When Myla’s twin girls Kaliah and Khalila were six years old, she enrolled them in the Main Street Clubhouse summer program. As a single mother, Myla needed an affordable, safe program where her children could go while she was at work. Many programs were either too expensive, too far away or did not offer transportation. Fast forward four years later and Kaliah and Khalila can be found at the Clubhouse year-round! They attend a local elementary school and through our transportation program are brought to the Clubhouse after school.
The girls receive homework help and love doing arts and crafts projects with our Clubhouse Director Maria Valdivinos or as the kids call her, Ms. Maria. Recently Kaliah and Khalila came home and told their mother they were learning about bullying. When Myla inquired further, she discovered the girls were learning what it means to be a good citizen and how important it is to treat people kindly.
Myla says, “I like how staff are intentional in what they teach. They make sure my girls’ emotional development is taken into consideration.”
Many Club members start with us severely deficient in core educational disciplines. We provide supportive staff, educational stability and access to vital Academic Success Programs that help youth face their educational challenges.
Kids and teens develop leadership skills and gain opportunities for planning, decision-making and volunteer service through program activities that include art expression workshops, public speaking training, peer-to-peer council elections and leadership conferences.
At the Club we develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors. In fact, 97% of Club teens report abstaining from tobacco use compared to 73% of teens nationwide.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson didn’t just leave an impact on me, they left me with pride. Without them I wouldn’t be the confident, reliable and diligent person I am today. Without the Club I would’ve never guessed that my great future started when I walked through those doors.
Just like we welcome kids every day, the staff – we welcome each other. We thrive and grow together – that for me is unique about the Club.
At the Club the integrity and quality of the staff is amazing, They are experts in their field, and they’re smart and passionate about what we’re doing for kids. I’ve been a volunteer for many years and I’ve just gotten more involved.
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