West Valley Boys and Girls Club Great Futures Start Here




A Thanksgiving Message

From Tim Blaylock, President and CEO

A Thanksgiving Message As we begin the holiday season, I think of a remark by American poet R ...  Read More

Eleventh Annual Cooper Reading Challenge Kicks Off!

Eleventh Annual Cooper Reading Challenge Kicks Off! The holiday spirit is upon us! The Eleventh Annual Cooper Reading Chal ...  Read More

Eleventh Annual Cooper Reading Challenge Kicks Off!

The holiday spirit is upon us! The Eleventh Annual Cooper Reading Chal ...  Read More

Anytime Fitness Seeks Volunteers

5K Turkey Run Benefits the Club

Anytime Fitness Seeks Volunteers Anytime Fitness is hosting its first annual Turkey Run 5K on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Family and friends are welcome to take part in the event, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley. Volunteers are needed; if you want to support the Club, please give them a holler. Get information here: ...  Read More

Why are Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley programs so critical to our community’s children and families?

A Message from Tim Blaylock, President & CEO

Why are Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley programs so critical to our community’s children and families? When students hear the bell ring at 3 p.m., it signals the end of the school day and, for many, the start of an afternoon without supervision, without productive activities and without direction.  Boys & Girls Club afterschool and summer learning programs fill the invaluable role of providing essential services — such as a safe and supervised environment, ac ...  Read More

Planting seeds & watching them grow

Welcome New Team Member Cristina Fajardo

Planting seeds & watching them grow  Meet Cristina Fajardo, our Life Skills Coordinator and newest addition to the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley. She is an innovative Program Coordinator with more than seven years of experience providing enrichment and academic activities for students Pre-K to 12th grade. Her experience includes networking between local businesses and community partners, ...  Read More

A Message from Tim Blaylock

"A Ripened Fuji!"

Each and every day I’m exposed to stories of heartache and resilience from youth that are searching for their own identity. Their stories range from optimistic to tragic. Today, I’m sharing a poem by Lily Eagle Dorman-Colby called “A Ripened Fuji!”   I wasn’t a rotten apple, But you wouldn&rsqu ...  Read More

A Night of Fun-raising -- Save the Date!

Silver Anniversary Great Futures Gala and Auction

A Night of Fun-raising -- Save the Date! Come celebrate the Club's quarter century of service to the community, and help ...  Read More

How We Measure Success: Defining Club Goals

A Message from Tim Blaylock, President and CEO

How We Measure Success: Defining Club Goals Our mission is inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, many youth who are at risk and in need are taking advantage of the programs, activities and services provided by the Club. Trained, caring professional staff and volunteers help young ...  Read More

NBC4 & TELEMUNDO ALLIANCE CLUBS SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOL CAMPAIGNS

Donate July 17-29

NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo 52 “Supporting Our Schools” is a community initiative to raise awareness of th ...  Read More

Together We Can Accomplish More!

A Message from Tim Blaylock, President & CEO

Together We Can Accomplish More! At the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, we all know how important our work is.  I often ask myself, “What if we weren’t here?” Our caring staff across our seven locations work continuously to meet the needs of our local youth and their families. Our programs are not just a distraction to pass the time. They are designed to provide all our yo ...  Read More

Building the A (as in Awesome) Team

Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley Training Days

Building the A (as in Awesome) Team On Saturday, June 3 and Saturday, June 10, 2017, Club staff met to learn about guidance, discipline, and team building. Lori Higgins from LH Consulting trained the group in the art of active listening, and ...  Read More

Endless Summer for a New Generation

Building Character, One Wave at a Time

Endless Summer for a New Generation As close as we all live to the beach, many young Angelenos haven't had the opportunity to experience the ultimate California birthright: surfing. Thanks to hosts State Senator Henry Stern and Malibu Makos, a few lucky Club members finally got their chance to "hang te ...  Read More

What I Did Over Summer Vacation

Tons of Fun for Club Campers

What I Did Over Summer Vacation While parents work, kids of all ages are having a blast at the Club's summer camp. Campers take part in an abundance of activities every day, such as STEM, dance, sports, music, life skills, and more. Every Monday brings a new theme for the children to enjoy, such as Neon ...  Read More

Be a Champion for our Kids!

