About Our Programs
The Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City offers all day and after school care including transportation from local schools. Programs promote academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character and citizenship. As our main focus, we continue to offer quality program opportunities at affordable prices and convenient hours for the families of Cathedral City and neighboring area.
Education & Career
These programs help youth create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement
Reading Intervention Program –
Many of our local youth have English as a second language and often struggle in school. We have identified that many of our youth are reading below, or far below, grade level. To combat Summer Learning Loss/Off Track Learning Loss we implement a free Reading and Tutoring program year round. We have hired a retired teacher, Carol Lang, to develop and implement this program. We also train the teens to tutor the younger kids in phonics, writing, and reading games & activities. The outcomes show that 70% of these kids maintained their reading level where as 30% improved their reading level. We plan to expand on this program as we believe it is key to helping our kids promote each grade level and eventually graduate from high school on time. When PSUSD School Board Member, Shari Stewart saw our education programs she was astonished and said, “You are providing what a private school offers right here at your Boys & Girls Club.”
A comprehensive homework help tutoring program, Power Hour is designed to raise the academic proficiency of the club members age 6 to 12.
V.I.S.T.A./AmeriCorps – College Accessibility Outreach Grant
The idea is to break the poverty cycle by supporting teens to get into college and/or trade school. We provided workshops, classes, college visits, and scholarship assistance.
Video Production Academy
The teens learn the hi-tech skills for successful video and photography businesses. They had their videos showcased during the AM/FM Film Festival at the Mary Pickford Theater. The teens also provided souvenir pictures at our Holiday Wreath & Gift Auction. Many of the kids have been hired to shoot weddings, school talent shows, and now are getting paid opportunities to shoot various public service announcements and commercials for local businesses and non-profits. This program is taught by Chamber Board Member Terry Nelson.One of the Feature Movies that the kids produced was “The Incredible Journey.” Thanks to Council Member Greg Pettis over 200 youth participated for eight months through weekly workshops to explore and educate them about the rich diversity of our local public lands. They learned about rare and endangered wildlife, desert and wetlands ecosystems.
The participating youth went on excursions t our neighboring public lands:
Santa Rosa/ San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Joshua Tree National Park
Indian Canyons Hiking Trails
Health & Life Skills
These initiatives help youth achieve and maintain healthy, active lifestyles.
Children’s Organic Garden
Kids are learning about nutrition and proper eating habits from eating from their own garden harvest. They have cooking classes and have prepared and eaten salads, salsa, pasta sauce, zucchini, squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, and sunflower seeds. The Cathedral City Environmental Conservation Department has been a huge asset in maintaining this wonderful project for our kids.
Summer Feeding Program
We continue to be a hub for feeding those who are hungry. Through a grant with the P.S.U.S.D. and the County of Riverside we are a summer feeding location for all area youth ages 2 – 19. We provided breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack for anyone who attends. In addition, F.I.N.D. Food Bank provides us with fresh produce to give out to all of our families. We had many families coming in for these meals and produce. These are valuable resources we provide to the community. This program at our Club was featured in the Desert Health Magazine.
In our Teen Center we have a small commercial kitchen where the teens learn the art of cooking. The teens learn many recipes from appetizers to salads, and main courses to desserts. Yet, their specialty is Italian. They were hired for catering jobs by Rotary, the Senior Center, and Boys & Girls Clubs Professional Association. Again, earning money! They are learning about entrepreneurship and business planning. This program is taught by local businessman Sam Pace.
TRIPLE PLAY: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul
Triple Play is a dynamic wellness program currently being offered in Boys & Girls Clubs that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. The goal of the Triple Play program is to improve Club members’ knowledge of healthy habits; increase the number of hours per day they participate in physical activities; and strengthen their ability to interact positively with others and engage in positive relationships.
Program components include:
• Healthy Habits Nutrition CurriculumGood Character & Citizenship
Be an engaged citizen involved in the community, register to vote and model strong character.
Leaders In Training
The L.I.T. program helps guide teens toward adopting the character virtues that will give them a positive head start by preparing them for adulthood and the world of work by developing the skills and competencies necessary in today’s world. There have been many workshops for these kids along with job shadow opportunities at local businesses. As incentives many of the teens get to attend leadership camps. Over the second half of 2014 the teens attended leadership camps at Pathfinder Ranch and Uni-camp in Big Bear. The summer of 2015 two of our LIT Youth have earned the opportunity to help build a Boys & Girls Club on Kauai, in the Hawaii.
Torch Club Leadership
program for 4th and 5th grade that shows the importance of Club Service.
BGCCC Mentoring Program
From a successful pilot outreach between one of our volunteers, Terry Nelson and one of our at risk youth, Angel Figueroa there was a full transformation of this child’s life. We now have over 20 matches with at risk children participating in this program with caring adults targeting behavioral concerns from: anti-social behaviors, drug and gang intervention, problems at school such as poor attendance, poor grades, disciplinary problems, and family issues and peer difficulties.