Our Impact

Teen Empowerment Strategy

For almost 20 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast has served teens making it one of the longest-standing and most successful teen centers in Orange County. Club teens participate in our Teen Empowerment Strategy, a comprehensive approach to impacting their lives and preparing them for their transition into adulthood. Our Teen Empowerment Strategy focuses on core areas such as college preparedness, life-skills, recreation, fiscal responsibility, career aspirations, social skills, volunteer work, and academic reinforcement. In recent years, the Club has steadily increased its investment in teen services in areas such as college scholarships, internships, outreach efforts, and most recently completed a capital campaign enabling us to open our new Garage Teen Center, which will allow us to serve 60% more teens annually.  

Teen Center "The Garage"
College Bound
Teen Be Great Graduate
Youth of the Year

Teen Center "The Garage"

For decades, the garage at the Club housed our bus, vans, and equipment, but in mid-2013 the Club launched a capital campaign to renovate and expand the Main Club facility. The cornerstone of the redesign was the complete transformation of The Garage into a 3,500 square foot Teen Center with a separate entrance and branding strategy. In partnership with Visioneering Studios, The Garage is an innovative and state-of-the-art complex dedicated and designed specifically for teens. The Garage is the new definition of a Work-Play-Learn teen center environment. We held our ribbon cutting in September of 2014, and expect to welcome 60 percent more teens during the 2014-15 school year!

College Bound


The goal of College Bound is to introduce and expose Club members to the idea and attainability of a college education and prepare them for success after graduation from high school.  College Bound is a year round program that introduces and exposes Club members to the idea of college, provides daily academic support, sponsors numerous college pathway activities including important resource acquisition, and prepares members for a successful college experience.  At the heart of this program is the one-on-one case management strategy, through which youth receive the guidance, encouragement, and resources that they need to set and obtain their educational goals.  

Case Managers track academic progress and note the classes needed to meet the curriculum requirements of the University of California, California State, and community college systems. Over the course of the program, the Case Manager works with youth to develop academic goals. They guide youth through application and testing procedures, provide academic tutoring, assist with financial aid applications, teach youth to manage deadlines, advocate on their behalf, counsel parents, and provide cultural mentoring.

Teen Be Great Graduate


In Partnership with AT&T, Santa Ana Unified School District, and Santa Ana High School; the Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast launched a comprehensive on-campus intervention strategy for 9th grade students most vulnerable for dropping out of school. Club Mentor Professionals and Mentor Volunteers provide high school students with mentoring services and a support system designed to keep them on track for on-time graduation. Using data to identify warning signs for dropping out of high school and key metrics for goal-setting throughout the mentoring experience, Club Mentor Professionals & Mentor Volunteers provide strategic intervention at one of the most critical points of a student’s academic career.     

Youth of the Year

There is no greater impact the Club can achieve than helping our kids foster their dreams and putting them on a path to realizing their goals.  Each year, our Club honors an individual member to serve as the Youth of the Year; this individual acts as an ambassador of the Club, speaks in front of City Officials, Board Members, and at Club events, and most importantly acts as a role model for all the younger kids in our program. To become the Youth of the Year, nominees go through a rigorous process with essay application and panel interview comprised of Board Members and Strategic Partners.

The Club is proud to announce our 2016 Youth of the Year, Kimberly Pimentel. We are so proud of all Kimberly has accomplished, and for her dedication to her studies and being a positive role model in the community. In addition to striving for academic excellence and maintaining an above 4.0 GPA, she also dedicates her time to volunteer with our younger Club members, helping to mentor our next generation of leaders. Kimberly possesses a positive and enthusiastic personality, and strong communication skills. We are so proud of Kimberly, and are happy to announce that we awarded her a $ 12,000 scholarship to help support her first two years of college, with a total of $ 20,000 being awarded between our 4 candidates.

Kimberly has come from a difficult background, however she has not let that stop her from achieving her goals. Kimberly found the Club when she was looking for a safe place for her younger sisters, and when she found the Club she realized that it had much to offer her as well. Kimberly has over 500 hours of volunteer service at the Club, and has been awarded "Volunteer of the Month" twice. Kimberly describes her character as defined by "positivity, determination and emotional strength." Kimberly believes that she can make a difference, and we agree! Congratulations Kimberly, we can’t wait to see the great place you will go in life, starting with California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she’ll be attending this fall!

Electing just one teen to serve as Youth of the Year is never easy, we had 4 fantastic candidates, and are so proud of all they have achieved. We are confident that they will all go on to do great things, and hope that the $ 20,000 in scholarships we awarded will help them achieve their dreams for college success and beyond.

"My time at the Club has been the most important part of my adolescence. It has given me a purpose, it has made me believe in myself and it has been a positive place for me. With a wonderful staff that will help me face my problems, I am not alone anymore. I am the Boys & Girls Club and the Boys & Girls Club is me. 


 - Kimberly Pimentel, 2016 Youth of the Year