"I don't like coming to the Club, I love coming here," said Ashley, a senior at San Marcos High School. She has been a member at the Club's main branch for over seven years with her brother, Anthony. Now both members in the Teen Center, Ashley and her brother take advantage of team sports programs and activities, as they have a love for anything sports-related. She is also an active member in Club leadership programs like Keystone and Leaders in Training, where teens can gain invaluable work experience and community service hours.
Citing the friendly environment it offers, Ashley says the Club has helped her grow as a person and given her opportunities to bond with her brother, creating new memories every day as they get to participate in activities together. Out of all the staff in our Club family, Mr. Mando, our Director of Teen Services, is her favorite. Ashley says she has looked to him for guidance and support since she was in middle school and that he has helped her grow as a person, becoming stronger mentally and emotionally. "I am grateful that my mom enrolled us into the Boys & Girls Club because I feel like my life would have been a lot more negative if I never came."
The Teen Center and Best Buy Teen Tech Center presented by Sony, located in our main Jennifer Loscher Branch, are open to youth ages 13-18, Monday through Friday after school until 7 p.m. Striving to offer a place for every teen to go after school, we offer free transportation from San Marcos High School and Mission Hills High School included with an annual membership fee of just $10 for high school students. Teens have opportunities to participate in engaging, hands-on programs that emphasize our Club's three priority outcomes: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. Click here to learn more about the Club Teen Center.