By Stu News Newport | November 19, 2019
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast celebrated its second official reopening with the Newport Beach location after a five-month, $2 million development as part of its “Pursuing Greatness” campaign – a $7.1 million total investment into all of the club sites and cities it serves. Accommodating up to 150 kids and teens, the beach-inspired facility offers members the chance to achieve their greatest potential through a hyperactive learning and mentoring environment.
The grand opening is the culmination of the nearly two-year “Pursuing Greatness” campaign, which has enabled Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast to immediately increase its capacity to serve more kids and families, expand student and family programming services and enhance the local community. Using the nationally recognized IMPACT model, the Boys & Girls Club of Newport Beach implements a holistic approach to youth development, motivating members to graduate on time, plan for their futures and prepare for success.
“This Pursuing Greatness campaign has enabled us to create multiple learning environments for 21st century education and mentorship,” explained Robert Santana, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast. “Thanks to the support of many people and organizations, we have successfully transformed our Club sites to accommodate the growing needs of the communities they serve. The positive impact on the youth in our service areas will last for generations to come.”
The Newport Beach location has five STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) labs equipped with 60 Google Chromebooks and 25 new Apple iPads, all accessible for daily “IMPACT model” programming, and a fully renovated basketball gym. Also included is a Maker Space, or a 21st-century woodshop, which includes 3D printers, robotics (VEX robotics, Sphero, OZO bots, Makey Makey, Little Bits Code Kits), an engraving machine, greeting card maker, interactive floor games and more.
An essential component of the neighborhood since 1971, the Boys & Girls Club of Newport Beach is in the heart of Eastbluff and primarily serves students from Eastbluff Elementary School and Corona del Mar Middle School. Club members participating in the structured daily routine of academic reinforcement, physical fitness, and enrichment opportunities have immediate access to a learning and mentoring environment designed to help them reach their greatest potential.
Boys & Girls Club of Newport Beach is located in East Bluff Park at 2555 Vista Del Oro, Newport Beach.