Boys & Girls Club of Wiyot Country

  

Pictured above Jeff Jacobs, Chief Professional Officer; Alan Anspach, Regional Director of the Boys & Girls Club of America; Liz Smith, Assistant Professional Officer; Michelle Vasses, Social Services Director Wiyot Tribe; Patrick Callihan, Wiyot Country Boys & Girls Club Manager.

Mission

The Boys & Girls Club of Wiyot Country provides a positive place to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens by celebrating their culture and community, enjoying healthy fun with their peers, and to learn new skills and self-confidence under the guidance of responsible adults.

Key Club Elements

  • Safe, Positive Environment - Club staff, facilities, programs and age-appropriate settings create stability, consistency and sense of physical and emotional safety for members. The Club provides structure and clearly defines acceptable behaviors.
  • Fun - The Club generates fun for members. Members develop a strong sense of belonging through connections they establish with staff and peers. Staff members make the Wiyot Club feel like home, fostering a family atmosphere and creating a sense of ownership for members.
  • Culture - The Club provides cultural activities which include: Wiyot Language, traditional arts, regalia making, and other modern and traditional cultural practices guided by communities elders and leaders.
  • Improve Academic Achievement - The Wiyot Club offers individualized tutoring and homework Power Hour which seeks to improve student math skills, reading skills and reading appreciation. Provides school supplies to needy students.
  • Healthy Lifestyle - The Wiyot Club offers a healthy afterschool snack, and daily physical activities as well as a healthy breakfast and lunch during the summer.  Club programming includes Together Raising Awareness for Indian Life, Smart Girls and Smart Boys.
  • Supportive Relationships - Club youth develop meaningful relationships with peers and adults. Staff members actively encourage such relationships.
  • Opportunities and Expectations - The Wiyot Club youth accquire physical, social, technological, artistic, financial and life skills. The Club encourages members to develop moral character while staff reinforce high expectations.
  • Recognition - The Club recognizes and supports young people's self-worth and accomplishments. Staff members encourage youth and provide positive reinforecement as they make improvements and experience successes.
  • Youth Development Outcomes - Through frequent participation in Programming that intentionally incorporates the Key Elements; young people become productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
  • Positive Self-Identity - Youth set and attain goals and have a positive view of their future, confidently making necessary decisions to achieve their life plans. They become self-sufficient and are able to support themselves and others.
  • Health and Well-being - Youth adopt a healthy diet. They practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.
  • Positive Values - Youth develop and demonstrate strong character and are guided by positive value including honesty, integrity, caring and fairness.
  • Commitment to Learning - Youth value education and lifelong learning and make learning an integral part of their future plans.
  • Social Competency - Youth have positive relationships with family, friends and coworkers and appreciate cultural diversity.
  • Cultural Competency - Through regular participation in cultural activities, tribal youth will be grounded in their culture and become future cultural leaders and active participants in their cultural practices.

Logistics:

To become a club member the parent and child must complete a membership application, the child must be aged 6-18, may be an enrolled Wiyot tribal member or an immediate member of a tribal member family (step child, foster child, half sibling etc) or a child residing within 5 miles of the Table Bluff Reservation Community Center (from highway 101 take Hookton Rd. approximately 4.5 miles to 1000 Wiyot Drive). The Wiyot Club is open year round. During the school year the Club is open after school and operates extended hours when school is out. For more information or to join contact Michelle, Justin or Jessica at the contact information below:

To join or for more information, contact:

Boys & Girls Club of Wiyot Country
1000 Wiyot Dr., Loleta, CA 95551
Phone: (707)733-5055
Fax: (707)733-5601
michelle@wiyot.us or
jknickerman@bgcredwoods.org

Check out the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods Wiyot Club website
www.bgcredwoods.org/