At the end of 2017, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito received a $25,000 donation from Del Mar Highlands Town Center to create a new Teen Center at the Polster Clubhouse in Carmel Valley.
The clubhouse's new, teen-only space serves over 40 registered seventh and eighth graders from Carmel Valley and Pacific Trails Middle School, according to a news release. The Teen Center features new furniture, computer workstations, a ping-pong and shuffleboard table, and an entertainment/video game center.
Teens will document this year at the club through the lens of new cameras, including a Go-Pro and instant camera. This program provides a positive environment for teens to learn, make friends, and develop good character and leadership skills. Interested families are encouraged to attend the Parents Night Out event this Friday, October 26. More information is available here.
This year's Teen Center programming includes Power Hour, the high-yield learning and tutoring program that provides a dedicated time and space for club members to study, do homework, and get the academic support they need. Teens will have the opportunity to give back through community service activities that develop civic-minded youth. Members will participate in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's National Fine Art Exhibit program, exploring new mediums of art with the possibility of local and regional exhibits.
Beginning in the early winter, teens will additionally participate in experiential learning STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the Arts, and mathematics) activities.
"With the support of Del Mar Highlands Town Center, we are able to ensure that Great Futures Start Here! We hope to strengthen this relationship for the benefit of all youth in our community," said Marineke Vandervort, chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito.
For more information, visit www.bgcSanDieguito.org or call (858) 755-9371.