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Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation to Host Foster Youth Resource Fair on May 4, 2024

The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation (BMCF) is thrilled to announce its free Foster Youth Resource Fair scheduled to take place on May 4, 2024 from 10 am to 4 pm at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey. From college guidance to career opportunities, the fair will offer a comprehensive array of exhibitors offering free resources tailored to the diverse needs of youth and families who have been impacted by foster care.

“We initially launched the fair in 2014 to help foster youth transition into adulthood,” says Jackie Broxton, BMCF CEO and President. “After a long break due to the pandemic, we’re delighted to bring the fair back better than before.”

The fair is co-sponsored by the LA County Sheriff’s Department, the LA Department of Beaches and Harbors, Marina del Rey for All, Starbucks Coffee, the Youth Development Services Division of the LA Department of Children and Family Services, and LA County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell.

“I am honored to collaborate with the Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation on this transformative event for our foster youth,” says Supervisor Mitchell. “It’s more than just a day of activities—it’s an opportunity for our youth to access resources, enjoy water sports, and make valuable connections to help them grow personally and professionally.”

To distribute to foster youth at the fair, BMCF is also collecting donations of new clothing and hygiene products. Donors may also contribute gently used accessories including handbags, wallets, belts, and neckties. Contributions can be brought to the BMCF center at 2193 W. 25th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90018 throughout April or interested donors can contact Jackie Broxton at [email protected] to arrange pickup.

Fair participation is free for current/former foster youth and exhibitors. Please visit to register before April 20, 2024.

About the Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation
Initially an outreach project of First AME Church in Los Angeles, today the Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation is an independent nonprofit advancing the humanitarian legacy of Biddy Mason, a formerly enslaved woman who became a leading philanthropist in LA. BMCF provides resources to current and former foster youth while raising awareness for Black history.

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