Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club


Club Location: 1080 Wellington Trace, Wellington
Club Director- LaTrica Jenkins

Program Coordinator-Joyce Wolliston
Phone:  (561) 790-0343

History:

Wellington Boy's and Girl's ClubThe Boys & Girls Club of Wellington opened in 1987 through the combined efforts of the Youth Activities of Wellington group, Corepoint Corporation, Palm Beach County and Acme Improvement District. The original site was on 17 acres in the Village of Wellington Park and included two baseball fields, two outdoor basketball courts and a 3,500 square foot building made possible in part by the generous support of the Alberto Vadia family. In 1998, thanks to the generosity of Sandy Abouzeid, the Club doubled its size, bringing it to 7,000 square feet. Even with the expansion, the club’s limited size still forced the club to turn away hundreds of children in need. Working in conjunction with the Village of Wellington, a new parcel in a high density area with a large youth expansion was acquired and a new lease was finalized. In 2012, thanks to a generous $1.5 million donation from Neil S. Hirsch, $600,000 from Palm Beach County, $700,000 from the Village of Wellington and numerous other donations, the organization broke ground for the new 22,570 square foot Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club in May. The new club is scheduled to open in April 2013.

 

Wellington Boy's and Girl's ClubNew Facility:

  • 22,570 square feet
  • 15,000 square foot parking lot
  • Learning  center, computer lab, arts & crafts center, junior and senior game rooms, teen lounge, full-sized kitchen, dance studio, gymnasium, teen lounge and office spaces.
  • Capacity: 300 served daily

Hours of Operation:

The Club is open between 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, throughout the school year.  During the spring and winter breaks, and teacher planning days, the Club is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Programming:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County works to help youth of all backgrounds develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. The Club offers daily access to a broad range of programs in six core areas: character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and technology.

  • Wellington Boy's and Girl's Club KidsTutoring with certified teachers
  • Daily homework help
  • Smart Moves prevention curriculum
  • Arts & crafts
  • Singing classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Speaker series
  • Field Trips
  • Basketball
  • Daily inside and outside recreation
  • Computer education
  • Summer Camp
  • Spring/Winter break camps
  • Prevention programs
  • Leadership Programs

2011-2012  Membership Profile:

  • Total membership—570
  • Average daily attendance—102
  • 57.4% are boys and 42.6% are girls
  • 43.7% are African Americans, 1.4% are Native American/Indian, .5% are Pacific Islander /Asian, 47.4% are Caucasian, 7% are Hispanic,
  • 51.6% live in single parent or non-traditional households
  • 42.1% live with household incomes of less than $29,999

Fees:

  • $30 annual membership fee for school year
  • Affordable fees for extended programs (summer/spring/winter)
  • Nominal fees for  transportation
  • Scholarships available

Club Wish List:

We are currently soliciting items for the new Club, if you can help please contact Kae Jonsons at (561) 683-3287

Major and Named Donors:

  • Neal S. Hirsch Gymnasium
  • Julie & John Kime Welcome Center
  • Dr. and Mrs. Shekhar Sharma Center for Education

Naming Opportunities:

Through our Capital and Endowment Campaign, a commemorative gift is permanent and highly visible and a tribute to the donor’s commitment to children. As we continue to seek contributions to build our new facility, commemorative opportunities are available as follows:

  • Computer Tech Lab (Name Dedication) - $50,000 * Computer Tech Lab (Furnishings) - $25,000
  • Cadet Game Room (Name Dedication) - $50,000 * Cadet Game Room (Furnishings) - $25,000
  • Administrative Wing (Name Dedication) $100,000 * Area Director’s Office - $25,000

*Additional rooms and furnishings are also needed. Contact the Development Office at (561)683-3287 for a complete list.

Family Programming

Through a new Family Liaison Initiative, the Clubs offer monthly educational and family fun nights for all parents and guardians of the youth it serves.

One parent recently wrote the following about the program:

"The Clubs provide a sense of community and a safe haven for my children. As a single mother I appreciate the support and a chance to be with other parents, solve problems and gain more insight into how to be a better parent."


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