P.F. Bresee Foundation

aka Bresee Foundation, Bresee Youth Center, Bresee   |   Los Angeles, CA   |


Bresee’s mission is to battle poverty by empowering youth and families in Los Angeles with the skills, resources, and relationships necessary to thrive.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. Seth Eklund

Main address

184 S. Bimini Pl.

Los Angeles, CA 90004 USA

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NTEE code info

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Family Services (P40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bresee's aim is to battle poverty. All youth and families served by Bresee are considered low-income based on the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s CDBG poverty levels, and 97 percent are considered very low- or extremely low-income. In addition, 92 percent of Bresee’s service population identifies as Hispanic or Latino, 5 percent identify as Asian or Asian American, 2 percent identify as Black, and 1 percent identify as White. Many families are immigrants from Central America and lack proficiency in the English language. Less than 1 percent of Bresee clients are homeowners, compared to 46 percent of the general population who live in the Los Angeles metro area.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth Programs

Bresee’s Youth Program team equips over 1,200 young people annually through holistic after-school programming. Specific middle school program elements include academics, enrichment, STEM, Arts, and enrichment. Bresee’s academic programming provides youth with daily homework assistance and academic case management. The Workforce Development program provides ongoing career-readiness and paid internship opportunities to 50 youth through three specialized internship programs. High school students can enroll in college preparation, college persistence services, and scholarships. Through our Best Buy Teen Tech Center, Bresee’s STEM programs prepare young scientists and engineers for employment in a modern economy through hands-on STEAM activities and workshops. Bresee’s Sports Leadership program teaches character and leadership skills through the sport of soccer.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Bresee is the primary service provider for the City of Los Angeles’ Wilshire FamilySource Center (FSC) that reaches 4,925 adult community members each year, with services that include:

Financial Asset Building: Bresee partners with the Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC) to provide financial coaching, free tax preparation, and special savings accounts called Individual Development Accounts that match the deposits of low-income savers.

English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and Computer Literacy Instruction: Bresee partners with Los Angeles City College to provide ESL and computer literacy instruction to help adults achieve greater integration into the community and improve employability. Students enrolled in these courses have access to free, on-site childcare to facilitate participation.

Legal Immigration Services: Bresee partners with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) to provide free legal assistance for those who are navigating the immigration system. Services include assistance with green card applications, renewals for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and applications for legal work status.

Emergency Financial Assistance and One-Time Supports: Bresee leverages funding from the California Community Foundation to offer short-term financial assistance for families who experience a financial crisis. These funds are intended to help stabilize the family while they plan a long-term response to the event.

Family Advocacy and Coaching: Case managers from Bresee’s Family Services team partner with the Youth Services team during after-school programs to identify students and families in need of assistance or services beyond what is provided in academic and college support programs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

As the lead provider for the Olympic Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) zone, Bresee’s Gang Prevention team works with local schools, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Probation Department, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and local afterschool programs to identify the 100 youth most at-risk of joining a gang. Over the course of six months to a year, GRYD’s two strategy teams provide individualized services tailored to each youth’s risk factors (i.e. substance abuse, weak parental supervision, impulsive risk taking, etc.) as well as providing intensive case management, family therapy and high-quality youth development activities.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

All Bresee interns receive a monthly stipend and are required to create a resume, participate in a mock interview, and complete a career interest assessment.

Bresee currently has three internship tracks: education, technology and workforce readiness, and sports leadership.

Goals 4 Life interns provide academic tutoring to middle school students and provide peer-to-peer mentorship, inspiring younger students to persist in school.

C2C Pathways to Success is a program that provides youth, 11th-12th grades, with the opportunity to learn technology skills, develop their workforce readiness, and gain real world work experience through internship placement.

Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) Youth Leadership Program develops high school Leaders in career professionalism and positive coaching techniques before leading seven-week, character-development soccer classes per semester at four local elementary and middle schools.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Where we work


Selected as one of 15 partners statewide for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s PropelNext Initiative 2015

Achievement Award

Bresee’s Executive Director was a finalist for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Leadership Excellence Award 2014

Achievement Award

Bresee was recognized as one of C-Suite Quarterly’s (CSQ’s) “100 Regional Philanthropies You Should Know” 2015

Achievement Award

Bresee was a recipient of the Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation’s Halo Award 2013

Achievement Award

Affiliations & memberships

Education 1987

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Immigrants, Undocumented immigrants, Working poor, Extremely poor people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

We define success depending on various measures. If we see a decrease, have our clients met self-sustainability? If it grows (as in COVID) - how are we assisting? The 2021 year has been unprecedented.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Bresee’s mission is to battle poverty by empowering youth and families in Los Angeles with the skills, resources, and relationships necessary to thrive. Our vision is to create a diverse community of Angelenos working together to break down barriers and lead fulfilling lives. Our five core values include integrity, community, resilience, life-long learning and compassion.

To help these families address the everyday barriers they face and fulfill our mission, Bresee provides family services for approximately 4,925 adults and family members each year. Bresee provides youth services for 1,257 middle and high school students in the public-school system, including gang-prevention services for 100 at-risk youth aged 10-15 years old. All services are provided free of cost at Bresee’s main campus in Central Los Angeles. A number of youth programs are also provided on-site at partner schools.

The five top level goals, strategies and specific objectives to be achieved in order to reach our peak as an organization are:

1: Foster an exceptional employee culture

Bresee’s ability to serve its clients will require the organization to continue to build upon its team of passionate and capable employees. It is crucial to nurture a strong workplace dynamic built around a community of driven individuals who come together to collaborate as an effective team. To attract and retain the highest quality employees to our team, we must provide an exceptional employment experience to our staff.

2: Strengthen program impact through evaluation and learning

As a learning organization, Bresee is committed to a process of perpetually improving its programs so that we can continue to increase the positive impact we have upon our clients’ lives. For each of our major programs we must develop a thoughtful and measurable Theory of Change (TOC) against which we can measure our clients’ progress and collect credible data demonstrating that our services lead to improved outcomes for our clients. We expect our work in this area to require constant reflection and adaptation, and we will develop a process to regularly reassess, revise and refine our programming approaches.

3: Build capacity for high performing resource development

Bresee will assemble a best-in-class development team composed of a group of highly skilled individuals who will, formulate a thoughtful multi-year fund development plan and strategy, cultivate authentic relationships with donors and foundations, and implement best practices with respect to systems and processes for fund development.

4: Improve the infrastructure of the existing facility and explore expanding the Bresee campus

Bresee’s significant growth in recent years has put pressure on its facilities and other related infrastructure. To meet the growing needs of our employees and clients, Bresee must provision resources to ensure a safe and vibrant physical campus as well as a modern, secure and reliable technological platform. Furthermore, the organization will need to plan for Bresee’s growing space needs in order to accommodate our increasing numbers of staff, programs and clients.

5: Sustain and grow a strong, diverse volunteer leadership team

Bresee relies on its volunteer boards (Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and nascent Young Professionals Board) to ensure sound organizational governance, provide operational and strategic direction to the leadership and staff, and serve as engines of its development and outreach functions. Bresee cultivates these dedicated volunteer boards by engaging existing members while also attracting new members who can bring varying perspectives, skills, relationships and fundraising capabilities to the organization. Specifically, we will increase the membership of our various volunteer boards and diversify their composition in order to better represent and serve our community.

The following resources, capacities and connections support Bresee's long-term progress:

1: Facilities
In 2001, after concluding a $2,700,000 capital campaign, Bresee moved into a state-of-the-art 15,000 square foot remodeled community center. Bresee's facility houses four homework classrooms, art, dance and music studios, two industry standard 12-station computer labs, a multimedia studio, and a youth recreation room; sports and recreation are also facilitated at the two new on-site soccer mini-pitches, adjacent park and neighboring gym.

