Wellington – Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club

1080 Wellington Trace
Wellington, FL 33414
Phone: (561) 790-0343
Club Director: Kenda Peterson
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION


Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County - Wellington (Neil S. Hirsch)Membership Profile 2013-2014

  • Total membership: 552
  • Average daily attendance (school year): 130
  • 57% boys, 43% girls
  • 39% are African Americans, 30% are Caucasian, 25% are Hispanic
  • 51% live in single parent or non-traditional households
  • 25% of Club members qualify for free or reduced lunch at school

New 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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County - Wellington (Neil S. Hirsch)

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.

Fees

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

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 and fitness; and technology.

  • Tutoring 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 play
  • Computer education
  • Summer Camp
  • Spring/Winter break camps
  • Prevention programs
  • Leadership Programs

 


History

The Boys & Girls Club of Wellington opened in 1987 through the combined efforts of the Youth Activities of Wellington, 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, because of Sandy Abouzeid, the Club doubled its size, bringing it to 7,000 square feet. But 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 opened in April 2013.


Club Wish List

We are currently soliciting items for the new Club; please contact Kae Jonsons at (561) 683-3287 if you are interested in donating.

Commemorative Gifts

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 our new facility, commemorative opportunities are available as follows:

Major and Named Donors

  • Neil 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 of needs for the Club.


Family Programming

Through a Family Liaison Initiative, the Clubs offer monthly educational and family fun nights for all parents and guardians of the youth it serves. Among the programs offered are family game nights, bullying seminars, and financial literacy programs.

Family programs are available for sponsorship. If you would like further information, please contact Noel Martinez at (561) 683-3287 or nmartinez@bgcpbc.org.

"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." – Club parent