The Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center team following their game at the Gradelo Basketball Festival
Approximately 64 participants from EWDD’s YouthSource Centers attended the Gradelo Basketball Festival on May 12, 2018 at University Senior High School, a special event sponsored by former LA Laker Metta World Peace to benefit sports and educational programs at various schools throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District.

A team from the Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center in the South-Crenshaw Region played in the high school basketball tournament.

Many YouthSource Center participants said they enjoyed the opportunity to attend and be part of the event, which featured appearances by celebrities and former NBA players.

Delita Brown, 18, said attending the event was just one of many opportunities offered by the Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center.

“They provide me with opportunities I wouldn’t get anywhere else,” she said. “The fundamentals: how to succeed, learning self-confidence and how to be comfortable. It’s everything for me.”

Delita also credited the Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center with helping her obtain internships and providing her the mentorship she needed to go to college. This fall she is heading to Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona to study physical therapy.

“Brotherhood is my support system,” she said. “They’re there to help me. They’re steering me in the right direction. They’re giving me guidance.”

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 5/14/2018. Read this issue and more.