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Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County Receives Mentoring Grants

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County was recently awarded two Office of Justice Program (OJP) mentoring grants totaling $54,000 through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The purpose of the funding is to positively impact the lives of current and new Club members through strengthening, enhancing and expanding of Boys & Girls Clubs mentoring programs for at-risk youth residing in distressed areas.

“Boys & Girls Clubs is increasingly playing a vital role in many young peoples’ lives,” said Zane Smith, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. “In today’s economic climate, we offer a positive place after school for children whose parents are seeking a safe and enriching environment for their children.”

The Club is actively recruiting mentors ages 18+ to become part of the mentoring program at two Boys & Girls Clubs (the Armstrong Youth Center at 801 Niles Street in Bakersfield and the Lamont Club at 8301 Segrue in Lamont) to volunteer 1-2 hours per week after school and during the summer. Anyone interested in being a mentor is encouraged to attend a volunteer mentor orientation at the Armstrong Youth Center on Tuesday February 5th or Tuesday February 19th, at 5:00 p.m.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County has 3 clubs and 49 school sites in Arvin, Bakersfield, Lamont and Frazier Park, affecting 5,000 youth daily in a positive way. For more information, call 661-325-3730 or visit

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