The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County
is celebrating 50 years of Great Futures!
Since 1968, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County (BGCMC) have served over 30,000 members! The Clubs are proud to serve our community by providing 600 children and teens a day with award-wining programs and life-changing mentorships. And we have plenty in store for the next 50 years!
Thank you for partnering with us to change lives and build a safer, healthier and more educated community! There is much to celebrate!
Click the Video to Take a Virtual Tour and Meet our Members!
Did you know?
- The Clubs have logged over 2,200,000 member visits since 2002
- We serve over 100,000 healthy meals a year, including breakfast, lunch, and snack during the summer
- The Clubs provide over 86,000 hours of homework assistance annually
- Over the last two years we have helped 265 kids in math improve an average of half a grade level and complete 2,295 individualized lessons
- The Clubs offer college scholarship opportunities and have awarded $546,000 since 1996
Encouraged by her older sister, a Girl’s Health in Girl’s Hands (GHGH) alumnae, Elizabeth A. became a GHGH Intern for the Clubs in August 2017 and is now part of the Girls Leadership Network (GLN) with 23 other girls from the GHGH collaborative agencies. Girls meet on a monthly basis with GHGH staff to enhance their leadership skills and strategically implement their action plan. Their project was to survey students in their schools to understand the need and interest of increasing the social and emotional counseling at schools in Monterey County. The GLN attained over 1,000 surveys from students with the intention to present the results to school boards, county supervisors, etc., with the goal to increase counseling in Monterey County schools.
Read more about Elizabeth’s story here.
Andrea C. is a burgeoning visual artist and musician with a dedicated spirit. She started attending Art Club classes in 2013 and has been in four consecutive BGCMC Marti Mulford Youth Arts Exhibits since 2015. Her work has ranged from large acrylic paintings to small pastel work. The 12-year-old is always looking to try new forms of art and loves researching new techniques. As a 6th grader, she joined the Seaside Middle School Orchestra and in 3 months earned a seat in the Advanced Strings class. In just a few weeks she was named first chair for the strings section of the orchestra. Andrea has been in eight performances since joining the orchestra, including a special competition with 20 other schools at Disneyland in March 2017.
Read more about Andrea’s story here.
For Ash, it’s all about the kids. You get ready, you go to work, you show up and kids come in happy to see you. He’s always happy to see them too. Ash interacts with so many members throughout his busy day and says that every once in a while you get blessed to have a meaningful conversation with one of the, and sometimes with a parent.
Read more about Ash’s story here.
Ron Johnson’s time at the Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County (BGCMC) has been a journey. When he first joined as Program Director, construction of the new 24,000 square-foot Seaside Clubhouse was underway. Prior to that, programs took place in a 3,000 square-foot former church.
“We were a small operation, serving about 75 at-risk youth daily. Once the new center opened, daily membership ballooned to over 400.” Ron said.
Read more about Ron’s story here.
Victor Marinelli was walking near his East Salinas home when he discovered our new Salinas Clubhouse — or what would be.
Victor was shocked – “I couldn’t believe there was this amazing place just for kids! Read more about Victor’s story here…
For Erika Matadamas, the Club is like a second home.
“It’s where I discovered my passions, where I learned the importance of a higher education. Most importantly, it’s where I learned to be myself, and believe in myself. I want to pass that on,” Erika says.
On the day she first walked into the Boys & Girls Club, Erika was 14, lonely, and homesick. Read more about Erika’s story here…
Part of the community since 1968, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County (BGCMC) operates two Clubhouses, Seaside and Salinas, that serve an average of 500 children a day with high-quality programs provided by trained youth development professionals. Our staff and volunteers serve as trusted mentors and advocates for our youth, offering every child opportunities, expectations, recognition, and guidance in a safe and fun environment. Coupled with a focus on measurable outcomes, our formula for impact puts our mission into action.
Our Mission is to inspire and empower the youth of Monterey County to realize their full potential to become responsible, healthy, productive and successful citizens.
- 1968 – Club Founder, and U.S. Army Sergeant, Roosevelt Williams established the Boys Club of the Monterey Peninsula
- 1973 – Church purchased to serve as first Clubhouse
- 1985 – Board voted to include girls in the membership. Name changes to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey Peninsula
- 1990 – Capital campaign launched to raise $2.1 million for a 22,000 square foot Clubhouse in Seaside
- 1994 – New Seaside Clubhouse opened
- 2000 – With a vision to expand to more locations, name is changed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County
- 2001 – BGCMC becomes first club in the nation to establish a Science Center
- 2001 – $12 million capital campaign launched for new 44,000 square foot Salinas Clubhouse
- 2003 – New Salinas Clubhouse opened
- 2010 – The Clubs served 25,000 members since opening
- 2016 – The Clubs are awarded the Monterey County School Board Association’s “Excellence in Education Award”
- 2018 – The Clubs celebrate 50 years of service in Monterey County