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E-mail Newsletter

July 2013

Family Resource Center is open daily 9am-2pm
In This Issue
EKPTO Prom 6/7
New Van!
Path to Independence
CC Train 4 Autism
In The Spotlight
Mychal's Board of Directors
Volunteer Opportunities
MILE Program
Sat Classes & Bowlling
Partners' Happenings & Events
Save the Date
Answer to Mystery Student Spotlight
Check out this great video! 
Mychal's Hawthorne Site Tour with Big Al
Mychal's Hawthorne Site
Tour with Big Al.


Summer is in full force, complete with hot weather and field trips.  We've got a new van, our Adult Day Program is off to a great start and we've started planning for the Art Show - save the date: Saturday, December 7th!  



Please note that Mychals will be closed Thursday 7/4/13 and Friday 7/5/13.  Have a safe & fun 4th of July holiday weekend!
 Happy summer!
 Please pass on this newsletter to your family & friends.

Prom 2013 - hollywood star

EKPTO's annual Prom was Friday, June 7th at the Hacienda Hotel in El Segundo.  The theme was Hollywood Glamour.  Our students (and staff!) had a fantastic time!
Prom - group 2013
The whole glamorous group!
Larita being pampered
Larita getting pampered pre-prom.
Prom 2013 in limo
Enjoying the limo ride.
Prom 2013 - at Hacienda
Taking a break from dancing to pose.
Prom 2013 - staff
Mychal's wonderful staff - they clean up pretty well, don't they?

Mychal's New Van

With the help of so many generous people, we managed to raise enough money at the Luncheon to purchase a NEW VAN!  It's a 15-passenger 2012 Ford van.  With the growth of Mychal's programs and providing services to so many students, we had a major need for an additional van.  At our Luncheon (this past May), we added a new "fund-a-need" portion to our live auction... the crowd was very enthusiastic and donations, large and small, came pouring in to help us "Build-a-Van"!!  We are so grateful to all who helped with this big endeavor.
New Van!
Aaron GrodinDarlene DanielsJerry & Carol MuchinPamela Mayes
Al DuerrDavid EnnisJimmy CongerPat Naso
Alan PangaroDian BuckleyJoe VianculliPatricia Seals
Alissa MurgiaDonelle WeaverJohn RoeschRebecca Melendez
Almarietha MathewsDora & Rene RivasJuanita TorresRuby Paparello
Andy CamposEd LynchKaren McGuireSean Ryan
Avita LegansEd MyskaKaye DanielsSharon Jameson
Betty GrimbleEric CohenMari PetersSheila Ennis
Beverly MarkwithErin FeldmanMarvin/PalmerStacy Kivel
Casey BalshamHenry LusterMary & Kenny FongSusan Abdelshife
Catherine CongerHolly MatsuraMelissa AlbersTraci Horowitz
Cheryl LoneyJanel TorresMelissa CarbineTrent Erney
Chris AndersonJanet EnnisMickey CaputoVicente Osorio
Cliff SeymourJen GoorchenkoOlimpia D'AngeloVictoria Goorchenko
 We truly hope we did not miss anyone - if we missed a name, we're sorry & thank you!

Path to Independence
Mychal's Adult Day Program off to a great start!

On June 17th, we kicked off our new Adult Day Program called "Path to Independence".  We've got 10 ambitious students ready to learn  all sorts of new skills.  The ultimate goal of this program is for each student to  become an independent and responsible adult with a job that they enjoy!

Adult Day Program - 1st vitas volunteer day
Dressed sharp for their 1st day volunteering at VITAS.
ADP - working on logo
The group brainstorming logo ideas.
ADP - volunteering at Vitas
Volunteering at the VITAS office.
Preparing to work on their resumes.

ADP - laundry room
Practicing and DOING laundry.

Culver City 5/10K Run

CC - train 4 autism - back of shirts
Some of our staff from the Culver City site got a couple of families together and participated in the 2013 Train 4 Autism Culver City 5K/10K on June 16th.  The students have been training at the YMCA twice a week, gearing up for this big walk/run.  They raised money and had a good time with other families. 
CC - train 4 autism - group pic CC - train 4 autism w/ymca staff member 
CC -train 4 autism 5/10K

student spotlight mystery
In The Spotlight
Our spotlight student is a mystery...
try to guess who it is!


