Boys & Girls Clubs opening at Lincoln West, Luis Munoz Marin

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland will be transitioning the programming at its existing West Side Club of Trowbridge Avenue to locations at Lincoln West High School and Luiz Munoz Marin Elementary.

The transition will take effect Jan. 4.

The building currently housing the West Side Club will be sold but will remain in service to the community. Two local nonprofit organizations have expressed an interest in purchasing the structure, and a sale is expected to be completed by January, according to BGCC President Ron Soeder.

West Side Club members in grades K-8 will go to Luis Munoz Marin, which is on Castle Avenue, while those in grades 8-12 will go to Lincoln West on West 30th Street.

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 Mount Pleasant Club, which will transition to new sites at John Adams High School and Charles Dickens Elementary. Much like the situation at the West Side Club, the building housing the Mount Pleasant is being donated to the nonprofit 1st Stop Healthcare Solutions, which will use it for an educational training school and for community projects.

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.