Author: Kelly White O'Neill

Boosting Wellness—Nutrition and Fun in Guadalupe

As part of our Healthy Habits programming, Youth Development Professional, Erika, is leading a weekly cooking class all summer long at the Ron Estabillo Clubhouse in Guadalupe.  Club Members learned to make their own mini pizzas and will also learn to make ceviche, sandwich wraps, parfaits, brownies, and salads.

Juneteenth Learning and Celebrating

June 19, 2024 officially marks the third consecutive year of Juneteenth as a federally recognized United States holiday. To celebrate this day, our Members learned more about the history of Juneteenth and created freedom bells. Bells commonly symbolize a beginning or end, they are used to make announcements and mark significant events, and also represent… Read more »

Dunes Center Partners with Ron Estabillo Club

Club Members at the Ron Estabillo Clubhouse in Guadalupe are benefitting from a great summer partnership with Guadalupe Dunes Center.  All summer long, Dunes Center staff are leading weekly workshops at our Clubhouse for all Club Members.  The summer sessions teach about the unique bio-diversity and resources found only in the Guadalupe Dunes region.  At… Read more »

Everybody Wants to Be Part of Boys & Girls Clubs!

The Ron Estabillo Clubhouse in Guadalupe is such a popular place, all kinds of creatures want to be Members!  Club Staff were greeted by a gopher snake when they recently opened for business.  Thinking quickly, Staff contacted Santa Barbara County Animal Control and created a safe zone for the animal while waiting for Animal Control… Read more »

Kids Helping Kids

Must! Charities is a generous partner of Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast.  They operate a youth board and The Must! Youth Board has selected the Boys and Girls Club Flamson Clubhouse as the recipient for this year’s 2024 donation.  The Youth Board members each made a personal commitment to raise $500 to… Read more »

Staff Learning at BGCA National Conference

During the week of May 13-17th four staff members attended the BGCA National Conference in Atlanta, GA. Anna Libbon, VP of Club Success and Mina Donkor, Senior Traditional Clubhouse Director, were also invited to attend the Youth Impact Network training for the first two days of the conference. The Impact Network is a strategic group… Read more »

Golden 1 Credit is a Great Community Partner

Golden 1 Credit Union was a proud sponsor of our recent Back a Youth Night at the Tom Maas Clubhouse in Paso Robles. This marked its second year of being a sponsor for this interactive evening. The credit union generously increased its sponsorship from the $1,500 T-Shirt Sponsor level up to the $5,000 sponsorship due… Read more »

Support for the Annual Winemakers Dinner Starts Pouring In

ReMax Success Charities is a generous supporter of non profit organizations in the North SLO County. They donated $500 towards the Winemakers Dinner happening September 7 at the Paso Robles Event Center. They wish the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast great success!

Lots of Learning at the Railroad Club

Club Members of all ages have access to lots of learning at our Railroad Clubhouse in Santa Maria.  TK/Kinder members have been learning about healthy food habits. This includes learning about food portions and healthy food choices. Meanwhile, some of our older Members were visited by a gecko.  One of our Youth Development Professionals made… Read more »

Finishing Strong at Evans Park

Our Members at the Evans Park Clubhouse are hitting the home stretch of the school year!! They still focus on homework during Power Hour and then get some free time in our computer lab! Only a few days left until summer and the kids are ready, but Club staff are making sure they’re finishing strong!

SMART Girls Treated to a Spa Day

Members of our SMART (Skills Mastery And Resistance Training) Girls program were treated to a Spa Day at our Ron Estabillo Club after spending weeks working in this important program.  SMART Girls is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls in three age groups. Through… Read more »

Drama at our Creston Club

No…not that kind of drama! Drama Matters! a national program from Boys & Girls Clubs of American is underway at our Creston Club and is being enjoyed by a lot of members.  For eight weeks the Club will explore many facets of drama including acting, stagecraft, and other aspects of this performing art.   The goal… Read more »

Sammy Rabbit Teaches Financial Literacy

In a programming partnership with United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County, we were able to offer their Sammy Rabbit Financial Literacy program to some of our youngest Members. The Sammy Rabbit program provides financial literacy curriculum to help children develop savings habits and goals. When the child completes the curriculum United Way, working with… Read more »

