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Send a message to our local youth that you believe in their great futures by giving your gift today.

Youth and teens are facing numerous challenges today. From cyber-bullying, drugs and vaping, to the pressures of getting into and affording a college education, kids today can feel overwhelmed instead of inspired about their futures. Teen mental health issues are on the rise, as are depression and suicide. One in six youth fail to graduate on time. And half of youth today don’t believe in the American dream. Your support today can help plant the seeds our youth need to build a greater future.

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Donations Are Doubled! 

Your support today will help us serve EVERY youth in our community, as we never turn away a child from our programs because of their family’s financial situation. Last year we awarded over $620,000 in financial assistance so local youth could participate in our programs. And thanks to a challenge from the Sahm Family Foundation, we can grow even more leaders! All donations received by December 31, 2019 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $30,000!

Your gift will ensure that every kid that walks through our doors after school knows that the local community supports them every day. With every test, every lap, every college application, they will know you are there to help them grow, blossom and succeed. Be the support they need. Grow the next generation of local leaders. Donate today.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito is a 501(c)3 organization and our tax ID is 95-2470435. For more information about our campaigns, or other ways to support community youth development, please contact Lenise Andrade at (858) 755-9371 x306 or landrade@bgcsandieguito.org.

 


 

Daisy’s Success Story

Daisy blossomed at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. In her nine years here, she worked with other youth at the Club to build a garden, encouraged leadership to establish a Teen Center, and served as a tutor for younger Club kids.

She was our 2013 Youth of the Year, a Gates Millennium Scholarship Award winner, and a proud 2018 graduate of the University of San Diego. We consider Daisy exceptional, but she is quick to point out that our support helped her grown into the young leader she is today. As she put it,

 “From my early days as a 4th grader to now as a young professional, the Club’s support and belief in my abilities has never wavered. While they have taught me many tools that have propelled me forward, my biggest takeaway is that they truly care. And when we know that someone cares about us and will support us no matter what, we feel unstoppable.”

 


 

Kevin’s Success Story

Kevin joined our La Colonia Clubhouse as a shy nine-year-old. Over time, he made friends, developed confidence, and eventually volunteered with the younger Club Kids after joining our Harper Teen Center. He struggled some in middle school but said “the staff at the Club believed in my potential to succeed” and provided tutoring and mentoring to raise his grades. Now a part-time swim instructor and lifeguard for our Clubs, he is enjoying his “victory lap” as a senior at Torrey Pines High School and excited about his future.

In his time left at the Club before graduation, he hopes he is giving the kids he teaches the same support he received. He credits our staff for welcoming him with open arms, as they supported him daily, became his second family, and “were determined to not let me fail.”

 


 

Cole’s Success Story

“Growing up I spent so much time at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito in various basketball programs, but I never stopped to think about how The Club was shaping those years,” said Cole Snider, our overall 2019 Youth of the Year. Nurtured by The Club, he learned the importance of teamwork, perseverance, and giving back.

“Now that I am older, I realize the programs that I participated in taught me valuable character traits. I learned how much The Club influences our community in a positive way, especially by providing a safe place for children who are not as fortunate in their living circumstances. The Club is a place of hope, opportunity, and learning. It represents all of the character traits I value: family, support, generosity, responsibility, honesty, and gratitude.”

Now in a senior at La Costa Canyon High School, Cole has volunteered hundreds of hours at our Clubhouses and created a free basketball skills clinic with his brother for all Club kids. “BGC San Dieguito represents, to me, the best parts of myself, and I know that I will never forget everything that The Club has taught me, and that as I grow older those life lessons will only become more valuable.”

 


Ally’s Success Story

Ally has spent the past few weeks reviewing wish lists, sending emails, and taking numerous calls, organizing our annual ‘Sponsor A Child’ drive, which gathers presents for our Club Kids during the holidays. Thanks to numerous donors, funders, and our generous Board members, hundreds of presents were given to our Club Kids last week. This is a big and meaningful job, but for Ally, it’s also deeply personal, as she began her journey with our Club back in 3rd grade.
“From the moment I walked through the doors here, I felt welcomed by numerous staff members who greeted me like I was family,” said Ally, who began attending The Club when her parents divorced.
Her mom needed a safe and affordable place where her two children could enjoy enriching and educational activities with kind and caring adult mentors. Ally grew to love the Clubs’ activities, environment and staff. This once shy and quiet girl went on to volunteer with the younger kids in middle school. Later in high school, Ally represented our Club as the county-wide Youth of the Year.
Ally has worked for The Club since she was 15 years old, first at our Griset Clubhouse in Encinitas and now serving now as our Donor Relationship Manager, helping to make sure we have the funds needed to support all of our programs, especially for those kids who receive financial assistance to attend The Club, as she and her brother did all those years ago. She knows firsthand that one staff member, one Clubhouse, and one Boys & Girls Club can make a difference, as it made the difference for her Great Future here with us.