Category: Railroad

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!

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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–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 »

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 »

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 »

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!

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–Precious Subia

Precious joined our organization this May. She is very outgoing with the members and always willing to help with whatever is needed. She has been in the Games Room this Summer. She is actively making sure that there are activities for the kids like air hockey and foosball tournaments. Being engaged with the members and… Read more »

Fine Arts Programming Showcases Santa Maria Talent

The National Fine Arts  Program from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, enables Club Members to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through visual arts and design. Youth at the Railroad Clubhouse  in Santa Maria worked hard and used skills and imagination to create  artistic masterpieces in watercolor.  These art pieces will be displayed at… Read more »

Farmers for a Day

SEEAG (Students for Eco-Education in Agriculture) has a mission is to educate students and the greater community about the farm origins of our food and agriculture’s contribution to our nutritional well-being through hands-on classroom and outdoor experiential S.T.E.M. based learning.  They invited our Members in 2nd-6th graders to the Allan Hancock College Vineyard to learn… 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 »

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 »

Winter Basketball League

Winter Basketball season is right around the corner! This league is for Boys and Girls Kinder through 8th Grade. Early Bird Registration will be August 21st-September 1st with a fee of $80. Registration will continue until September 15th with a fee of $100. Volunteer Coaches Needed! Please contact Ernie or Vanessa if you or you… Read more »

Fall Volleyball League

Volleyball We are excited to announce our first volleyball league! Volleyball is a fun and exciting sport that promotes exercise, improves coordination, and builds strength. Volleyball is also a great way to build teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills. This League is open to Boys and Girls 5th-8th Grade. Registration fee is $50 and Free for Guadalupe… Read more »

Youth Development Professionals of the Month–Miguel Torres Frausto & Josue Rojo

Josue and Miguel are our two Assistant Area Directors based in Santa Maria. They both have experience in being Club Directors and this year they stepped into a new role. They did an amazing job during the school year helping their Club Directors and offering support. They work well as a team and model collaboration… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

We’re Among Best Places to Work According to Pacific Business Times

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast is thrilled to announce that it has been voted one of the “Best Place to Work” in the Tri-Counties by the prestigious Pacific Business Times. This recognition is a testament to the organization’s commitment to fostering a supportive and fulfilling work environment for its dedicated employees…. Read more »

Congratulations on a Job Well Done!

We’re proud to announce that Board Member, Carlos Escobedo, has earned his Masters Degree in Organizational Management and we are so honored to have his expertise and advanced education serving our Clubs and our kids.  After 18 months in the graduate program offered by UMass Global, he earned this degree with an emphasis in Public… Read more »

Flag Football Season Wraps Up in May

The Boys & Girls Club of Mid Central Coast completed their 2023 flag football season Wednesday, May 24th.  The league consisted of two divisions with six teams each and ran April & May.  The league had over 130 participants from Santa Maria, Orcutt and Guadalupe. In the 8-10 year old division, the final came down… Read more »

Member Monday! Ruben & Nathan

Ruben and Nathan started coming to the Railroad Club in 2022. They are the third generation to attend the Boys & Girls. Being a Kindergartner and 1st grader in a new environment can be intimidating, but they love coming because of the friends that they make. The supportive relationships that are built at the club… Read more »

“Tweens” Invited to A Night of Fun

Calling all Tweens from the Santa Maria Valley! Gather your friends and join us as we celebrate your 6th grade promotion at the Club on Friday June 9th from 6:30pm-8:30pm.  This FREE Game Night event will be held at the Boys & Girls Club on Railroad Avenue.  Evening festivities include arts and crafts, carnival style games,… Read more »

Nashville Comes to Santa Maria

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast hosted Pryor Baird, the talented singer and musician who wowed audiences on Season 14 of NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” during a benefit concert on May 19th in Santa Maria, CA. The concert took place at the delightful rooftop plaza at Toyota of Santa Maria and… Read more »

State Senator Visits Our Clubs

Former Club Kid and current California State Senator Monique Limon had the opportunity to tour our flagship Railroad Clubhouse in Santa Maria. Guided by Club CEO Michael Boyer, board member Carlos Escobedo, and board chair Dan Lillard, the Senator had a chance to see, first hand, what the Club offers and get a sneak peak… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–Lezly Barriga

