Boys & Girls Clubs opening at John Adams, Charles Dickens

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland will be transitioning the programming at its existing Mount Pleasant Club to two locations at John Adams High School and Charles Dickens Elementary in January.

The building currently housing the Mount Pleasant Club will be donated to the nonprofit 1st Stop Healthcare Solutions, which is owned by former Club member Kerrena Gilmore RN BSN. The building will be used as an educational training school and for community projects in the Mount Pleasant area.

The Club transition will take effect Jan. 4.

Mount Pleasant Club members in grades K-8 will go to Charles Dickens, which is on Corlett Avenue, while those in grades 8-12 will go to John Adams High School on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Charles Dickens will be a site for BGCC’s Ready Readers Plus program through the end of the school year and possibly beyond.

BGCC President Ron Soeder said the move will strengthen the organization’s relationship with Cleveland Metropolitan School District, ensure safe passage for Club kids, allow BGCC to introduce new sports and arts programs, help attract new members and save money on overhead costs that can now be used for programming. Soeder said the transition is “in line with our long-range plans to locate Clubs at Cleveland school sites rather than owning buildings. We believe it will result in a better Club experience for our kids and bring in more members.”

A similar move is being made at BGCC’s West Side Club, which will transition to new sites at Lincoln West High School and Luis Munoz Marin Elementary. Much like the situation at Mount Pleasant, the existing West Side Club building on Trowbridge Avenue is expected to remain in service to the surrounding community; two nonprofit groups have expressed an interest in purchasing it.

Founded in 1954, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland serves nearly 8,000 youths in Cleveland’s inner-city neighborhoods, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. The Clubs provide a safe place for children to learn and grow, to develop ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, to engage in life-enhancing programs and to create a culture of hope and opportunity.

BGCC’s mission is to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.