CARLSBAD — Teens at Carlsbad High School will have a new after-school option available to them in September – “The Armory,” an on-campus club at Carlsbad High School, sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.
“The teen years are a critical time in a young adult’s life,” said Teen Director Abby Snyder. “They are old enough to be at home alone, but that’s when many get into trouble. Transportation between school and our club is an issue, so we are going to provide a Boys & Girls Club right on the Carlsbad High campus. We intend to give teens the opportunity to participate in our life-changing programs at a location that is convenient for them.”
The teen program is available at no charge Monday through Thursday, from the minute school ends until 6 p.m. Each day will have a different focus:
— Tutoring – volunteers from Cal State San Marcos, Palomar, and Mira Costa Colleges will be used to help teens achieve academic success
— Community Service – including beautification and maintenance projects at Carlsbad High School as well as beach and lagoon clean-ups to satisfy each student’s requirement for community service hours
— Intramural Sports – including softball, ultimate Frisbee, dodge ball, tennis, and other fun activities to keep teens active and in shape
In addition, all members will be eligible to participate in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s “Youth of the Year” competition. The winner receives a $10,000 college scholarship.
“We hope to expand this program to the Sage Creek campus as well,” said Snyder. “This type of program has never been offered on a high school campus, and we have the flexibility to grow this program organically as needs arise.”