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Local Boys & Girls Club wins national award 

Local club wins award for after-school program and summer camp

Boys And Girls ClubThe Boys & Girls Club in Paso Robles has won a merit award in the category of Best Overall Program with a budget less than $500,000 from the national Boys and Girls Club of America. The Honor Awards for Program Excellence is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) most coveted and prestigious program award.

This awards program recognizes local clubs from throughout the United States for their achievements in outstanding local program development. Award-winning programs are fun, demonstrate imagination and are linked to observable youth development outcomes. And, year after year, they set new standards for program excellence in the following nine categories: The Arts, Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, Sports, Fitness and Recreation, Best Overall Program – Organization Budget More than $500,000, Best Overall Program – Organization Budget Less than $500,000, Best Overall Participation and Regular Attendance, Innovations in Safety.

The Boys & Girls Club in Paso Robles submitted four entries; including one for Best Overall Program with a budget less than $500,000. After an the judging process, the Boys & Girls Club in Paso Robles was one of the two organizations to be chosen for Best Overall Program and ultimately secured the Merit Award, a runner up to the Honor Award. Merit Award winners receive a plaque and a cash award of $2,000. Both Honor and Merit Award winners receive recognition at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Conference in May 2014.

“I can’t express my happiness in wining this honor,” says Todd Evenson, Board Chairman of Boys & Girls Club in Paso Robles. “We have all worked very hard in program development and strengthening our organization as a whole. And to have been declared one of the best programs in the Nation…well we wouldn’t want to provide our kids and the community with any less.”

The Boys & Girls Club in Paso Robles is hosting a Community Open House Thursday, April 3rd from 5:30 to 7 p.m.. with a presentation at 6 p.m. The public is invited to come and enjoy appetizers and refreshments and tour the clubhouse and learn about the programs and services offered to youth and families in our community. The club is located at 600 26th Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446, behind Flamson Middle School. For more information visit

About the Boys & Girls Club in Paso Robles

The Boys & Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo is an educational after school program and summer camp available to youth, ages 5-17, at an annual membership fee of only $20, with additional fees applied during the summer. The club serves children with high-quality programs in a safe, fun and caring environment. Children are engaged in academic, enrichment, and social activities that broaden their perspectives, develop their skills and enhance their lives. The children are inspired and enabled to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring adults.

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