Boys and Girls Clubs to Open New SLO Middle School Program


Members of the Boys and Girls Club of Northern San Luis Obispo County show off their 2016 decorated pumpkins, donated to the club by Ancient Peaks Winery.

For the first time, Boys and Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast opens a club and program in San Luis Obispo.

It will be the nonprofit organization’s 15th club and is set to launch on April 18.

Boys and Girls Clubs will offer lunchtime and after-school programs with capacity to serve 80 students at Laguna Middle School, where the organization will have dedicated space.

“As most working parents know, after-school child care is not as readily available to many families as they would like,” the organization said in a press release. . “The middle school student is often the most overlooked age group when it comes to after-school services and experiences.”

The non-profit organization has existed on the Central Coast since 1966, providing “affordable, high-quality after-school programs,” the press release said.

Jeremy Perales plays a 1-on-1 friendly match with Scott Pedretti at the North County Boys and Girls Club in 2014. The Mid Central Coast Boys & Girls Clubs are opening a new location serving middle school students in SLO in April. David Middlecamp

Club programming

The program will take place in the main A-14 classroom and will be offered free of charge from April 18 until the end of the semester in June, according to program coordinators.

After school hours will be 3-6 p.m.

Parents will need to create an account on and register for “Afterschool 2021-2022” in Laguna.

Learning options will include financial literacy and health and fitness education, in addition to other activities.

“The school district was eager to implement a program to address bullying and cultural awareness issues at the middle school level and learned that the (Boys and Girls Clubs) model was the perfect way to bring a program full on campus,” the noted organization said.

Griffin Cook, principal of the Laguna Middle School Club, began building his team of youth development professionals to coordinate and direct programs and services.

“Club staff will also direct lunchtime programming for any Laguna Middle School students who are interested,” the statement read. “They don’t need to be club members to benefit from lunchtime programming.”

Michael Boyer, CEO of the local nonprofit, said in a statement, “It only makes sense that we bring our expertise and excellence in child care to young people in San Luis Obispo.”

For more information, visit or call 805-922-7163.

This story was originally published March 22, 2022 6:03 p.m.

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Nick Wilson is a sports contributor to Tribune. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley and is originally from Ojai.