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Youth Enrichment Fund

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The Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce is proud of its youth and education programs. Although Santa Fe Springs is primarily an industrial city, the resident youth population benefits from a dedicated Chamber of Commerce and City that pride themselves on their commitment to education. The Choices program, the Destiny Scholarship program, mentoring, Future Business Leaders...these programs and more create a steady stream of involvement in our youth's lives.

For more information about these programs, please contact the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce at (562) 944-1616 or E-mail our Youth Services Coordinator.


Executive Committee

Patricia Kotze

YEF President

Compliance Training Group

Susan Crowell

Chamber President

HealthFirst Medical Group

Daniel O’Marah

Chamber President-Elect

Starbucks – Telegraph Rd. & Jersey Ave.

Jennifer Bevington

V.P. Public Affairs

DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles/Norwalk

Teri Bazen

V.P. Member Services

Norwalk/La Mirada Plumbing & HVAC

Wendy Meador

V.P. Youth Enrichment Fund

Tangram Interiors

Liz Buckingham


Friendly Hills Bank

Kathie Fink

Chief Executive Officer

SFS Chamber of Commerce


Ray Cruz

City of Santa Fe Springs

William Rounds

Councilmember, City of SFS


Debbie Baker

Simpson Advertising, Inc.

Darryl Blunk

Apffels Coffee

Lisa Boyajian

Ansa Insurance Services

Mike Foley

Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc.

Paul Hesse

Penta Pacific Properties

Joanne Klemm (Retired)

Comet Employment Agency

Rick Landis

Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet

Fred Latham (Retired)

City of SFS

Daniel J. McMillan


Moshe Sassover

Golden Springs Development Co.

Mickey Shubin

Serv-Wel Dispoal & Recycling

Bill Struett

Triangle Distributing Co.

Tom Summerfield

Cascade Pump Company

Sharon Wu

Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc.

The Santa Fe Springs Chamber Youth Enrichment Fund is Dedicated to Providing Programs for the Youth of Santa Fe Springs.

Destiny Scholarship

The mission of the scholarship is to provide an opportunity to change a student’s direction in life, or their “destiny”. To date, we have awarded $475,000 and changed the destiny of 25 students.


Trained Chamber Members have made classroom visits to 1,200 freshman students yearly since 2000. Students learn the importance of their academic and personal decisions and the impact these “choices” will make on their future career options.

Mentor Program

Through activities such as Job Shadow Day, College Visits, and Business Breakfasts, students gain experience and are exposed to reliable role models in professional environments while developing interpersonal skills learning about life and business. Over 1,500 students have benefited from this invaluable program.

Powell Grant

A $2,500 scholarship is awarded annually to recognize talented students who are actively pursuing careers in the Arts. Awards have been granted to students studying music, writing, graphic design, poetry, art, theater and film.

Youth Education Commitee

Educators and Business People from the community meet once a month and work on projects to enhance education and student’s transition into the working world through essay contests, poster contests, panel discussions, assemblies and company tours.

Future Business Leader

This student leadership business training program enriches the student’s transition into the business world and encourages involvement after graduation.

Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors

Rhodes Scholar Sponsor
  • 4th District L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn
  • CJ Concrete Construction
  • Golden Springs Development Company
  • PIH Health
  • Triangle Distributing Company
  • 3P Community Business Development
Doctorate Sponsor
  • City of Santa Fe Springs
  • HealthFirst Medical Group
  • Stifel
  • Tangram Interiors
Masters Sponsor
  • The Bicycle Hotel & Casino
  • Bumble Bee Foods, LLC
  • Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • Jones & Mayer
  • Raymond Handling Solutions
  • Serv-Wel Disposal & Recycling
  • Whittier Union High School District
  • YMCA of Greater Whittier
  • Bumble Bee Foods
  • CJ Concrete Construction
  • City of Santa Fe Springs
  • Cosby Oil Company
  • Michael & Denise Foley
  • Golden Springs Development Company
  • HealthFirst Medical Group
  • HTS Environmental Services
  • Linda & Fred Latham
  • McKesson
  • PDQ Rentals
  • Phibro-Tech
  • PIH Health
  • Republic Services
  • Rotary Club of Santa Fe Springs
  • Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet
  • Tom & Pam Summerfield
  • Tangram Interiors
Graduate Sponsor
  • Ansa Insurance Services
  • Collins Aeerospace
  • Joanne Klemm
  • Simpson Advertising
  • Steven Label Corp.