SARASOTA, FL – On June 21, CYD (Community Youth Development) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County (BGCSC) hosted a welcome party at the Lee Wetherington Club of the BGCSC. During the event, the organizations celebrated the transfer of CYD’s award-winning youth development programs, STAR Leadership Training and SRQVolunteen, to BGCSC and thanked supporters for their continued commitment to empower youth as leaders in the community.
CYD supporters and program participants were offered tours of the facility, which will serve as home base for the program coordinators, who are making the move to BGCSC along with the programs. Guests heard from CYD executive director Karen Bogues and BGCSC President and CEO Bill Sadlo, as well as Career Resource Center director David Auxier and two Club members participating in BGCSC’s “Pixel Project,” which is exposing teens to nontraditional career paths and collegiate resources through practical experience and storytelling.
With considerable support from city and county government, area foundations and donors, CYD’s programs were developed and grew tremendously for 14 years while under the auspices of other nonprofit organizations; CYD incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit as recently as 2010, when no partners were available to provide an organizational umbrella for the programs. With current realities and changes in funding priorities, its leadership concluded it was not sustainable for CYD to operate as a stand-alone nonprofit.
CYD and BGCSC have worked together for 20 years to serve the youth of this community, partnering on numerous programs. Given the BGCSC’s focus on youth programs, and the infrastructure and efficiencies – including facilities available for use throughout the county – already in place, it was a natural partner. Additionally, this offers a wonderful opportunity for BGCSC to expand its teen programmatic opportunities and enrollment at the most opportune time: 2016 has been designated as “Year of the Teen” by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
STAR Leadership Training and SRQVolunteen are running as usual through the summer; BGCSC will officially assume oversight of the programs as of August 29. For more information, contact Karen Bogues, CYD, at (941) 922-5126 and/or Bill Sadlo, BGCSC, at (941) 366-3911.