High Quality Programming is Always Our Goal

Our Santa Maria & Guadalupe staff participated in an Elements of a High-Quality Session training.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast are committed to implementing High Quality programs throughout all of our Club sites.  Our staff spent the morning learning how to incorporate these important elements into their day-to-day sessions. Planning Warm… Read more »

Hunt for the Golden Eggs

To finish their Spring Break, Club Members at our Evans Park Clubhouse got to participate in a massive egg hunt.  Thanks to a donation of lots of plastic eggs and goodies to fill them, Club Members had fun searching outside of the Clubhouse for their treats.  Two, extra special, golden eggs were the greatest prizes… Read more »

A Little Dust Can Be Beautiful!

In collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club and Guadalupe Union School District, the 50+ Members at the Mary Buren School Club site enjoy lots of engaging activities, including a special chalk-art session led by Sharyn. Sharyn’s vibrant teaching style inspired our Members to explore color blending and create their own unique artworks. Thanks to… Read more »

National Gates Scholarships Awarded to Santa Maria Club Members

The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective national program that recognizes minority high school seniors who have excelled both academically and in leadership through participation in extracurricular activities and community service.  This year’s cohort of 300 Scholars were selected from a national pool of over 56,000 applicants! Scholars will receive funding for the full cost… Read more »

A Little Bit of Hollywood Comes to Our Clubs

We had our moment in the spotlight recently when JNorth Productions came to the Railroad Clubhouse in Santa Maria to shoot a video about what we do and all the great kids who need our services.  Thanks to the generosity of the Chumash Foundation, this highly talented and professional production team was on board to… Read more »

A Pot of Gold Under the Rainbow!

Our annual Spring Fundraiser in Santa Maria asked guests to “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” for a night of fun and philanthropy. Our supporters did not disappoint, and helped us find a pot of gold “somewhere over the rainbow” after an evening of drinks, food, silent and live auctions and a very special fund-a-need appeal… Read more »

Youth of the Year Competition Takes Place in Solvang

The annual Youth of the Year luncheon and speech competition was recently held for all Clubs in the Coastal Area Council.  Youth of the Year is an annual essay and speech contest for teen Members across the country and the first step of the program is for Club Teens to participate at the council level. … Read more »

STEM Never Starts Too Early

TK/K members at the Railroad Clubhouse got to experience building and flying paper planes as a part of our Ultimate Journey program. They learned about flight and seeing who’s paper plane goes the highest and farthest. Ultimate Journey is one of BGCA’s oldest and most successful STEM programs. Developed in partnership with the National Park… Read more »

Generous Grant Given by Central Coast Funds for Children

The Central Coast Funds for Children awarded our organization a generous grant to support our programs in our North SLO County Clubs.  We were invited to attend a grantees luncheon at the SLO Country Club where we were able to mingle and network with other non profit organizations (lots of great ideas for collaboration and… Read more »

A Trip Back In Time

Railroad Club Members went on a Saturday field trip to Fort Hope in Arroyo Grande. There, they participated in many western activities such as archery, fishing, gold panning, adobe brick making and more! Many of them were excited about future opportunities to return, and also share their fun day to other members for future trips!… Read more »

Career Day at McKenzie Club

Daniel and Julia had a booth at McKenzie for career week. They talked to kids in 5th to 8th grade about the different jobs they could do at the Boys and Girls Club. They were excited to share ideas and encourage the kids to think about what they might want to do when they grow… Read more »

Peep Science

At the McKenzie Club, the students had a blast with a cool STEM activity called Peep Puff Mobile, set up by Jeanette, the Teen Services Director. Jessi led the activity and made sure it was both fun and challenging for everyone. The pictures show how excited they were to see who would win the race…. Read more »

Mindful Movement at Evans Park

The Club Members at the Evans Park Clubhouse in Santa Maria have gotten to learn yoga through our Mindful Movement partnership with The Center Yoga Studio.  Lucas the yoga instructor is very good at getting our members to participate and have fun trying something they never thought they would! He brings along some goodies for… Read more »

