Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania LaRosa of Mckeesport Clubhouse and our Duquesne Clubhouses are merging effective December 1st. Starting on December 1st, LaRosa of McKeesport Clubhouse members will have the opportunity to attend our Orchard Park Clubhouse in Duquesne. Please express your interest in attending Orchard Park Clubhouse on this Google Form.
Based on an assessment of current opportunities for after-school care, the determination was made to direct resources to our operations in Duquesne. In other words, youth from all three Clubhouses and communities will continue to be served at the Duquesne sites, while the McKeesport LaRosa Clubhouse will close; however, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA will offer free transportation to students who have been members of the LaRosa program so they can attend the Duquesne program, should they choose and be provided with scholarships to attend the after school program through the partnership with BGCWPA and Allegheny Department of Human Services. Again, free transportation and free programming will be offered to current McKeesport Clubhouse families if they choose to participate.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA is also compiling information for families about other after-school programs available in the McKeesport area if families are interested in attending those programs and not going to our sites in Duquesne.
BGCWPA will ensure that in the coming months we prepare to identify summer camp options for the families in McKeesport and share this information with families.
For the first time ever, McKeesport families will be able to apply for Child Care Works funding, meaning that families will be invited to apply for government subsidy based on household income, and work requirements. We will partner with the Early Learning Resource Center 5 in Allegheny County to answer all of your questions. This means that the cost for Before and After school care could be subsidized allowing you to afford High Quality Care for your children at an affordable cost for your family.
75 years ago, Sam LaRosa started the Boys’ Club of McKeesport in an effort to keep boys in McKeesport engaged in positive activities and over the years the Club has worked with hundreds of children to continue this legacy. BGCWPA is committed to ensuring Mr. LaRosa’s vision lives on through our other programs and services and looks forward to expanding that vision into the future. BGCWPA understands now more than ever the delicate balance of caring for children to ensure safety, health and security while maintaining business operations in a responsible way so that we can continue to serve our members and beyond. COVID-19 has impacted the world in ways that no one anticipated, but we have worked tirelessly to act quickly to serve those who need us most. In fact, BGCWPA has implemented Club on the Go, virtual learning through Outschool, both stand alone and school based Clubhouses in Duquesne and other locations, BGCWPA is stepping up to address the continuation of urgent needs and leading the way to help youth and communities overcome the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. In the Mon Valley we have held hot food truck events free of charge, delivered hundreds of boxes of food, cleaning products, clothing and pizzas. Visit our website at http://www.bgcwpa.org to look at the yellow bar on the top where you can access a form to request these types of resources.
BGCWPA will continue to work to plan innovative programming for your child/ren in the coming months and is working on strategic efforts to do a community needs assessment as we determine through feasibility studies the best location going forward for a state of the art new Clubhouse in the Mon Valley. Questions about this merger should be directed to email@example.com
Again, please express your interest in attending Orchard Park Clubhouse on this Google Form.