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28th Vision Awards Dinner 2021

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. Candice is currently active in our virtual CollegeTrek Afterschool Program.

Vision Awards Dinner Cancelled in 2021 For a Second Year Due to the Pandemic

We were like most people who hoped the pandemic would be over by now. That unfortunately is not the case and we are very saddened by the human and other losses. Our dinner is cancelled due to social distancing and other venue restrictions but the need still exists as we continue providing free private tutoring, STEM classes, and other virtual afterschool programming for grades 3-12. We are preparing to reopen in June 2021 with a hybrid summer camp.

Thank you for your support. Also thanks to the college students and professionals and other volunteers and staff helping provide more than 75 free private tutoring sessions per week. See the video below for a virtual thanks from the kids.


  • Sapphire ($50,000)

  • Diamond ($25,000)

  • Platinum ($10,000)

  • Gold ($5,000)

  • Silver ($2,500)

  • Bronze ($1,500)

  • Partner ($1,000)

  • Supporter ($500)


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

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Online Payments:

Click here to confirm your sponsorship or other donation and to make payment via your PayPal account or debit or credit card.

Mail Payments:

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) 453-6533 cell​


Stock Donations:

Yes, we accept stock donations!
Please contact our broker at:


Marco Chu

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. 

333 South Hope Street, 39th Floor

Los Angeles, CA  90071 

Tel: 213.236.2065  

Fax: 213.629.3428

We closed our youth center buildings at 91st and Western in Los Angeles temporarily in March 2020 due to the pandemic. 

Here are some pics from our free Wooten Online afterschool and summer programs for students in grades 3-12.

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