REDMOND, OR -- After a rough start to its first year, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Redmond/Terrebonne is finding its stride. Executive Director Jenny O’Keefe says new changes are helping the clubs become an independent entity after its split from the regional body. Before the Christmas break, O’Keefe warned families the Redmond “Junior club” – serving kindergarten students – would be bussed to the Terrebonne club due to low enrollment. But, Monday she announced students would stay in Redmond. "We’ve hired one of our current staff members, Michael, to run our junior club, to help increase that membership. We’re watching very closely what the school district does as far as all-day kindergarten next year. And, if they decide not to do that, we’ll have a solid program here at the Redmond clubs developed by then."
O'Keefe says more changes are in store for the clubs in 2015, "Coach Kurt Taylor, currently one of the assistant varsity football coaches at Redmond High School, we have offered him a full-time position to help develop and enhance our teen program. The principal has been very helpful and excited and innovative in helping us grow our program and helping forge that partnership for kids." She tells KBND the new enhanced teen program will offer workforce training for 16-18 year old club members. O'Keefe says teens will be able to get help building a resume and could potentially become future club employees. "We really are preparing the next generation of Redmond’s workforce for the businesses that are donating to us. It is a very reciprocal relationship that we’ve established. It isn’t just give us money, so we can keep doing what we've always done. It’s thank you, and we’re going to be good stewards of the money you’ve given to us and really do something powerful with it."
BGCRT has also partnered with Redmond High School's Kiwanis Key Club to bring more community service projects to younger club members. O’Keefe says she’s excited about the stability now coming to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Redmond Terrebonne, as they work toward re-establishing their charter with the national organization.