MEET THE SKIDMORE FAMILY
Jose III (middle) is 14 years old and freshman at Carpinteria High School. Jose started attending the Club in Carpinteria in June of 2015 and has continued to attend frequently. Jose has a brain tumor that affects his vision, balance and motor function. The Club has been a place where he can be a teen. Jose enjoys painting and watching sports with other Club members. Jose’s father lost his job when Haggen’s closed in Carpinteria and they were homeless, living in a hotel room with his father and sister. During the holiday season, Jessica (middle left) hoped to give back to a family in need and was paired with Jose’s family by our Club Director, Timothy Grigsby. She had to opportunity to meet Jose, his father and sister and support them during their difficult times. The Skidmore family also received a sponsorship from an anonymous donor to purchase clothing and home supplies to get them through the winter season. Dad is now a part of the UBGC team and is living and working at Camp Whittier.
For me, UBGC wasn’t a place to go because I had nowhere else to go. I knew a lot of kids in my neighborhood. My parents also worked very hard to provide me with a good life. The problem was, that a lot of the kids in the neighborhood back then were getting into trouble; where I was more into school and sports. The Club provided me with a playground, literally. I was able to go and be a kid without any worries. It was also a place where my parents knew I would be OK. I didn’t have to worry about getting jumped, or feeling pressure of being in a gang… I only had to worry about being a kid. That, for me, meant everything!
Vice President, Private Client Banker & Westside Boys & Girls Club Alumnus
Triple Play, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s first comprehensive health and wellness program, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, strives to improve the overall health of Club members ages 6-18 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.
FORMULA FOR IMPACT
UBGC serves over 600 youth daily through its after-school programming offerings. Each Club member takes part in a daily rotation that exposes him or her to program offerings in our three priority outcome areas, as established by the Formula for Impact.