Dinner With A Young Professional

Our Keystone and STEAM Leadership members from the Boys & Girls Club at Railroad hosted a college and career night, “Dinner with a Young Professional.”  This informative and impactful evening focused on college and career development for our club youth through a speed networking event with young professionals who have recently graduated from their university… Read more »

Mental Health First Aid Takes Priority with our Staff

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in Mental Health First Aid learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Boys & Girls Club staff recently had an in-service where they… Read more »

Keystone Teen Leadership Club Collaborates with the Paso Robles Housing Authority Youth Works Program

Recently, our Santa Maria Railroad Club teen leadership program, Keystone, visited the Paso Robles Housing Authority to do a Career Preparation Workshop with fellow teens in Paso Robles.  Their  two and a half hour workshop focused on the different roles of project management through an immersive hands-on activity group challenge. Each team was challenged to… Read more »

Kids Cooking Champs!

The next Gordon Ramsey might be getting his or her start at the Tom Maas Clubhouse in Paso Robles!  Our wonderful kitchen and teaching space was put to good use when Club Members got to practice their knife skills, experiment with spices and seasoning, and do some cooking of healthy vegetables for a tasty after… Read more »

Golden State Classic Car Club Provides Generous Donation

Special thanks to the  Golden State Classic Car Club for their recent donation to our kids!  Last year, their charitable giving amounted approximately $65,000 to local youth groups, service clubs and other organizations from proceeds of events. The car club tries to organize monthly social and recreational activities.  Their main fundraising activities include our GSCCC… Read more »

Girls Night In Spa Party

Club Members at our Railroad Clubhouse and invited guests enjoyed a very special evening full of pampering and relaxation as they visited different self-care stations at our Girls’ Night In Spa Social.  The night included make-up tutorials, mini manicures and DIY exfoliating sugar scrub.  Teens listened to some of their favorite music while feasting on… Read more »

Giving the Community The 411 In Partnership with 211

CommunifySB and the 211 Community Information Hotline recently held a community information fair and we were happy to have a booth promoting the programs and services of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast.  As one of 100’s of local agencies, we were able to reach hundreds of Central Coast attendees who were… Read more »

Friendly Competition Among Coaches

Wrapping up our ’23-’24 Winter basketball season, we organized our inaugural Coach’s Games! A total of 42 coaches took part in three basketball contests, with some of our young players officiating and keeping score for each game. The coaches invited their teams to support them, resulting in a fantastic turnout and a lot of enjoyment!… Read more »

Mrs. Cookie and the Creston Club

Creston Boys and Girls Club just partnered  up with the Creston Public Library. Every Wednesday our Members go on trip to the library where they get the opportunity to read books, work on homework and get to participate in activities Mrs.Cookie, the librarian, and her library friends provide for the Club.Our members our enjoying their… Read more »

“Round Up” Your Winnings to Help Local Kids

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mid Central Coast is thrilled to announce it is one of four nonprofits featured this year in the Chumash Casino Resort’s Everi Cares program, which gives casino guests the opportunity to donate spare change to a nonprofit group when they cash in their redemption tickets at the casino’s Everi… Read more »

Teens Learn Career Tips and Skills

Recently our Teens at the Railroad Clubhouse participated in BGCA’s “First Job Experience Career Panel” Watch Party.  With generous support from OldNavy, select teen clubs across the country had an opportunity to host a Pizza Night and Career Panel Watch Party.  As part of the event, club members competed in a Goosechase Trivia game while… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Teens Helping Community Stay Healthy This Winter

With Winter Season’s arrival, this time of year also brings another round of Covid & Flu Season.  Our teen leadership group, Keystone, is dedicated now more than ever to continue to raise awareness and share information regarding health resources & vaccinations to help keep our community healthy and safe. To learn more about available vaccines,… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–Erica Lopez

Erica is our employee of the month for Santa Barbara county. Erica has stepped up so much this school year and has been nothing but AMAZING!! She’s running teen nights with our teens in Guadalupe every Friday because she saw the need for it in the community. All our teens look up to her and… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–Gisele Granados

