Helping Youth Reach Their Potential at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito

Asyou read through each issue of 92130 Magazine, you are reminded how promising and bright the future of our community is thanks to the articles about our amazing youth and rising stars. In this issue, we wanted to spotlight the wonderful people whose goal is to help all young people of Carmel Valley and surrounding areas reach their full potential and form a solid foundation to build a successful life around. In the following pages we talk with Annie Ragovin, Director of Development of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, about the history of the organization and how it has grown and evolved for the benefit of everyone in our community.

Q & A

with Annie Ragovin,
Director of Development of the
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito

Cover_3What’s the history behind the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito?
In 1966, Doug Hall, then executive director of the Carlsbad Boys Club, met with Dr. Charles Clark from Encinitas. Dr. Clark was representing the Encinitas Optimist Club and was interested in starting a Boys Club in the San Dieguito communities. The Encinitas Optimist and the San Dieguito Kiwanis service clubs had joined together in an effort to establish a youth program for the seven communities in the San Dieguito area: Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar, and Rancho Santa Fe.

In February 1967, Dr. Clark, President of the Board, asked Doug Hall, who had been acting as a consultant and executive director (through an arrangement with the Carlsbad Club), to be the permanent executive director of the new San Dieguito Boys Club. After much deliberation and discussion with his family, Doug accepted the position. He would hold this position for the next twenty-five years, and be instrumental in the success of the Club for over forty-five years.

Today, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito is one of the most successful Clubs in the country, serving more than 20,000 youth in the San Dieguito community. We still have an obligation to those generous and benevolent leaders of the past and to the youth of the future to assure our mission continues to thrive and to provide our youth with a successful approach to the future.

Please describe the two clubs available for the Carmel Valley area

Ann & Douglas Allred Branch, Carmel Valley (San Diego)

After School Programs (ASP) – The Ann and Douglas Allred Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito serves over forty children from Kindergarten (Kinder Club) through 3rd grade who attend Carmel Del Mar School. Excitement runs high as staff-to-student ratios run low! Our organized and well-structured set of program activities encourages healthy living, long lasting relationships, and character building. The home-like feeling, sense of belonging, high quality facility, caring and qualified staff, and the fun, safe environment makes the Allred Branch the place to be for after school programs.

School Year Hours
Monday – Friday: 12 – 6 p.m.
Kinder Club: 12:30 – 6 p.m.
K–3rd Grade: School dismissal – 6 p.m.
Summer Hours
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

We provide an enriching after school program that provides diverse activities that meet the interests of all young people. Core programs encourage activities with adults, peers, and family members that enable kids to enhance self-esteem and fulfill their potential.

 

Some specialized programs in the ASP include:

Homework Help – Children are provided with the opportunity to do homework at the club with the help of qualified/dedicated staff.

Triple Play – A dynamic wellness program 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. Included in this program is Zumbatomic, a fifteen to thirty minute aerobic dance class to engage our members in a fun new physical activity!

Drama Matters – An educational performing arts program that builds self-confidence and sparks creativity. Our Allred Club puts on talent shows during the school year and provides every day opportunities for children to express themselves in an artistic way.

Tech Lab Times – Our on-site computer lab affords members the opportunity to experience educational and recreational software on safe guarded workstations.

Special Events and Activities – Allred Club provides opportunities for children and parents to be together and enjoy time as a family. Some of these special events include: Ice Cream Social, Nature Walk, mini field trips to local shops, “Share a Dish If You Wish” Thanksgiving Celebration, Holiday “Dessert” Party, and our Halloween Haunted House.
In addition, free time, games, arts and crafts, music, dancing and physical activities are all a part of our after school programs.

 

Leonard Polster Branch, Carmel Valley (San Diego)

The Polster Branch serves youth and teens from Carmel Creek, Carmel Del Mar, Ashley Falls, Solana Highlands, Solana Pacific, Sycamore Ridge, Ocean Air, Sage Canyon, and Torrey Hills Elementary Schools, in addition to Carmel Valley Middle School. The Polster Branch is dedicated to serving the entire family through our numerous programs such as: After School Programs, Teen Program (7th and 8th grade), and Power Tutor. The Polster Branch serves over 1,500 children annually through our programs. Our dedicated and trained staff is here to make sure each child has a fun and rewarding experience. We provide a positive environment where children can learn, be healthy and active, develop good character and leadership skills, and grow as an individual to become positive members of the community.

Regular Hours
Monday – Friday: school dismissal until 6 p.m. (this location does not provide kinder care)
Summer Hours
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Specialized Programs offered at the Polster Branch:

BGC San Dieguito Youth Arts Academy – The Youth Arts Academy, located in our the Polster Branch upstairs, offers music classes, rock band classes, private lessons, dance classes, and a theater and dramatic arts program. Through YAA, youth ages 5 to 18 have access to a myriad of quality programs designed to stimulate their growth and creativity, while expressing themselves through performing arts.

