New Generations Celebrates Second Annual “Gift”

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new generations the giftNeighbors and families attended the second annual “The Gift,” an event hosted by non-profit New Generations NG of Long Beach on January 9. The Washington Middle School soccer field at 1450 Cedar Avenue in Long Beach transformed into a carnival of fun from noon to 3 p.m. where families can play games, watch performances and even get a mini-makeover with free haircuts and manicures.

Visitors enjoyed dozens of activity booths while participating in jalapeño eating contests and winning free prizes. The Long Beach Fire Association Local #372 partnered with New Generations NG served free hot dogs at the event. For the younger children a free photo shoot was set up and free books were given away.

New Generations NG also partnered with the Long Beach Neighborhood Services Bureau, Long Beach Weed & Seed Strategy, Worship Center of Long Beach and other local groups and businesses to bring this free event to the community.

“The Gift is to help neighbors and families get to know one another,” said Alma Campos, co-founder of New Generations NG. “Times are tough and we want everyone to know they always have someone looking out for them. This is also an amazing event where we teach our youth that they can achieve their dreams despite obstacles they face.”

About New Generations NG

Co-founders Alma and Aroldo Campos and their family have lived in Central Long Beach for over 16 years. Volunteering under the name New Generations NG, the Camposes strive to educate and inspire at-risk youth through soccer and community events. While much of those they help are needy families, the Camposes leave no one behind in their vision of helping their community through mentoring and leadership.

Garnering much support from local leaders such as Sixth District Dee Andrews, New Generations have attracted much attention for their philanthropic work. The Camposes have been awarded December 2009 Peacebuilders of the Month and received the Community Harmony Award from the Human Dignity Program in 2008.

Since Spring 2007, Alma and Aroldo have coached over 200 kids in the New Generations soccer team while impacting more lives wherever they go. New Generations NG earned their non-profit status in 2009, which further empowered the Campos family to give back to their community.

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