Our Story

In 1999, with the support of the City of Garden Grove the Buena Clinton Youth and Family Center opened in an effort to empower the residents to make a positive difference and impact within their community. The center was strategically located as a way to combat high crime, open drug markets, overcrowding, and substandard housing in the neighborhood. For more than 10 years, the center’s home base was a 20-foot by 40-foot trailer, serving a one-quarter square mile area with 3,500 residents. Sixty percent of the population is under the age of 18. The neighborhood is considered to be the youngest by population in the city, and one of the most ethnically diverse. The Buena Clinton Youth and Family Center provides no-cost to low cost programs and services focused on youth enrichment, safety, and community involvement/mobilization.
In 2004, the BCYFC received a $2.45 million state grant from Murray-Hayden Urban Parks and Youth Service for the construction of a two-story, 6,600 square-foot center. Additional funding of $15,000 was also received from the Ameriquest Mortgage Company.

In August 2009, the project broke ground for a facility designed to offer multi-purpose rooms for homework clubs and day camps; a teen center with large screen televisions, ping-pong table, and computers; classrooms for counseling, case management, workshops, and training; and an outdoor, full-court basketball/sports area.

Just one year later, in July 2010, at the center’s ribbon cutting ceremony, Garden Grove Mayor Bill Dalton said, "The Buena Clinton Youth and Family Center is a key part of the City’s focus to strengthen families and build sustainable communities. This expanded Center will further empower our youngest leaders by providing them with a safe, modern, and nurturing facility." Center Director, Gabi O’ Cadiz-Hernandez added, "It is not just a youth center. Families can come here and use our services also. The primary focus is on youth, in terms of after school programs and recreation activities, but there is a strong family support component we offer here as well."

Promoting and Strengthening a United Buena Clinton Community