My name is Ms. Val! I am currently the Area Coordinator. I oversee our out of school programs at Grover Heights, Grover Beach, Oceano, Fairgrove, and Shell Beach Elementary. I have worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of South San Luis Obispo County for over 7 years. Before becoming the Area Coordinator for all of our elementary school sites, I was the Site Coordinator at Grover Heights for 3 years, and a Youth Development Specialist for 4. I have worked many summer, Winter and Spring break camps over the past 7 years supporting both youth, families and newly hired staff. I have over 20 years’ experience mentoring and teaching youth ages PreK - High School working with special needs youth, families in transition, foster families and have been a youth and family advocate for over 20 years. My favorite thing to do with our youth is to inspire them to be kind, creative, caring and responsible young adults. I love sharing my love of Legos and Outer Space with our youth, I really enjoy building lasting relationships with our youth and their families. I will end this with my favorite quote: "An Investment in a Child is an Investment in the Future" so invest wisely!
I'm Noah Ives, a SLO native and Cal Poly graduate with a degree in Psychology and several years of experience working with local youth. Professionally, I've worked with both BGCSLO and LMUSD to provide mentorship and safe, fun spaces for teens to come after school. I know how important it is to have a place to feel comfortable, especially as a young person, so I strive to make things fun, comfortable, and safe for our youth. In my personal life, I'm an unabashed nerd with a passion for music, comic books, video games. I have an absolutely amazing fiancee and a cute-but-needy dog. I also play guitar and make a pretty mean fried chicken sandwich. I'm happy to be back with BGCSLO as our Teen Coordinator and I look forward to working with our community to create great program for our local teens.
Hello everyone! My name is Ari and I've been with BGCSLO for 2 years, working at our Oceano, Grover Beach and Shell Beach sites. I serve as a coordinator and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion(DEI) coordinator. You can find me working on establishing a safe and brave zone for our youth. As a psychology major and Anthropology minor, my love for learning about cultures and diversity has driven me to work in the field of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. My goal as a DEI coordinator is creating a sense of belonging using social-emotional programming that allows all our youth to feel here, heard and that they matter. When I'm not at work, I'm a casual indoor gardener with a love for collecting all things cute and kitsch. You can also find me making polymer clay crafts or hanging out with my dog named Ollie Bear.
Youth development professionals and specialists represent the heart of what we do at the Boys & Girls Clubs of South San Luis Obispo County! Thank you to our team for doing whatever it takes for our youth members!