The Mesa Leadership class visited the Grant Woods – Mesa Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
How did it start? “The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley has been around since 1963, back when it began as one club site – the Tempe Boys Club. A group of dedicated Tempe citizens started the club in those early years and paid to keep it open and available to the children because they recognized a need for a place for boys to go to escape the boredom and dangers of the streets. In 1980, the Tempe Girls Club merged with the Tempe Boys Club. In 1984 the club changed its name to the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley. This new site was the first club organization in the state to become a Boys & Girls Club, providing valuable after-school programs to both girls and boys. It is now an organization that now serves over 43,000 children and teens annually at 11 branches” (from the website).
The club’s mission: “We have made it our No. 1 priority to fill the opportunity gap and provide kids who come to us with a chance to build their talents, learn the value of contributing to others, and realize their dreams. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley is looking forward to many more years of providing hope and opportunity to young people” (from the website).
Fast Fact: The club has been serving children and families of Mesa since 1986.
Fast Fact: The Club offers an after school program, summer program, youth sports leagues, teen leadership programs, homework and tutoring help for only $25 a year.
Who is Grant Woods? Grant Woods served as attorney general of Arizona from 1991 until 1999.
The Mesa Boys and Girls Club is located in the heart of the community it serves.
At the same location is a charter school called Mesa Arts Academy. Arts classes vary by grade level, with younger children taking a variety of arts classes, including Drama, Musical Theatre, Dance and Visual Arts. Older children select from elective classes, including Beginning and Advanced Art, Guitar, Dance, Photography, Yearbook, Drama, Service Learning, Multimedia and Musical Theatre.
For more information on the Grant Woods – Mesa Branch Boys and Girls Club, visit http://www.clubzona.org/locations/mesa/
To find more about the school, go to: http://www.clubzona.org/locations/mesa_arts_academy