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The Center Viking Youth Club originally began in 2005 as an after-school program located in the Center Consolidated School District. At that time, school surveys and county data indicated high risk factors and low levels of engagement during out-of-school time for K-12 students. Local community members became interested in becoming involved with the development of members in the after-school program. In November of 2014, the Center Viking Youth Club became a 501c3 entity, allowing community members to take an active approach towards shaping students' futures. It was then named the Boys and Girls Club of SLV-Center. The Center Viking Youth Club's current location was donated to the organization in fall of 2015; the doors officially opened up to the community May of 2016. This allowed the Center Viking Youth Club to provide full summer programming to its members.
In 2018, the Center Viking Youth Club changed its name from the Boys and Girls Club of SLV-Center to the Center Viking Youth Club. It expanded to fit the needs of the community by offering Friday programming when the school district began a four-day school week. Currently, the Center Viking Youth Club strives to address community needs in an attempt to reduce the rate of risk factors and low academic performance through the integration and focus on the principles of Positive Youth Development, and restorative practices. In addition, the Club attempts to provide further enrichment by creating a safe-structured after-school setting, as well as parent programming.
Our mission is to ensure that all children and youth, especially those who need us most, are offered opportunities to realize their full potential as responsible, caring, and productive citizens of a richly diverse world.
We aim for academic success. Through our center, we provide a responsive resource in which our youth are supported in order to learn and/or develop skills necessary to achieve academic success.
"It [Center Viking Youth Club] gives the kids a chance at getting out of the house into a structured environment.
As well as the opportunity to make friends."
Center Viking Youth Club Parent
Lawrence loves working with kids from his hometown, Center, CO. He uses his knowledge from when he was their age to pay it forward.
Carmen is the Out of School Time Coordinator for Center Schools. She loves spending time with the CVYC students, especially when they go on field trips together.
Mariano is the Out of School Time Assistant Coordinator. He grew up in San Luis and after graduating high school went to college in Fort Collins at Colorado State University.
Brandon is a Program Facilitator and has been with the CVYC since August 2022. He loves working with Center Youth to achieve their dreams!
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