The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast is excited to announce an important partnership with San Luis Coastal School District to provide childhood development programing at lunch time and after school at Laguna Middle School beginning April 18th. As most working parents know, after school childcare is not as easy to access for many families as they would like. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast has been at the forefront of providing high-quality, affordable after school programming since 1966 and is now poised to expand their services into San Luis Obispo.
Thanks to the leadership of the San Luis Coastal School District, under the direction of Dianne Frost, the Assistant Superintendent, along with enthusiastic support from the principal of Laguna Middle School, John Calandro, BGCMCC has entered into a partnership to open a Club at Laguna Middle School. Opening on April 18th, this new Club–the 15th Club operated by Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast–will have capacity to serve 80 Laguna Middle School Students with the evidenced-based youth development programming, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is known for. With learning options that cover everything from financial literacy with the Money Matters© program, to leadership building with Torch Club©, to health and fitness opportunities through the Triple Play© program, and everything in between, Club members will have the most enriching afterschool experience available.
The Middle School student is frequently the most overlooked age group when it comes to after school services and experiences. The Club at Laguna Middle School will have a dedicated space for Members and the Club Director, Griffin Cook, has begun developing his staff of Youth Development Professionals who will develop and lead all of the programs and services for Members. In addition to the afterschool programming, BGCMCC is known for, in this unique partnership, Club Staff will also lead lunchtime programming for all students at Laguna Middle School who are interested–they do not need to be Club Members to benefit from lunch time programming.
“We currently serve an area of over 2000 square miles north of and south of San Luis Obispo. It just makes sense that we bring our expertise and excellence in caring for kids to the youth of San Luis Obispo,” shares Michael Boyer, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast. He goes on to say, “We know parents, families, local businesses, and community leaders value the services we have to offer and their support and donations will go a long way to ensuring we have the high quality staff and other resources necessary to be the program of choice for kids in San Luis Obispo.” The school district was eager to put programming in place to confront bullying and cultural awareness issues found at the middle school level and learned the BGCMCC model to be the ideal way to bring a comprehensive program to the Campus.