BGCGCV is proud to announce that in 2021 it is celebrating 20 years since its founding.
BGCGCV was founded in 2001 by Thousand Oaks resident, community leader and philanthropist Cal Johnston. He had the vision of bringing high quality, research-based youth development programming in a safe and nurturing clubhouse atmosphere to youth in the community. That same year, BGCGCV began its affiliation with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), and in 2003, its first Club opened on the campus of Los Cerritos Middle School in Thousand Oaks.
Today, BGCGCV is one of the top 100 Boys & Girls Clubs out of the network of 4,000-plus independently run Clubs in the country.
BGCGCV’s mission is to enhance the lives of young people and their families by providing a positive environment that cultivates academic success, healthy lifestyles, character and citizenship.
BGCGCV runs nine clubs co-located at public elementary and middle schools in Conejo Valley and Las Virgenes Unified School Districts. In typical times, the organization supports over 4,000 registered members annually and hosts an average daily attendance of over 1,000 youth every day of the school year, and over 500 youth every day in the summer. In total, our programs touch 12,000 youth, ages 5-18 within the communities of Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, and Calabasas.
Over the years, BGCGCV has become a familiar and well-known name in the community, among school officials, and parents.
BGCGCV rose to the challenge when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, as schools began to close, and a new era of learning started to take place, BGCGCV was 1 of 402 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country and 1 of only 9 Boys & Girls Clubs in California that kept doors open and expanded hours to all-day in order to provide critical services to essential working families. Clubs have continued to step up and support their community, illustrating the importance of having a safe place for youth to go not only after school but during times of crisis.
Over the past 20 years, BGCGCV has helped over 75,000 youth build brighter futures toward becoming the leaders of the future. It has provided academic, enrichment and leadership programming, and workforce development for high school students.
BGCGCV will be celebrating 20 years in 2021 with Club alumni stories, community supporter highlights, and promotion of a vision for the next 20 years. Special giving and recognition opportunities are available and a socially distanced Gala event will be held in September. For more information, please contact Natalie Gonzalez at [email protected] or 818-706- 0905.
Make sure to follow Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley on social media (@bgcconejo) and check out their virtual tour to see all of the exciting programs and activities being offered daily (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UByguzB-zUw&t=30s).
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) are open full time Monday – Friday to support youth. In typical times, they are open before and after school, during lunch, on weekends, for summer camp, and all-day during school vacations. Tours of the Clubs are available upon request. The Boys & Girls Clubs also offer a variety of employment positions with excellent benefits and ongoing professional development. For more information about employment opportunities, supervised youth programs, to donate, volunteer, or register online, log onto www.bgcconejo.org or call 818-706-0905.