Gisel has been such a great addition to the SLO county team. In her position as Rover she was always there for us in pinch! She is now at our Flamson site and will step up and take on any task that is asked of her. She also showed her amazing artistic talents working on… Read more »

Representative Carbajal Visits Railroad Clubhouse

Congressperson Salud Carbajal of the 24th Congressional District, stopped by the Railroad Clubhouse to meet Club Members and tour the facility.  As a former Boys & Girls Club Member, himself, Representative Carbajal has a unique understanding of the value of our programs and the need we fill in our community. In advance of our plans… Read more »

The Visual Arts Are Alive at All of Our Clubs

In the heart of Santa Maria, a celebration of young talent and creativity recently unfolded at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast National Fine Arts Program Reception. This event provided a platform for budding artists to showcase their skills and express themselves through various forms of art. Club Members from all of… Read more »

Buddy the Elf Visits Santa Maria

Buddy the Elf made a surprise visit at the Railroad Clubhouse in Santa Maria to fill Club Members and staff with holiday cheer!  He spent the morning leading carols, playing games and getting everyone excited for Christmas.

Corvette Club Brings Santa to the Club

Santas Elves Make An Early Visit to Santa Maria

The annual First Responders Golf Tournament, organized by the Santa Maria Police Department, is a place for Santas elves to gather for a great cause!  First Responders from as far away as Paso Robles and Santa Barbara as well as local folks from Santa Maria and the 5 Cities, put together golf foursomes for a… Read more »

Parading Around Town This Holiday Season

Club Members from our Santa Maria AND Northern SLO County Clubs rang in the holiday season by building and riding on two amazing floats in their respective community parades!

Winter Staff Training and Team Building

Staff from all 11 club locations participated in our Quarterly All Staff Training. This Winter 2023 training was held at Fort Hope in Arroyo Grande on November 18. Santa Maria Bonita School District trainers participated by imparting their knowledge and information on Classroom Management – With a Focus on Supporting Individuals with Disabilities. Staff also participated… Read more »

MUST! Charities Makes a Holiday Visit to the Creston Club

One of our biggest supporters stoped by the Creston Club on Giving Tuesday and surprised staff with goodies.Members where  very happy to see Must! at the site. Randy Gray, with Must!, got our members very excited with his High Fives.They where all excited to take pictures and share their experience at the Club and the… Read more »

Triumph on Giving Tuesday: Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast Celebrates a Day of Generosity

In a world where compassion and giving take center stage, Giving Tuesday emerged as a global movement that encourages people to come together and support the causes they care about. This year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast experienced a wave of generosity on Giving Tuesday, as supporters rallied behind the organization’s… Read more »

Teens Get Inspired at Inspired Flight

Recently, teens from the Railroad Club’s STEAM leadership group, Full STEAM Ahead,  participated in a private tour at Inspired Flight Technologies—a drone manufacturing company located in San Luis Obispo.  While there, teens learned about some of the engineering and production processes involved in developing unmanned industrial drones as well as the career path potential to… Read more »

Seeking Enthusiastic Volunteers to Serve on Our Board of Directors

In order to be as successful as possible, the Board of Directors of Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast is seeking community leaders who are eager to be part of the growth and opportunities in front of the organization.  If you are passionate about helping local children, have a desire to help achieve… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–Vanessa Sanchez

Vanessa is a club alumni, Keystone Alumni & former Keystone President. Vanessa has always stepped up to the plate when needed & currently is helping run the Evans Park Clubhouse where she grew up. Vanessa does so much for the Evans Park community and has always been an amazing example to all of our members…. Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–Natalia Esquivel

Natalia is a YDP at the Tom Maas. She currently running Youth for Unity, SMART Girls, and a performing arts program that she is implementing on her own. She is a hard worker, team player, and her dedication to working with our members shows each day. Thank you for your commitment to what we do… Read more »

