New Boys & Girls Club locations open in Santa Rosa
By MELODY KARPINSKI / Santa Rosa Correspondent
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County will open six more Santa Rosa club locations this month, citing a growing need to provide activities for youth during non-school hours. The opening of the new Santa Rosa clubs will bring the total amount of Sonoma County club locations up to 24.
“With the new clubs and continued support from the community, we’re another step closer to bring hope and opportunity to every child in Sonoma County,” said Jason Weiss, the co-CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs.
The clubs opened as part of a contract with the Santa Rosa city school district. The district awarded Boys & Girls Clubs the contract after the group stepped in to help during the 2011 spring semester, when a previous after-school program provider didn’t work out. The school district funds the current after-school programs through state funding from the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program.
“Our primary focus with the [after-school] programs is to promote a striving for excellence in academics, good character and a healthy lifestyle,” said Weiss.
The new locations will be at the following schools: Albert F. Biella Elementary, Brook Hill Elementary, Helen Lehman Elementary, James Monroe Elementary, Steele Lane Elementary and the newly-opened Roseland Creek Elementary.