Boys & Girls Club comes of age

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Boys & Girls Club comes of age

After its fifth anniversary, local chapter looking to add more space
Eleven-year-old Dylan Berridge attends the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County in the afternoons along with his three brothers. They enjoy everything from flag football and art to taking some quiet time to read a book.
With the help of Health and Physical Education Director Herb Clark and Art Coordinator Liz Hamilton, 10-year-old Star Stanton tries to solve a problem during a College Day-themed exercise while Stella Lazare, 9, works on her own at the Boys & Girls Club.
Marbella Torres, 6, is delighted to see Program Aide Chayse Romero as she arrives at the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County after school. One of the benefits of the club is the personal relationships children build with staff members.
There is something for every kid to do at the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County. Quinten Berridge, 11, reads a book as others play basketball, do art projects or work on the computers. The club just celebrated its fifth anniversary.
Boys & Girls Club by the numbers

The Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County opened in 2007 and had 162 members by the end of the first year.

As of 2012, the club had 531 registered members and served a total of 802 youngsters. The club has served more than 1,000 young people to date.

Membership fees are $15 per child per year, and financial assistance is available for families with several children or those who cannot afford the fees. Summer camp is extra.

The cost to provide the activities is $800 per student per year.

The club’s annual budget is about $430,000, the bulk of which comes from donors and grants.

Between 80 and 110 students participate in the after-school program each day. An average of 140 students attended the summer camp each day in 2012.

29 percent of the participants are ages 6 to 8; 39 percent are 9 to 11; and 32 percent are 12 to 18.

29 percent live with one parent, and 6 percent live with someone other than a parent. The remainder live in two-parent households.

More than half, 57 percent, qualify as low or extremely low income based on Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines.

Boys & Girls Club comes of age

Eleven-year-old Dylan Berridge attends the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County in the afternoons along with his three brothers. They enjoy everything from flag football and art to taking some quiet time to read a book.
With the help of Health and Physical Education Director Herb Clark and Art Coordinator Liz Hamilton, 10-year-old Star Stanton tries to solve a problem during a College Day-themed exercise while Stella Lazare, 9, works on her own at the Boys & Girls Club.
Marbella Torres, 6, is delighted to see Program Aide Chayse Romero as she arrives at the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County after school. One of the benefits of the club is the personal relationships children build with staff members.
There is something for every kid to do at the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County. Quinten Berridge, 11, reads a book as others play basketball, do art projects or work on the computers. The club just celebrated its fifth anniversary.
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