COVID-19 Clubs Summer Update: May 15


May 15, 2020 (Portland, OR)

This week we were notified by Governor Brown that youth facilities could begin reopening on May 15 under strict guidelines and regulations. We are currently assessing our capacity and ability to provide a summer program under these rules. Some of the new regulations include:

  • Stable groups of 10 members and 1 staff in a room that must stay the same for a week.
  • Daily member and staff health monitoring and tracking.
  • Separate food service for all stable groups.
  • Increased sanitization after each room change & bathroom use.

The safety of our families and members is our top priority. As we plan and assess our capacity, we will be making all of our decisions through the priority lens of safety, ensuring that when we reopen we can continue to protect our youth, families, and communities. The state regulations for reopening will be restrictive and change how our programs look this summer. However, we are committed to designing a Club experience that is responsive to our families’ needs to the best of our ability.

We have asked families to share their needs for summer, as we plan for Club services, safety, and complying with new state regulations. Once we have created solid plans, we will communicate those with families by email, at our meal services, on our website and through social media.

In the meantime, Club staff are here for our families. We will continue to provide meal service, community resources, virtual Club programming, and free virtual counseling services to members and their families until our doors once again open.

Joliesse Carmona Perez on stage giving speech with scholarship check immediately after she was announced as the Portland Metro Youth of the Year by judges on stage behind her..

Joliesse Carmona-Perez Announced as 2020 Portland Metro Youth of the Year

Summer in the Clubs 2019

Kevin Lai, Wattles Club volunteer

Discovering your Calling through Volunteering

Wattles Club Member Receives Full Scholarship

Growing Up at the Club

Adrianah Dorn came to the Wattles Boys & Girls Club as a first grader and remained an active member through her graduation in 2017, building lifelong bonds with her staff mentors and learning how to play basketball in the Club gym. She recalls her days at the Club fondly.

Through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro and our community partnerships, Adrianah had the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to attend La Salle Preparatory High School, a private school in Milwaukie that focuses on building academic excellence and the importance of community service. Her outstanding application netted her a full scholarship to La Salle, including four years of tuition, book costs, and a transportation stipend.

YouthForce Intern

While at LaSalle, Adrianah continued to attend the Wattles Club, and joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland’s YouthForce program. As part of YouthForce, she interned at Alaska Airlines as part of their uniform acquisition team. Adrianah remained an exemplary student, receiving straight As and playing on the La Salle varsity softball team. Upon graduation, she had a full scholarship to study engineering at Oregon State University. During the summers, she comes back to Milwaukie mentor high school students at La Salle, and continues to acquire practical experience through internships.

We are so proud of your success, dedication, and spirit, Adrianah, and the Great Future you have ahead of you!

La Salle Preparatory School Athletics Logo

About the La Salle Scholarship Program

This unique scholarship program, funded by Precision Castparts Corp., allows Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro to help recruit and educate families and advise students through a rigorous application process. Applicants must qualify for free or reduced lunch and be returning Club members.