Category: Almond Acres

New CEO Takes Over Leadership at Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast (BGCMCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Maria Fabula as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. Ms. Fabula brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and a deep commitment to serving youth and families in the Central Coast community. With over two… Read more »

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 »

Mini Stanleys and May Birthdays

Our Shandon Members were ecstatic to visit the public library because the librarian, Ms. Joey Ley, had an awesome craft prepared for us. She set up her crafting tables with glitter stickers, rhinestones, and patterned washy tape and pre-ordered colorful 3oz mini-Stanley cups for our Members to decorate and keep at the club! The kids… 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 »

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 »

Creston’s Outdoor Activities

Staff and Members at the Creston Club have been taking advantage of the nice weather lately by engaging in fun outdoor activities.  The Members really enjoyed playing “Lava Monster”, which is a kind of freeze tag.  They have so much fun trying to run away from the Lava Monsters or figuring out ways to save… Read more »

Paradise Ice Makes A Cool Visit At The Shandon Club!

On Wednesday May 22nd, our Shandon Members were pleased to receive a visit from the delicious Paradise Ice! Our Youths’ most liked flavors were mango, pineapple, blue raspberry, and tiger’s blood. Apart from selling tasty shaved ice, other appetizing food options included; corn dogs, hot dogs, stuffed pretzels, pork sliders, and the most flavorful churros,… Read more »

Water Day In Creston

With temperatures rising, Staff at the Creston Club decided to surprise their Members with a full day outside filled with fun water activities.  Members had fun playing in the discovery den where they were able to water plants or cool themselves off with a couple of splashes.  They also enjoyed creating fun designs with chalk,… Read more »

Celebrations and Slime!

This past Monday May 13th, the Shandon Staff as well as Members celebrated Mrs. Angela’s birthday! Her desk area was decorated with a birthday banner and balloons, and a “birthday princess” sash and crown were a MUST from our TK Members. Since Mrs. Angela has been leading Ultimate Journey Sessions, her group’s Members gathered flowers… Read more »

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day from the Shandon Club to all the strong, beautiful moms out there! This week our Members made beautiful crafts to give their moms for Mother’s Day. They created and decorated a birdhouse card with words that read “You make our house a home” to give a special sweet touch. We hope it’ll… Read more »

Birthdays and Books!

As we welcomed May, our Shandon Members took the time this week to celebrate those whose birthdays were in April. We first sang the “Happy Birthday” song, enjoyed delicious Nerd flavored popsicles, and shared nice comments about those who were celebrated.  Another highlight of our week was taking a trip to visit the Shandon Library… 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 »

Habitat SLO Welcomes New Families to a Tour of Tom Maas Clubhouse

Habitat for Humanity SLO County welcomed about nine families to their new homes at the beginning of August. As a part of the Habitat homeownership program, families attend a homeowner workshop each month, focused on preparing them to enter homeownership for the first time. These include topics that range from financial literacy, writing a trust… Read more »

We Love Earth!

In honor of Earth Day, our Shandon Members learned about the importance of taking care of our environment and different ways we can  all help to make a positive difference. We explored a globe and collected information about the sizes of continents, made a cute earth craft, decorated paper bags with the most ideal stickers,… Read more »

Summer Supply Donations Needed at the Flamson Club

Our Flamson Club has big plans for summer and we are in need of some supplies & decorations to make our plans come to life. We want to have a theme each week of our summer camp to make this summer really fun and exciting for our Members. Some of our theme weeks include Science… Read more »

Power Hour at Creston Club

Reading has become a lot more interesting since the sun has pushed away the gray clouds and its cold weather.  The Members at the Creston club have taken a new liking to reading outside.  Some favored reading spots are in the shade, under a tree, on the grass out in the sun, or even on… Read more »

Creston Clubs Little Gardeners

At the Creston Club, our Members were welcomed to a gardening activity put on by their school.  They took part in fun activities such as painting a little picket fence with each other, pulling weeds, cleaning the planters, planting strawberries, and checking off their gardening checklist as they went on.  With all of their hard… Read more »

Fun At The Park!

Every other Friday, our Shandon Members have the fun opportunity to visit the CW Clarke Park. Youth spend a majority of their time on the play structures but also love the open field and enjoy playing games like football, soccer, and tag. During the Summer, we look forward to taking trips to the community pool… Read more »

TK Begins Storytime!

