"I couldn't have made it without the Club"
— Ms. Sarah Fitzgerald, Club parent
The Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club is a lifeline for the Fitzgerald Family. Ms. Fitzgerald is a single mother of five children who is a newly recovering alcoholic. As a result of her lapse back into alcoholism, she lost her home, job, husband, and relinquished her five children to her relatives' care. The unstable environment left her children with specialized needs upon their return home with their mother. Young James, age 13, is diagnosed with learning disabilities and has benefited greatly from the one-on-one tutoring our core program offers. Her other children, ranging in ages from 8 to 15 years old had problems from "learning to tie their shoes to making decisions that would aid in their success in life and everything in between". The Fitzgerald children have attended the Club for over one year. They are now doing well in school and have made wonderful lifelong friends at the Club. Ms. Fitzgerald credits the Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club, its programs, and the staff as having played a major role by assisting her children feel safe and secure enough to make positive relationships with each other, adults they interact with, and their peers, and be highly successful in school.
"I know Brianna is safe at the Club"
— Ms. Alma Sandoval, Club parent
Ms. Sandoval is the single parent of three daughters and must work full time in order to provide for her family. Her daughter, Brianna, began attending the Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club at age six with severe behavioral problems, at-risk for academic retention, and in-need of constant supervision. Despite receiving assistance from school teachers, counselors, doctors, and mental health workers, the family has a difficult time helping Brianna to concentrate and learn, placing tremendous stress on the entire family. Her behavior necessitates an individual aide to assist her in interacting with others, however finances only allow for the aide to be with Brianna for two days per week. Brianna needs one-on-one supervision daily. The Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club provides Brianna with the extra attention needed for her to be able to be a productive individual, including her participation in a one-on-one customized homework session. Although her behavior continues to be challenging, during the after-school hours her mother is assured that Brianna is safe, learning, and surrounded by caring adults.
Awards and Honors
- 1955 Inauguration of the Club by former president Herbert Hoover
- 1987 Bronze Keystone Award for continuing concern and deep involvement in the development of youth
- 1991 Commitment to Quality Award for enhancing the quality and enrichment of the lives of youth people
- 1994 Safety Award for outstanding achievement in the field of industrial safety.
- 2000 Children's Empowerment Award for the dedication to the children of San Mateo County
- 2001 Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community
- 2001 San Mateo County Sustainability Award for the vitality of economic and social equity
- 2002 CA State Assembly Recognition for tremendous contributions to the community
- 2002 Children's Report Initiative Award for dedication to youth of San Mateo County
- 2002 CA State Assembly Certificate of Recognition for exemplary service for the children of San Mateo County
- 2002 College Park grand opening
- 2006 DeLue Clubhouse at the Bayshore Community Center grand opening