About us

Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe has been a cornerstone of the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee community since opening it doors in 1998. Serving some 1500 youth annually, BGCNLT provides a safe, structured and positive environment for young people before and after school, during holidays and summer vacation.

Our Mission:
To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
BGCNLT provides:
  • A safe place to learn and grow
  • Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals
  • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
  • Hope and opportunity
  • We now extend our support to the youngest members of our community...please welcome our Great Futures Early Learning Preschool.
Our connection to Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe is part of a national network of affiliated Clubs. The national organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America,began in 1860 with several women in Hartford,Conn.  Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club.  In 1906, several Boys Club decided to affiliate.  The Federated Boys Clubs in Boston was formed with 53 member organizations--the start of a nationwide movement.  
  • In 1931, the Boys Club Federation of America became Boys Clubs of America.
  • In 1956, Boys Clubs of America celebrated its 50th anniversary and received a U.S. Congressional Charter.
  • To recognize the fact that girls are a part of our cause, the national organization's name was changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1990. Accordingly, Congress amended and renewed our charter.

 While BGCNLT is affiliated with the national organization, it is managed by a local board and supported by local donors.   

Why Boys & Girls Clubs Are Special

Four key characteristics define the essence of a Boys & Girls Club. All are critical in exerting positive impact on the life of a child:

  1. Dedicated Youth Facility:  The Boys & Girls Club is a place – an actual neighborhood-based building – designed solely for youth programs and activities.
  2. Open Daily:  The Club is open every day, after school, when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets.
  3. Professional Staff:  Every Club has full and part-time, trained youth development professionals, providing positive role models and mentors. Volunteers provide key supplementary support.
  4. Available/Affordable to All Youth:  Membership dues are affordable. Clubs reach out to kids who may lack access to other community programs.
Mindy Carbajal, Executive Director  
Ben Visnyei, Director of Operations and Program Services
Maria Sandoval, Program and Membership Service
Stephany Arroyo, Grant Writer
 Ali Stoner, Annual Gifts Coordinator   
Candice Harris, Clubhouse Manager
Susan Perkins, Preschool Director
Cynthia Wigart, Preschool Assistant
Christin Wilcox, Club Chef
Will Sinnott, Education Coordinator
Tucker Miller, Athletics Coordinator
Gio Ramirez, Program Specialist
Briana Crespo, Program Specialist
Yesenia Ruelas, Program Specialist
Lily McDermott, Kinder Club Coordinator
Karla Granados, Kinder Club Specialist
Josahany Perez, Kinder Club Specialist
Jake McDermott, Teen Coordinator
Hilary Stoner, Teen Specialist
Karen Furuya, Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors
Dan Flores, Board President
Courtney Taves, Vice President
Lesia Anders, Treasurer
Jessica Davis, Secretary
Board Members:
Duncan Davis
Kevin Hanna
John Hassenplug
Robert Leri
Kirsten Livak
Bill McGunnigle
Debi Moore
John Neary
Lisa Selander
Ron Verstappen
Lorelei Van Peborgh

 Board of Governors:
Gayle Blair 
Dave Ferrari 
Andy Levy
Jim O'Brien
Roger Peterson


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Annual Report 2013
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