Here is a list of our spotlight student's favorite things:


Number:  6

Color:  Pink

School subject:  Language Arts

Animal:  Dog

Flower:  Rose

Song:   "This is Me" by Demi Lovato

TV show:  "Good Luck, Charlie"

Time of day: Morning

Day of week:  Saturday


Month:  August

Game:  Jump rope

Place to visit:  Disneyland

Sport:  Baseball

Friends:  Jannely

Holiday:  Christmas

Movie:   "Monsters University"

Restaurant:  McDonald's

Recording Group:  Jonas Brothers 

Comic Strip Character:  Spiderman

Thing to wear:  Dress


**Scroll all the way to the bottom to see who the mystery student is**


Mychal's Board of Directors

We wanted to let you know who our Board of Directors are.  A few are very new and others  have been involved with Mychals for a long time.  Either way, they all play a big part in ensuring that Mychal's Learning Place is successful and will be here for a long time.  We are very grateful for all of their support.
Jan Doak 
Vice President:
Dean Seligman 
Mari Peters 
Traci Horowitz 
Musa Abdelshife Suzanne CurtinMichael Flaherty Ed Lynch  
Rhonda Meister Jerry Muchin Alissa Murgia Ed Myska  
Advisory Board:
Jayne GoldmanPetite KonstantinTom MadrugaSelwyn Yosslowitz
If you would like to get involved with Mychal's Board of Directors or a committee, please send an email to
Volunteer Opportunities
Business Plan 

Mychals is starting a business where our young adults with developmental disabilities can find employment.  We've already decided on a business and we're looking for a student or intern with experience to write a business plan for this endeavor.  We're hoping to launch the company by Spring 2014.  If you have any contacts with local business schools or colleges, please contact us at or (310) 297-9333 to discuss this volunteer opportunity.
Public Relations 
public relations
Do you or someone you know have a background in Public Relations?  Mychals is looking for someone to help us out in this area.  Please contact us at or (310) 297-9333 to discuss this volunteer opportunity.

MILE Program in September 2013
MILE logo
This month, our MILE Program (Mychal's Independent Living Experience) is coming to an end of the 10-month long session. We wanted to give you plenty of time before the next session starts up again in September.  We'll be able to have 8 students again.  An informational meeting will be held in early August.  Please let us know if you are interested.

Saturday Classes & Bowling League
Saturday class pic
We're taking a break from our Saturday Enrichment Classes and the Pin Pals Bowling League this summer, but will be starting up again in the fall.  The tentative start date for both will be Saturday, September 14, 2013.  Both programs will run for 10 weeks, ending on November 16th.  Saturday Classes may include: art, cooking, dance, fitness and yoga.  More details will be coming soon.

Partners' Happenings & Events 

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Autism Society Parent Support Group
The Autism Society of Los Angeles knows the need for current information and support for parents who are struggling with the complex world of adulthood and who are trying to prepare for the future with their children.  This monthly support group is hosted by the Autism Society of LA (held at Mychal's). 
"Adults with Autism: the Future is Now" Parent Support Group
Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
6:30pm - 9:00pm
at Mychal's Learning Place
4901 W. Rosecrans Ave.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 
Join the next meeting on JULY 10th.
Shine - a Music Empowerment Program

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"Shine" is a Music Empowerment Program to "unleash the undiscovered gifted", to find young people aged between 12-20 years old who have an extraordinary gift in Music, but have something in their way in expressing their gift, such as special needs, physical illness, lack of confidence, or disadvantaged background.  Through a 3 month program of personal and performance coaching, each participant goes on a journey of self discovery in their self worth and value in society through their music, their voice, culminating in "Shine" a musical show.  In "Shine", the participants truly own the show from beginning to end, which includes writing the links and theme of the show.  The participants choose their own audience - of everyone they've ever wanted to shine in front of.  Along their journey, they will get a chance to perform on radio, children's hospices and in community projects, so they get to present the difference they make to others by sharing their gift in music.

"Shine" was launched in the UK by Dian Buckley, who is a Singer/Songwriter (operatically trained) with 15 years professional experience in the music industry, has performed and written all over the world and has also been a Performing Arts Teaching Specialist in Autism/Aspergers for the last 7 years.  After her own personal struggles with confidence and loss in her life, Dian wanted to combine her love of music and people, and "Shine" was born in 2010.  "Shine" is a worldwide project.

In the UK, "Shine" was performed in both London and Brighton, and was a beautiful success, as Laura Hobson, a 15 year old participant in "Shine" said, "This has changed my life, I now know I can do anything I want to do".
Shine performance  
"Shine" will be launching in September 2013, and will be held at Mychal's Learning Place.  If you want to be part of something that will make a massive difference in your child/young adult's life forever and that's going to rock the whole world, please email Dian Buckley or for further information about Dian Buckley and Shine, go to the website - .   Please note that this is not a Mychal's program.  It will be held at our location, but you must contact Dian for information.
Mychal's Latest Video
Mychal's Hawthorne Site Tour with Big Al
Mychal's Hawthorne Site Tour with Big Al
Click here to go to Mychal's YouTube site

Bowling Options for Summer

AMF summer passAMF summer unplugged

kids bowl free

Mychal's Facebook Page  
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Sensory Friendly Films @ AMC
 AMC - Sensory Friendly Films
"Despicable Me 2"  7/13/13



Family Resource Center @ Mychal's
Open:  Monday through Friday from 9am - 2pm
Conservatorship Clinic
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Bet Tzedek Legal Services offers Conservatorship Clinics that are ongoing on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Downtown Superior Court (Stanley Mosk Courthouse), 111 N. Hill Street, Room 426, Los Angeles 90012 from 9am - 12pm.

