League of Young Men (NLYM) hosted its 3rd Annual Compass Dinner on May 21st at the Catamaran Resort Hotel. This year’s event was chaired by Tracy Ruane. The dinner is a tradition of NLYM, attended by the Young Men and their mothers and fathers, where the Young Men receive awards for their philanthropic work throughout the school year. 

The highest level awards included the Captain Award (85-109 service hours), the Admiral Award (110 hours or more), and finally the Anchor Award given to the young man with the most hours of philanthropic service. This year’s Anchor award winner was Hudson Liu, Class of 2018. The four Classes earned a total of 4,139 hours of direct philanthropy for the community in 2016-17. 

This year’s event honored the La Jolla Chapter’s first ever Senior Class of 2017.  In his closing remarks, Dominick Wallace, Senior Class President spoke poignantly from the heart, “After three years being a member of NLYM, there are two specific days that changed my thinking forever. These experiences have significantly transitioned me from childhood to adulthood.” He referenced Meals on Wheels and Project Mercy. During the evening the Senior Class presented Mr. Willy Gloria, Meals on Wheels representative, with a check for $500, a donation of their class’s remaining funds.

NLYM is a non-profit organization for young men in grades 9-12, with a structured program for mothers and their sons that promotes the development of young men into community leaders through charitable and community service, cultural experiences and protocol education. Learn more at nlymlajolla.org. 

NLYM serves only 501C3 organizations. Please contact Michelle Gergurich, VP Philanthropy if your organization would like our assistance.

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Teen gets Kiwanis grant to build home for needy in Tijuana

La Jolla Light - January 19, 2017

Mason Matalon, a member of the La Jolla Chapter of the National League of Young Men (NLYM), was awarded a $5,000 grant from the La Jolla Kiwanis

Club to help build a home in Tijuana, Mexico through Project Mercy. Matalon applied for the grant and shepherded it through the Kiwanis Club process to earn the funds.

“We are very proud of the work our young men do on behalf of this organization,” said League president Alice Mo. “Mason, in particular, has shown great initiative in earning this money for the second year in a row.”

In 2015 Matalon also won the Kiwanis Club grant on behalf of NLYM, which sent 11 young men and their parents to Tijuana for the philanthropy’s first experience with home building. “I am so excited to be part of such a great experience again,” said Matalon, a junior at La Jolla High School. “Last year’s build gave us insight into another way of life that made an impact on us all.”

NLYM was founded in May 2014 to provide teens an opportunity to serve their community while gaining leadership skills, along with protocol knowledge and cultural experiences. The program is open to young men and their mothers who reside in or attend school in the La Jolla ZIP code 92037. Membership requires at least 10 hours of service, as well as attendance at cultural events and meetings. For more details, visit nlymlajolla.org 

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NLYM La Jolla Chapter Celebrates Young Men’s Achievements at 2
nd Annual Compass Dinner

May 16, 2016 – La Jolla, California.

The La Jolla Chapter of the National League of Young Men (NLYM) held their 2nd annual Compass Dinner on Friday May 6th, 2016 at the Catamaran Resort Hotel. The Class of 2018 hosted the event and Master of Ceremonies was the 2018 Class President, Hudson Liu.

Following opening remarks by President Gwendolyn Dick and President-Elect Alice Mo, young men from each grade level, 9th – 11th, spoke about their experiences throughout the year, including volunteering at many local charities, attending cultural events and developing leadership skills.

Awards Chair, Marie Browning, presented awards for philanthropy service to the young men who completed a total of 3,441 hours of service during the 2015-16 year. Philanthropic hours may be earned in any endeavor where the young men are giving volunteer service to either a NLYM-organized philanthropic event or any established philanthropic organization, school, church or community based group. The Admiral Award for at least 110 hours of service was presented to Fritz Broido, Hudson Lui, Mason Matalon, Alexander Tchang, and Luke Tchang. The Anchor Award, for the most hours of philanthropic service, was presented to Hudson Lui. A full list of awardees is below.

Elaine Murphy, Youth Coordinator Elect, introduced the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA). The PVSA is a volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. Recipients receive a personalized certificate, an official medallion and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States. Awards in the Teen Category (11-15 years) were given for hands-on volunteer service hours to Luke Tchang, Fritz Broido, Hudson Liu, Mason Matalon (Gold Medal), Alexander Tchang, Cole Wolf (Silver Medal) and Douglas Armstrong, Luke Bradbury, Evan Brown, Matthew Buckley, Thomas Evans, Cameron Ezeir, Carwyn Gambling, Max Leonard, Evan Lewis, John Mahony, Nathan Miller, Robert Murphy, Mitchell Morrison, Jackson Scherrer, Ethan Wagenseller (Bronze Medal).

