Youth Development

Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside

Great Futures Start Here!

aka Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside

Half Moon Bay, CA


The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of America is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Ms. Jill Jacobson

Main Address

PO Box 545

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 USA


youth development, education, tutoring, mentoring, sports, athletics, soccer, surf, basketball





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Boys and Girls Clubs (Combined) (O23)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club (N50)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Most BGCC members attend Cabrillo Unified School District which remains one of the lowest funded districts in San Mateo County. Along with lower expenditures per pupil, class size remains higher than other districts. Our communities served are rural, isolated by very limited public transportation, and are populated by significant numbers of students who are classified by as living below the poverty level and learning English as a second language (57% of current BGCC members are at poverty level and 45% are English Language Learners). There are no open labs, sports arenas, hospitals, museums, or art centers on the Coast.

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside

Where we work

Our Results

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Grade Point Average for Members in the program at Cunha Intermediate School

Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our objective is to provide members the tools they need to successfully graduate from high school and prepare each of them for success in career and post-secondary education. Boys & Girls Club provides students with an extended learning day, mentoring and tutoring (1:15 ratio), enrichment classes, sports, and life/leadership skills.

1. To continue with the After-School programs (Count Me In!) for middle school and high school youth, helping them build healthy habits, and providing them with the tools they need for success in career and post-secondary education. BGCC Count Me In! programs are designed to increase academic success and encourage physical and emotional health and wellness and take place Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00pm during the school year for grades 6-8. BGCC’s partnership with the district enables daily communication on student assignments, attendance, and grades. Healthy snacks are offered daily in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. All members have access to an extended learning day, mentoring, small group instruction, high expectations and deliverables for each member, a sense of belonging and positive role models, daily homework assistance, leadership opportunities, life skills support, social and emotional skill development, and career and college planning. A sampling of Count Me In! programs includes: • Power Hour a comprehensive homework help and tutoring program that develops and increases academic proficiency, providing a ratio of 1 tutor to15 members four days a week throughout the school year. • Youth of the Year and Junior Youth of the Year promotes service, academic success, strong moral character, life goals, and public speaking ability. • Member of the Month Club honors a student each month for academic success, community service, and leadership accomplishments. 2. Provide enrichment opportunities that help keep our members involved throughout the school year and during summer months. A sampling of current enrichment programs offered throughout the year includes: • Triple Play is a comprehensive wellness initiative designed to improve overall health by increasing daily physical activity, teaching good nutrition, and helping develop healthy relationships; • Sports Clubs (surf, soccer, basketball, girls golf, swimming) provide fitness and enrichment opportunities after school, on weekends, and during the summer. • Torch Club Leadership members identify community needs and develop activities solving the problems. • Event Center, funded primarily by BGCC, provides space all-year for indoor sports and community events. • Field Trips, provide the first opportunities many of our low-income youth have for participation in off-campus events. 3. Provide Summer Camps for middle school students, with leadership and community service opportunities for high school students. BGCC Summer Camps for grades 6-9 prevent summer learning loss. BGCC summer camps offer a weekly array of academic, fitness/athletic activities, and enrichment activities five days a week from 9:00am to 4:00pm, and a day-long field trip once a week. Teens also participate as Counselors in Training, working with rising 5th-graders and middle school students, and receiving community service credits for their work.

The depth and breadth of BGCC partnerships, the community connectedness of program staff, the engagement of Board members who are leaders in the communities served, and the dedication and ongoing service of BGCC volunteers, all coupled with an impactful vision for every youth member, ensures every member will achieve the 21st century skills needed to prepare for a successful future. Jill Jacobson, the Boy and Girls Club new Executive Director, is a professional educator with a background in non-profit and small business management. Amanda Larson, our new Education Director, brings to the BGCC extensive experience working with young people both in formal and informal education settings including guiding young people through the development of community arts installations, tutoring and coaching. Sandra Sarabia the new Site Manager at Cunha Intermediate School is a former student and part-time staffer. She knows the importance of staff and how one individual can really impact a kid’s life. Sandra recalls how her own experience in the BGCC program was critical to her education, self-esteem and social life – and that really motivates her to give her all to the kids today. We have donated space right on the Cunha Intermediate School campus so students can attend before and after other campus commitments. BGCC maintains a Memorandum of Understanding with Cabrillo Unified School District to assess grades, attendance, and teacher referrals. We have generous funders who enable us to offer our programming for free or very low fees.

We track students' grades and attendance. We communicate with teachers and counselors to monitor how students are succeeding in school. We participate in the National Youth Outcomes Initiative (NYOI). The NYOI was created to help Clubs measure the Club Experience and youth outcomes. NYOI uses common, research-informed indicators with data collected via member surveys. The Member Survey asks members about their perceptions of the Club and measures indicators of youth achievement in BGCA's priority outcomes areas.

In both 2018 and 2019, BGCC middle school members exceeded our goal of achieving a 3.0 GPA for the full academic school year: they achieved a 3.1 in 2018 and 2019!

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