Big changes coming to Boys & Girls Club

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Globe — Changes are afoot at the Globe Boys & Girls Club. Starting July 1, the local youth club will no longer be sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.

It will be called the Cobre Valley Youth Club (CVYC) and will operate under the Signal Peak Foundation’s 501(c)3.

“This change will give us the freedom to create activities and programs that will fit the needs of our local kids,” board president Fernando Shipley said at the May 9 Globe City Council meeting. “Our overhead will also be significantly reduced, and we will be able to seek a larger, more centrally-located facility. We’re going to outgrow our current building.”

In addition to gaining more local control, the fact that the Boys & Girls Club of America is not giving out charters to new clubs also influenced the decision to create the CVYC.

The East Valley Boys & Girls Club will be taking much of the local club’s inventory before the switch is made, including computers. That’s because donations that were made to the local club were technically made to the East Valley Club.

CVYC is in need of the following items: two office computers, 12 youth computers, a printer, a router, and foldable tables.

“We know that the community will step forward,” said club director Aimee Staten. “That stuff belongs to the East Valley Club. We’re just happy that they helped out the club in a time of need.”

Staten reports that CVYC will continue to offer the same programs for children 10 and younger. That includes help with homework, tutoring and enrichment programs. Youngsters also learn about the arts, healthy habits and making good life decisions.

There will be some significant changes in the services offered to club members 11 and older. CVYC is set to begin a Life Prep Program, which will provide young adults with interviewing skills and internship “shadow days” at local businesses.

“We want to open up the horizon for them, and help them find out about all the opportunities that are out there,” Staten said. “We really would like to go after first-generation college students. We know that college can seem scary and an unattainable goal, but we’re going to hold their hand and walk them through the door.”

CVYC also has plans to match up club members with mentors in the local area. “If we can change the future for 20 percent of our kids in the next four years, that 20 percent will never forget what was done for them,” Staten said. “Everything amazing that happens in these kids’ lives, I want it to be because somebody cared.”

CVYC will keep the same hours, which are 3 to 6 p.m. from Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday during the school year. During the summer, the hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The dues structure will also be unchanged.

The yearly membership fee is $25 per child, and during the school year, the after-school program is $25 per child per month, or $40 per family. During the summer, the after-school program is $30 per child per week, or $50 per family. For more information about the Cobre Valley Youth Club, contact Staten at aimeejstaten@gmail.com.

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