By Lookout Staff
August 31, 2012 -- The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica opened a new branch at Olympic High School Thursday to much fanfare.
Olympic High School, the only alternative continuation school in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, serves nearly 140 students, many of whom are considered at-risk.
“We are very excited to be serving this population, helping students to make-up credits while providing them with skills to use in their post-high school educations and future employment,” said Aaron Young, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica.
“We are eager to introduce College Bound, a Club program which helps students to achieve their academic and life goals,” he said.
Among those in attendance Thursday were Mayor Richard Bloom and Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks.
Now that the new branch is open, all students enrolled in Olympic High School will also be members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica, according to club officials.
As a result, Olympic High students will have access to all the educational resources and programs it offers, free of charge.
“The Club will also offer extra-curricular activities such as community service and leadership-focused clubs and programs,” officials said.
The new addition to the school, located at 721 Ocean Park Boulevard, will serve a student body, many of whom are at Olympic High because they needed extra support.
“Our school is for those students who are short on credits to graduate and maybe need an alternative learning environment,” Principal Janie Yuguchi Gates told The Lookout in May (“Olympic High School’s Alternative Approach Helps Students Succeed,” May 7, 2012).
The on-campus site will be open during lunch and after school.
The approximately 140 Olympic High Students will join the nearly 7,000 youth that the 68-year-old organization already serves throughout Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, West Los Angeles and Inglewood.
For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica, visit their website at www.begreatsantamonica.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.