November 10, 2021
When School’s Out, Clubs are In
By: Tim Motts, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue
Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue will be open for full-day programming during Bellevue School District’s (BSD) closure on Friday, November 12, 2021.
From the moment BSD announced Friday’s closure, we began working on a plan to make sure our Clubs would be open for full-day programming. We knew many of you would be faced with the challenge of how to ensure your children are safe and fed during the day and believe it is our duty to take action to offer safe spaces for our city’s youth while schools are closed. Just as we kept our doors open for 75 weeks of full-day programs when BSD was remote due to COVID-19, we will always adjust operations when children need us. We know having youth in our Clubs ensures that they are productive and making the most of the situation, instead of being left alone. As we say, ‘when school’s out, Clubs are in.”
On Friday, November 12, 2021, programs will be offered from 8 a.m.—6 p.m. at the following BGCB sites:
- Downtown Clubhouse
- Eastside Terrace Clubhouse
- Ardmore Elementary and Sherwood Forest Elementary members
- Lake Hills Teen Center
- Hidden Village Clubhouse
- Nov. 12 only: Bennett Elementary members hosted at Hidden Village
- Spiritwood Manor Clubhouse
- Nov. 12 only: Phantom Lake Elementary members hosted at Hidden Village
- Lake Hills Teen Center
- Cherry Crest Clubhouse
- Nov. 12 only: Drop-in available for non-BGCB members, $40/day
- Jing Mei Clubhouse
- Nov. 12 only: Newport Heights Elementary members hosted at Jing Mei gym
- Wilburton Clubhouse
While we are eager to move beyond COVID-19, the impact felt by the pandemic - whether it was a change in health, employment, or housing - on our community was profound. Friday’s school cancellation brings to light the socioemotional toll the pandemic has had on children and adults alike. As an organization, we will continue to be resilient, adaptive, and determined. We know the recovery from the pandemic will be long for many of our youth, families, and communities — and we will be there every step of the way.
Mental Health Resources:
- Youth Eastside Services (YES) provides mental health and substance use support to ALL youth, birth-22, and their families in East King County.
- On Our Sleeves is the national movement to break stigmas around children's mental health.
- National Institute of Mental Health
- BGCA: How to Get Help Resource Page
- BGCA: Talking with Your Child About Mental Health
- BGCA: 5 Mental Health Tips for Teens