REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula celebrated the opening of its newly renovated High School Center in Redwood City. To recognize the opening of the fully upgraded facility, the Club hosted an open house and a ceremony honoring the local Class of 2017 high school graduates who have participated in its programs. At the event, students shared details of their post-high school plans.
The Mervin G. Morris Clubhouse provides several enrichment programs for participants including art, business, culinary, health and athletics. Last year, it served over 160 kids through these programs and offered electives and internships that encourage students to engage in daily professional challenges to prepare them for life after high school. The programs are designed to increase student outcomes and graduation rates. In the last year the students who participated in the Club programs has increased from 60 to 160. The facility’s recent renovations cost approximately $4.8 million dollars and were paid for and constructed by Jay Paul Company and its associated construction company Level 10.
“This renovation is a remarkable gift to the Redwood City community and to the more than two hundred students we serve,” says Peter Fortenbaugh, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. “We cannot thank Jay Paul enough for his generosity and commitment to at-risk youth.”
Longtime local philanthropist Jay Paul, principal of the San Francisco based Jay Paul Company, donated $4.8M to the Boys & Girls Club to fund upgrades to the Clubhouse with the goal of better meeting the needs of local youth. “I have wonderful memories of participating in programs at a Boys & Girls Club while growing up. I want to make sure every Redwood City youth has an opportunity for a positive and safe high school experience where they gain the skills they need to succeed in life,” says Jay Paul, Founder of Jay Paul Company.
Orlando Mayen, a graduating senior from Woodside High School and a student from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula says, “College was never something that I thought was possible until the Boys & Girls Club said ‘Hey you can to a 4-year.’ After learning about the process and really preparing through College Bound, I know feel like I can go. This fall, I will be attending San Francisco State University.”
Renovations began in spring of 2017 and included a commercial quality kitchen capable of serving 200 dinners per night, enhanced academic support, and a state of the art athletic space. With the assistance of Jay Paul, the Mervin G. Morris Clubhouse is now an up to date and powerful resource for the Sequoia Union High School District students to better educate and position themselves for the future.
The Mervin G. Morris Clubhouse is open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and offers training in culinary skills, college access, academic support and tutoring, athletics, technology and leadership. Since last summer, the Clubhouse has nearly tripled the number of high school students participating in its programs.