The Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies provides a safe and fun place for youth from 5 – 18 years old in Fairplay and Bailey. Serving more than 500 students, the Club offers a place where students can focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character, and citizenship. The program prioritizes five key elements for positive youth development: a safe, positive environment; fun; supportive relationships; opportunities and expectations and recognition. The program covers five core program areas including the arts, education, health and wellness, leadership and service, and sports and recreation.
The Club is offering a variety of summer programs including field trips to skate parks and wolf preserves, roller skating, swimming, and art exhibits. Also new this summer is an art therapy program. And especially important is having all the kids together in person to have fun. The expectation if for a record number of youth participating in the program and for a semblance of getting back to pre-COVID normal.
Over the past school year, the club offered weekly emotional resilience programming with local mental health providers coming to the club to support staff and youth. It was a favorite program for everyone! They have completed Positive Action/Social Emotional programming, the Stock Market experience, and Active Youth/Healthy Futures.
The Club hosted many successful events and fundraisers throughout the school year. A highlight was the chili cookoff in March. Twelve chili-chefs competed in this well attended community fundraiser.