Finally, the Helmsman Award was presented to a young man in each grade level who has combined a good balance of philanthropy, leadership and protocol activities during his year in NLYM as voted by his peers. Garrett Brown, a 2015 recipient of the award, presented Helmsman Awards to James Irwin, Class of 2017, Mason Matalon, Class of 2018 and Thomas Evans, Class of 2019. 

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Anchor Award

Most Hours of Philanthropic Service Hudson Lui

Admiral Award

110 Hours of Service
Fritz Broido, Hudson Lui, Mason Matalon, Alexander Tchang, Luke Tchang

Captain Award

85 Hours of Service
Macky Broido, Wolf Cole, John Mahony, Dominick Wallace

Commander Award

60 Hours of Service
Douglas Armstrong, Cordon Baesel, William Browning, Matthew Buckley, Cameron Ezeir, Carwyn Gambling, Max Leonard, Nathan Miller, John Murphy, Robert Murphy, Mitchell Morrison, Nicholas Palmer, Oliver Parker, Ethan Wagenseller

Lieutenant Award

35 Hours of Service
Jake Austgen, Preston Buljat, Luke Bradbury, Evan Brown, Cole Dimich, Thomas Evans, Carver Heine, Sean Hood, James Irwin, Evan Lewis, Tyler Roberts, Ryan Robson, Robert Ruane, Jackson Scherrer, Cole Wagner, Preston Weber, Brandon Zozula

Ensign Award

20 Hours of Service
Ryan Blackburn, Garrett Brown, Charlie Gal, Nathaniel Gates, Reed Hamilton, Cade Kronemyer, Otto Lenz, Ethan Lerner, Lachlan MacDonald, Jake Marshall, Miles Matalon, Tate Musante, David Pretorius, Jack Schreibman, Marcus Scott, McClain Thiel, Grant Wagner, Jacob Villalobos

Honorable Mention

10 hours of service
Benjamin Albence, Zachary Albence, Elliot Austin, Henry Austin, Luke Brown, Noah Brown, Nicholas Costanza, Charles Coy, Rafi Freund, Ronen Lerner, Shane Pauker, Robert Perrine, Mitchell Scott, Tyler Shapiro, Griffin Young

Helmsman Award

Overall Grade Level Leadership Award James Irwin, Class of 2017 Mason Matalon, Class of 2018 Thomas Evans, Class of 2019

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

GOLD
(100 Hours of Service)
Luke Tchang, Fritz Broido, Hudson Liu, Mason Matalon
SILVER
(75 Hours of Service)
Alexander Tchang, Cole Wolf
BRONZE
(50 Hours of Service)
Douglas Armstrong, Luke Bradbury, Evan Brown, Matthew Buckley, Thomas Evans, Cameron Ezeir, Carwyn Gambling, Max Leonard, Evan Lewis, John Mahony, Nathan Miller, Robert Murphy, Mitchell Morrison, Jackson Scherrer, Ethan Wagenseller 

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SIX LA JOLLA YOUNG MEN RECEIVE PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD

January 24, 2016 – La Jolla, California.

The La Jolla Chapter of the National League of Young Men (NLYM) presented six of its members with gold, silver and bronze medals issued by the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). PVSA is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. With a shared mission of inspiring more to answer the call to service, PVSA celebrates the impact we can all make in bettering our communities and our world. Awards in the Teens Category (11-15 years) were given for hands-on volunteer service hours achieved in a calendar year as established by the participating organization, NLYM.

Awardees from the La Jolla Chapter of NLYM for the 2014-15 year were Macky Broido (Gold, 121 hours), Garrett Brown (Silver, 90 hours), Grant Devermann (Gold, 235 hours), Max Leonard (Bronze, 51 hours), Hudson Liu (Silver, 86 hours) and Mason Matalon (Bronze, 53 hours). These outstanding young men were given their awards on January 24 at the general meeting of the La Jolla NLYM Chapter held at the Junior Achievement San Diego’s facility. They received their medals and certificates of commendation signed by President Obama from NLYM President Gwendolyn Dick and Youth Coordinator Elect Elaine Murphy.

National League of Young Men (NLYM) is a non-profit organization for young men in grades 9- 12; this structured program for mothers and their sons promotes the development of young men into community leaders through leadership involvement, charitable and community service, cultural experiences and protocol education. 2014-15 was NLYM La Jolla’s inaugural year.