A Message from Tim Blaylock, President & CEO

Be a Champion for our Kids! We are our honored to be in the business of helping young people.  It’s an easy task to embrace the mission of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, where we inspire and enable young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.  ...  Read More

First Annual Teen Awards Night Summary

First Annual Teen Awards Night Summary The Club held its first-ever Teen Awards Night on Friday, May 26, 2017, to toast the success of all Club teens who are graduating eighth grade from the Teen Center and Hale Charter Academy. More than 70 Club members, parents, and staff gathered in the Main Clubhouse’s multipurpose room to celebrate the honorees and their accomplishments. Teens were recognized ...  Read More

Reseda Empowerment, Encouragement, Excellence

Elementary School Adopts “Leader In Me” Educational Model

Reseda Empowerment, Encouragement, Excellence A ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 1, 2017, marked Reseda’s first steps in becoming a Leader In Me school. Designed by performance training company FranklinCovey, the Leader in Me model fosters leadership, life skills and student empowerment. The Club has partnered with Reseda Elementary to implement the program. Last semester, the sta ...  Read More

Weekend in the Mountains Promotes Leadership and Service

Torch Club Summit in Big Bear

Weekend in the Mountains Promotes Leadership and Service Rope courses, close encounters with animals, trust fall games, archery, and snow. Does it get any better than that for a vanload of middle school youth? After a year of fundraising -- bake sales, gift wrapping campaigns, recycling drives, and more -- Torch Club members collected enough money to go to their very first overnight To ...  Read More

Why Club Programs are Critical to our Community’s Children and Families

A message from our Club President and CEO

When students hear the bell ring at 3 p.m., it signals the end of the school day and, for many, the start of an afternoon without supervision, without productive activities and without direction.  Boys & Girls Clubs afterschool and summer learning programs fill the invaluable role of providing essential services—such as a safe and supervised environment, aca ...  Read More

Former Youth of the year Continues to Shine

Why Your Support Matters

Former Youth of the year Continues to Shine When we named Jorden Sneed 2012 Youth of the Year, we knew she would do us proud -- but she exceeded even our highest expectations.  ...  Read More

A Message from Tim Blaylock

Club President and CEO

It is an honor to have been selected by the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley to be our organization& ...  Read More

Italian Artist Auctions Original Painting to Benefit the Club

Ribana Szutor Art Exhibition at The Cellar Beverly Hills

Italian fine artist Ribana Szutor debuted her neo-figurative paintings in the U.S. with an underground exhibition at The Cellar Beverly Hills on March 23, 2017. The gallery event, which showcased several of Ribana’s most haunting and provocative works, included the auction of one of her original paintings, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Boys & Girl ...  Read More

Youth of the Year 2017

Nine Club Members Honored for Excellence

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, more than 170 people gathered at the Warner Center Marriott to honor our 2017 Youth of the Year, Baljot Chahal, as well as eight children selected for outstanding achievements who each represent a Cl ...  Read More

Tim Blaylock Selected as New President/CEO

Succeeds Retiring Jan Sobel

Tim Blaylock Selected as New President/CEO Tim B. Blaylock, who has more than 27 years in the Boys & Girls Club movement, is the Club’s new President/CEO. He succeeds Jan Sobel, who is retiring after ten years of leading the Club. Tim’s career has included leadership positions at Boys & Girls Clubs from the State of Washington to Texas, and included 12 years as CEO of the Boys & ...  Read More

Club Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Club Celebrates 25th Anniversary The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley is celebrating its first 25 years of serving the youth and their families of the region through a yearlong program coordinated by the Club’s Marketing Committee and implemented by all areas of the Club. The goal of the program is to raise awareness and support of the Club and to enhance the community’s percept ...  Read More

A Glimpse of Campus Life

Members Tour Local Colleges

A Glimpse of Campus Life The first step in preparing for college is to picture being there, even if nobody in your family has done it before. On Saturday, February 25, 2017, College Bound participants got a chance to explore community colleges up close and personal. Elementary school kids visited Pierce College, where representatives from the Outreach and Recruitment Office treated ...  Read More

Annual Exhibit Showcases Club's Artistic Talent

Winners proceed to National Exhibit

Annual Exhibit Showcases Club's Artistic Talent It's no secret that arts education is underfunded in our public schools. The Club works to bridge the gap and foster not only creativity, but problem solving, visual learning, and overall academic achievement through art, as well.   ...  Read More

Recognizing Excellence

Youth of the Year Luncheon - Saturday, April 1

If you have ever wondered why supporters, board members and staff are so passionate about the work at the Club, check out the Youth of the Year program. The annual luncheon celebrates the achievemen ...  Read More

