The Club

Our mission is to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential and contribute to their communities.

Our vision for children and youth is that:

  • Every child achieves academic success, and has developed a plan for their future
  • Every child is physically active every day
  • Every child develops a positive sense of self

For more than 60 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County has promoted the positive development of generations of youth.

Our organization, founded in 1953 by a group of concerned citizens, was known as the South San Francisco Boys Club. The first clubhouse, at Orange Park, was dedicated by Herbert Hoover in 1961. Subsequently, the Pacifica Boys Club, which was incorporated in 1965, merged with the South San Francisco clubhouses, and this merge helped create what is now called the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County.

Today, our organization includes five sites in the communities of Pacifica and South San Francisco: the original Orange Park Clubhouse,  the Paradise Valley Clubhouse, the Sunshine Gardens Elementary School Clubhouse, the Pacifica Yosemite Drive Clubhouse (former site of the Pacifica Boys Club), and the Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School Clubhouse. We currently serve more than 2500 children and youth annually, in programs designed to promote academic success, and physical and emotional health.

Since our inception, the Club has provided youth (ages of 6-18) with a safe haven to participate in structured and stimulating activities outside of school hours. The Club’s programs are rooted in youth development practices that facilitate self-confidence and self-esteem, and foster a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence and competence. Club members benefit from a broad range of programming, including focusing on healthy habits, physical activity, healthy relationships, academic support, and positive identity and leadership development.

The Club is a known and trusted community asset; many of our former members still live and/or work in the area, including teachers, police, business owners, and corporate employees. We have strong relationships with the cities of South San Francisco and Pacifica, the South San Francisco and Pacifica Unified School Districts, the police and fire departments of both cities, and with numerous area businesses. Our board of directors represents several sectors within our local communities (including parents, alumni, and South San Francisco and Pacifica city council members) and provides strong leadership for our organization.

In addition to our relationships with local cities and schools, we maintain effective partnerships with (among others):

  • Second Harvest Food Bank (we serve as a food distribution site that provides more than 200 food boxes to families monthly)
  • Kaiser Permanente, which provides speakers and materials for health education programs and workshops for our Club members
  • Numerous area businesses, such as, Best Buy, Comcast Corporation, Genentech Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Sony Corporation, Torani, UPS, and others who have provided funding, volunteers, and/or opportunities for educational presentations and field trips
  • Service clubs, such as, SSF Rotary, Kiwanis International, and Elks, Lions, and Odd Fellows Clubs

Non-Discrimination Policy

Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Club. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, please write a letter detailing the complaint and send it, by mail, to 201 W. Orange Ave., South San Francisco CA, 94080.