For more information, visit the NLYM website at www.nlymlajolla.org 



YOUTH LEAGUE VOLUNTEERS PACK GIFTS FOR MILITARY

On November 9th, in honor of  Veterans Day, four young men from the La Jolla Chapter of the National League of Young Men (NLYM), Tanner Ruane, Ethan Wagenseller, Mason Matalon and Mitchell Morrison volunteered at the Mission Beach Women’s Club to help anyway possible with packaging, labeling, and stacking more than One Hundred (100) 10 pound boxes, soon to be sent to women serving the United States Military overseas.  Not only did NLYM La Jolla help with the physical activities, but they also contributed to the goods being sent overseas.  These women, mainly in the navy, lack such basic amenities like shampoo, combs, chap stick, toothbrushes and toothpaste and to them these items are a luxury.  The items sent were bags of candy, decks of cards, books, magazines personal toiletries, hygiene items and a hand written, personal Thank You Note for all they do.  In this case, the National League of Young Men La Jolla Chapter decided to give a helping hand to those in need.  It was Ethan Wagenseller’s 16th Birthday, and not only did he help with the event, but all the Mission Beach Women’s Club members sang happy birthday to him!  

by Mitchell Morrison, Class of 2018
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NATIONAL LEAGUE OF YOUNG MEN LA JOLLA CHAPTER RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM LA JOLLA KIWANIS FOR BUILDING MATERIALS PROJECT MERCY TIJUANA HOME BUILD.

LA JOLLA, CA (September 29, 2015)
Mason Matalon, NLYM Class of 2018, wrote and submitted a grant proposal to the LJ Kiwanis, asking for funds to cover the cost of house-building materials for the Chapters next Project Mercy Tijuana, Mexico home build. Thanks to his initiative, follow-through and stewardship of the process, NLYM was awarded the grant money and now able to build another home for a family-in-need. This will be the third NLYM house build and they are thankful to LJ Kiwanis for supporting the young men’s service work efforts.

LJ Kiwanis presented the $4,900 check to NLYM at their meeting at the LJ Presbyterian Church on Fri., Sept 11. “This is a great partnership — LJ Kiwanis donates the funds to pay for the house-building materials and NLYM donates the labor: 11 young men and their parents working for eight hours building a home.” Lisa Barnhouse-Gal, VP Philanthropy, NLYM.

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La Jolla’s National League of Young Men end inaugural year

June 22, 2015 La Jolla Light 

The La Jolla Chapter of the National League of Young Men celebrated its first year, saluting its 49 participants at an end-of-year banquet May 8, 2015 at Phil’s BBQ.

NLYM is an organization for guys in grades 9-12 that guides their development into community leaders through involvement in philanthropic and cultural experiences, as well as protocol education. This year’s members volunteered more than 2,200 community service hours that included donation distribution, food delivery, beach and park cleanups, and helping to build a house in Mexico for a family in need.

“I am very proud of our young men and all the hard work they did this year,” said Wendy Dick, NLYM La Jolla president. “Twenty-eight of the charities supported were chosen by the league, but our young 
men also volunteered for some organizations that were important to them personally. ... I look forward to the positive impact this chapter will have on our community in the years to come.”

La Jolla High tenth-grader Grant Devermann earned special recognition for completing 235 philanthropy hours, and ninth-grader Hudson Liu was recognized for his 97.5 hours of community service. In addition to philanthropic hours, members attended 171 hours of cultural events, including performances by the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus and the National Comedy Theatre.

The program is open to young men and their mothers who reside in or attend school in the 92037 ZIP code. Membership requires at least 10 hours of service, as well as attendance at cultural events and meetings.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE OF YOUNG MEN CONVENES LA JOLLA CHAPTER

Non-profit adds 126 members to its ranks

La Jolla, Calif. (October 7, 2014) — The La Jolla Chapter of the National League of Young Men announced today its inception as the eighth chapter of the organization. National League of Young Men, Inc. (NLYM) is a non-profit organization for young men in grades 9-12; this structured program for mothers and their sons promotes the development of young men into community leaders through leadership involvement, charitable and community service, cultural experiences, and protocol education.


“I first learned of this organization less than a year ago,” says La Jolla Chapter founder and president Wendy Dick, “and I realized its goals closely align with those of other mothers in our community. As I spoke to other La Jollans about starting a chapter, enthusiasm spread and other families joined me to found this chapter.”


Other women who took a leading role in the chapter include Kiley Barnhorst MacDonald, vice president of membership; Lisa Barnhouse-Gal, vice president of philanthropy; Melinda Mahony, vice president of leadership; and Danielle Miller, vice president of protocol and culture.


NLYM has scheduled philanthropic opportunities throughout the year for its members and requires at least 10 hours of service, as well as attendance at cultural events and meetings. Meetings include topics such as time management, nutrition, peer relationships, dining etiquette and more.

 

“My hope is for our members to have rewarding experiences through NLYM that re-enforce the idea that the greatest joy in life comes from serving others and discovering the confidence and courage to do so,” says Dick.

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La Jolla Chapter of National League of Young Men, Inc.

P.O. Box 2138, La Jolla, CA 92038

www.nlymlajolla.org