Lezly has been with our organization since 2019. She is our Asst. Club Director for our TK/ Kinder Program–held at the Railroad Clubhouse in Santa Maria–and has been doing a great helping out in the absence of a Club Director for the Program. Although her work schedule is tight because she is currently going to… Read more »

DIY Paper Crafts and Laughs

  The arts allow for Members to be creative and to express themselves freely with unconditional positive regard. From making a statement to bringing everyone together, the arts play a vital role in impacting today’s society. Here at the Atascadero site, we strive to have our Members tap into their creative side. Members engage in… Read more »

Club Staff Receive Training on State of the Art AED Units

In a heartwarming display of community support, Dignity Health recently donated Automated External Defibrillator (AED) units to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast. This gesture of kindness and generosity will go a long way in ensuring the safety of the children who attend these clubs. For those unfamiliar with AED units, they… Read more »

Youth Arts At The Creston Club

The Creston Club decided to bring Youth Arts to the Club. Youth Arts is a program that has different activities the Members get to participate in including Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Digital Arts & Applied Arts. Members from the Creston Club had the opportunity to do a Collage. They got to look at different magazines… Read more »

Spring Break Fun at Atascadero

Spring break at the Boys and Girls Club is a time for fun and excitement. With no school or homework to worry about, kids can fully enjoy their free time with other Members and program staff. This year Members participated in a variety of activities, such as arts and crafts, outdoor games, and so much… Read more »

Alumni Welcomed Back For An Evening at the Railroad Clubhouse

The Railroad Clubhouse welcomed alumni, young and old, back for an evening filled with games, food and memories. This event was hosted by the dedicated members of the Club’s Alumni Committee, who are thrilled to reconnect with former Club members and showcase the Club’s current programs. The Alumni Open House is a chance for former… Read more »

Albertsons Visits Club & Donates a “Big Check”

Executives from the Santa Maria Albertsons visited the Railroad Clubhouse to get a tour of the Club AND to donate $2500.00 to our kids! It was fun giving them all a behind the scenes look at the facility, let them know our plans for the future, and thank them, in person, for their support of… Read more »

Teens Focus on Workforce Readiness Skills

The Boys & Girls Club of Mid Central Coast hosted  a 2-Day Career Camp and workforce readiness program in collaboration with the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks.  The camp took place at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center with 22 students from various local high schools in attendance. Career Camp topics included resume… Read more »

Programs Get A Spotlight at Annual Kite Festival

The Boys & Girls Club of Mid Central Coast participated at the annual Free Family Kite Festival hosted by the Santa Maria Discovery Museum and the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks at Rotary Centennial Park.  Kids of all ages enjoyed an afternoon of kite flying fun while visiting various local booths including ours… Read more »

Teen Programs Happening at Our Clubs

Kicking off Spring Break, the Ron Estabillo Club in Guadalupe along with the Teen Services program hosted a recruitment night at the club for local youth. With approximately 30 teens in attendance, the night was an evening full of activities, food and fun.  Teens participated in dodgeball and basketball in the gym, arts and crafts… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–Annalise Leon

Annalise has been with our organization since August of 2021. Since then she has worked her way up to Club Director at Robert Bruce. She does an excellent job completing both her ASES and BGC tasks on time. She has great communication skills to make sure that everyone on her site is on the same… Read more »

Smart Moves: Emotional Wellness

SMART Moves: Emotional Wellness is a program offered at the Creston Club. SMART is a national Boys & Girls Club program concept that stands for Skills Mastery and Resistance Training. In this program, we focus on building social-emotional skills, self-control, emotional awareness and helping youth develop healthy decisions making. Members get to express their emotions… Read more »

Alumni Open House Coming in April

All Alumni of Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast are invited to an Open House on April 27th at the Railroad Clubhouse in Santa Maria.  Enjoy a burrito bar, old school and new school games and activities, an opportunity to reminisce AND learn about all the new programs and goals the organization is… Read more »

NYOl Takes Off at the Creston Club

Our members, 9 years and older, are participating in the National Youth Outcome Initiative (NYOI) survey for the first time. To get our members excited about the survey we surprised them with goodie bags. Once all our members complete the survey we will be celebrating with an ice cream party.

