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Since 1968 the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley has been creating hope and opportunity for local youth.  Thank you for taking a moment to reflect on the Club’s rich history.

To the right, view our 50th Anniversary Video Series (produced by SCVTV), which captures the many faces of the Club.  Hear from our Alumni, Board Members, and Staff.  Just below, you can find a list of major milestones in the Club’s history.

Club Milestones

  • Early 1968: a group of community-minded Santa Clarita Valley citizens convened to discuss the growing problem of unsupervised youth and “latch-key” children in an expanding population.
  • March 20, 1968: The Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation in San Francisco approves a grant of $24,000 to found the proposed youth program for the Newhall-Saugus area.
  • June 2, 1968: Articles of Incorporation, under the name of Boys Club of Newhall-Saugus, were approved by the new Board of Directors.
  • July 30, 1968: Articles of Incorporation recorded with the Secretary of State
  • October 28, 1968: By-laws are approved by the Board and 1969 budget is approved.
  • First offices/clubhouse opened at 6thStreet & Newhall Ave. Later moved to the Pardee House at Walnut & Market Streets.
  • 1970’s: Expansion/Decentralization-Boys Club opens satellite locations in Saugus & Canyon Country: Emblem, Honby, Valley View, Wiley Canyon, SkyBlue playgrounds.
  • March 22, 1971: Board of Directors sets annual membership to $1 and opens membership to all boys and girls ages 7-18.
  • May 13, 1972: 1stAuction conducted at Ranch House Inn-nets $5,300.
  • April 14, 1978: Board of Directors changes name to Santa Clarita Valley Boys and Girls Club.  Commonly known as Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.
  • 1980: Emblem satellite building opens.
  • 1981: Val Verde programs begin.
  • 1981: Sierra Vista satellite building opens.
  • 1992: National Boys Club changes its name to Boys & Girls Club of America; 24 years after Santa Clarita.
  • July 17, 1992: Central facility in Newhall opens.
  • January 17, 1994: Northridge Earthquake: Red Cross establishes largest shelter in LA County at the Boys & Girls Club in Newhall.
  • 1995: Cal Arts partnership established; COC Scholarship, Transportation, & Extended Care programs started
  • 2000’s: Program is known as more than a place for fun and recreation. The Club is recognized as a place for local youth to receive academic support, explore career opportunities, and
  • 2002: Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley Foundation founded.
  • June, 2003: 27,000 sq. ft. full service Clubhouse opens at Sierra Vista.
  • November, 2003: 1stAnnual Festival of Trees held
  • 2008-2013: The Great Recession causes nonprofits across the country to close. Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley takes measures to ensure the program continues in Santa Clarita.
  • April, 2014: Jim. Ventress, Club CEO of 29 years, retires. Central facility named the James T. Ventress Clubhouse in his honor.
  • 2015: Foundation is merged into the Club.
  • 2018: Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley celebrates its 50 year anniversary, celebrating the tens of thousands of local youth whose lives have been given hope and opportunity thanks to community-minded Santa Clarita Valley citizens.
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