Generous Gift from Club Alum Powers 2024 Basketball Season

Former Club Kid and Righetti High athletics hall of fame inductee John Thomas visited the Railroad Clubhouse in Santa Maria to present a generous sponsorship of the Club’s upcoming 2024 basketball season. On behalf of his business, Western Village Health Club, John contributed $12,000 to help ensure local athletics and basketball continue to thrive in… Read more »

BGCMCC Helps Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

BGCMCC had the honor of participating in Red Ribbon week at  the McKenzie Club site.   Our team set up an engaging booth to promote the Boys and Girls Club, focusing on providing an enjoyable and educational experience for the students.  Staff offered a coloring section, ensuring that the kids had a blast unleashing their creativity…. Read more »

Teens Enjoying Halloween Fun

Recently, Railroad Club teens kicked off a spooktacular fall season with interactive festivities for the Club! First they hosted a Creepy Crawler Cupcake Lab where they baked cupcakes and invited the entire Club to decorate a cupcake for a delicious afternoon treat!  In addition, Railroad teens had fun making a sticky mess as they carved… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–Andre Arciga

Andre has been an amazing Sports Youth Development Team Member.  Not only is he great at advocating for the importance of youth sports, he actively leads children and adults in these great experiences. On top of that he is flexible and willing to help at all the Clubs from Paso Robles to Guadalupe when asked. … Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–Angela Zambrano

Angela has been working as the Assistant Director at the Tom Maas Clubhouse in Paso Robles for about tw months now. During that time she has picked up her duties very quickly and goes above and beyond for the team. She quickly learned the names of members and parents to start building relationships. She has… Read more »

Fall is in Full Swing at the Railroad Clubhouse

So many great programs are underway at all of our Clubs this Fall!  Our Railroad Clubhouse is a great place to see it all under one roof.  Our teens were celebrating Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month with cool decorations in the teen room and a wild game of loteria.  The Triple Play Soccer program featured skills building… Read more »

Back A Youth Night Creates Fun for Youth and Adults Alike

Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast hosted its 2nd Annual Back a Youth Night event at the Tom Maas Clubhouse in Paso Robles on Thursday, October 19. Around 45 Club Kids and 30 mentors participated in the three activities organized by the clubhouse staff, which included a fall art project, the Rain in… Read more »

New Playhouse Is a Highlight at the Tom Maas Club

We are so grateful for the partnership with Habitat for Humanity San Luis Obispo County who recently provided an adorable playhouse for our outdoor space at our Tom Maas Clubhouse in Paso Robles.  This is a unique project led by the local Habitat for Humanity to provide custom, wooden playhouses for families and organizations in… Read more »

Club Teens Educate About Covid Safety

Recently, our Keystone Teen Program with sponsorship from the Boys & Girls Club CA Alliance, hosted a Covid Awareness Workshop with Members from our Railroad Clubhouse.   Keystone teens shared important information about staying healthy in 2023 from Covid-19 through testing, treating and vaccination.  In addition, Club Members learned about the importance of washing their hands… Read more »

Two New Community Leaders Join the Board

In order to be as successful as possible, the Board of Directors of Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast has tapped two community leaders who are eager to be part of the growth and opportunities in front of the organization.  Gary Borjan, banking executive, and Michelle Wright, Veterinary Practice Manager for PETS Hospital… Read more »

Power Hour Going Strong in Guadalupe

Our signature program, Power Hour, the first hour Club Members arrive to any Club in the Boys & Girls Club Family, where kids work on homework, prepare for the next school day, have a snack, and transition to their afterschool activities at their Clubhouse, is going strong at the Ron Estabillo Clubhouse in Guadalupe! On… Read more »

Generous Donation from CoastHills Foundation Supports Guadalupe Programs

Executives from CoastHills Credit Union and their Community Foundation Board, came to the Ron Estabillo Clubhouse in Guadalupe with a very generous check to fund the purchase and installation of a new scoreboard for the Club’s gym.  With a scoreboard befitting the newly renovated gymnasium, we can return to running our  popular sports programs.  The… Read more »

Calles Vivas! Open Streets Festival Outreach

We were thrilled to be part of the 2nd annual Calles Vivas! Open Streets celebration in Santa Maria.  Open Streets is an international movement with  a common goal of promoting community wellness by creating safe and temporary car-free spaces on streets and roads, opening them up as a public park for a day. In Santa… Read more »

