When school’s out, clubs are in. On June 12, 2017, children in the Mount Shasta area began attending the new Boys & Girls Club of the Siskiyous located at Sisson Middle School in Mount Shasta.

The Club reported that more than 120 children had registered for the summer program, and others were on a waiting list.

Through the vision of local business owners, a steering committee began meeting two years ago and started working on solutions for kids who needed more activities after school and during the summer.

It was determined that a Boys & Girls Club would be a good match because of their brand, programs and goal to serve children who need it the most.

Thanks to Barry Barnhart, Kale Riccomini, and the Mount Shasta Union School District Board, an agreement was created to allow the Boys & Girls Club to be housed within Sisson Middle School.

The Club will provide a variety of affordable programs aimed at achieving three priority outcomes for youth – academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character.

Each Boys & Girls Club responds to the needs of their own communities and raises their own funding. Thanks to three local banks, Berryvale and many others, the Boys & Girls Club says it is off to a strong start. “The vision for the future is to expand services by adding a youth and teen center, focusing on all areas of the south county,” according to a press release.

This summer the Club will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for children ages 7 to 14. Twelve staff under the leadership of executive director Noam Zimin have planned a fun exciting summer. A fall program will begin Aug. 22.

The board of directors includes Kirk Andrus, Mark Clure, Parish Cross, Berry Deal, Jane Huston, Sheryle Neukirch, Mike Rodriguez, Heather Solus, and Linda Stremel. They are working on formulating a strong business plan, according to the release.

The Club is looking for more volunteers and donations are always appreciated. For more information contact info@bgcsiskiyous.org or 530-220-5055.