Boys & Girls Club after-school program helps Tracy students
by Anne Marie Fuller
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Nathaniel Young, 12, works on his math homework during the after-school program offered by the local Tracy Boys and Girls Club.Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
Nathaniel Young, 12, works on his math homework during the after-school program offered by the local Tracy Boys and Girls Club.Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
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Jaikari Lamison,15, helps Ignacio Valencia,13, with one of the computers during the after-school program offered by the local Tracy Boys and Girls Club. Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
Jaikari Lamison,15, helps Ignacio Valencia,13, with one of the computers during the after-school program offered by the local Tracy Boys and Girls Club. Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
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“Great futures start here” is the tag-line for the Boys & Girls Club.

Beyond being a club offering fun activities for children and teenagers, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy also offers structured academic after-school programming.

Six locations throughout Tracy focus on students ages 6 to 18. Membership in the club costs $35 annually per student.

After-school programming offered Monday through Thursday includes an hour of physical activity, followed by a “power hour” of homework time and an hour of special enrichment programming. On Fridays, activities are more relaxed and include a choice of choir, computer lab, sports and social recreation.

Students are also given nutritious snacks provided by Tracy Unified School District.

Kelly Wilson is the executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy.

“We see positive outcomes every day here,” Wilson said. “Many kids we serve wouldn’t have the opportunity if it were not for the club. We have had young students that have gone on to college and come back to work with us here.”

Kelly Knight-Low, the resource development director for the club, said people “are really surprised” when they find out all the programs the club has to offer.

“We do our best to fill any gaps our club members have,” she said. “We strive for academic success and helping prepare them for their future.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs are also recruiting local high school students to volunteer to tutor younger students, help staff members and work at the front desk. Students receive community service hours for volunteering.

Jaikari Lamison, 15, a club member for seven years, is volunteering for a second year.

“I like to volunteer to help others here,” Jaikari said. “My favorite is the power hour, where they do an hour of homework.”

Nathaniel Young uses the time to get ahead on his schoolwork.

“It’s fun here,” the 12-year-old said. “I’ve made new friends. My favorite thing is playing on the computer and getting my homework done.”

For information: Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy, 832-2582, ext. 101.

•Contact the Tracy Press at 835-3030 or tpnews@tracypress.com.

 
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