This week, our TK members were introduced to “Storytime” led by Miss Carina, where they listened to one book, one felt story, and one song. They began by focusing on the calendar and going over the current date, weather, and season. Afterwards, they reviewed shapes, colors, numbers, and the alphabet. Then, they proceeded to listen… Read more »

Shandon’s Eggcellent Spring Break!

This was our club’s second week being open for spring break. The Shandon staff planned for an Easter celebration on Monday and our Members had a great time. As a science activity, they had a blast stacking plastic eggs and made 3D shapes using toothpicks and Play-Doh. For art, they made an origami bunny followed… Read more »

Spring Break at the Shandon Club!

The Shandon Club is delighted to remain open during our two weeks of Spring Break.  Art sessions as well as science and outdoor time are the Youth’s favorites. They’ve had so much fun! So far, Members have had the chance to make rainbow clouds, inspected nature with binoculars, learned while using a microscope, made origami,… 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 »

“Run the Farm” Triple Play Sports at Flamson

This program is called Triple Play Daily Challenges. This session of the program is titled “Run the Farm”. The purpose of this program is to teach the Members healthy exercise habits, practice movement skills, and teamwork. Today the Members were playing a game called “The Chicken and the Wolf”. This game is a form of tag… Read more »


We have had nice weather in Paso lately and our Members have been enjoying being outside. Our staff decided it was time for some chalk art to decorate between our classrooms. Our kindergarten and 1st grade Members did a great job making our sidewalk colorful and full of creativity. The Members decided to draw something… Read more »

1..2..3.. Cheese!

This week was Miss Czarina’s final week running photography sessions here at the Shandon Club. Our Members were pleased when learning about a camera’s functions in order to capture beautiful images and can’t wait for future opportunities! We also rewarded Members who completed our yearly NYOI survey. They enjoyed eating delicious pizza slices along with… Read more »

4th & 5th Grade Learn Coding at Tom Maas

The Tom Maas Club received 20 chrome books and a case of mini robots, so that the 4th and 5th grade could learn about coding. The program uses a software app called, which is used to control the robots. The app also teaches our members what coding is and how to do it. For… Read more »

Sweet Surprises in Creston

Members at the Creston Club had the opportunity to take part in the National Youth  Outcome Initiative (NYOI) survey just a few weeks ago.  In doing so, the members had a sweet surprise coming their way.  Staff at the Creston Club wanted to thank their Members for taking the time to complete the survey with… Read more »

Creston Club Hops into Spring Programs

At the Creston Club, Staff are introducing their new programs to their Members.  For starters, we have Mr. Will running his Ultimate Journey program with some of the Members.  This program is about taking care of and appreciating the natural environment.  Members were so eager to write down their pledge and decorate the poster with… Read more »

Feeling Lucky at the Shandon Club!

Shandon Members had a blast spending time at the Club today, March 15th. We began by having a special guest, Joey Ley. Mrs. Ley is the town’s Librarian who has volunteered to lead Storytime every Friday with our TK Members to spark up their imaginations and literacy curiosity. Today’s story was “Minerva Louise and the… Read more »

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring Programs!

The Shandon Club has recently ended their winter programs which were led my both Ms. Czarina and Mrs. Angela. Smart Moves Core(3rd-5th) was led by Ms. Czarina. And Smart Moves Core(k-2nd) as well as the Nat. Art Comp. were led by Mrs. Angela. Throughout the final week of winter programs, Members who participated were treated… Read more »

Kickin’ at Atascadero Club

Our members here in Atascadero got to break free from the classrooms and enjoyed some kickball on the softball field. Not only does it give our members a chance to show off some kickball skills, but also teaches them to have good sportsmanship and cheer on other members! While they were playing there was music… Read more »

Innovations at the Shandon Club!

A few small changes made to a classroom can have a big impact on a child’s motivation, well-being, creativity, and engagement with any material. The Shandon Staff have recently changed the seating arrangement and are excited to have added new games, materials, and colorful TK decor that includes a car track rug, yoga mats, and… Read more »

Black History Month at Tom Maas

February 1st – March 1st is Black History Month. During this month, we celebrate achievements and contributions and the rich history of African Americans. At Tom Maas Clubhouse we are celebrating, as well as teaching our members about the culture and the contributions from many important African American figures, such as activists like Martin Luther… Read more »

Slime and Smiles!

