Youth Education and Development

Bringing Joy to Local Long Beach Children and Youth

DAYS Long Beach has a decades-long tradition of supporting neighborhood families during the holidays. DAYS Long Beach is grateful for the opportunity to reach children and youth in our community, and our gifts are sometimes the only presents they receive.

The community was so generous last year, and we are asking you to do the same again this year. Many families continue to be hit hard by the pandemic, and your generosity makes a big difference in how children and youth experience the joy of the holiday season.

Sign up here to donate items needed to provide each child with specially selected gifts that consider their age, gender, family, culture, needs, and interests or you can make a donation here.

Free After School Programs

The DAYS Long Beach After School Program includes mentoring and educational support for at-risk youth in grades 3-12 with leadership development, tutoring, homework assistance, and arts and creating learning classes. Our after school program accomplishes three goals:

  • Teaching leadership skills through educational development activities.
  • Developing and nurturing youth leaders who give back by providing their knowledge and skills to the community.
  • Providing at-risk students with opportunities to participate in community projects.

For more information, email [email protected]

Free Summer Day Program

The DAYS Long Beach Summer Day Program began in the summer of 1970. Since then, this program has been offered free of charge as a community service to the families of the local downtown area. Within a nurturing environment, we strive to make out-of-school time safe and productive for children and youth.

The six-week, balanced program incorporates:

  • Academic Reinforcement 
  • Enrichment 
  • Recreation
  • Nutrition

Every summer, Long Beach youth have the opportunity to learn more academic and social skills necessary to navigate the world, develop a strengthened desire to grow as responsible citizens, and learn about themselves and their community. All while having a great time!

DAYSLB Summer Day Program is offered free of charge to participating families (with a nominal cost asked of those who can afford it) and provides a wholesome, safe alternative to summer on the streets. This program serves over 200 youth each summer.

The program provides personalized attention through a low child-to-adult ratio, allowing for more individual attention. ​Topic areas and skills training are developed in direct relation to topic areas that align with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) curriculum. DAYS Long Beach provides transportation and partners with a variety of local agencies to offer field trips and learning experiences.

Summer Day Program is hosted at First Congregational Church, located on Third and Cedar in the heart of downtown Long Beach. The facilities include an 18-workstation computer lab, seven classrooms, a gymnasium, a multi-purpose room with stage, and an enclosed courtyard for safe play. All set within the grounds of one of Long Beach’s most historic buildings.

For more information, email [email protected]