Assistance League of Ventura County

Girls Club/Teen Club

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Girls Club/Teen Club provides an after school safe haven and summer camp for girls attending elementary and middle schools in the city of Ventura.

Enrollment for the Girls Club/Teen Club is open to all girls who are in the 1st through 8th grades in local elementary and middle schools. Fall registration for the after school program takes place in August. Summer Camp registration takes place in May.

The Girls Club/Teen Club offers a wide variety of activities that support academic achievement and life skills such as cooking, sewing, dance and arts/crafts. They create fashions to model at the annual Spring Tea and Fashion Show, learn about nutrition and healthy choices, and find creative ways to earn money to support their many projects. There are weekly theme days, field trips, fundraisers and so much more.

For enrollment information, call 805-643- 3408

History

The first philanthropic program adopted by the Ventura County chapter of Assistance League was Girls Club in 1954. In 1960 the chapter acquired the house at 913 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura, which is the current location of Girls Club. In 1968 a Teen Club was added to the program in the adjacent house on Kalorama Street.

Girls Club/Teen Club provides an after school safe haven and summer camp for girls attending elementary and middle schools in the city of Ventura. It was established to give young girls and teens a safe, nurturing place to go after school and during summer breaks while enriching their lives through its many activities that are offered with an emphasis on self-respect and respect for others.

The Teen Club also benefits from special attention given to them by members of the chapter’s Nancy R. Brandt auxiliary, employed professionals who donate their time to share information about their careers with the goal of instilling in the girls a desire to pursue careers of their own and to obtain the education that will make that possible. Academic achievement, healthy eating habits, self-esteem, personal enrichment and empowerment are measurable outcomes that ensure the on-going success and high regard for this program.

The average attendance for the Girls Club/Teen Club is 75 girls in the after school program and 85 to 90 for the summer camp. The Club’s goal of maintaining a 10 to 1 member to staff ratio enables the staff to get to know each girl ensuring that individual needs are met. Families in our community who entrust the care of their daughters to the Girls Club/Teen Club value the personal attention given, the uniqueness of some of the programs offered and the importance placed on character development.

An alumna of the Girls Club/Teen Club recently wrote a letter of thanks to Assistance League members. She was seven years old when she first attended the Club and continued through her middle school years. She said, “The summers at Girls Club were some of the most special times in my life, giving me an opportunity to grow, try new things and be accepted for the girl I was and the young lady I was becoming. Thank you for all that you do. I’m happy today with who I am. And I’m who I am today because of Girls Club.”

To accommodate girls whose families cannot afford the tuition required for attendance, full and partial scholarships are offered depending on need. The scholarships are funded by chapter fundraising and donations.

Each year two Teen Club members receive $500 scholarships from the Vivian Johnson Memorial fund that was established to assist girls with continuing education after high school.

Girls Club/Teen Club
913 East Santa Clara Street
Ventura, CA 93001
girlsteenclub@sbcglobal.net
Girls Club – 805-643-3408
Teen Club – 805-648-5201