A Month of Cultural Learning Underway

September 15th – October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. During this time we honor the cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans, Latinos/Latinas, and Latinx-identifying people in our society. At the Tom Maas Clubhouse, we are celebrating by exploring and honoring contributions by Hispanic artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to activists such… Read more »

Executive Team Members Speak on Conference Panel

Michael Boyer, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast and Trish Hammond, our CFO, were part of a panel at the 2023 Pacific Region Leadership Conference for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Entitled “A Seat at the Table: Diversifying Leadership Within the Movement”, the panel had members discussing how to diversify… Read more »

Teens Explore Latino Culture and Heritage

Every Friday as part of the continued celebration of the Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month, Members of our teen program are immersing themselves in the rich cultural history, music, food, language, art and traditions of the Hisapnic-Latino communities.  Teens kicked off their Fun Fridays after with several rounds of Loteria all while listening to some favorite contemporary… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–San Luis Obispo County

VIOLET BUSH—Violet is one of our TK/K YDP’s at the Tom Maas Clubhouse. Each day, she shows up to work with a positive attitude, friendly demeanor, and enthusiasm for working with members. She is a team player and also there to lend a helping hand wherever it is needed. She is definitely one of the… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–Santa Barbara County

ANNA ESPINOZA–Anna came in a little shy when she first got hired . Throughout the months she has found her voice and a way to grab our members attention. She also advocates for them when they aren’t getting the support they need. This year is tougher academically because a lot of our youth don’t know… Read more »

4th Annual Crush it! Golf Tournament Was A Great Day on the Greens

Hunter Ranch Golf Club once again was the site of the Crush it! Golf Tournament to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast.  A total of 18 foursomes played the beautiful course along with enjoying breakfast burritos, complimentary margaritas, and a delicious taco bar after their play was done.  A 50/50 raffle and… Read more »

Local Teens Working to Educate Our Community

Our Keystone teen leadership board have been actively distributing resources on various topics to our local community at Santa Maria’s Downtown Fridays.  As part of the Fall 2023 campaign to raise community awareness on preparation for extreme heat events, water conservation as well as sharing the benefits of having a Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, community… Read more »

The Harvest Moon Was a Lovely Backdrop to Annual Winemakers Dinner

A beautiful night under the harvest moon was held at the Paso Robles Event Center to support the programs and services of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast (BGCMCC).  Our annual Winemakers Dinner was presented by Zenaida Cellars along with additional sponsors Pacific Premier Bank, John E.D. Nicholson Attorney at Law, Oak… Read more »

Fall Fun in Paso Robles

The Tom Maas Clubhouse began its fall programming and we are off to a fantastic start. Our Members got to participate in chalk obstacle courses, made rice crispy treats, played balloon tennis with decorated paper plate paddles, and made robots out of toilet paper rolls. Staff will be implementing BGCA programs such as SMART Girls,… Read more »

New TK Program Full of Amazing Activities

After a summer full of art activities, slime making, baking, and outdoor fun; the members in the TK/K program had a smooth transition into this 2023-2024 school year. They start off their day with Power Hour and have started the Kidz Smarts program. The program helps students understand and express their emotions.

Teens Enjoy A Night Under the Stars

Recently, twelver of our Keystone members had the opportunity to attend the PCPA play, “American Mariachi” at the Solvang Theaterfest. For ten of our members, this was their first ever visit to a live theater performance.  It was such an exciting evening for our members filled with  laughs and tears from experiencing such a beautiful story… Read more »

Club Members Treated to the Latest Fashions

Thanks to the generosity of Old Navy in Santa Maria along with volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria, Club Members from our Guadalupe locations were treated to a day of shopping for new school clothes!  Families who are hurting financially and who have more than one child enrolled in our programs were invited… Read more »

Youth Development Team Member of the Month–Andre Arciga

Andre joined our sports team in the Fall of 2022. He is a former club member of our Fairlawn Club. He is always willing to help wherever needed even if it’s not related to sports. During the Summer he was helping out at Evans Park during the day and then working the Summer Basketball League… Read more »

