Month: January 2024

A Morning of Champions

Our Breakfast of Champions event was a delightful morning recognizing the donors, volunteers, staff and special friends who are committed to doing all they can to support youth on the Central Coast.  Held at the Madonna Inn, over 80 community members joined the celebration which was emceed by Wendy Thies Sell.  It was a wonderful… Read more »

2023 Youth of the Year Winner

As part of the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, our organization celebrates the extraordinary achievements of our club youth through the Youth of the Year program. As our organizational Youth of the Year, our representative serves as a role model for younger club members and shines a spotlight on our… Read more »

2023 Jr. Youth of the Year Winner

Congratulations to Brady Turri, a Member of our Creston Club, for being awarded Jr. Youth of the Year for 2023. Our Jr. Youth of the Year program offers the opportunity to recognize a club member from our organization that embodies the values of leadership, service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles This year we had many… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the YEAR–Santa Maria Valley

Congratulations to Erica Lopez for being honored as the 2023 Youth Development Professional of the Year for our Santa Maria Valley Clubs.  She works at the Estabillo Club in Guadalupe.  Erica was lauded for her seven years serving youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs and is recognized for being the “real deal” when it… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the YEAR–SLO County

Congratulations to Natalia Esquivel for being named the Youth Development Professional of the year for our SLO County Clubs.  She works at our Tom Maas Club.  The award was presented at the Breakfast of Champions and recognized her amazing work through all of 2023.  Natalia was lauded for her creativity and resourcefulness and for her… Read more »

Power Hour Fun

During Power Hour–the first hour when all Members arrive at their Club–first grade got to learn what it is to be a spy is and decode secret messages! Members learned how to decode number sequences, and how to utilize the alphabet in order to uncover the secret messages.  Team work was also a big factor… Read more »

Shandon Club’s Colorful Artwork

Throughout the month, our 2nd-8th grade Members have been able to communicate and express themselves through their innovative and beautiful art pieces. They’ve grown tremendously with their creativity and have built as well as recognized each other’s artistic skills which has drawn the group closer together and generated new friendships. Recently, we’ve made art pieces… Read more »

Winter Break Fun!

During winter break at the Shandon Site, members made “snow” with the help of Ms. Czarina. Since it’s not common for this area to receive snow over the winter, our little ones had a blast and spent a good amount of time playing after mixing baking soda with a small amount of water. Once finished,… Read more »

Donating the Basics Helps the Shandon Club Grow

It’s amazing how sometimes the little things we take for granted, can make a huge difference!  The Shandon Club has been growing and only had a mini-fridge to store snacks and fresh foods for Club Members.  Club Diretor, Carina Ramirez, was unable to order fresh food from the SLO County Foodbank due to lack of… Read more »

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrated by Club Teens

Teens at the Railroad Clubhouse Teen Center celebrated and remembered the impact the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr has had on our society.  Throughout the Teen Room, Club Members had a chance to read and reflect on various quotes from Dr. King as well as listen to his “I have a Dream” speech. They… Read more »

Ice Cream Party Winds Up a Great Winter Camp

Club kids in Guadalupe got to spend their last day of Winter camp making and enjoying homemade ice cream.  Club Members from the McKenzie and Mary Buren Clubs joined the members of the Ron Estabillo Clubhouse for the all day Winter Camp held while school has been out of session.  They spent these weeks engaged… Read more »