On President’s Day, the Shandon Club was open from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM for Members. With a total of about 6/7 Members, we still managed to enjoy our time together and the staff tried their best to entertain the kids. The Youth’s favorite part of the day was getting the chance to make slime… Read more »

Fun Fridays at the Creston Club

Fun Fridays at the Creston Boys and Girls Club consist of many exciting activities.  For starters, the Members get outside play which can involve interactive games such as flag football, shadow tag, dodgeball, lava monster, or anything that comes to their wild imaginations.  We also like to run calmer but artistic activities inside.  These include… 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 »

Spreading Love At The Shandon Club!

Our Shandon Members had a “heart” felt celebration during our time together on this year’s Valentine’s Day. We had some of our older Members begin by completing an ice breaker where they wrote on a sticky note their favorite thing that they love about themselves and after sharing, they stuck it to our window. We… 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 »

Staff Vs. Teletubbies

For our weekly Fun Friday’s at Tom Maas, we had a special game planned for our 4th & 5th grade members! Staff organized an exciting fun competition, where two of our staff members would compete against all 4th & 5th graders, and if members won the challenges, they would win a Pizza Party. There were… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Shandon Members Spread Christmas Cheer Around Their Community

On Friday December 15th, a group of Shandon Club Members participated in their community’s Christmas parade. A big heartfelt, “THANK YOU” to the Shandon fire department for allowing the Members to ride the firetruck around town from street to street, waving to neighborhood friends all while spreading Christmas cheer! Hot cocoa was served and offered… Read more »

Christmas Party At The Shandon Club

The Shandon staff have been preparing for our Christmas celebration for a while! Our Director, Ms. Carina had the great idea of having three separate days where we created “food shacks” where we fundraised money to be able to purchase Christmas gifts for each and every single one of our Shandon Members. After having our… Read more »

Artistry Spreads Through Shandon Club

Recently, the Shandon Club members began demonstrating their artistic talents by participating in the National Arts Contest. This program provides youth the opportunity to express themselves creatively, build confidence, learn new visual arts, and showcase their artwork in the community.

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 »

Shandon’s Thanksgiving Feast!

On Tuesday, November 28th, the Shandon Site had a blast celebrating Thanksgiving. Ms. Carina started the day off by asking a few questions about the true meaning of this holiday. Members, as well as staff, shared who and what they’re most thankful for and mentioned ways to spread kindness as well as gratitude. They also… Read more »

CATCH at the Shandon Club!

During the month of November, all Shandon Club Members participated in the physical activity sessions prepared through CATCH. CATCH is a curriculum based on scientific research and evidence designed to support and encourage physical activity for students of all ages and fitness levels. Maritza, a health education specialist, coordinated and led the hula-hoop sessions into… 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 »

Kindness Is Free!

The Shandon 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders completed the Kindness is Free program on November 15th. This national Boys & Girls Clubs of America program is meant to empower the next generation to be kind by teaching and bringing awareness of the importance of treating everyone equally, showing respect to all persons, and being considerate… Read more »

Shandon Club Celebrates Day Of The Dead!

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated each year from October 31st-November 2nd. It is a Mexican tradition where families reunite and celebrate their ancestors with food, drinks, music, and joy. On November 2nd, our Shandon Members colored and decorated their own “calavera” masks, enjoyed eating conchitas with warm “abuelita” hot chocolate… 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 »

Tom Maas Celebrates El Dia de Los Muertos

Tom Maas celebrated El Dia de Los Muertos, a holiday celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November. It is a colorful and lively occasion for remembering and celebrating those who have passed on from this world. The holiday is celebrated with color, food, decorations and music, in honor of our loved ones. Members and… Read more »

Spooky Shandon Snack-Shack

Shandon Staff has taken the time to prepare and make some delicious spooky snacks to sell to our Members and families, as a fundraiser for Christmas gift bags. Our first open date was the 17th of October. That day, our menu consisted of nachos, orange creamsicle floats, chocolate covered pretzels, caramel apples, and cotton candy…. Read more »

Halloween Party at Tom Maas

For our weekly fun Friday’s, we took it to a whole new level and threw our members a spooky Halloween party! It was filled with so many activities that members enjoyed, like face painting, a haunted maze, a fun cup ping-pong game, and so much more! Our members were thoroughly surprised to see how our… 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 »

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 »

Shandon Club Welcomes TK Members!

