If the past month has been any indication, there was quite a need in Incline Village for a program like the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.
The Incline site, known as the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe (BGCNLT) Duffield Youth Program, is pretty much full, explained Mindy Carbajal, BGCNLT CEO.
"We opened the door with 115 members and right now we've seen growth, already in fact, to the point where we're full …" Carbajal told the Tribune.
The Incline Village site, which is located in Incline Elementary School, started operations Jan. 16. It offers out-of-school time programs for kindergarten through fifth graders Monday through Friday from the moment school is released until 6:30 p.m.
On Friday, Feb. 9, the club hosted an opening ceremony at the new location. More than 150 community donors, partners and supporters were in attendance, including Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval; Cheryl Duffield of The Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation, for which the site is named; and representatives from the offices of U.S. Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Dean Heller, both of Nevada.
At the event,100 club kids performed in their green, BGCNLT Duffield Youth Program shirts before an official ribbon cutting.
Carbajal was very excited about the response to the opening ceremony.
"We wanted to ensure that the program for the event would honor our donors, partners and supporters as well as celebrate with club families and the community," she said in a statement. "We were thrilled that so many attended and want to be involved with the club."
Along with the new Incline Village location, BGCNLT operates a clubhouse in Kings Beach that serves kindergarten through 12th grade, a Kings Beach-based preschool, and a school-based site within Truckee Elementary School for kindergarten through fifth grade. Across all sites, BGCNLT currently serves over 1,800 local youth with before and after-school programs, summer camps and sports leagues, according to the club.
The Duffield Youth Program in Incline Village currently serves 102 registered members, averaging 80 members a day. A waitlist has been started for additional families who are interested in entering the program.
As Carbajal told the Tribune, the club does hope to expand in Incline Village in the future when it is more established.
For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, contact the club at 530-546-4324 or visit http://www.bgcnlt.org.