Enabling young people to reach their full potential.
Years active: 51
Leadership: Bob Langseth, executive director
Their story: Back in 1968, Ruth and John Mallery funded and opened a Boys Club in downtown Santa Cruz to provide local kids with quality, out-of-school programs. It was later expanded to include girls, and provide education, career training, health and life skills, and more. Locations in Scotts Valley and Live Oak were added, and more than 30,000 people in the county have been a club member at some point. Their core mission and value is the belief that young people will achieve extraordinary things when they’re provided with high-quality staff, programs and facilities in an environment that promotes respect, responsibility and fun.
Fundraising focus: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County is trying to drum up $200,000 for its End-of-Year Fundraising Campaign to help pay for after-school programs at its three clubhouses, as well as swim lessons, camps and other activities for local young people between the ages of 6 and 18. This youth service organization strives to build character and give kids the tools they need to succeed professionally and personally. Nearly 4,000 youngsters are served through club membership and community outreach annually. COVID-19 forced the Boys & Girls Clubs to curtail drop-in programming and connect with members on a virtual basis, but it was able to open clubhouses to support families of first responders and emergency workers.
“I am more determined than ever before that we, as guardians of future generations, fulfill our responsibility to do whatever is necessary to ensure their safety, help them reach their potential and achieve their dreams.”