Monday, October 16th, was the first day that TK members attended the Shandon Boys and Girls Club. We welcomed Iker, Selena, Lucas, Cataleya, and Aaron, and are extremely happy at the positive relationships they’ve already created with our staff as well as the rest of our BGC members. We can’t wait to see how these… Read more »

Shandon Club Celebrates Hispanic Heritage!

On October 5th, the Shandon Members celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month. Our day began by watching a few videos about the significance of recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. After, they chose Hispanic heritage coloring pages to color and answered questions about influential Hispanic Americans who… 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 »

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 »

News from the Shandon Club

On September 13th, our Members had the awesome opportunity to visit the Shandon Fire Station. When arriving, the fire-fighters handed youth goodie bags that included a coloring book, magnet, stickers, bracelet, and a safety guide that explains what to do in case of a fire. Club Members also had the opportunity to use the fire… Read more »

Be A Star Begins!

Our Boys & Girls Clubs of America “Be A Star” program began at the Shandon site at the end of August and is being led by Youth Development Professional (YDP) Czarina Gallardo. This program is a social/ emotional learning approach to bullying, and is taught to our Youth who are between the ages of 10-12…. Read more »

Fun Friday at Tom Maas

As the new school year started, we kicked off Fun Friday with Bright Star Awards! These awards recognize behavior and this week was Best Listener. Club Members then had the options to decide between going to Paso Robles Youth Art Center for a fun Hip Hop class, watch Aladdin, or enjoy various games like foosball,… 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 »

Youth For Unity Kicks Off!

Shandon members that are 6-9 years old began participating in BGCA’s Youth for Unity program. This program consists of a selection of activities and conversation starters that help members appreciate themselves as unique and exceptional human-beings.  For our first session, we colored three of our physical features including our hair, skin, and eyes, and learned… Read more »

Shandon Members Have Fun In The Sun!

On Friday, August 25, the Shandon members cooled down, enjoyed the water, and had a blast in the summer heat. Youth began by having a water balloon fight and then proceeded to take turns in using the water equipment including water blasters and water guns. Water play ended by soaking Mrs. Angela with the goal… 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 »

Summer Fun Theme Weeks at Tom Maas

This summer the Staff decided to theme each week of the summer. We got together as an team and planned a different theme week to make a memorable summer for our Members Here’s what we did so far: Week 1 Science week   Our Members had the opportunity to do awesome science projects such as volcanoes,… Read more »

Field Trip to the Children’s Museum

Our Members were able to go to the Children’s Museum in Paso Robles as one of our field trips this summer. Our Members were so excited to go and they had a blast while they were there. The Museum has lots of fun and creative spaces for kids to play in including a ball pit,… Read more »

Creation and Innovation

Here at the Boys and Girls Club we strive to have our Members tap into their artistic side through a multitude of different activities. Some of the activities our Members participate in include creating volcanoes, flower crowns, and dot paintings. Whether it’s working together or alone Members have the opportunity to enhance their creativity and… 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 »

What’s Cookin’ at Flamson

All of our Members have been eating very well at the Teen Center this summer! Besides breakfast and lunch provided by PRJUSD, every Friday we have cooking class. We have been making lots of yummy treats that go with our weekly themes. From Elotes in a cup for “Around the World” week, to monte cristos… Read more »

Fire Department Visits for Summer Program

This summer, the Paso Robles Fire Department paid a visit to the Almond Acres Club. Members had the opportunity to learn about what being a fireman is like and how the fire engine operates. Members suited up in their fireman hats and toured the equipment on the truck, and even got to check out the… Read more »

Eco Theme Week at Atascadero

Eco Week at the Boys and Girls Club is an incredible opportunity for our Members to dive into the world of sustainability, conservation, and environmental stewardship. This week-long adventure immerses Members in a range of exciting and educational activities designed to inspire a love for nature and a sense of responsibility towards the planet! Some… Read more »

Youth Helping Youth

The students from Must! Charities Youth Board, did a fantastic job volunteering and raising funds for multiple nonprofits this year. Three of the students volunteered at Tom Maas and enjoyed interacting with our staff and students. The Youth Board selected the Tom Maas Clubhouse as one of the nonprofits they wanted to support as part… Read more »

Generous Donation Supports Mindful Movement

The Center Studio, a leading wellness center dedicated to promoting holistic health and well-being, donated monthly proceeds from their community education classes to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast. The donation aims to support the implementation and expansion of the Youthful Mindfulness Movement Program for Club kids, empowering children with essential tools… Read more »

Stollmeyer Challenge Scholarships Awarded

At a festive ice cream social held at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast flagship Clubhouse in Santa Maria, six students were awarded the first round of scholarships provided by the Stollmeyer Challenge partnership for STEAM programming. Rick Stollmeyer, seeing a need to focus his philanthropy on programs and services that support… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–Jacob Stanko

Jacob is a YDP at the Almond Acres Club, and he is an integral part of the team. He plans great activities for the kids that get them excited to participate. He’s very responsible, reliable, and ready to step up when needed. We appreciate you for everything you do!

