P.S. I Love You Event For the Benefit of LA’s At-risk Youth

Motorcar Parts of America participated as a sponsor at PS I Love You Foundation’s “Day at the Beach” event held July 30, 2016.  P.S. I Love You Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing at-risk youth through social and emotional learning programs, inspirational enrichment programs and community outreach events.

The foundation’s mission is to empower and inspire at-risk youth in the Los Angeles area by teaching skills to help them in their everyday lives, to reduce stress, to help them develop healthy minds and bodies and to build positive attitudes towards themselves and others.  P.S. I Love You Foundation believes if children develop strong emotional, physical and social well-being skills early in life, this can prevent these children from growing up depressed, violent, turning to gangs for support, dropping out of school, or using drugs to cope.  

The purpose of the annual Day At The Beach “Adopt a Child for One Day” event is to bring the community together through an easy and memorable event that allows adults to mentor, give back and share time and hope with at-risk children living in our nearby communities (cities include South Central Los Angeles, Compton, Watts and Long Beach).

The goal is to give positive experiences to both the child and the volunteer by uniting over 600 people: 300 community volunteers share a day filled with one-on-one love, hope and laughter with over 300 at-risk children ages 5 to 12 from local shelters, schools and the Department of Child and Family Services.

At-risk children and mentors are provided with all the needed items for this day of fun, including t-shirts, boogie boards, backpacks with school items, food, drinks, toys and games, as well as access to chair massages, face painting, surf lessons, make-up lessons, and relay races.

“The P.S. I Love You “Day at the Beach” Event is a great way to give back to our community here in the Los Angeles area,” said MPA’s Scott Matrenec, Head of Strategy and Business Development.  “It’s a great day of fun at the beach for the mentors, but especially for these awesome kids; some of whom have never even been to the beach .”  Several employees of MPA participated as mentors and volunteers for the event, and everyone had a lot of fun.  We look forward to continued association with this important local organization.