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Afterschool Program

Drop in programming
Monday through Friday 2:00-7:00pm

Downtown opens 12:30 Wed
Live Oak opens 12:30 Wed and Fri

Open to youth ages 6-18
Cost: included in $75 annual membership fee

During the afterschool program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County, Club members are encouraged to participate in a variety of programs and activities that promote good character, academic success, personal responsibility, exploration and fun. While at the Club, members are placed in age appropriate groups and have scheduled time in each of our program areas, ensuring they receive a fulfilling, well-rounded afterschool experience. Activities include homework help & tutoring, computer & technology programs, arts & crafts projects, gym & sports activities, and gamesroom tournaments.

We also have special interest programs throughout the year like music lessons, swim team, and swim lessons. Details in our Afterschool Program Flyers below and on our Special Interest Classes page.

Afterschool Programs Flyer 2017-18

For more details about our activities schedule, download our flyer! (PDF)

Afterschool Programs Flyer 2017-18

For more details about our activities schedule, download our flyer! (PDF)

Sample Daily Schedule

2:00 – 3:45pm Check in, Free time & Snack
3:45 – 4:00pm Assembly
4:00 – 5:00pm Power Hour (Homework hour)
5:00 – 5:15pm Assembly
5:15 – 6:45pm Rotations:

Time Games Room Art Gym Computers
5:15 – 6:00 6 & 7 8 & 9 10 & up 6 & 7
6:00 – 6:45 8 & 9 10 & up 6 & 7 8 & 9

5:30 – 6:45pm Open Swim (currently Downtown Only)
6:45 – 7:00pm Clean up

Power Hour

We offer a free educational enhancement program called Power Hour which includes homework help and tutoring. Staff and volunteers provide assistance to members and distribute points and incentives for homework completion which can be exchanged for fun prizes. If members finish homework early, they can participate in other educational activities to further develop their skills.

Examples of Teen Programs (check flyer for confirmed schedule)

Real Talk Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30pm: Social awareness discussion group. Teens will analyze news events from the past week and use critical thinking skills to decipher how these events will change their world. Group will also discuss real social issues facing teens today and how to safely and intelligently navigate through those issues.


SMART Girls Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:30pm: SMART Girls is a BGCA health, fitness, prevention/education, and self-esteem enhancement programs for girls. The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable teens to develop to their full potential.

Creative Arts Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:00pm: Teens get to create poetry, drawings, paintings, songs, and short films about a new and broad topic each week.

Future Time Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:30pm: This group focuses on career preparedness, college readiness, and financial literacy.

Toastmasters Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:30pm: Teens will practice their writing and public speaking skills during weekly meetings. Participants will prepare short speeches and present them to their peers during a teen program provided dinner.

Passport to Manhood Fridays, 3:30 – 4:30pm: This program fosters positive values and responsible behavior in boys 11 to 14 while giving them practice in making healthy decisions related to their physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development. As they build and practice life skills for decision-making, conflict resolution, and healthy relationships, boys learn the essential attitudes, values, and skills they need to become responsible adult men.

Walking Bus

We offer walking bus programs from Bay View Elementary, Mission Hill Middle School and Gault Elementary to the DOWNTOWN Clubhouse and from Del Mar, Live Oak, and Green Acres Elementary Schools to the LIVE OAK Clubhouse, Monday through Friday. Please see front desk for registration.

Bay View walking bus details: Club staff meet students by cafeteria doors to small parking lot at 2:45pm, depart at 3pm, and arrive at Club by 3:30pm. On Wednesdays, meet at 12:45pm, depart at 1pm, arrive at Club by 1:30pm. Cost is $5.00 per week paid in advance at the Club. ONLY registered members will be picked up.

Mission Hill Middle School walking bus details: Club staff will escort 6th, 7th & 8th graders from Mission Hill campus to the Club each day after school. This program is free of charge.

Gault walking bus details: Club staff meet students at picnic tables in school yard to depart Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 3pm, and Wednesdays at 1pm. Cost is $10.00 per week paid in advance at the Club. ONLY registered members will be picked up.

Del Mar, Live Oak, and Green Acres walking bus details: Club staff escort 1st-5th graders to the Live Oak Clubhouse after school. Cost is FREE, but you must register every week and inform us of days your child is attending.


carpool_imgInterested in carpooling to the Club?

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County has created an online database through GoogleDocs to help parents/guardians find carpools from local schools to the Club. Sign up to carpool here!

(Please note that this is provided as a service to parents/guardians, and the Club is not responsible for exchanges relating to carpooling.)