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United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County

United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County-5868

Organization Mission

The mission of UBGC is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

The Big Idea:
Recess Programming and Buellton Program Expansion

We are piloting a unique in-school recess program in partnership with Santa Barbara school districts where we provide structured physical fitness activities in place of PE classes that are rapidly being cut. We also launched an after-school site in Buellton. These programs lead to the healthy development of our community’s youth and combats rising rates of childhood obesity.

We received the following note from Jennifer Tatum, school counselor at Jonata Middle School, in response to our in school recess programs:

I just had to write and tell you that we are amazed and feel it to be a real miracle that for five straight school days there has not been a single referral to the office for any playground, recess, or lunch infraction. We are all aware that you are forming relationships with the students and how much of a support you really are. And from a school counselor’s point of view, these kids could not be better served during these most challenging times of the school day. I’m so glad you’re here!

— Jennifer Tatum, school counselor at Jonata Middle School, Buellton