For the three years Julian Torres, 14, attended Shoreline Middle School, the Live Oak program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County was his second home. And as he prepares this fall to enter Soquel High School as a freshman, he expects the new Live Oak Clubhouse to play the same important role in his life.
“It’s cool because you get to interact with staff members, some who are college-aged, and they understand you,” Julian said. “They are kind of like a big brother and big sister and we just have fun with them.”
Julian attends the Live Oak Clubhouse every day after school and in the summer.
“Basically, if I’m not at my house, I’m here,” he said.
He enjoys playing basketball, playing video games and hopes eventually to become a volunteer staff member at the Clubhouse to help other kids with homework.