Boys and Girls Clubs Set to Open Eight New Locations in Northeast Ohio This Summer

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Eight new boys and girls clubs are scheduled to open in the area this summer, including locations in Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain and Huron counties.

The expansion is the first step in Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio’s strategic plan to provide more young people with greater experiences and the opportunities they desire, said Jeff Scott, CEO of the organization.

The first set of new clubs will open next month and will be school sites funded by stimulus dollars and the Ohio Department of Education.

Some of the sites will be in Euclid, Cuyahoga Falls, Garfield Heights and Akron. The organization also plans to open its first club in Huron County at New London Elementary School on June 13.

Nationally, Boys and Girls Clubs aim to provide safe and fun places for children ages 6-18 after school and during the summer.

In northeast Ohio, Scott’s group serves children in Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain and Erie counties. The non-profit organization operates 40 clubs throughout the region.

Post-pandemic, many school systems are reverting to traditional after-school models or adopting a hybrid approach. Because of that, Scott said, the organization had a duty to do more to help Northeast Ohio’s youth.

Club membership is free. Memberships are free and open to young people aged 6 to 18. Activities include athletics, school help, arts and music programming, leadership opportunities, field trips, and breakfast and lunch daily.

In the future, Scott said he hopes donations from individuals and businesses will enable the organization to create more self-sustaining clubs in the area. Ultimately, he wants to add 15 more sites in northeast Ohio.

“Our young people deserve our tireless efforts. We can never stop. Never stay seated. This is the first step to continue doing more for our young people,” he said.

You can learn more about Boys and Girls Clubs and access registration forms by visiting www.bgcneo.org. To access the summer membership form, go to tinyurl.com/BGCNEOsummer.

The new clubs will be at:

· Akron Buchtel Community Learning Center, for students who have completed grades six through 12. The start date has not been determined.

· Akron North High School, for teens in grades 9 through 12. The start date is yet to be determined.

· Cuyahoga Falls Preston Elementary School, for children who have completed kindergarten through grade five. The start date has not been set.

· Ely Elementary School in Elyria, for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. The club starts on June 27.

· Euclid Middle School, for children from 6 to 18 years old. The start date is yet to be determined.

· Garfield Heights High School, for children who have completed kindergarten through seventh grade. The club starts on June 20.

· Longfellow Middle School in Lorain, for children who have completed kindergarten through seventh grade. The club starts on June 13.

· New London Elementary, for those who have completed kindergarten to year seven. The club starts on June 13.