Compton YouthBuild Develops Leaders

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Compton YouthBuild

A managing director and financial advisor at J.P. Morgan Securities since 2006, Gary Fournier received distinction as one of Barron’s top 1,200 financial advisors in the United States for three consecutive years. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Gary Fournier dedicates resources to a number of charitable organizations, among them YouthBuild USA affiliate Compton YouthBuild.

Sponsored by the nonprofit EntreNous Youth Empowerment Services Inc., Compton YouthBuild strives to provide opportunities for marginalized youth and their families. The organization’s goals include leadership development, the facilitation of meaningful dialogue about community issues, and the cultivation of understanding and respect for different cultural beliefs. Moreover, Compton YouthBuild provides educational and vocational training to help young people develop a practical career path, while a partnership with YouthBuild Charter School of California allows participants to obtain a high school diploma.

Open to individuals ages 16-24, the organization operates on core program values of care, compassion, and respect.


Upcoming Events at White Point Nature Preserve and Education Center

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White Point Nature Preserve & Education Center

With more than 40 years of experience in the financial industry, Gary Fournier has worked for major firms such as UBS/Payne Webber and Bear Stearns. He leverages his experience to manage his own portfolio of clients at JP Morgan in Los Angeles, where he earned honors as one of Barron’s top financial advisors in California in 2014. Also active in charitable giving, Gary Fournier contributes to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, which includes the White Point Nature Preserve & Education Center.

With views of Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean, the White Point Nature Preserve (White Point) is located in San Pedro, California, and consists of 102 acres of coastal scrub habitat and hiking trails. White Point is home to the Nature Education Center, which opened in May 2010 and acts as an educational resource for families, students, and community groups throughout Los Angeles. It offers a number of educational events throughout the year. The following are just a few.

Amazing Honeybees. On August 26, National Honeybee Day, White Point will welcome Nicole Palladino, the founder of Beequilibrium, to give a presentation on the role of bees in the food chain.

Caulerpa Conquest – A Biological Eradication Success Story. On September 23, the center will give visitors the opportunity to hear from author Eric Noel Munoz about his book outlining a successful campaign to fight invasive seaweed that is released from aquariums. Munoz will sign books after the presentation.

Gardening with Local Plants. On October 28, White Point will welcome guests to learn about how to incorporate native plants into their home gardens.

The Center for Learning Unlimited’s Let’s Go Summer Camp

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Let’s Go Summer Camp

A respected financial services professional, Gary Fournier has been ranked among Barron’s Top 1,200 advisors in the country. For over a decade, he has worked with clients as a managing director with JP Morgan in Los Angeles. Gary Fournier also finds time to give back to the community through his support of a number of organizations, including the Center for Learning Unlimited (CLU).

CLU is a highly individualized day school in Torrance, California, that serves students with unique learning challenges in grades K-12. In its mission to support the academic, social, and emotional growth of its students, CLU oversees a variety of full-time and part-time education programs throughout the year. Each summer, the organization offers several programs and activities, including its Let’s Go summer camps.

Featuring art and music activities as well as sensory experiences and daily field trips, Let’s Go camps are designed for middle and early high school students with autism, bipolar disorder, learning difficulties, attention deficit issues, or other social skills difficulties. All activities are led by full-time CLU staff members who help campers have fun while they build social and cognitive skills.

CLU’s 2017 Let’s Go summer camps will be held over three sessions starting at the end of July. Each four-day session will be held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the cost to attend is $400. For specific dates and additional details, visit

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Preserves Nature for All

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Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Gary Fournier, a Los Angeles-based managing director for JP Morgan Securities, LLC, has appeared among Barron’s Top 1,200 financial advisors in the nation in a number of recent years. Each year, he has ranked in the top 100 in his profession in California. Gary Fournier is also a dedicated philanthropist who has made notable contributions to groups that support education, children’s and family health, and the environment.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is among the environmental organizations he supports. The conservancy works to ensure that succeeding generations will be able to enjoy the beauty of the natural world. To that end, it acquires undeveloped lands for use as places of public recreation and education.