Youth Development Team Member of the Month–Mayra Bautista

Mayra is our Assistant Club Director at our Mary Buren site.  Mayra has been a great role model adapting to all the changes happening with our organization to her fellow staff members.  She comes to work with a positive attitude and does whatever needs to be done without being asked to.  She might be stressed… Read more »

Youth Development Team Member of the Month–Czarina Gallardo

Czarina has been working with the Shandon BGC for almost 6 months. She has shown great responsibility and leadership skills through her daily interactions with members. “Ms. Czarina is caring, patient, trusting, and respectful.” She has an easy going personality and is a great team player. We sincerely thank her for all the genuine help… Read more »

Keystone Teens Share Health Information With the Community

Keystone, our teen leadership group, shared information with the local community about water conservation and preventing heat exhaustion at the annual Family Day In the Park in Santa Maria where hundreds of families were in attendance.  Their water conservation and extreme heat awareness campaign will last through December of 2023 and is made possible through grant… Read more »

Panda Cares Foundation Really Does!

We had a lot of fun when Panda Express came by the Railroad Clubhouse and fed us some yummy food, gave us awesome books and some fun Panda swag!  Thanks to the generosity of the Panda Cares Foundation, we regularly receive support for our youth events and activities. Panda Express will be donating food for… Read more »

Dining For Charities Makes Generous Donation

  We partnered with Dining for Charities earlier this year and the generosity of local restaurants and people who like to eat out came back to us in the form of a big check!  When people purchase restaurant gift cards through Diningforcharities.com–which they get at a discount–we recieved 15% of the purchase price.  James and… Read more »

Coast Hills Federal Credit Union on Board as Golf Tournament Sponsor

A team from Coast Hills Federal Credit Union stopped by the Railroad Clubhouse to drop off their sponsorship donation for our upcoming Crush it! Golf tournament in Paso Robles. Coast Hills has been a longtime supporter and sponsor of many of our special events and we couldn’t be happier to have their support for our… Read more »

Thanks to Planet Fitness for Back to School Supplies

Thanks to members of Planet Fitness gyms in Santa Maria and Atascadero, our Club Members were treated to great, new school supplies including cool back packs, notebooks, crayons, pencils and other important gear to start the year off right. On a fun day in Santa Maria, staff from Planet Fitness put together packs for every… Read more »

A Little Friendly Competition

The Railroad Clubhouse and our Evans Park Clubhouse, both in Santa Maria, went head to head in a friendly game of capture the flag. Both clubs sent their best 15 members to face each other. Railroad ended up winning!  Love the summer fun!

Taco Bell Foundation Increases Funding

Taco Bell Foundation has been a supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs Mid Central Coast’s Career Launch program for teens since 2013 with an average donation of $10,000 annually. This year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast was granted $50,000 for Career Launch. Career Launch is an educational program specifically benefiting… Read more »

24th Annual Ag for Youth Golf Tournament Raises Important Funds for Summer Programs

For 24 years the last monday in July has been the day for the annual Ag for Youth Golf Tournament at the lovely Santa Maria Country Club.  The ag community, and other businesses and supporters come together for a fun day on the greens to help raise funds for our vital summer programs and all… Read more »

The Wet ‘n Wild Week Tradition Continues

A favorite summer tradition at the Railroad Clubhouse in Santa Maria is Wet ‘n Wild Week and this year did not disappoint.  Club Director, Patty Lopez, makes sure the Club Members get a week of water based fun and has some creative ways to play!  From the water balloon toss to the Water Bucket Race… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–Melissa Gonzalez

Mel is one of our YDP’s at the Flamson Teen Center. She has been with us for a year now and has shown us how passionate she is about her job! The bond she has with our teens is unmatched and so special. Great relationships with our members’ parents as well. She is our go… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–Efren Espinoza

Efren joined the Guadalupe team last year and has worked for the most part at our Mary Buren site.  Efren is a great male role model to our young members at Mary Buren.  Although he is a bit on the shy side, he is a hard worker and committed to our members and organization. Thank… Read more »