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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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was first introduced to the Boys and Girls Club I was certainly looking at a umber of organizatiosn to get involved with. The Staff had this air about them that they beelived they could and would make a difference in each child they served. I was intrigued. AS I got more nad more involved with them I realized jsut how much of an impact they had. Every child is addressed by first name. Each child has a unique circumstance and each is dealth with accordinly. As the organization grew right infront of my eyes that special treatment seemed liek the foundation and not a fluke. I had teh opportuntity to watch the Club grow from less than 1000 kids to well over 5000 all while keeping the basic foundation it was built apon. These are special people shaping our kids. It is an honor to ba apart fo this incredible organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a representative for Bakersfield Magazine, I can say that without a doubt, the staff of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County exhibits nothing but passion for the Clubs. We consistently hear about upcoming events and ways we can get involved, not only as a media sponsor, but as a volunteer. And as our partnership has grown, we've seen just how much support the Clubs give to the local children in our area. We've also been able to be a part of many of their events, to hear of new activities, and see new Clubs open all to the benefit of those children and families who need a safe place to learn and grow in Kern County. It's been an absolute pleasure to be involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County and to interact with each member of their staff, who consistently look for new opportunities to further help the boys and girls they serve. The magazine sees this partnership as incredibly valuable and hopes to stay involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County for years to come.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Chevron has been a major corporate sponsor of the Boys and Girls Club for over 10 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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My day job is as the Community Serivices Director for three radio stations serving Kern County and based in Bakersfield. I've done this for over 30 years and in that time have watched the Boys and Girls Club grow from a held-together-with-spit-and-glue building in one of the most economically depressed areas of Bakersfield to a shiny, new building that is the pride of its neighborhood. In the ensuing years, B&G Clubs have expanded to cover several of our outlying communities, areas that sorely need everything the Clubs can offer children, especially the self-confidence to move up and move out into the world and make a difference. I brag on those kids and the B&G clubs whenever I can. They do good work for kids that teeter on the brink, always looking for ways those kids can interact with our community. The children are often at-risk or from neighborhoods where gang activity is prevalent. Because of the B&G Clubs, the children now have a chance and choices. The Clubs and the children they serve are a welcome addition to my world and I'm proud to say that I'm an avid supporter.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I know Zane Smith, Executive Director, and I was happy to sponsor a $2,500 donation through our Union Bank Foundation. On my visit, I was so impressed! The kids are so engaged and energetic, even the teenagers. The adult leaders were the same way and obviously have a passion for making a difference in the lives of these kids. Zane showed the amazing art work the kids have done. My visit made me want to be a part of such a positive environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I started attending the Boys & Girls Club fund raisers in Bakersfield about 10 yrs ago. We always enjoyed the events and we admired the way the organization was represented. The positive energy we experienced knowing that we could help make a difference in our community by supporting an organization that really was about creating a healthy environment for kids was unbelievable. It became one of those things we looked forward to every year and an opportunity to support an organization that we believed in. This year I joined the Boys & Girls Club ArtFest committee. Wow… to say that I was overwhelmed in the beginning would be an understatement. It took me a while before I could see the forest for all the trees. The members of this committee are incredible people, deeply rooted into the community, and their dedication to their cause is masked by no other. I have never been involved in an event of this size or with a group of people who are so capable of getting a job done. Although I am learning as I go, I hope to be invited back next year and be able to bring a little more to the table. It has been a wonderful experience for me and I take pride just being in the company of such dedicated community leaders.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't know where to start when it comes to the positive things I could say about the Boys & Girls Club Of Bakersfield. My son has made so many friends there, and the staff is simply outstanding. The staff sets a great example for the kids, and are easy to talk with. There are always plenty activities for the kids - basketball, foosball, ping-pong, dodgeball, sleepovers, field trips, computer access, water days, study areas, tournaments, and more. The B&GC;has made my job as a parent easier, and has made a positive impact on the life of my child. I really can't say enough good things about it. - Danny

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not dealt with the Boys & Girls Club directly, however, I have had the pleasure of interviewing members of the agency for my Community Focus Radio Show. Everyone I have met or had on my show from the B&G Club has been friendly and professional, and always knowledgeable about the event they were here to promote. I get frequent news releases and public service announcements from the Club and feel the staff does an execellent job of getting the word out about the services and activities they provid to kids in our community. Keep up the good work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to providing neighborhood youth with a safe place to go after school and during summers. During the school year, they receive help with their homework, and have the opportunity to be mentored and impacted by positive adults. I am most impressed with the exposure that the children receive to the arts in the way of drawing, painting, and drama.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Early in my reporting career I was inspired by the compassion, dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and the students at the Boys and Girls Club. Their programs are encouraging and fun for all children, but especially important to children who may have no other positive influence in their lives. Becoming a volunteer/committee member of the organization has allowed me to continue t to tell the story of this amazing group and bring the much deserved attention to its efforts in bettering the lives of the children in our community.