Boys and Girls Club of Baja California Sur (formerly Gente Joven por un Cambio) is a project unlike any other. The union of these two foundations has provided the youth of BCS with the opportunity to learn and socialize in healthy and protected spaces.
The programs are geared towards free time after school, during which the risk of incurring unproductive or criminal behavior rises.
Our extracurricular activities are complementary to current educational programs, helping children and young people achieve success in school, explore vocational opportunities, stay healthy and acquire important skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
Sports and artistic activities are encouraged, as well as managing conflicts in a positive way.
All of this helps the children build their self confidence and self esteem.
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of BCS, is to provide our youth with a safe, supportive, fun and enriching environment that inspires and empowers them to achieve their greatest potential.
Provide children with a safe space and a healthy environment where fun and constructive activities can be carried out to help them:
- Realize their interests
- Gain self-confidence
- Define their goals and provide motivation to achieve them
- Become agents of change for their community
How We Got Started
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Six years later GJC has grown to 400 students mentored by 40 volunteer coaches serving children 8-18 years old. The after-school programs offered are helping the youth achieve their dreams by empowering them with a voice, life skills and the freedom to explore. These programs have been so successful that GJC is now becoming Boys and Girls Club of BCS.
Although Onagh’s beloved husband, Bill, recently passed away, his legacy and Onagh’s will be one of love, care and guidance for the deserving children of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Under the new umbrella of Boys and Girls Club, the important programs of GJC will continue to serve more children than ever. less
Where We Are Now
The beginning of 2020 will welcome the first Boys and Girls Club of BCS. Formerly, Gente Joven Por Un Cambio, BGCBCS will continue the important programs and work started by GJC. Currently located in La Playita, BGCBCS plans to expand to the towns of San Jose and Cabo as soon as suitable locations are found. The after school programs will expand to reach children from the ages of 6-18. Boys and Girls Clubs of BCS will be only the 12th Mexico location for the foundation.
Increase achievement and reduce school dropout rates.
Enact positive social change.
Reduction of vandalism in young people.
Reduction of addiction in young people.
Training community leaders.
Training of athletes and artists.
Alumni Hall of Fame
Below are just a few of the many alumni who were influenced by their hometown Boys & Girls Club.