Newsletter May 2019

COA is getting ready for Summer and we have much to share with you. We have officially moved to our new location! We are now co-located with The Arts Project of Orange County. Many thanks to Michelle Hanson Carpenter for allowing COA to move into her facility and collaborate with many special projects. This seamless transition is conducive for COA’s continued growth and success.

Many great activities are planned for our youth this Summer and all of the information can be found on COA’s online calendar.

We are also gearing up for our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on September 23rd at Bella Collina. We are looking for sponsors to help underwrite this event.

COA has made great progress in collaborating with local organization such as San Clemente Junior Woman’s Club, Boys & Girls Club, The Exchange Club, Kiwanis Club, and Rotary Club. The community continues to support our efforts to help youth and their families choose a healthy lifestyle.

Thank you Exchange Club of San Clemente for funding our new
COA Fishing Club.

Special thanks to Stego Industries who has truly committed to our cause by providing financial support to COA for a few years. We will continue to reach out to find new sponsors to grow our programs and sustain our administrative and organizational objectives in the San Clemente Community.

Ed Molina, CEO/Chairman of the Board


COA Food Connection is Happy to be settled into our new pantry location
at the The Arts Project of Orange County – 1317 Calle Avanzado, San Clemente, CA 92673. We are so happy to be teamed up with such an awesome youth outreach program.

Together we are stronger and making a difference in our community.

Free Food Distribution 1st & 3rd Saturday of the Month
“Helping Local Senior Citizens and Families in Need to Bridge the Gap in Nutrition.”


The San Clemente Baha’i Center welcomed COA for our Open Mic night on Friday, May 3. All enjoyed some great music at this beautiful venue!  Due to the overwhelming positive responses from this evening, COA will be returning to this venue for another Open Mic night on August 16. To perform at open mic night or for any music related questions, please email me at

Look for the COA performers this Summer at many events throughout San Clemente: the COA Summer Youth Music Festival, the San Clemente Car Show, the Outlets at San Clemente, the Ocean Festival, and the Fiesta Music Festival. Also, COA will have performers at the July 4th Street Faire in Mission Viejo.

For more information regarding music outreach performers, please check out:


Thank you The Noble Path Foundation Thrive Alive 6 had a blast. They won a couple medals, Sydney Noelle sang The National Anthem and many participants spun the wheel of knowledge.

Shout out to our sponsors Waymakers St. Joseph Hospital of OrangeWellness & Prevention Center San Clemente Lisa Newell Insurance Agency
Bitty Hoops and Farmers & Merchants Bank ~ With your help we were able to have a great day filled with leadership, event planning, fitness challenges and friendship.


Often behind the scenes these two amazing coaches help young athletes develop their tennis ?skill and confidence.

Every Wednesday 5-6:30pm  FREE sponsored by the SCHS COA Club ? and a Grant from the City of San Clemente – City Hall


COA Tennis Coach Jim Martinez

Jim Martinez

Jim is a local San Clemente tennis coach with over 35 years of playing experience and over 30 years of teaching experience! Also, he is a USPTA Certified Tennis Professional. Jim is a dedicated tennis professional, accomplished at instruction of tennis fundamentals from basic grip and stance to competitive tactics and applications. Having taught in over 7 countries and played in over 50, he has become an expert in training strategies on and off the tennis court including physical conditioning and mental game preparation.

He believes in coaching the whole individual and using positive reinforcement to encourage and sustain change in both the physical and mental game. Jim will assess a player’s personal strengths and create a customized training regimen to teach the tennis students to assert their individual assets and to also recognize their opponent’s weaknesses. Jim looks forward to meeting new tennis students and to help them develop and instill their competitive tennis enthusiasm.


The COA Game Club G4TC was a popular booth at the OC Fair Imaginology Event. The kids had a great time running the booth among top gaming companies in the area and their new sponsor Esports Management.   Shout out to Robb Steel, Pro Gamer and our parent volunteers who lead by example in the community to their teens.

Our community continues to step up to help COA. This is an ‘alliance’ that’s dedicated to helping families.

The Food Connection Breakfast Fundraiser co-sponsored by The San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club raised $1,245.00. It was the place to be with wonderful entertainment and delicious food.

We also honored Pondo Vleisides with a founding sponsor plaque for his service as past CEO/Executive Director.

The SCHS COA Club is going strong. They planned and held their first movie night. It’s fun to watch the teens learn how to create a team effort event. Our grant from Waymakers is being put to great use building up a future generation of community leaders.  Shout out to Coach Stevens for not only helping COA Tennis but he shares his class and wisdom as their SCHS COA Club Adviser.

Corrie & Joanie making new connections at the Oso Fit event in Mission Viejo.
COA supports the Mission Viejo Drug Prevention Coalition to reach youth throughout the Capistrano Unified School District.

Molly & Tanya laughed alongside our new friends at
Extraordinary Lives Foundation Shout out to ELF Founder and Author of ‘Piggy Bear’ Mara James for her work in mental health. She has quickly become an amazing resource to our Thrive Alive program. #stopthestigma #mentalhealthmatters

The California Family Life Center has chosen COA to be a work-site for the Knowledge 2 Career  career development program. We’re excited to help youth ages 17-24 learn their strengths and train for a career in the areas we serve. If you have a young adult in your life who might benefit, please email Teri for details

Priscilla Merlo, a student at Saddleback College, is helping Thrive Alive and other COA activities as part of her interest in youth psychology. We’re excited to have her on board as a COA intern/mentor.

Thrive Alive 7 at Mendocino Apartments include our yoga instructor bringing yoga directly to the youth every Monday. Thank you Amairani Valle from 417 Recovery for sharing your talent.

Cycling Club participated in a 10 mile ride to raise funds for  Rwanda

Mark your calendar 9/14 for the Hardman Classic

In addition to free activities, COA offers drug education for youth and currently has two Thrive Alive sessions in progress.  Thank you to NCADD for teaching the Thrive Alive youth about drug awareness.

Remember to talk to your teens about the dangers of vaping.  No amount of nicotine is safe and almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, arsenic, formaldehyde, and lead.


Please consider becoming a COA Donor 

amazon smile for coa donations

When shopping for gifts, please use Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to COA.