Exciting New Boys & Girls Clubs for La Mesa

The Need...

...for a Boys & Girls Club and Teen Center in La Mesa is a compelling one:

  • 24,255 households
  • 10,301 school-age children live within the La Mesa public school districts
  • 62% receive free or reduced lunches
  • Projected population growth to 62,000 by 2020
  • 495 calls for police service in 2011 to 3 schools within two blocks of the Club site
  • 401 calls for police service in 2011 within 1 mile of the site for crimes that typically involve juveniles including skateboarding, runaways, vandalism/graffiti, drugs
  • No other everyday low-cost youth programs exist in this area

The Campaign

In March of 2013 the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County Foundation set out to raise $8.9 million to build a new clubhouse in La Mesa, renovate the City of La Mesa Teen Center that has been operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs since 2007, and build a dedicated endowment to provide ongoing financial support for the two facilities. Since that time, nearly $5 million has been generated for the project. Click here to see the hard working group of community volunteers dedicated to our cause in La Mesa.

The Brady Family Clubhouse

Exciting things are happening as the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County Foundation is gearing up to build a new Boys & Girls Club in La Mesa. The Brady Family Clubhouse, named after benefactors Mary Alice and Ron Brady will be a new 25,000 square foot facility on the campus of La Mesa Middle School. The Club will feature a learning center and adjoining computer lab for homework and career development, a crafts room for creativity and fine motor skills, a "Little Rascals" area and outdoor playground where our youngest members ages 5-7can learn and grow, a new kitchen and outdoor dining area where kids prepare and enjoy healthy meals and snacks. There will be an arts & crafts room, and a multi-purpose room for community meetings, dance and self defense classes. And the Brady Family Clubhouse will feature the Bill Walton Gymnasium, named after our Honorary Chairman and NBA and Boys & Girls Clubs of America Hall of Famer. (see below).

Construction for the Brady Family Clubhouse is planned to begin December 2015 with the Clubhouse to open at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.

The Brady Family Teen Center

On July 24, 2014 we celebrated the Grand Reopening and Naming of the Brady Family Teen Center on the campus of La Mesa Middle School. With a new façade, furniture, computers and interior upgrade, this seven year old teen center is ready for the next generation of La Mesa's teens.

An Endowment to Ensure Ongoing Activities

Boys & Girls Clubs charge modest membership fees, $50.00 a year, and no child is ever turned away for lack of ability to pay. In order to ensure low fees, the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County Foundation has included an endowment element into the La Mesa Campaign. These funds will be invested by the Foundation Board of Directors and will pay perpetual income to the Boys & Girls Clubs to operate the Brady Family Clubhouse and Teen Center in La Mesa.

The Bill Walton Gymnasium

La Mesa's favorite son, Bill Walton is lending his name and energy to the La Mesa campaign. The Boys & Girls Clubs are honoring Bill by placing his name on the gymnasium in the Brady Family Clubhouse. The Bill Walton Gymnasium will be huge - 10,000 square feet for side by side by side basketball and volleyball. It will be the perfect place for indoor soccer and flag football, and it will be ideal for drop in activities that stress cardio vascular fitness for kids.

The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Brady Family Clubhouse and Gagon Academy

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Ron and Mary Alice Brady and the community of La Mesa broke ground on the highly anticipated Clubhouse. Doors to the new 26,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse are set to open in the Spring of 2018.

For more information about the La Mesa Capital Campaign of the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County Foundation, please contact Director of Development, Samantha Olsen at 619-440-1600 x313 or sam@bgcec.org.