Our 2017 Youth of the Year

Meet Baljot Chahal: Leadership and Civic Responsibility

Our 2017 Youth of the Year Baljot comes from a very traditional Indian family where women are secondary in the household. She was bullied in elementary school and middle school by ...  Read More

Keystone, Torch Members Give Back to the Community

Leadership Clubs Deliver a Thanksgiving Feast to Families

Keystone, Torch Members Give Back to the Community The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley recognizes Keystone and Torch Clubs, WVBGC's leadership programs, for their selfless acts of kindness and giving. Keystone and Torch banded together to sponsor Club members and their families for Thanks ...  Read More

Holiday Festivities

Holiday Festivities December 16, 2016, was a joyful event for all Club members, with holiday cheer and celebration marking the last day of school before the long winter. Parties at the Club sites featured music, games and festive decorations. Tables were spread with delicious treats donated ...  Read More

Jan Sobel Retires After a Decade of Leading the Club

Brought the Organization to a Higher Level

Jan Sobel Retires After a Decade of Leading the Club More than 600 years ago, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote, “All good things must come to an end.” That is equally true of the career of Jan Sobel, who is retiring as the Club’s President/CEO and concluding her professional career at the end of this year. She will be one of ...  Read More

Who Will Design the Next Pokemon Go?

Promoting Women in Programming with B-Stem and Microsoft

Who Will Design the Next Pokemon Go? Like it or not, video games are shaping the new economy. From military simulations to smart phone apps, the demand for programmers and video game designers has never been higher. That’s why the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley recently partnered with B-Stem, an organizati ...  Read More

College Bound Dramatically Increases Impact This Year

Program Boasts 88% Success Rate

College Bound Dramatically Increases Impact This Year West Valley Boys & Girls Club is proud to share our College Bound program’s successes for the 2015-2016 school year. This year our college access initiative served 674 high school students from Cleveland, Chatsworth, and Canoga Park High Schools, a 52 percent i ...  Read More

Celebrating 150 Brighter Futures with College Bound

$26,000 in Scholarships Help Students Realize Their Potential

On June 7, 2016, the College Bound program hosted its fourth annual College Bound graduation ceremony in honor of the Class of 2016. The ...  Read More

Mentorship Program Preps Young Scholars for Higher Ed

Second Annual College Knowledge Day at Blythe Elementary

For the second year in a row, the Club hosted College Knowledge Day at Blythe Elementary School on May 23, 2016. Cleveland College Bound ...  Read More

Blythe Elementary School Visit La Brea Tar Pits

25 Students Enjoyed Day at Museum

Blythe Elementary School Visit La Brea Tar Pits Twenty-five students from the Club's Blythe Elementary School program enjoyed a day at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Settled on a 23-acre plot of land in the heart of Los Angeles, the Tar ...  Read More

Students participate in 27th Annual Chicano/Latin Youth Conference

Programs Highlighted History, Politics, and Culture

Students participate in 27th Annual Chicano/Latin Youth Conference   On April 30, 2016, students form Canoga Park and Cleveland High Schools participated in the 27t ...  Read More

Youth Of The Year Honored By LA Clippers

Wish Of A Lifetime Comes True

Youth Of The Year Honored By LA Clippers Like all kids, Ruby Antosh, 17, our Club's Youth if the Year has a goal.  For Ruby, this future doctor hopes to be part of the Los Angeles Clipper's' medical team.      On April 2, 2016, she came one step closer.  Ruby Antosh had lunch with Los ...  Read More

College Bound Visits College Campuses

Campus Tours Highlighted College Experience

College Bound Visits College Campuses Durin ...  Read More

Youth of the Year Honorees Recognized

Honorees Share their Experiences as Club Members

Youth of the Year Honorees Recognized On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, more than 180 people gathered at the Warner Center Marriott to honor our 2016 Youth of the Year, Ruby Antosh, as well as the eight children who were selected for their outstanding qualities.  Each student represented their individual s ...  Read More

College Bound's Ultimate Spelling Bee

Finalist Battled to Bring Home Trophy

 On Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, the Club's College Bound program hosted its First Annual Ultimate Spelling Bee at the Main Site. In order to have a spot in the Ultimate Spelling Bee and an equal opportunity of bringing home &quo ...  Read More

College Bash

College Bash On Friday, January 29, 2016, the Club's College Bound Teens program from the Main Clubhouse and Hale Middle School) hosted their ...  Read More


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