Family Fun Day at Avila Beach

BGCMCC and their families were treated to a beautiful day of camaraderie, team building and fun at our annual Family Fun Day at the beach.  Meeting in Avila Beach–a good half way point between staff coming from the Paso Robles or Santa Maria areas–we gathered throughout the day for food, games, and general relaxation.  The… Read more »

Shade Structures Keeping Members Cool in Paso

Thanks to our generous partner, the Rotary Club of Paso Robles, children enrolled in the summer program at the Tom Maas Clubhouse are able to get a respite from the heat! Funds provided by the Paso Robles Rotary Club the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast were able to purchase tables, chairs and… Read more »

Best Way to Start Summer at Almond Acres

The members of Almond Acres enjoyed a great time at the Club during “Fun Friday,” where they decided to play a game of Tug-of-War. A small pool was placed in the middle, with the rule that the losing team had to take a dip in it. Everyone had a blast playing the game, and the… Read more »

Fun in the Sun at Atascadero

We’re kicking off this summer at the Boys and Girls Club with lots of fun filled activities and games! The theme for this past week was Olympic week where we got to learn about the history and logistics of the global event. As temperatures rise, Members engage in water play to stay cool. Also Members are… Read more »

Summer Fun Kicks Off At Tom Maas

Summer has started at the Tom Maas Club. Our Members are enjoying summer camp and with the heat rising a water balloon fight was a must. Our Members had a great time in the sun throwing water balloons and splashing their friends. We have scheduled water play daily due to the hot summer weather in… Read more »

School Year Ends at the Creston Club

June 2nd was the end of a successful school year for Creston Boys & Girls Club. Staff decided to end the year with a surprise party, to show our Members they were thankful for all the hard work they put in during the school year. The Creston Boys & Girls Club celebrated with pizza,chips,cookies,cupcakes and… Read more »

Member Monday–Jorge!

Meet Jorge a long time Club Member who has re-joined the program now that the Ron Estabillo Club has re-opened in Guadalupe.  Jorge started coming to the original Club when he was 6 years old.  When the clubhouse had to close for renovations and retrofitting, Jorge had nowhere to go after school.  Now that the… Read more »

Member Monday–Abraham!

Meet Teen of the Month for May,  Abraham Carrillo-Galindo, an 11th grader from Santa Maria High.  Abraham recently was voted in as Keystone President for the 2023-2024 school year at the Railroad Club site.  Even though he’s a new member of the Boys and Girls Club, he’s been instrumental in building our Keystone Club from… Read more »

Shandon BGC Celebrates The End Of The School Year!

The Shandon BGC staff and members celebrated the end of a successful school year together on Monday, June 5th, where Members had fun playing musical chairs, had dance battles, and ate nachos with iced-tea. In addition to the celebration, our 3rd-6th graders also had their last drumming session with instructor Alice Tomasini, where they recapped… Read more »

We’re Safety Superstars!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast was recognized by our national organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), as a 2023 Safety Super Star during BGCA’s 117 th National Conference in Orlando, Florida in May. This award is presented to Boys & Girls Club organizations that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to safety… Read more »

Spring is Blooming but Summer is on its way!

Laguna Club ended May with a beautiful picnic at the gorgeous Cal Poly Leaning Pine Arboretum. We enjoyed great company, good food , explored the luscious garden and learned about respecting our environment. Another successful visit from our Teen Specialist Jeanette Blanco.  The kids made candy bridges along side  Engineer, Esau Blanco. They challenged each… Read more »

SMART Moves Graduates Club Members

The Shandon 3rd-5th graders have successfully completed the SMART Moves program lead and instructed by Ms. Czarina Gallardo. After 2 1/2 months and 10 sessions, these participants have shown tremendous improvement in their social emotional skills and constructive coping methods. The last two sessions consisted of members playing Jenga to learn how to manage emotions… Read more »