BGC San Dieguito Carmel Valley Montessori School – Carmel Valley Montessori School provides children ages 18 months to 5 years a nurturing, child-centered environment where individual needs are met at each stage of development. The Montessori materials are specifically designed to enhance the child’s natural love of learning along with a program led by well trained, devoted teachers facilitating growth on every level.

BGC San Dieguito Athletics and Middle School Sports – The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito sponsors ten sports through the Big Ei8ht Middle School Sports Conference: girls volleyball, cross country, flag football, boys basketball, girls field hockey, wrestling, track and field, golf, girls basketball, and soccer. Teams compete against other middle schools throughout San Diego County.

Our Athletics Department offers a wide variety of sports leagues, sports camps, and athletic activities for youth of all ages including wrestling, Snuffy Basketball, Fastbreak Hoops, After School Teen Physical Fitness Program, Carmel Valley Wrestling Club, The B&G Basketball Clinic, Carmel Valley Running Club, and Manchester Surf Futsal Indoor Soccer.

BGC San Dieguito Fitness and Recreation – USA Freestyle Karate, Aikido, Rhythmic Gymnastics, After School Teen Physical Fitness Program, and fitness classes such as Zumba and Yoga are offered for youth at our Polster Branch in Carmel Valley.

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Do you offer any kids and teen camps over the summer?
Yes! We also offer camps during fall, winter and spring breaks.

Our Summer Adventure Camps program allows campers ages 5 to 15 to experience a fun filled, active summer in a safe environment with skilled staff to ensure a rewarding summer camp experience. We offer flexible and affordable camp options: Adventure Day Camps and/or the Specialty Adventure Camps. Camps are offered at seven locations in North County including Del Mar, Solana Beach, Eden Gardens, Encinitas, and Carmel Valley.

Our Adventure Day Camps serve campers of all abilities, ages 5 to 13, with small group instruction in seven core areas: The Arts, Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, Sports, Fitness and Recreation, and Technology. Campers are given the opportunity to progress at their own rate and develop long-lasting friendships that grow through participation. Campers also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of field trips to local San Diego locations.

Our Specialty Adventure Camps offer over 100 specialized camp options over ten weeks of summer. We have camps options for everyone:

Junior Camps for ages 5-7
Junior Sports and Adventure Sports for ages 5-13
Adventure Specialty Camps ages 8-12
Adventure Teen Camps ages 12-14
LIT (Leader In Training) Program ages 14-15

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Specialty Adventure Camps 

All of our Specialty Camps are designed to give campers the opportunity to learn about or develop skills in a specific area. These are a wonderful way to expose your child to a new activity for the first time, or allow a camper with a particular interest or talent to further develop their ability in a summer camp setting. Some areas of interest offered are art and crafts, basketball, cheer, comics, dance, digital photography, D.I.Y., dodgeball and gaga, drama, fantasy, field hockey, fitness, flag football, golf, lacrosse, magic, movie and video creation, multi-sport, music, musical theater, mystery, rugby, science, soccer, surf and water sports, T-ball, tennis, vocal, volleyball and more!

Our programs are designed to allow maximum flexibility affording you the opportunity to tailor a camp schedule to specifically meet your family’s needs. Within each program, we have created a daily schedule allowing campers to participate in optional activities creating a fully customizable fun and rewarding summer. Parents who need assistance in planning a schedule are welcome to contact our camps coordinator.

Summer camps run through Aug. 22.
For more information please contact the camp office at 858-720-2180,
email camp@bgcsandieguito.org, or visit our website at www.bgcsandieguito.org.

How does one get their kids involved with programs at the clubs?
It’s easy! Stop by any of our branches for a tour and if you’re interested in joining, we will assist you in the membership and financial aid applications. You can also call 858-755-9371 and Crystal Ortiz will be happy to answer any questions for you and get you started!

Please tell us about your staff. How are they trained to provide educational, enriching, and fun opportunities for children?
Our dedicated staff is experienced, qualified, professionally trained, and certified in both CPR and First-Aid, as well as drug tested and submitted to a background check, prior to employment. Each staff member is selected for his/her experience, expertise, and enthusiasm. Education is a top priority, as we provide our youth with strong academic support programs. We promote physical fitness with our engaging and fun athletics programs and we develop creative minds through popular arts and crafts sessions. The staff strive to create long-lasting friendships through participation in our core activities with other youth members and staff. We have experience of serving more than 20,000 youth annually throughout the community for over forty-seven years.

What kind of fees are involved with having boys and girls attend programs at the clubs? Do you offer any scholarships or financial aid to families in need?
Fees vary between branches and departments, but we offer financial aid at all our branches and programs. No child is excluded from attending the Club since financial assistance is available.

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Please tell us how one goes about becoming a sponsor or supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs financially.
You can go to our website at www.bgcsandieguito.org and click on GIVE. You can also call the development department at 858-793-7345 and we can customize an event sponsorship or corporate partnership to best fit your business needs.

