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Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County

Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County

Organization Mission

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Boys & Girls Clubs is the only youth service organization in the area providing after-school drop-in programs daily, with educational, vocational, recreational, social and character development for ages 6 to 18.

The Big Idea:
Positive Sprouts

Young gardeners in this Positive Sprouts Garden program gain skills early on that form a foundation for a life of healthy eating. Through hands-on activities that encourage scientific exploration and nutritious choices, youth and their caregivers learn how to plan, build, plant, and maintain a garden.

Positive Sprouts aims to combat childhood and adolescent obesity by empowering youth and their families to grow a simple home garden and turn their produce into a healthy meal using an easy-to-follow recipe book.

Gardens in both the Downtown and Live Oak Clubhouse locations are also areas for conversation and meditation that foster respect for neutral, quiet spaces for reflection.


My favorite part of the day is growing vegetables in the garden. The garden makes me happy and excited to learn how vegetables grow and how to make healthy food. I love sharing the food we make with other Club members and my family. Our garden is the prettiest place in our whole Clubhouse!

Aria, Santa Cruz, age 8