In cooperation with four municipalities in the area, the conservancy maintains voluntary conservation-related easements on these lands and works to efficiently manage them for the benefit of the community.

The conservancy offers arts-themed events and film screenings and, as part of its ongoing program of public education, an in-depth teacher training experience that allows K-12 educators to learn exciting new classroom activities to increase their students’ interest in nature and science.

To date, the almost 30-year-old conservancy has achieved success with the preservation of more than 1,500 acres on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The land is held in perpetuity as a public trust.

Long Beach Hospital Dedicated to Children’s Well-Being

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Long Beach Hospital

For more than 10 years, Gary Fournier has served as a managing director with JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Los Angeles securities office. A 2017 Barron’s article ranking him among the top 100 financial advisors in California listed assets under his management of more than $1.3 billion. In addition, Gary Fournier supports numerous charitable causes in his community, including Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital, for which he previously served as a board member.

The Long Beach hospital assists in 6,000 births every year, about 800 of which are particularly high-risk. With more than 800 doctors and pediatric residents and more than 400 nurses, Miller Children’s serves some 80,000 outpatients annually as well. Its staff concentrates not only on general medicine, but on treating a number of specific conditions, such as cystic fibrosis and infectious diseases.

The hospital traces its beginnings back to the 1960s, a time in which Long Beach hospitals offered few pediatric services other than surgeries. But a forward-thinking Physician, Dr. Harry Orme, decided to change that.

Dr. Orme wanted to create a family-and child-centered facility in Long Beach similar to those he had seen in his travels. The philanthropic Miller family, and other local donors, contributed the capital funding necessary for the new hospital’s construction. It opened its doors in 1970, with Dr. Orme as its first medical director.

Over the years, Miller Children’s has expanded its services to encompass physical rehabilitation, dentistry, genetics, and programs designed to address behavioral and emotional issues.

Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Relies on Community Support

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Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital

A managing director at JPMorgan in Los Angeles, Gary Fournier has served in his current role for over a decade. Over the course of a career spanning nearly 40 years he has received recognition for his work from prominent media outlets such as Barron’s, which named him on its list of Top Financial Advisors. Outside of the office, Gary Fournier takes an active role in his community by supporting a number of organizations, including Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital of Long Beach.

Specializing in providing maternity care and treating children and young adults with a variety of conditions, Miller Children’s delivers over 6,000 babies and cares for more than 8,000 children each year. As a not-for-profit hospital, the organization relies on the support of generous individuals and corporate donors in order to continue its important work.

Those who would like to give to Miller Children’s can get involved with the hospital in a number of ways. In addition to making a one-time cash donation or providing ongoing financial support, individuals can donate items such as books and toys for the hospital’s playroom. Miller Children’s also welcomes volunteers for its in-hospital programs and local fundraising groups that include JJCCC Volunteers, Memorial Women’s Hospital League, and SCRUBS.

With Miller Children’s and its supporters hosting a number of events throughout the year, attending a hospital fundraiser is another way individuals can make the hospital a focus of their philanthropic endeavors. For more information about how to get involved with Miller Children’s, visit

Nonprofit Pairs Veteran with Guide Dog


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Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Gary Fournier, a managing director at J.P. Morgan Securities, was recently named by financial magazine Barron’s as one of the top financial advisors in the United States. Among his charitable activities, Gary Fournier supports Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a nonprofit dedicated to matching blind people with trained dogs.

One of the organization’s beneficiaries this year, Brian, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served five years in the Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of captain. As a civilian, he worked variously as a stockbroker, construction superintendent, and small business owner.

Following a motorcycle accident in 2009, Brian lost his eyesight and had to develop new skills. He learned how to read braille and use a cane at the Louisiana Center for the Blind, where he also took up woodworking classes. After successfully completing the course, he then applied for a job teaching woodworking to blind adults in Maryland.

Last March, Brian received his dog Yaz from Guiding Eyes for the Blind.