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Causes: Boys & Girls Clubs, Boys Clubs, Children & Youth, Education, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Student Services

Mission: The Boys Club of Bakersfield began in 1966 serving 25 youth in East Bakersfield and today as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County we operate a standalone Club in East Bakersfield, Southwest Bakersfield, and Lamont along with 49 school-based sites in Bakersfield, Arvin, Lamont and Frazier Park serving approximately 8,000 youth annually. Our mission is "to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."

Results: Zane Smith has been the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County for the last 17 years. The Club is the largest youth service agency in Kern County with 52 separate Club locations, over 400 employees, and over 8,000 children served annually. Through the support of a volunteer Board of Directors and a dynamic and committed team, Zane is responsible for providing leadership for all aspects of the operations of the agency including resource development, program development, board development, and community impact.

Target demographics: youth ages 5 to 17 years after-school and during holidays and the summer time.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 8,000 children and youth.

Geographic areas served: Kern County (Arvin, Bakersfield, Frazier Park and Lamont)

Programs: The Boys & Girls Club is committed to providing children in Kern County with opportunities to adopt healthy life styles through social bonding with mentors, engaging and fun activities during non-school hours, and life changing programs. All Boys & Girls Club programs are based on a youth development strategy that builds self-confidence and self-esteem and fosters a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness and influence. The five key elements of youth development are (1) Safe, Positive Environment, (2) Fun, (3) Supportive Relationships, (4) Opportunities and Expectations and (5) Recognition. Our range of services includes after-school and holiday activities consisting of sports leagues, computer education, tutoring/homework assistance, fine art, dance, nutrition, cooking classes and fitness for youth.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Boys and girls club is an excellent organization and i would love to volunteer

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Sam has been going to The Boys and Girls Club Stockdale since 2010. In these past 6 year I have watched Sam grow in many way. He has learned to play Basketball, Football and is a team player. Stockdale has an awesome staff. During Halloween we have a trunk or treat for the kids, which I love to participate in. Sam love the Symphony which he goes with the Boys and Girls club. I want to Thank all of the Staff Members. JOB WELL DONE

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Donor

Rating: 5

The impact of the Boys & Girls Club of Kern County is truly inspiring and one of the only organizations that truly reaches into the County and uniquely addresses the needs of children based upon each of the community needs from a childs prospective. I have been a partner with the Boys & Girls Club for 18 years and have been able to watch the amazing growth of the organization and the many children who are now adults and returning back to the organization and our community what was provided by this wonderful organization. This organization impacts children from the Homeless Center to the those attending private schools. Teaching a child to be creative and productive makes for a healthier community and this is exactly waht the Boys & Girls Club provides on a daily basis.

2 Elizabeth130

Donor

Rating: 5

The Blaze has worked with the Boys & Girls club for several years. It is always a pleasure to work with the group, whether we are volunteering at one of their events, hosting kids at the ballpark, or working with them to raise funds for their ongoing programs. The creativity of B&G Club makes it fun to come up with new and exciting partnerships to benefit both of our organizations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Chevron has been a major corporate sponsor of the Boys and Girls Club for 10 plus years . Through our partnership, we have been able to positively impact the lives of many youth. Most recently, we donated $10,000 to support programs and provided seed money for a brand new science curriculum to be implemented at the Bakersfield Clubs. We also have a Chevron employee who serves on the Governing Board to help with organizational support and to help facilitate decision making. Our continued partnership is vital to improving the conditions of the communities where Chevron employees live and work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with a number of non-profits in Kern County and this is by far one of the top ones that I have seen. I had the opportunity to work in conjunction with many of the staff and to also interact with kids at many of their facilities. It is quite what is being accomplished at each of the locations!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County does a phenomenal job serving the children in our area. They go above and beyond to create programs that are meaningful and life changing including: art curriculum, robotics, theater and drama productions, career and job preparation, gardening/cooking instruction, etc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My children have attended this facility for several years, and they love it! The staff really cares about the kids, and works great with them. Every year, the kids have a new project they are working on, (ie building robots, cooking class, gardening, art class, and this year making a hit record!) My kids look forward to going every summer, and so do I!

1 Vanessa12

Donor

Rating: 5

The Boys and Girls Club of Kern County is an amazing organization serving the needs of children in our community. They truly understand the needs of the community and provide a safe and welcoming environment for our children. Parents truly have peace of mind knowing that their children are in a caring and educational environment. Our son loves the arts and crafts area and instructors who have helped him develop more self-confidence in his abilities. Thank you Boys and Girls Club!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The team at the Boys and Girls Club of Kern County is amazing. It is obvious they enjoy their job and want to better the lives of all the children who walk through their doors. They continually go above and beyond, and find innovative ways to not only fund their activities, but also provide something for all children. This is one of, if not THE, best nonprofit in Kern County.