White City Boys & Girls Club provides safe place after school

White City is home to one of more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide. The organization was established just over 100 years ago and was been a safe haven for some of the nation’s most notables in their youth.
    
Locally, the club opened in 1999. Funding issues shut it down for a time, but since 2001, the White City location at 3275 Ave. A has served hundreds and hundreds of area youth.  District 9 buses that serve White City Elementary and Mountain View Elementary let students off at the White City branch.  Studies show the after schooltime from 3-6 p.m. is the most dangerous time for children, especially for  those who may have no adult supervision.
 

The facility is open until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekdays,
except Wednesday, the club opens at 2:30. With Wednesday an early
release day for District 9, the club opens at 1:15 p.m. Friday night is
teen night from 6:30 until 9 p.m. When there are holidays such as
school in-service days, Thanksgiving, Christmas, spring break, the club
extends it hours and operates from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
   
A snack is the first order of business when the youth arrive. After that it may be homework time for some. 
   
Inside
the 4200 sq. ft. building is a tech center with several computers, an
arts and crafts room and a game room. Outside there is a sand
volleyball court, a general playground and a basketball court.
   
The
club provides diversified activities to meet the interests of all young
people. Based on the physical, emotional, cultural, social needs and
interest, the club offers programs in five areas:
   

  • Character and leadership development

   

  • Education and career development

   

  • Health and life skills

   

  • The arts

   

  • Sports, fitness and recreation

   
The
White City Club is one of several in the in Jackson and Josephine
counties. The White City Branch Manager is Carrie Beebe. She and her
team welcome up to 150 youth, ages six to 18 daily.
   
Membership
for each child is $30 a year. For those who cannot afford the
membership, community members and businesses sponsor memberships
through their donations.
   
Donations may be mailed to White
City Boys & Girls Club, 3275 Ave. G, White City, OR 97503. To learn
more about the local club or to arrange for a tour, call Carrie Beebe
at 830-7623.

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