SERVING YOUTH WHO NEED US THE MOST
As an organization, we are working hard to be a reliable partner for our families and the families of those emergency health care and public safety workers. This is not a decision that we have come to lightly – your health and safety is our top priority, space is limited. If your child(ren) shows any symptoms or falls into CDC criteria of high risk, keep them home. Additionally, if you can keep your child(ren) at home due to the ability to take time off or employer who allows you to telecommute, please do so.
SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM UPDATE
ATTENTION Casa Grande Elementary School District FAMILIES
*This Club will be located at Mesquite Elementary School
*It will begin on August 17 and continue until in-person learning resumes
*Days of Operation: Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
*Hours of Operation: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
*This program is free to all CGESD students
Let us know if you have any questions!
SUMMER PROGRAM UPDATE
For the past 22 years, our organization has worked hard to provide young people with a safe and fun place to go when they are not in school. It was our focus on safety that caused us to drastically change our operations two months ago, and it is this same focus on safety that will force us to change how we operate this summer.
In late-March, the CDC announced new social gathering guidelines that limited groups “to no more than 10 people”. After closing all of our Clubs, we reopened our Nap Lawrence Branch with limited capacity (64 total spots) to serve emergency and critical healthcare families from Banner Casa Grande Medical Center and Sun Life Family Health Center (since then, we have also opened up spots for families from the Casa Grande Fire and Police Departments). While we are now at a point where our city and state are starting to “open back up”, the CDC has not updated their social gathering guidelines (although we will share our plan for when they do later in this post). As we prepare for our Summer Program(which will officially start on Tuesday, May 26), we will move forward with the same capacity limits.
First responders and healthcare professionals continue to lead the charge as our nation battles the COVID-19 health crisis. We want to support these brave men and women and their families. In recognition of the critical role they play in the overall welfare of our community, we will continue to serve the families that we are currently serving during our summer program. Based on current attendance, we have 25 additional spots that we can offer to the general public. We know that this number does not come close to meeting the demand for our services (last summer, 558 members registered for our summer program and we had an average daily attendance of 219), but this is the maximum number of members we can add while still maintaining the safest environment possible. Over the past two weeks, we have had a series of discussions to determine the best way for us to host “Summer Registration” this year in a safe and fair manner. As a result, we believe that a lottery is the best way for us to move forward.
HOW THE LOTTERY WILL WORK
We anticipate that the CDC and local health officials will provide updated social gathering guidelines soon. If/as these guidelines allow for larger groups, we will add more spots to our summer program and we will use the same lottery-system outlined above to fill the additional spots.
We know that many of you rely on our programs. We appreciate your trust in us, and we look forward to the day when we will be allowed to operate all of our Clubs at full capacity again! Unfortunately, we know that we won’t be able to serve every interested family this summer. This is a heartbreaking situation for us, we love having a gym full of laughing kids and helping to prepare them for a great future. We know that some longtime members won’t get in and we know that families who really need us won’t get in. We wish this wasn’t our current reality, but it is. Given that reality, we think that a lottery is the fairest way to move forward. Please know this pandemic does not change our commitment to this community. We will continue to offer high-quality youth development programs in a safe environment to as many young people as we can.
We are excited to partner with Casa Grande Parks & Recreation to offer a program at the Len Colla Recreation Center this summer! This program is open to current Len Colla members, and registration will begin tomorrow at Len Colla from 8:30 - 11:30 am.
As a part of the City’s return to service plan, the Len Colla Recreation Center will operate in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley for the summer of 2020. This unique partnership with the Boys and Girls Club will allow families that typically utilize Len Colla to have first priority to secure a spot in the summer program. Current Len Colla members will be contacted by Boys and Girls Club to be given an opportunity to enroll. If any spots remain after current members are contacted, a lottery will take place to fill any open spots. Boys and Girls Club staff will be onsite at Len Colla on Friday, May 22 from 8:30-11:30 for summer registration.
Learn more about the partnership here: https://drive.google.com/…/1mtFgZiEAyKXppjcg7zQYVGuWc…/view…