CYD (Community Youth Development) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties (BGCSC) have announced that the BGCSC will assume oversight of the STAR Leadership Training and SRQVolunteen programs as of August 29.
With considerable support from city and county government, area foundations and donors, CYD’s programs were developed and grew tremendously for 14 years while under the auspices of other nonprofit organizations; CYD incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit in 2010, when no partners were available to provide an organizational umbrella for the programs. With current realities and changes in funding priorities, our leadership concluded it was not sustainable for CYD to operate as a stand-alone nonprofit.
CYD and BGCSC have worked together for many years, partnering on numerous programs. Given the BGCSC’s focus on youth programs, and the infrastructure and efficiencies – including facilities available for use throughout the county – already in place, it was a natural partner. Additionally, this offers a wonderful opportunity for BGCSC to expand its teen programmatic opportunities and enrollment at the most opportune time: 2016 has been designated as “Year of the Teen” by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
The programs are operating as usual throughout the summer and will transition seamlessly in the new school year. The current STAR Leadership Training and SRQVolunteen program coordinators will move to the BGCSC’s Lee Wetherington Club location and continue their work with area youth uninterrupted. Two of our full-time non-program staff – founder and 20-year executive director Karen Bogues and director of resource development Yolanda Mancha – will assist in the transition and then move on to new opportunities.
Our organizations are thrilled at this new evolution of youth programming in our community. SRQVolunteen and STAR Leadership Training are two incredibly strong assets to our existing Teen Program that will strengthen our dedication to the “Year of the Teen” movement being led at the national level. We congratulate the leadership of CYD for caring first and foremost about the young people served – and who will continue to be served – and for entrusting BGCSC to oversee the STAR Leadership Training and SRQVolunteen programs for years to come. For more information, please contact Bill Sadlo, BGCSC President/CEO, at (941) 366-3911 or .
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