Keystone Leadership Launches this Spring

This Spring, teens in grades 9th-12th are invited to join our Flamson and Railroad sites for our reboot of our national Boys & Girls Club’s premier teen leadership movement.  Through the Keystone Club teens will discover their inner leadership qualities and become the mentors and facilitators they are meant to be! Their leadership development will… Read more »

Stollmeyer STEAM Programming Underway!

Beginning this Spring 2023, teens in 7th-12th grade are invited to join in at a new project based learning program offered at local Boys & Girls sites.  The Stollmeyer STEAM Challenge will be offered at our traditional Teen Centers both at the Flamson Club in Paso Robles and Railroad Club in Santa Maria. The Stollmeyer… Read more »

PreK and TK Program Launches in Santa Maria

Did you know BGCMCC has started a preschool, TK (Transitional Kindergarten) and Kindergarten program at our Railroad Clubhouse in Santa Maria? Our program started the first week of December and we’re off to an adorable start!  Partnering with our nearest school neighbor, Robert Bruce, our program was first open to Robert Bruce students needing a… Read more »

Club Members Start Annual NYOI Surveys!

All Club Members have began taking their NYOI surveys this week and are off to a busy but great start! The National Youth Outcomes Initiative Survey (NYOI) is confidential and helps the Club improve on areas that need it. It is a great way to receive honest feedback from the Members in a confidential way…. Read more »

Boys & Girls Clubs Kicks Off Annual Review By Our Members

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America have always been committed to ensuring that their members have the necessary skills and abilities to succeed in life. To further this mission, the organization created the National Youth Outcomes Initiative (NYOI) in 2001. The NYOI is a comprehensive program that assesses the impact of Boys & Girls… Read more »

Dining For Charities is An Easy Way to Help Local Kids

  Do you like to eat at local restaurants?  Do you want your money to help local kids?  Well, there’s a win-win way to do both thanks to the work of Dining For Charities. Through February, BGCMCC is the featured partner with this organization who pairs local restaurants with local non profits.  Visit the Dining… Read more »

Flag Football Season Begins Now!

It’s time for Flag Football. The league is open to all 1st-8th grade boys and girls.  Teams/Divisions will be determined by the number of registered players and will be co-ed.  Registration Fee is $50   Participants will get 8-10 games that will be played in Guadalupe or Santa Maria (Depending on registrations) and a team shirt.  The season will… Read more »

Calm Corner Prioritizes Emotional Wellness

In our Clubs’ ongoing efforts to incorporate the training our staff recieves in mental health wellness and trauma-informed care, staff at our Railroad Clubhouse have created a great, new “Calm Corner.”  Understanding that sometimes we all need to take a break and check in with ourselves, this corner offers a place of quiet and respite… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–Josue Rojo

Josue is a great leader and leads by example to ensure the 5 key elements of the Boys & Girls Club philosophy are present at his Club site. His passion to serve the next generation in the Santa Maria Valley is great to see. Even through the COVID-19 pandemic he made sure that our members… Read more »

Youth Development Professional of the Month–Patty Lopez

Patty has all of the greatest strengths and compassion you look for in a leader including: integrity, dependability, innovation, initiative, organization, detail-oriented, caring, supportive & always puts our youth first when making decisions.

Foosball Fun at Railroad Clubhouse

We had our annual “Winter Foosball Tournament” this week at the Railroad Club. Over 32 members participated in the intense fun competition. Members team up to play 2v2 in a straight knockout tournament. This year Erick Peña (11) and Frankie Hernandez (11) won!

Not Too Late to Make a Difference in 2022

With the holidays all around us, we hope everyone is focused on the hope and joy in our lives. Thankfully, both are plentiful at the Boys & Girls Club of Mid Central Coast. Our Clubs provide a lot of  good news for our Members.  Club kids on the Central Coast benefit from great programs like… Read more »