Do you have any opportunities for community members to volunteer their time? What is currently available?
Yes! Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors, tutors, coaches, art and computer teachers and more – you tell us your interests and we’ll match you with a Boys & Girls Club near you. Just one or two hours each week can make a real difference in a young person’s life. As a volunteer, it can make a real difference in your life too.

Volunteers at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito get the training and support they need to be a successful part of our clubs and the lives of our members. Our children’s safety at the Clubs is our number one priority; therefore everyone is required to have a background check before being approved to volunteer.

How does one go about providing items that the clubs are in need of? What are the top five items that you’re in need of most?
If a donor is interested in providing an item that the Club needs you can go to our website and under the “GIVE” tab there is an area for “wish list items.” You can click on that tab and there is a list of needed items by branch and department. You can either purchase the item yourself and deliver to the Club, (we pick-up also) or you can make a donation and we will purchase the item. Our top five needs are vans for transportation (new or used), leather couches (new or gently used), area rugs (new), computers (new), and sports equipment.

What sets the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito apart from other clubs worldwide?
We are unique because of the additional specialized programs we offer for our youthy Center for a Healthy Lifestyle, Youth Arts Academy, Aquatics, Middle School Sports, Athletics, and a Montessori School.

What are some of the clubs’ most popular fundraising events?
Our biggest and most exciting event is our African Safari Youth-of-the-Year Gala being held on Friday, Aug. 8 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Infield Pavilion. This event is a casual, but a fun evening of night horse racing, dinner/drinks, silent and live auctions, and dancing with the Wayne Foster Band. But, most importantly, we honor our overall Youth-of-the-Year for 2014 chosen from six finalists throughout our seven branches here at the Club. In addition, Terry Lingenfelder, our 2014 Volunteer of the Year will be honored for his commitment and dedication over forty years to this organization.

Our other large fundraiser that we have is our unique Chip-in-for-Kids Golf Tournament which is a unique golf experience that enables golfers to play on the North Course of Torrey Pines Golf Club while the pros are playing their final round on the South Course during the Farmers Insurance Open PGA tournament.

The day includes a unique ball format for eighteen holes, VIP convenient parking across the street from the North Course, premium gift bag valued at $250, catered breakfast and made-to-order BBQ lunch with hosted beverages, PGA passes, and entrance into a private section of the Tilted Kilt Tartan Terrace to watch the finals of the Open on the South Course. For more information on all fundraising events, please visit our website and click on events.

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Are there any exciting new projects, developments, or programs coming to the clubs?
Yes! We are currently expanding our Center for a Healthy Lifestyle and are in the process of building a half acre organic garden at our Griset Branch in Encinitas. Phase 1 of the project, the commercial kitchen, was completed in June. The garden and kitchen will serve as a staple in the community for garden to table education, cooking classes for kids, nutrition education and vocational skill training. The garden is estimated to be completed by the end of summer.

If you could grant the clubs one wish, what would it be?
To expand our programs, services and branches to the areas not being served in our surrounding communities, especially to youth that need us most.

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Timeline

  • 1966 First club opens in Encinitas in a donated temporary building

  • 1969 Lomas Santa Fe Drive Branch opens in Solana Beach

  • 1971 Griset Branch opens in Encinitas

  • 1973 Gym at Griset Branch opens

  • 1978 Gym at Lomas Branch opens

  • 1985 Del Mar Branch opens

  • 1987 New pool at Lomas Branch opens

  • 1990 Allred Branch in Carmel Valley opens

  • 2001 Polster Branch in Carmel Valley opens

  • 2003 BIG EI8HT Middle School Sports starts

  • 2004 Coast Volleyball Club becomes part of the BGC San Dieguito

  • 2005 Carmel Valley Montessori School opens

  • 2006 La Colonia Branch in Eden Gardens opens

  • 2007 Lomas Branch is remodeled and the new Harper Branch and Pardee Aquatics Center opens

  • 2007 Youth Arts Academy opens at the Polster Branch in Carmel Valley

  • 2008 Positive Place Montessori School opens at Griset Branch in Encinitas

  • 2009 Center for a Healthy Lifestyle opens at the Harper Branch in Solana Beach

  • 2011 La Colonia Branch includes a Teen Mentoring Program year-around

  • 2012 A new clubhouse is added at the La Colonia Branch to expand the program for youth and teens

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AT-A-GLANCE

Name: Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito
Year Established:
 1966
Website: www.bgcsandieguito.org
Email: aragovin@bgcsandieguito.org
Phone Number: 858-755-9371
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bgcsandieguito
Hours: Vary by location, program and department. Please call for hours.
Ages Served: 5-18, adult/senior programs, and 18 months to 5 years for the Montessori School

92130 (Carmel Valley Locations):

Ann & Douglas Allred Branch
(Adjacent to Carmel Del Mar School)
12352 Carmel Park Dr.
San Diego, CA 92130

Leonard Polster Branch
(Adjacent to Carmel Valley Middle)
3800-A Mykonos Ln.
San Diego, CA 92130