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 Volume 12, Issue 55  |  July 10, 2020

OC Boys & Girls Clubs do “Whatever It Takes” to build great futures amidst COVID-19 and reopen 

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs across America have helped put young people on the path to great futures by creating safe places, connecting them with caring mentors, and providing life-enhancing programs focused on academics, health, and leadership. As the country came to an abrupt stop with the spread of COVID-19 and communities were asked to stay home and shelter-in-place, Boys & Girls Clubs continue to offer hope and basic needs support for essential workers, families in need, and youth of all ages. Essentially, doing “Whatever It Takes.” To watch the Whatever It Takes video, click here.

In Orange County, 14 Boys & Girls Clubs, spread across 25 cities and 109 sites, are united in continuing to do “Whatever It Takes” as the region begins to reopen and recover during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are committed to helping and supporting the 90,000+ diverse youth they serve to achieve great futures through a tailored approach that meets the needs of each unique community while addressing the five core areas that all Boys & Girls Clubs focus on. These core areas include closing the job skills gap, breaking the cycles of inequality, creating safer childhoods, mentoring tomorrow’s leaders, and making our youth’s voices heard.

In line with these core areas, select Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Orange County will offer a variety of support services for the youth and families of the communities they serve including in-person and virtual programming, telehealth services and wellness checks, grab-n-go STEM activities, access to licensed therapists, food distribution, family resources, literacy and reading programs, and childcare for essential workers. 

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Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach member showing the butterflies he made in virtual art class

“The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us in many different ways,” said Jon Peat, vice chair of Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange Area Council. “But, through these difficult times, we have learned about our collective strength, resilience, and the impact we have on our communities. We have evolved quickly and continue to innovate new ways to serve our members best. The Boys & Girls Clubs in Orange County will continue to be an organization that people can count on.” 

The 14 Boys & Girls Clubs in Orange County are as follows: 

--Boys & Girls Clubs of Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach, Lake Forest)

--Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim and Cypress 

--Boys & Girls Clubs of Brea-Placentia-Yorba Linda 

--Boys & Girls Club of Buena Park 

--Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley (Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano) 

--Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast (Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana) 

--Boys & Girls Club of Fullerton

--Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley (Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach) 

--Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra 

--Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area (San Clemente) 

--Boys & Girls Club of Stanton 

--Boys & Girls Club of Tustin 

--Boys & Girls Club of Westminster 

The Clubs also seek financial support so they can continue to lead the recovery of their communities, as well as provide critical youth development services. 

For more about Boys & Girls Club Laguna Beach, go to

For information on specific programs, services, and community offerings, and how to donate, visit

For more information on Boys & Girls Club of America, go to


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