At The Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Clubs, all youth will have a safe and caring environment to:
- Learn and grow through structured and fun programs that will motivate youth to achieve high academic standards and be life-long learners;
- Develop into competent, socially conscious, and confident young adults with leadership skills;
- Cultivate self-esteem by learning and demonstrating respect and by listening and being heard; and
- Make their community a better place by taking the initiative to live healthy and happy lives.
Creating The Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Clubs began in 2001 when the City of Vacaville formed an advisory group to provide guidance on the future of three neighborhood centers serving youth from disadvantaged neighborhoods. The advisory group combined a mixture of experience and interest from Department Heads, community business leaders, and caring citizens.After exploring a variety of alternatives, the advisory group developed a business plan and formed a non-profit 501(C)3 organization with the goal of increasing services to children and youth in the city.
The advisory group’s decision to align with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) was a natural one because of their history and expertise of serving youth across the United States with a variety of nationally tested and proven programs that address today’s most pressing youth issues.
In 2003, The Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Clubs chartered its first site the Mariposa Center, hiring a charismatic Executive Director, Montoya Graham.
In 2005, The Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Clubs chartered an additional site at the Trower Center.
Through the recession, The Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club continued to serve youth and expand program offerings at extension sites.
In 2013, Anna Eaton was hired to move the organization forward.
In 2014, two extensions were opened in partnership with Vacaville Community Housing: the Acacia Center and the Teen Center at the Meadows.
In 2015, one additional extension was opened to serve the underserved middle school population at Vaca Pena.
As we celebrate the accomplishments of the last decade, we look forward to strengthening our partnerships to continue to serve the youth who need us most.