Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Welcomes
Somerset County Boys & Girls Club to our Family! 

Pittsburgh, PA: Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania 

(BGCWPA)welcomes Somerset County Boys & Girls Club as the newest member of the BGCWPA Clubhouse family. As the seventeenth location for BGCWPA, the Somerset Clubhouse will offer Preschool/afterschool programming and Teen 

Workforce Programming, which is NEW to the area, after school and specialty programming at the Georgian Place starting in Fall 2020. We will build upon our school-based programming located at Eagle View Elementary, which has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 precautions. Science, technology, engineering, 

math, academic program support, arts opportunities, recreation and sports, career development and healthy lifestyles are just some of the offerings BGCWPA is excited to offer at our newest Clubhouses in Somerset County and we are eager to expand into surrounding areas. In person and virtual memberships are open to any Somerset County youth with scholarship opportunities available. Overall as an Agency, BGCWPA is growing and plans to add six additional Clubhouses in Fall 2020 to offer a footprint of 18 sites, both stand alone and school based, across Western Pennsylvania.

BGCWPA is especially excited to build new innovative teen programs in Somerset County where no other teen programs of this nature exist. Not only will teens have a fun place to go they will also learn about careers, build skills and ensure they are physically and mentally healthy. They will be able to participate in programs like our Artificial Intelligence Pathways Institute, Positive Action Program and new apprenticeship programs in STEM, culinary & transportation/logistics! 

As President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri, explains, “BGCWPA is honored to have the opportunity to work with the incredible communities of Somerset County. As the largest Boys & Girls Clubs of America agency for all of Western Pennsylvania and the 15th largest overall in the nation, our highly trained and experienced staff is ready to meet the demands and needs of the almost 15,000 youth we expect to serve over the next year. We want to thank the staff, board and community members of Somerset County Boys & Girls Club for your continued support and dedication as we work together to activate and advance the potential in every child to ensure they have a GREAT FUTURE and welcome new partners to learn more about our existing programs, especially our teen workforce development programming.”

Somerset County Boys & Girls Club Board Chair, Chad Pritts, Esq further adds, “We are absolutely thrilled to join such a storied organization such as BGCWPA so that we can provide the youth of Somerset County with expanded and proven afterschool programming opportunities as well as a licensed preschool program. The affiliation with BGCWPA will provide us with the resources necessary to reach more families and improve our services, which will undoubtedly positively impact our communities for many years to come.”

Angela Weimer-Miller has been named the Somerset County Program Director and she adds, “I’m excited to merge with BGCWPA, we will have more resources to use and take advantage of, giving us more programs and opportunities to prove to the youth here in Somerset.

Registration and fees for all programs, including specialty programs, can be found at www.bgcwpa.org and pre-registrations will be accepted in August. Virtual learning is currently offered to youth through the BGCWPA partnership with Outschool.
Hundreds of virtual learning opportunities can be found at
https://outschool.com/teachers/Boys-Girls-Clubs-of-Western-Pennsylvania#abkd69h3ke

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania (BGCWPA)
Since 1888, BGCWPA has been serving several thousand youth throughout Western Pennsylvania. Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is a unique organization consisting of 17 Clubhouse locations in Allegheny and Somerset Counties, with 6 new locations opening Fall 2020. Half of these locations are school based sites and half are stand alone facilities with a Career Works Center in McKeesport, PA. BGCWPA has adopted a new licensed model in partnership with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning from the Department of Human Services and Keystone STARS (PA Quality Rating Improvement System)  that allows families to select a high quality program.  Early Learning Resource Centers are in place to assist families who qualify with Child Care Works (CCW) funding to ensure that all children have access to high quality programming. In addition, BGCWPA offers scholarships to families who do not qualify for CCW. Here at BGCWPA quality programming for your children is our top priority. We also offer partner programs inside of 6 school-districts and several other community centers across the Pittsburgh Metro and have expansion plans for surrounding counties. We serve several thousand youth ages 4-18, making us the largest comprehensive after school and summer youth provider in our region and plan to expand to serve 18-24 year old youth in our workforce development programming. Our goal is to provide every young person with the essential tools needed for a successful and bright future by doing whatever it takes to activate and advance their potential. Learn more at bgcwpa.org or by following @bgcwpa on social media. 

About Somerset Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County along with the Eagle View Community Center, provided a safe, educational environment for the children. Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County,  aims to bridge the critical after-school hours from 3pm-6pm, when many parents are not out of work and the children of the community need a safe place to receive a snack, homework help, enrichment activities, and physical exercise.

Media Contacts:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania
Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri
lpalmieri@bgcwpa.org
412-721-2179

Somerset County
Angela Miller
117 Georgian Place
Somerset, PA 15501
amiller@bgcwpa.org
814-483-4881