Dear Parents and Community Members,
As important members of our community, we would like to inform you of some exciting changes coming to the Sammamish Boys & Girls Club Teen Center and before and after school programs formerly offered in Sammamish elementary schools. Beginning in September, we will be working with the Sammamish City Council in an effort to expand the Teen Center into a full service, school-age inclusive, Boys & Girls Club. The site will be called Sammamish Boys & Girls Club and will add licensed school-age programming before and after school to address the significant need for such services in the community.
This expansion will allow us to serve families that have been displaced due to the recent loss of programming space at Smith and McAuliffe Elementary Schools. Expanding the Sammamish Teen Center into a full-service Club, with licensed programs for kids ages 5-12, will allow us to serve many more kids every day with our high-quality programming in a setting designed specifically for them. Maximum daily capacity is anticipated to be over 100 kids. The exact amount will be determined by the state DEL during the licensing process. In addition to serving the Club members previously attending Smith and McAuliffe, we will be able to expand our reach to more elementary schools within the City of Sammamish boundaries – including both Lake Washington and Issaquah school districts. BGCKC will provide safe transportation to and from the Club. Programming will have a focus on social and emotional learning as we look to increase our impact in our three primary outcome areas of academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
In addition to working with the Sammamish City Council in September, we will work with our Washington State DEL licensor and the school districts to make any necessary changes. At this time, we will no longer offer an after school teen drop-in program. Rather, the teen leadership and community service programs (Keystone and Torch Clubs) will be offered during evening hours. There will be no changes made to any athletics programs.
We will continue to keep you informed about the expansion and we appreciate your support of expanding our outreach to youth in Sammamish.
If you have any questions or concerns at this time, please reach out to Regional Director, Shaila Khan, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.250.4782.
Lisa H. Chin, Ph.D. Shaila Khan
President/CEO Regional Director