Mission & Vision

Our Mission

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

Our Mission

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

Our Vision

Provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

History/Focus/ Demographic

Founded in 1966, Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast (BGCMCC) has a strong reputation for providing safe, educational, and fun programs for local youth between the ages of 6-18. What started as one building—the flagship Railroad site in Santa Maria—has now expanded to two counties and 13 sites, with more than 2,700 registered youth members. Through outreach, including sponsored arts and sports programs, BGCMCC benefits an additional 4,000 local children each year.

BGCMCC focuses on providing programs to the youth and teens who need them most. Our programs are designed to achieve priority outcomes for lifetime success in 3 main areas: Education, Character, and Health.

Members reside on the Central Coast of California. Demographic data reveals 85% of members are Hispanic where Spanish is the predominant language spoken in the home, 70% of our members qualify for English Learner support in school, approximately 33% come from single parent homes, and approximately 90% qualify for free or reduced meal programs during the school year based upon state and federal guidelines. To help with that, we provide healthy daily snacks.  Agriculture and hospitality are the dominant employer groups in a large part of the region and many of our members come from homes where one or more family members work in one of those industries. Other demographic data shows that 55% of members are male and 45% are female; 17% are teenagers and 83% are ages 6-12.

Current Situation

Boys & Girls Clubs are critical to schools, parents and local families. We provide area youth with a safe place for afterschool programming as well as mentors to interact with. This is vital, now more than ever, with schools cutting programs and services and children finding themselves more and more left alone without meaningful and productive leadership or supervision. Research from the Boys & Girls Clubs has shown, time and time again, afterschool programs play a direct and critical role in fostering the growth and development of young children. Afterschool programs are linked to improved academic success, with exposure programs offered by BGCMCC such as STEAM programs help with homework. Afterschool programs provide a safe and structured environment for young minds and have demonstrated a proven in reduction in risky behaviors by youth and teens who participate in them. Today, our clubs have proven to be a critical tool for young students impacted by COVID-19. All 13 of our sites are open from 7:30am- 5:30pm. Our clubs are operating as distance learning centers and are essential for students who cannot attend class in person and who either do not have necessary tools (Wi-Fi, computers, etc.) or whose parents must continue to work outside of the home. We have ensured that every child in our distance learning classrooms have tools such as iPads, headphones, and Wi-Fi that allows them to access their school’s virtual classrooms. In addition to these technical supplies, we are also providing free meals for lunch and breakfast, ensuring the kids we serve don’t miss a healthy meal during these uncertain times. We know that many of our participants have parents who themselves have struggled during these times; through our collaboration with the Santa Barbara Food Bank & San Luis Obispo Foodbank we saw many familiar faces accessing free groceries and supplies during the first phase of the pandemic lockdown. We don’t just understand the need, we witness it every single day. We have been running these programs with strict CDC recommended COVID guidelines in place in two counties since the summer 2020. Our costs have increased dramatically due to the fact that we are serving kids full 10 hour days instead of just 3 hours in our normal after-school program. Our enrollment is half of normal participants due to the required staff to student ratio. Our absolute last resort is to increase costs to parents and in order to prevent that from happening we require funding to fill the gap.