2: Staff, volunteers and board
Bresee's team consists of 53 dedicated staff members (28 full-time, 25 part-time), 5 expert workshop leaders, over 225 committed volunteers, 16 professional board members, and 50 inspiring high school interns. Thirty percent of staff are former clients, 50 percent of full-time staff have worked at Bresee for 10 years or more, 89 percent of full-time staff have worked at Bresee for 5 years or more, and 88 percent of program staff is bilingual. Of Bresee's Board, 47 percent are people of color and 92 percent of staff members are people of color. Fifty-three percent of Bresee staff members live directly in the community Bresee serves, giving them a vested interest in Bresee's programs. Bresee's staff members participate in ongoing professional development.

3: Parent involvement
The majority of parents check in with their Case managers at least once a week, connecting them with opportunities for further involvement including volunteering at the youth center or at a Bresee event.

4: Partnerships
Bresee's expertise is demonstrated in that it is the lead prevention provider for the City's GRYD program, the new lead provider for the City's Wilshire Family SourceCenter, a subcontractor for the Workforce Investment Act (for over a decade), and the only west coast partner for a national mentoring collaboration through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Bresee works directly with many local schools and other non-profits, including with Virgil Middle School (through a grant from the California After-school Education and Safety Program administered by the Los Angeles Unified School District's Beyond the Bell).

5: Evidence-based practice
Bresee's programs are formed based on research, evidence-based practices, and best practices.

6: Budget and increasing fundraising capacity
Bresee operates on a $1.9 million budget annually, with more than 80% of operating expenses allocated directly to programs. It maintains a diversified portfolio of funders including foundations, corporations, and government agencies. Through an auction, sponsorships, and donations at the annual Dinner & Auction event, Bresee is able to raise unrestricted funds for its programs. In 2015, this event raised over $150,000. Bresee is also supported by a diverse board, which raised over $250,000 in 2015, over $90,000 more than 2014, demonstrating increasing fundraising capacities.

In the last year, Bresee awarded over $28,000 in college scholarships to 11 students, Bresee was selected as one of 15 partners statewide for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation's PropelNext California Initiative because of its outstanding services, Bresee's Executive Director was a finalist for the Los Angeles Business Journal's Leadership Excellence Award, and Bresee was recognized as one of C-Suite Quarterly's (CSQ's) “100 Regional Philanthropies You Should Know."

In the last decade, Bresee's proven model has:
Through mentoring and case management, become a second home to over 12,000 youth and family members
Awarded over $550,000 in college scholarships to 123 alumni
Assisted over 3,500 students with college prep, tours, SAT and FAFSA classes
Provided career-readiness and employed over 600 youth in local businesses
Hosted ten annual Youth Film Festivals on Social Justice
Offered over $200,000 in emergency assistance since 2010

The long-term impact of Bresee's program towards its overall vision is exemplified by Chheav, who participated in a life changing college trip as a high schooler, was guided through her college education by a supportive Bresee mentor, and returned to Bresee to expose the next generation to college as Bresee's High School Director; by Travis and Tristan Bowen, brothers who play professional soccer in Germany and Finland and, crediting Bresee for growing their passion and athletic skills, give back to their community through coaching and mentoring with Bresee's soccer program; and by Ana, who after winning Bresee's First Annual Youth Film Festival on Social Justice, graduated from college and secured a job connecting local individuals with affordable housing, and returned to give a voice to today's youth by coordinating and guest speaking at Bresee's Tenth Annual Youth Film Festival in 2015. To learn more about Bresee's alumni, please visit:

In the years to come, Bresee seeks to continue growing the capacity of its development team (increasing its individual donor base), expand its high schools programs to provide a critical bridge between Bresee's middle school programs and a college education, sustain and grow its new college persistence program to meet the needs of its college-level alumni, and establish a scholarship endowment and an operating reserve.


P.F. Bresee Foundation

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Board of directors
as of 01/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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