The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast (BGCEC) has opened enrollment for its after-school program. The BGCEC bridges the gap between school and home, keeping kids out of places that are unsupervised, unguided and unsafe.
BGCEC is the premier youth development organization on the Emerald Coast that allows parents who work to know their children are safe while they participate in development activities that help them reach their full potential. Clubs operate within three priority outcome areas: Academic Success, Character & Leadership and Healthy Lifestyles. Academic Success is a dominant focus, and includes Power Hour, a homework program that provides additional tutoring, if necessary. Character & Leadership includes community service and character development. Healthy Lifestyles teaches members about the importance of nutrition and physical activity.
“Child safety is our overarching value for all clubs,” BGCEC CEO, Shervin Rassa, said. “We provide safe places for children to go after school where they are inspired to learn the skills and behaviors that will put them on the path to a great future.”
After-school programming is offered at eight locations in Escambia, Okaloosa and Walton Counties until 6:30 p.m. Additionally, Destin Elementary and Kenwood Elementary offer before-school programs. The Destin and Kenwood Clubs’ members walk to the club from their classrooms after school is dismissed. All other clubs transport members from a variety of elementary schools in Okaloosa, Walton and Escambia County. Clubs are located in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs.
Go to www.emeraldcoastbgc.org for a complete list of locations, hours and ages served at each club. Program fees are significantly lower than most childcare rates, and discounts are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Fees for BGCEC programs vary by location. Call (850) 862-1616 to get more information about membership rates and registration requirements.
Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni have gone from from the Clubhouse to the White House; from the games room to the corporate boardroom; from the high school football field to the NFL; from a band room to Carnegie Hall. In every community, young people are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast is a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. These Clubs are the place where great futures are started each and every day.