Civic Group
Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County

Enabling young people to reach their full potential.

Years active: 53

Leadership: Lis DuBois, 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 to provide education, career training, health and life skills, and more in the form of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Locations were added in Live Oak (2016) and Scotts Valley (2018), providing these services and opportunities to even more youth across the County. More than 30,000 people in the county have been club members at some point, including local leaders and the employees and customers that help to drive our local economy. Their core mission and value is the belief that young people will achieve extraordinary things when they’re provided with high-quality mentors and activities in an environment that promotes respect, responsibility and fun.

Fundraising focus: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County is working to raise $200,000 for its End-of-Year Fundraising Campaign to help subsidize the cost of after-school programs at its three clubhouses, as well as a wide range of special interest programs that include swim lessons, a basketball league, surf and mountain bike clubs, art and music classes, and summer camps for local young people between the ages of 6 and 18. These funds directly contribute to youth programs, paying for healthy snacks and meals, caring mentors, and materials for arts, music and science lessons. This youth service organization strives to build character and give kids the tools they need to succeed professionally and personally. Nearly 2,000 youth are served through club membership and community outreach annually.

Lis Dubois headshot
Lis DuBois
Executive Director

“Today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, and problem solvers. And at our Clubs, we have the tremendous privilege of mentoring kids at a time when they truly believe that they can be anything. We know the sky’s the limit for our youth – please join us in providing the support they need today to pursue and achieve their great futures.”