Reduced Fee CA ID
This link will bring you to a site with information to download a short form that your Service Coordinator can fill out to verify a developmental disability which will allow the individual to get their CA identification card at a reduced price.
Save the Date
save the date


July 4 & 5:  Closed for holiday weekend

July 19:  EKPTO Sock Hop Summer Dance

August 16:  EKPTO Ice Cream Social & Hoedown

August 17:  Last day of Performance Class

August 24:  Performance Class Variety Show

September 7:  1st Annual No Limit Hold'em Poker Tournament

September 14:  First day of Saturday Classes

                            & Pin Pals Bowling League (tentative)

October 27:  Bowl-a-thon

November 16:  Last day of Sat. Classes & Bowling  (tentative)

December 7:  Art Show


For Parents...

We need to make sure students are authorized for the hours they attend Mychal's before they start coming.  It's a good idea to keep open communication with your counselor or caseworker at the Regional Centers.  If you're having difficulty reaching them, please contact us at our office (310) 297-9333 and we'll try to help out.

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Wish List 

Here are some of the items we still need.  If you'd like to help, please contact us for more details.
  • Gas Cards (gift cards to gas stations)
  • Smart Board
  • Digital Cameras w/video option (10)
  • Color Copy Machine
  • Mobile Dry Erase/White Board
  • Raised Beds (4 for Gardening)
  • Musical Instruments
  • Stage Lighting
  • Office Supplies
  • Art Supplies
  • Art Books
  • Photo/Artwork Frames
  • Free weights 5 - 8 lbs. (3 sets)
Mychal's Helping Hands 
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Please give a hand to Mychal's Learning Place.  Click here to go to our website for more information on how to get your name on our walls.
Ralphs Community Contribution Program
Shop at Ralphs and help Mychal's 
Ralphs Community Contribution Program logoMychal's is part of Ralphs Community Contribution Program which means that every time you shop at Ralphs and swipe your Ralphs Rewards card, you can contribute to Mychal's Learning Place.  If you don't already have a Ralphs card, please ask for one the next time you shop there. Ralphs began a new program year on September 1, 2011, so even if you were already a part of this program before, you'll need to re-register. Just go to, click on the "Services" tab, then the "Community Contributions" tab. Use NPO #81548.  For more information about this contribution program, click here.
eScrip logo
You can also help by signing up for eScrip.  Many retailers have eScrip rewards, so when you shop at certain merchants, you can contribute to Mychal's at the same time.  Click here for more information.  Mychal's Group ID is # 500044050


Click here for press release on CVS Caremark Grant


Higgins Family Charitable Foundation 

Rose Hills logoCVS logoMattel logoGogian logo

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Rotary Club
El Segundo Rotary
ECHO logo
Echo Foundation
Sidney Stern Memorial Trust
Sidney Stern Memorial Trust
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Toyota logoGreen FoundationNRG logo



Our spotlight student of the month is:
Elsie Gonzalez
  Elsie Gonzalez
Here is Elsie looking glamorous before the Prom.  
Anza Verdes Carpet Cleaners

Professional Carpet Cleaning in the South Bay since 1965

Anza Verdes Carpet Cleaners is a family owned and operated business that has been providing Professional Carpet Cleaning Services to the South Bay Since 1965.  Anza Verdes is a generation company that continues to serve the community from the grand parents to the grand kids!  A large part of their continued success has to do with their commitment to do the best job for their clients.  If you are not satisfied with their work, then you don't pay anything!

Anza Verdes Carpet Cleaning
(310) 378-0776
4134 W. 165th Street
Lawndale, CA 90260

Teen to Teen - The Gathering Place
A Social Skills Group

A valuable service for teens and young adults with autism
Teen to Teen - The Gathering Place is a safe, supportive environment for teens and young adults to gain the skills they need to make friends, sustain friendships and feel comfortable in social settings.  The program will serve teens ages 13-17 and young adults 18-22 who have been diagnosed with autism.  The program will be in 12-week blocks with the possibility of a new group member if there is room and they are suitable for the group.
Ruby V. Paparello, MA MFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
(310) 767-6554
Lic#MFC 49166

Mychal's Learning Place
4901 West Rosecrans Ave. | Hawthorne, California 90250
office: 310.297.9333  |  fax: 310.297.9343

501(c)3: 95-4871202