teens can hang out in…’The Club’

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Visalia Boys & Girls Club is offering a teen room with booth seating, hi-def TV, video games, a full-sized kitchen
@TheSunGazette
VISALIA – Teenagers don’t like sharing a room with their younger siblings on summer vacations, and they certainly don’t want to hang out with younger children they aren’t related to at a Boys & Girls Club all summer long. They need a club within a club, and that’s exactly what the Visalia Boys & Girls Club is going to give them.
The Visalia Boys & Girls Club recently announced the opening of their newly-renovated teen room called “The CLUB”. The room is a place for teenagers to call their own and hold activities that better suit their age. Recently, the Teen Room has received a makeover which includes: a new coat of paint chosen by teen members, new restaurant-style booths for snacking with friends, a huge high-definition TV with a Playstation and Nintendo Switch for video game breaks, and a full-sized kitchen. Along with the Visalia Teen Room, a variety of summer activities and programs will be offered at six total Clubs. The renovation of the room has been made possible by the Youth Grant meant to sponsor extracurricular activities for young adults starting at middle-school-age. The grant is funded through Measure N, a half-cent sales tax approved by Visalia voters in November 2016.
The teen room will be open all summer—Visalia The CLUB memberships for teens are free!
Even if you do not reside in Visalia, your kids and teens can still participate in summer programming. The Tulare, Strathmore, Exeter, Ivanhoe, & Farmersville sites will also be providing exciting game room activities, sports leagues, fun reading clubs, STEM clubs, art, and service projects all throughout the summer vacation. To register for a membership, you can register at your local Club or print out an application ahead of time at www.bgcsequoias.org/ourclubs.
Morning summer programming will be offered at the Exeter and Visalia Clubs, running from 7:30 a.m. to noon for $60 per week. Summer hours for Clubs are 1-6 p.m., with the exception of Tulare (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Strathmore (12-4 p.m.). Fees vary by location. If you or someone you know may benefit from these services, please visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias web site for more information and follow them on Facebook & Instagram @BGCSequoias for updates.