On June 27th, 2017 Hali Jones and twenty one other Youth of the Year Nominees throughout the Los Angeles County embarked on a journey they would never forget! Hali, her fellow nominees and the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club Alliance took off to explore China on a ten day cultural experience. Xiamen Airline was gracious enough to provide airline tickets to all of our Youth of the Year Nominees.
First Stop: Xiamen, China
Upon landing in Xiamen, Hali and her fellow nominees were greeted with an amazing tour of the Xiamen Airlines Training Facility where they got to see what it takes to become a world class airline. While in Xiamen, Hali also got to enjoy checking out the Xiamen University campus!
Second Stop: Shenzhen, China
While on their adventurous trip discovering all that China has to offer, the Youth of the Year Nominees got to see the beautiful city of Shenzhen. While in Shenzhen, the YOY Nominees spent the day with their incredible host, Coolpad! Coolpad planned out a day of action taking on the thrilling city! From having a challenge play road trip, to experiencing traditional Chinese carpentry, it was a day full of cultural appreciation. Hali and her fellow Youth of the Year Nominees enjoyed an international federation of invest Shenzhen dinner. Local Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club supporter BYD allowed our YOY’s to tour their facilities and see what the future holds for our next generations to come. BYD also held a charity event which the Youth of the Year Nominees got to be a part of. After touring Kengi Battery Factory, the YOY’s wrapped up Shenzhen by spending the day at Splendid China’s Theme Park.
Third Stop: Shanghai, China
Upon arriving in Shanghai, nominees were immersed in the traditional Chinese culture. Local Club sponsor, Disney, treated the nominees to a magical experience at Shanghai Disney. As their last couples of days were approaching, our YOY’s were able to check out Downtown Shanghai, AEG’s Mercedes Benz Arena, COMAC, Price Waterhouse Coopers, LandSea, Shanghai Caoyang and Squire Patton Boggs. Right before returning to Los Angeles, Hali and her fellow Youth of the Year Nominees were able to spend some time in one of Shanghai’s Senior High Schools where they were able to learn a new talent of traditional brush painting.
Overall, Hali had an unbelievable time while seeing all that China has to offer! It surely was a trip of a lifetime for our Youth of the Year, Hali Jones.
Do you believe in magic? Our Club kids sure do! Members from
Whitney Mac and the Hammack Activity Center got to see the magic unfold and
experience the fascination when Magician Mike Freeman stopped into town! Freeman
painted a wonderful enchantment for our Club kids to be in awe over. Illusion
after illusion, our Club kids were taken back by the magic in the air! Not only
did Freeman have all of our Club members hooked from the start, but they were
all in disbelief over the experience taking place in front of their eyes! Needless
to say, our Club kids were stunned and taken back from the energy in the air!
Thank you to Magician Mike Freeman from The Academy of Magical Arts at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, California for taking the time out of your day to spread a little bit of magic over all of our wonderful Club kids!