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The Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods has opened the CLUB @ the McKinleyville Teen & Community Center and is currently running their after-school programs for Middle and High Schoolers aged 11 to 18. Although the real cost to cover these programs is $504 per child per year, BGCR has been able to have the school year Membership fee be $30.00 per child. Individual and corporate contributions make up the rest of the cost.
Every day members are helped with their homework, participate in organized sports, arts & crafts projects, and enjoy a nutritious snack. The Club focuses on five core areas of development: Sports, Fitness and Social Recreation, Character and Leadership Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, and Education and Career. Focusing on these areas provides the children who participate the opportunity to engage in programs that will enable them to develop positive self images and reach their full potential.
Diploma2Degree is a college prep program for 9th to 12th graders. It features tutoring, academic counseling, career development and college research. This program meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00-6:30pm.
Keystone is a program that focuses on leadership and character development, community volunteering, fundraising and features an end of the year trip. Keystone meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00pm.
Smart Moves is a seminar style program that focuses on physical, emotional and social development while allowing the members to express themselves openly in a positive environment. This program is for 12-14 year olds on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4:30pm.
Power Snack happens Monday-Thursday and is a 30 minute block of time set aside for Homework/Reading/Quiet Play and a nutritious snack.
1685 Gwin Road, McKinleyville, CA 95519
2:00-7:00pm, Monday-Friday (School Days)
Youth Development Strategy
This strategy defines how our youth development professionals and volunteers interact with young people. All programs and activities are designed to maximize opportunities for young people to acquire four basic “senses” which help them build self-esteem and grow into responsible and caring citizens. These four “senses” are:
• A SENSE OF COMPETENCE - the feeling there is something
boys and girls can do well.
• A SENSE OF USEFULNESS - the opportunity to do something
of value for other people.
• A SENSE OF BELONGING - a setting where young people
know they “fit” and are accepted.
• A SENSE OF POWER OR INFLUENCE - a chance to be heard
and to influence decisions.
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Davy Jones' Locker Escape Room
Break into Day Jones' Locker, steal his heart, and put an end to the Scourage of the Seven Seas! Immerse yourself in an exciting,real-life adventure game filled with mysterious puzzles and brain-teasing clues. Use teamwork, wit and determination to solve the room before time runs out! Great for groups of 2-5 people, ages 16 and up. Proceeds to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods! Put on by Lost Coast Escape Rooms.
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In 2010, MCSD staff began meeting with youth at the middle school and high school in an effort to improve the leisure and recreation opportunities we offered to the group. Throughout these meetings it was clearly identified that teens felt there was no central location for teens to meet during the hours outside of school. A teen center was identified as a solution to this problem.
In 2011 MCSD consulted with an outside firm to conduct a community survey to see if property owners would support a measure to help fund maintenance of our parks and facilities as well as constructing a new facility. Maintaining what MCSD already owned had a very high response. Building a teen & community center was also a high priority as a building project according to the results of the survey. Staff and community members began to talk to the community about initiating a process to pass a measure to help provide funding for these items.
Property owners approved Measure B in 2012, which provided funding to McKinleyville Parks & Recreation to build a teen & community centeras well as funding to help maintain our parks and facilities. MCSD staff began meeting with community stakeholders as well as area youth to work on the design of the new facility. Architecture firm LDA Partners was chosen to work on the design. Over the next couple years, staff held various community meetings to gather input on the design of the teen & community center.
Staff also formed a group of teens to help work on the design. Teens were instrumental in the outcome of the design. During the process MCSD started meeting with the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods (BGCR). Together, a grant in the amount of $64,000 was secured from the S.H. Cowell Foundation. These funds were used to hire the Youth Leadership Institute to bring area youth together for a series of leadership workshops. This led up to a four (4) day Youth Leadership Institute involving twelve (12) local youth. The outcome of this process was a group of teens calling themselves the “McKinleyville Youth Leadership Society” (MYLS).
Staff and the BGCR continue to meet on a weekly basis with the goal being the a BGCR teen center once the facility is built. Currently, staff and the BGCR are working on developing a Memorandum of Understanding as well as a business plan for the operation of the teen center.
Adams Commercial General Contracting inc. (ACGC Inc.) will be constructing the new Teen and Community Center. Construction began Monday, July 13, 2015 and has a timeline of 270 days for completion.
An official groundbreaking ceremony took place on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Check out speeches by Lesley Frisbee, Recreation Director for MCSD, and Liz Smith, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods here.
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