NATHA began as a neighborhood watch group in 1991 reacting to the problem of criminal activities that plagued its community. The neighborhood saw the need to involve children, youth, and their families in turning these problems around.

  • In 2001 NATHA opened
  • In 2006 NATHA became owners of our facility due to the generous support of; George, Ruri Sugimoto & Kamau O. Barr A Neighborhood Resource Center providing one stop services to the residents of our community.
  • We raised more then $3 million dollars in resources for our community
  • Ten Thousands of hours of community service
  • High School Achievement Scholarships * 60 in the last 3 years
  • Leadership in local, state, and national community improvement initiatives
  • CHP- Community Health Promoters
  • PHAT – Public Health Action Team
  • YLG – Youth Leadership Group and Enterprise
  • PAST – Parent Advisory Support Team
  • Youth Development - K- 12th Grade – empowering students and teachers while advancing youth agency partnership and programs on area school sites
  • Community Engagement: Neighborhood connectivity to address needs and find grassroots community based solutions to community issues and problems by organizing, actions, and facilitation.
  • 20 Years of Community Strategic planning and feasibility studies of consensus building toward long term solution and community action

Our Impact

Our organization’s collective impact approach relies on our long-standing cross-sector coalitions with law enforcement agencies, schools, religious establishments, local municipalities, and business organizations. Through this approach, we can enhance relationships and measure success along with shared objectives.

Our approach also creates a seamless network of opportunities for the youth. This network, in turn, allows us to reach more youth and share resources for cost-effective service delivery. Lastly, it helps in addressing a variety of issues, such as poor socioeconomic, educational, and public health outcomes.

HOW We Serve

NATHA’s mission is realized by incorporating prevention strategies in these focus areas:

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT NATHA’s youth empowerment goal focuses on two key segments of the community:

~ The K-6 grade after-school Community of Organized Learners (COOL) enrichment program

~ The 7-12th grade Youth Leadership Group (YLG).

We accept and support all youth grades K-12 from the cities of Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre. In addition to providing tutoring services and health education, NATHA utilizes an evidence-based curriculum to engage youth in interactive and dynamic enrichment projects. HOW We Serve.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT NATHA is a youth-centered community movement in Pasadena that recognizes young people’s assets and places them at the forefront of community change. Since 1991, NATHA has partnered with different community sectors to mobilize individuals, facilitate community cross sector cooperation, influence policy, and encourage community renewal.


The Lemonade Brigade is the YLG’s teen-run, homemade lemonade business. Youth are gaining leadership, organizational skills, critical thinking, and entrepreneurial skills through the Lemonade Brigade. The proceeds are applied towards scholarships for the seniors and college field trips, sending home the message that through volunteerism and hard work they can begin to invest in a successful future today.

NATHA’s past funding streams are diverse and steady. The Board Finance Committee has developed an aggressive strategy to increase our individual donor base, and major fundraising events. NATHA also partners with other organizations to minimize service duplication. NATHA owns and operates a commercial property adjacent to the center that is fully rented and offsets facility and maintenance costs, providing revenue. NATHA’s mission is realized by incorporating prevention strategies in these focus areas: 3

“I believe NATHA provides programs that pretty much target facets of life that other organizations don’t like how to live better, how to eat better, and teaching right from wrong from a early stage.”